Examples of Casting Work

Cinderella (2015)

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Straight Outta Compton

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Legend

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River

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TV series

Crumble

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Short Film

No Villain

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Theatre

Valentine Jacobs

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Shock Treatment

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White Chamber (2018 Scottish BAFTA Winner: Best Actress)

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Workshops and Courses

 

Lizzie’s workshops and courses are about many different aspects of the world of casting - from audition technique for actors, to demystifying the casting process for new directors and producers. She has run workshops in the UK and abroad for universities such as the London Metropolitan University and the University of Southampton, and organisations such as The Actors' Guild, The Actors Collab, Mixing Networks, Casting Days, The Growing Studio, and C Me Acting.

For more information on Lizzie's workshops and courses please contact Lizzie directly on lizbichardcasting@gmail.com or +44 (0)777 961 5265.

For Actors

Self Tape Tips for Actors

Although the quality of the acting is of course the most important aspect of a self tape, it is essential that self tapes look and sound good. Dare to be creative in terms of location if you feel it is appropriate - just make sure you pick somewhere quiet, with good lighting and no shadows.

Remember to use landscape mode rather than portrait, and there is no need for higher resolution than 720p HD.

Make sure that the camera is placed at your eyeline, and that most or all of your audition is a close up. Beware of shooting in profile - we want to see your whole face.

Do get somebody to read in with you, self tapes where actors ‘imagine’ that someone is speaking often do not translate well.

Don't forget to film an ident, or slate. Even if you have not been asked for one, it is useful to send off with the tape just incase. This should be a quick full length body shot, perhaps stating your name, agent and height.

Please label self tapes ‘First name, Second Name, Character, Project’ and add a title card to the tape in the same format.

Make sure that the file size of the tape is as small as possible without compromising on the quality of the image. Vimeo links are best, or wetransfer files that take less than a minute to download.

Reading Suggestions for Actors

Respect for Acting (Uta Hagen)
Secrets of Screen Acting (Patrick Tucker)
An Actor’s Guide to Getting Work (Simon Dunmore)
Beginning (Kenneth Branagh)
Acting in Film (Michael Caine)
Being An Actor (Simon Callow)
Playing to the Camera: Film Actors Discuss Their Craft
What’s My Motivation? (Michael Simpkins)
The Year of the King (Anthony Sher)
Acting for the Camera (Tony Barr)

Contact Lizzie

Producers and Directors: If you would like to discuss the casting of your project with Lizzie, please email her on lizbichardcasting@gmail.com.

Actors: If you would like to contact Lizzie please use the form opposite. Please note that all submissions from actors will be read, and invitations to shows are very welcome, but due to the large quantity of emails received daily from actors a response is often not possible.

Actors who would like to feedback after one of Lizzie's workshops, feel free to use Twitter.