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The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead by Danny Draven

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CHAPTER 3CASTING A HORROR FILM

“You could heave a brick out of the window and hit ten actors who could play my parts. I just happened to be on the right corner at the right time.”

—BORIS KARLOFF

In a lot of indie horror films, the acting is usually the weakest part. The casting choices you make at this stage are the most important decisions you will make for your entire production. It’s been said that most of the director’s job is choosing the right actors to bring the characters to life. I think that’s a great way of looking at it.

THE CASTING PROCESS

The Breakdowns – The breakdowns are a detailed summary of each role you’re casting. It’s usually a summary of the film’s plot, along with character descriptions, age, bio, and any special requirements ...

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