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Audition Questions

Hey, I'm a film student. Next week is the casting call for my first short film. I'm totally running a blank on which basic questions to ask the actors who show up at the audition. Do you guys have any suggestions as to what questions I should ask? Thanks in advance.

I'd start with these (I'm sure other people can add more): Name Sizes (shirt, pants, shoe) Age range person can play Availability And if the person doesn't have eye/hair color on his/her headshot, I'd add those questions too.

LET THEM KNOW HOW LONG THE FILMING WILL TAKE & IF THEY CAN BE THERE THE DAYS OR NIGHTS NEED TO GET THE JOB DONE.

BeatUpCake wrote:
Hey, I'm a film student. Next week is the casting call for my first short film. I'm totally running a blank on which basic questions to ask the actors who show up at the audition. Do you guys have any suggestions as to what questions I should ask? Thanks in advance.
Aside from the basics questions about their availability, whether or not they're in a union, etc. you might want to have them read through a scene or two and then see how they take direction by having htem do it again with some suggestions you make about the performance. Also, many actors have a monologue already prepared. Ask them if they have it, how long it runs, and if you have time, take a look to see how it goes. It is also helpful to videotape the auditions so you can (1) go back and review their performances, (2) have a record of who you saw, and (3) be able to watch how their performance comes off on video, which can sometimes be different than how it "feels" in real life. Good luck, W

What works best... 1. Have a sign in sheet - first come, first serve 2. Have a video camera - make them slate first or have them put all there information on a piece of paper (height, weight, contact info, availability etc.) and have them hold it up before they either; 3. Read scenes from the script or do their monologue. Pretty much any advice given in the previous posts will work as well.

I've got a similar question to add to the one already asked. As far as the casting interviews go, would it look horrible to conduct the interviews in the quiet corner of a restaurant, possibly one of the locations being used for filming? The reason for this is the lack of an actual office.

...that's actually an awesome idea. If it's okay with the management of the restaurant, which I'm sure it wouldn't be if it's going to bring in business. I actually like that idea.