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Casting About

Overview

Inspired by filmmaker Barry Hershey's attempt to find an actress for a student film he was making at USC School of Cinema over two-decades prior, Casting About allows those unfamiliar with the sometimes arduous casting process the opportunity to experience firsthand the intensity of choosing the right actress for the right part. In the fall of 2000, Hershey assigned casting directors in five cities the task of finding actresses for his dramatic period film "Moving Still." Having remembered the profound affect ...
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Overview

Inspired by filmmaker Barry Hershey's attempt to find an actress for a student film he was making at USC School of Cinema over two-decades prior, Casting About allows those unfamiliar with the sometimes arduous casting process the opportunity to experience firsthand the intensity of choosing the right actress for the right part. In the fall of 2000, Hershey assigned casting directors in five cities the task of finding actresses for his dramatic period film "Moving Still." Having remembered the profound affect that the casting process had on him as a young aspiring filmmaker, Hershey intended to incorporate clips from the various auditions into the fictional film. It didn't take long for Hershey to realize, however, that the stories shared by 350 actresses in the seventy hours of casting tapes were enough to merit their own feature film, and in the months that followed the director worked with editor Marc Grossman to edit the key moments down into an eighty-six minute film. Now, for the first time ever, industry outsiders can bear witness to the remarkable dynamic shared between actress and filmmakers in this documentary that offers an impressionistic montage of the casting experience.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Interviews; Monologues; Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • UPC: 738329053925
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 63,222

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barry J. Hershey Participant
Technical Credits
Barry J. Hershey Director
Richard Bock Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Fernandez Sound Mixer
Marc Grossman Editor
Allie Humenuk Cinematographer
Marilyn Johnson Casting
Michelle Lewitt Casting
Mickey Paskal Casting
Carolyn Pickman Casting
Sabine Schroth Casting
Rachel Tenner Casting
Lewis D. Wheeler Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Casting About
1. Opening [2:51]
2. Jennifer [2:31]
3. Susanne [1:11]
4. Home [1:15]
5. Accents [2:50]
6. Monologues [5:53]
7. Nervous [2:06]
8. Anastasia [7:27]
9. Hands [2:27]
10. Experience [5:07]
11. Song [1:18]
12. Jockstrap [2:24]
13. Movement [3:31]
14. Nudity? [4:13]
15. Cooked [2:54]
16. Expressions [2:06]
17. Amanda [7:30]
18. Stills [1:17]
19. Eva [2:53]
20. Posing [2:09]
21. Scene [1:58]
22. Nun [4:27]
23. Naomi [11:08]
24. Slates [4:36]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Casting About
   Play
   Chapters
   Extras
      Interviews
         Play All
         Laura Tonke - "It Just Happened"
         Sarah Hankins - "My Father and I Keep Bees"
         Linda Gillum - "I Can Roll Out"
         Amalie Bizer - "A Vivid Imagination"
         Shelley Minto - "I Was A Real Tomboy"
         Negaar Sagafi - "All Covered Up"
         Helen Zellweger - "Actually, I'm Playing a Nun"
         Mika Simmons - "It Was Astroturf"
         Molly Flynn - "It's Sort of For Fun"
         Anna Shemeikka - "I'm A Farmgirl"
         Nina Franoszek - "It Was A Big Illusion"
         Jennifer Winters - "A Few Nude People In The Room"
         Lily Shaw - "Hang On For Dear Life"
         Anne-Sophie Briest - "I'm On The Cover Right Now"
         Laura Rogers - "We Do A Lot Of Singing In Wales"
      Monologues
         Play All
         Naomi Krauss - "Three Sisters" By Anton Chekhov
         Jennifer Kern - "Still Life" By Emily Mann
         Sue Gillan - Improvised
         Rachel Romanski - "Nuts" By Tom Topor
         Jillian Peterson - "SubUrbia" By Eric Bogosian
         Sarah Wellington - "The Secret Rapture" By David Hare
         Danica Ivancevic - "The Secret Rapture" By David Hare
         Stephanie Childers - "Vegetable Love" By Tammy Ryan
         Megan Kellie - "Up, Down, Strange, Charmed, Beauty and Truth" By Edward Allan Baker
         Katherine Place - "Lives of the Great Waitresses" By Nina Shengold
         Hemmendy Nelson - "Coaster" By Adam Langer
         Darra Herman - "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" By Alfred Uhry
         Solveig August - "The Virgin of Orleans" By Friedrich Schiller
         Claudia Vogt - "Don Carlos" By Friedrich Schiller
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Eyes
         Stills
         Skip Strobe
         Multisplit
      About the Fiction Film "Moving Still"
      Trailer
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