In my first blog on the casting process for Chaldea, I explained how we organized our Chaldea cast into two groups of characters: VO (Voice Over) and VOLO (Voice Over with Likeness [R]ights and Option to [F]ilm). In my second blog in this series, I explained why we hired a casting director and what it’s like to work with one. In this blog, I’ll discuss an important tool we use in the audition process that we call audition briefs.
An audition brief is a short document that is sent to an actor who wants an audition. Each role being cast has an audition brief unique to that character. It contains two sections: a one-page character background and several pages of script featuring that character (the industry term for these script pages is sides).
The character background is something I take some pride in. I understand that many directors don’t bother including much information for the background, but I like to make a pretty big deal about it. I love these characters, and I can’t help but want to share that love with the actors. I like to believe this helps get the actors excited to do their best. Read More