Casting Call

Casting Call

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        Ever watch a movie and think to yourself, “hmm, this is pretty good, sure – but I really see Amy Adams in this role – or maybe Olivia Wilde…?” If this is you, it’s possible you’ve missed your calling in life…

        Just as editors style spreadsheets, casting directors cast movies, and some have walked a very rough road to prove that they play a rather, ahem, large role in how movies are made and to what levels films succeed.

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        It wasn’t until the late 60’s that casting directors even received film credit, and yet numerous movies made years before saw success thanks to the unique ensembles created by casting visionaries like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster. These masterminds put film artists and actors on the map, not to mention helped to establish some of the most renowned and beloved films of our time (Midnight Cowboy, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, & The Graduate, to name a few). Their knack for swooping up fresh talent – combined with impeccable taste – gave rise to a whole new way to make movies. Which is why Tom Donahue’s 2012 documentary Casting By captures such a neat glimpse into the early life of casting; he highlights the role of trailblazers (Marion Dougherty is a rock star) in transitioning Hollywood from the studio system (which often type-casted actors), to the New Hollywood era of “casting for the role”.

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        Not only is the trip through Hollywood history insightfully pleasant, the proverbial peek behind the curtain at just how talented these icons are is nothing short of inspiring. Having the foresight to see an actor’s ability and imagine how one could transform a role – probably before an actor himself sees any potential is well – totally awesome. This doc is worth a watch – if for nothing more than to see a very young and oh-so-innocent Jeff Bridges share his first very “un-dude” moment in movie history.

Click the Image below to take a peek…

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