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Monthly Archives / March 2016

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Chaldea Casting Part II: Working With a Casting Director

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Peter_Adkison_(200x200)In my last blog, I explained how our Chaldea cast is divided into two groups of characters: VO (Voice Over) and VOLO (Voice Over with Likeness rights and Option to film). Now let’s take a closer look at the casting process for the VOLO characters. And I’m going to stop saying “VOLO” for now; for the rest of this blog, all my references to characters and actors are of the VOLO variety.

There are a number of ways to manage a casting process. You could run ads or use your friends network to get the word out and do everything yourself. Or you could work directly with a talent agency that represents actors. And that would work well, I’m sure, but the agency represents the actors, and I want someone advising me in the process who works for me.

So, we use a casting director (or casting agent). A casting director sits beside me, works for me, and manages the entire casting process. The casting agent works with multiple talent agencies to cast the broadest (and most appropriate) net. A casting director will also work with independent actors, or untried actors, who aren’t represented by any talent agency at all. Read More

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Kulbrandr, the Jarl of Tavja, listens to court testimony

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Kulbrandr, the Jarl of Tavja, listens to court testimony

Kulbrandr, the Jarl of Tavja, listens to court testimony

Official Chaldea Concept Art

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Tavja is a kingdom contained almost entirely within the Cloudforger Mountains and populated by a rugged, mountainous, warlike people who worship the Norse gods.

The kingdom is a warrior-class, male-dominated society based heavily on slavery; its hierarchy of social castes rises from those lowly slaves up to affluent aristocrats. There is a 10-to-1 ratio of slaves to natural-born citizens. Nobles—the jarl of Tavja chief among them—own beautiful slaves; in fact, the jarl enjoys a near monopoly on exotic slave girls, whom he keeps posed nude around him as striking works of art. It’s a hard life for the slaves and an indulgent illustrative one for the aristocracy.

The Tavja military is comprised of muscular barbarian warriors, and its highest-ranking officers ride Tavjan Lions, fierce winged predators that hold dominant sway over the skies of Chaldea.

In the history of the world, no army has successfully sacked Tavja due to the combination of unassailable mountain heights and winged lions with air superiority. The jarl, Kulbrandr, only bent a knee to Emperor Kordaava because the emperor was a god, wielding the unstoppable Spear of Set. Kulbrandr rightly knew that Emperor Kordaava could easily waltz into the capital city of Danorum and slice the jarl’s throat at a moment’s notice. Once Kordaava was assassinated, however, that threat was all but gone. Brash as the Norse gods he worshipped, Kulbrandr feared no one at this point, not even the heralded Imperial legions. And thus he promptly lifted his middle finger and broke away from the empire as a whole.

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Chaldea Casting Part 1: Organizing Our Characters

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Peter_Adkison_(200x200)This is a very exciting time here in the Chaldea studios. After three years of writing scripts, illustrating characters, building and decorating sets, creating costumes, and producing a pilot, we are finally beginning the process of casting for our first two seasons.

This leads me to think, “Hey, maybe you’d like to know more about how we do casting.” Of course, we all have a general idea of what casting is, but how does it work exactly? What are the steps?

First, Chaldea is an odd animal, what with its blend of comics and film. A crucial element of this mixed media is that the comic book rendition of a character look like a reasonable facsimile of the actor who plays said character. For example, compare Reiswitz as a comic book character to Reiswitz in the film, played by actor Stefan Hajek. Read More

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THE SUMMONING

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Imogen plays a dangerous game

Imogen plays a dangerous game

Official Chaldea Concept Art

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In Chaldea, the practice of summoning underworld powers is a dangerous art form that practitioners use to amass power…or sacrifice their soul in the effort.

Souls are a highly prized commodity across the million-sphere multiverse. Gods and devils alike enjoy the valuable currency, but occasionally, mortals flirt with the sport of souls.

Here, Imogen plays a dangerous soul game.

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