The Ultimate Guide to Casting Your Independent Project

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Class hosted by: Shane Stanley

Emmy Award Winning Producer and Director (GRIDIRON GANG, BREAK EVEN)

Multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Shane Stanley has worked in nearly every capacity on and off set of hit shows like ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and SEINFELD, as well as films like Sony Pictures’ GRIDIRON GANG, a #1 box office hit starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. For three years, Shane was Vice President of Sheen/Michaels Entertainment where he produced several motion pictures starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, John Travolta, and Charlie and Martin Sheen. Shane recently released his book What You Don’t Learn In Film School, which covers filmmaking from concept to delivery. Shane continues to produce and direct independent films of all levels, and just wrapped production on his latest action thriller, BREAK EVEN. Full Bio »

Summary

Get personal guidance from Emmy Award-winning producer and filmmaker Shane Stanley.

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Building out the cast for your upcoming film or series? Looking to bring on the high-level actor or actress that can help secure your project funding and distribution? Trying to find the diamonds in the rough?

But putting together your dream cast that will elevate your project is HARD. Between the outreach, auditions, negotiations, and politics, the casting process is tricky to navigate no matter who you are. Don't worry though; it's something you can find success with, even as a first time filmmaker, as long as you have the right guidance

That's why we've brought in multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Shane Stanley, one of our most popular instructors, to go deep into how you can fully cast your project. Shane continues to produce and cast films with in-demand actors like Dwayne Johnson, Jane Seymour, Matthew Lawrence, Steve Guttenberg, Nia Peeples, and many more and knows what it takes to bring the talent you're looking for into your project.

Shane will work closely with you over four weeks to share with you every trick in the book to build a stand-out cast for whatever project you're working on.

 

Just some of what Shane will touch on:

  • Building Your Wish List
  • Working With a Casting Director (or Not)
  • Bringing On Higher Level Talent
  • Cast Postings and Running Your Own Auditions
  • Negotiating Talent Contracts

 

Plus! Shane will be providing a slew of helpful documents and handouts along the way including sample actor agreements, letters of intent, and example cast postings.

If anyone is going to make the casting process for your independent film easy, it’s Shane.
 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • **Shane will be available on email during the 4 class sessions to answer questions you have**
  • This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed class with significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.
  • This class will consist of four weekly sessions, each roughly two hours in duration. In addition to the presentation-style lessons where Shane will be walking you through various elements of casting, you will have the opportunity to ask him questions during each session.
  • Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the process.
  • To see the full class schedule, see below under "What You Will Learn".

 

Payment plans are available - contact Harrison at h.glaser@stage32.com for more information

 

 

Praise for Shane's Previous Stage 32 Class

 

"Shane exceeded my expectations. He covered a vast amount of real world material and brought all of it to life with personal and engaging stories. He remained incredibly generous with his time every week and always demonstrated a deep commitment to making sure everyone’s questions were answered. It was inspiring. Bravo!"

-Michele R.

 

"I can't say enough great things about Shane Stanley and his class. I had no idea how much I didn't know until I took Shane's class. He was very congenial but generous with his time, his insight and he actually shared documents that we can study in preparation for our own productions. This class is worth it for anybody who calls themselves a producer, whether you're mounting big budget projects or small indies, Shane Stanley's class is win-win experience. He also made every single person feel welcome and values. Thanks again Shane!"

-LaRita S.

 

"Shane had a great way of engaging the whole audience and no one missed out on being brought into the presentation in some way or another. Shane was quick, easy to understand, sharp and concise. I can honestly say that he never went off track with the subject being discussed and had many examples to bring to the table which made his presentation even more easier to understand."

-Graeme C.

What You'll Learn

Session 1: Building Your List and Working With a Casting Director (or Not)

  • Putting Together Your Wish List of Actors
  • How to Research to Find Ideas and Understand Who is Possible
    • And how to identify less well-known actors that can add value to your project in supporting roles
    • Considering international markets
  • Working with Your Team and Coming to an Agreement with Stakeholders
  • How Ambitious Should You Be With Your Wish List?
  • How Many Options Do You Want for Each Character?
  • Working with Casting Directors
    • Do you need a casting director in the first place?
    • Pros and cons of bringing on a casting director
    • How to find the right casting director for your project
  • Q&A with Shane

 

Session 2: Bringing On Higher Level Talent For Your Independent Project

  • What high-level actors and their team need to see to consider working with you
  • The best way to reach out to begin the conversation
    • And who you should actually start the conversation with
  • What kinds of offers might higher level talent actually consider for a small production?
  • How to pitch your project to a higher level actor and their team to peak their interest
    • And why timing is everything
  • Letters of Intent
  • Navigating around not having a distributor yet
  • Red flags to watch out for when starting the conversation
  • Q&A with Shane

 

Session 3: Postings and Running Your Own Auditions

  • Where to post to get the actors you’re looking for
  • How to post to attract better talent
  • A rundown of how to run a successful audition
  • How to hold yourself in the audition room
  • Ensure you’re making actors feel comfortable and safe
  • Pros and cons of self-tape auditions
  • What to look for when evaluating actors
  • Holding multiple rounds
  • Red flags to watch out for when auditioning actors
  • Q&A with Shane

 

Session 4: Negotiation Talent Deals

  • A rundown of the elements of a talent deal
  • Working with a lawyer vs. doing it yourself
  • Whoever reaches out first loses
  • The power of billing
  • Implementing ‘points’ to make the offer more enticing
    • And other ways to sweeten the deal
  • Follow up conversations with agents
  • Getting agents on your side
    • And the advantages of boutique agencies
  • The art of going back and forth
  • Contract requests you should anticipate
  • Tips on closing the deal
  • Working with Deadlines
  • When to Walk Away
  • Thinking Forward
  • Q&A with Shane

About Your Instructor

Multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Shane Stanley has worked in nearly every capacity on and off set of hit shows like ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and SEINFELD, as well as films like Sony Pictures’ GRIDIRON GANG, a #1 box office hit starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. For three years, Shane was Vice President of Sheen/Michaels Entertainment where he produced several motion pictures starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, John Travolta, and Charlie and Martin Sheen. Shane recently released his book What You Don’t Learn In Film School, which covers filmmaking from concept to delivery. Shane continues to produce and direct independent films of all levels, and just wrapped production on his latest action thriller, BREAK EVEN.

Schedule

Session 1: Building Your List and Working With a Casting Director (or Not)- Friday June 4, 4pm-6pm PDT

Session 2: Bringing On Higher Level Talent For Your Independent Project- Friday June 11 4pm-6pm PDT

Session 3: Postings and Running Your Own Auditions - Friday June 18, 4pm-6pm PDT

Session 4: Negotiation Talent Deals – Friday, June 25, 4pm-6pm PDT

If you can't make a live virtual class, don't worry. It will be recorded and you can watch it at your leisure on demand.

 

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A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

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A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

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