Just like actors, crew members gain experience through training on various projects and work experience opportunities in the film industry! Over the next few weeks IPM Acting Academy's team member, Emily, will share what she's learned from her time as a part of #TeamIPM!
I was introduced to Spotlight, a platform that connects performers with roles in theatre, television and film productions around the world. By reading exemplary material, it allowed me to understand what casting directors are looking for whilst also helping me to develop my own creative, persuasive writing style, in preparation for submitting actors for roles on Spotlight. Using Spotlight has taught me a number of things. Not only has it allowed me to understand the importance of casting and how competitive the acting industry is, but it has also broadened my knowledge and understanding of casting briefs, character breakdown and typecasting.
Spotlight has opened my eyes up to how specific a director’s vision
is from the very beginning of a production.
It is very interesting to consider the range of productions that are advertised on Spotlight; whether it’s a casting call for the lead roles in the next series of Peaky Blinders or a listing for a minor role in a student short film, Spotlight has it all.
Attending IPM Acting Academy Sessions
An example of a scenario where I observed how the actor successfully executed the change from being themselves to someone completely different was when I watched Andy (one of the class members) transform from his loud, bold, masculine self into the role of a homosexual recluse who’s anxieties have prevented them from leaving the house for a number of years. I'm sure from this example you can only imagine why I find the transition between an individual and their designated character entertaining to watch!
My casting training has been insightful, fun and taught me a lot about the early stages of the production process. If you’re interested in a career in casting or production management, this internship is for you! I have come away from IPM with a greater understanding of the industry and valuable admin skills that I can depend on throughout my working life.
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