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Casting & auditions
Casting for the FXhome Film Project began five weeks ago with the roles advertised on Casting Call Pro, StarNow, To Be Seen, Mandy and Talent Circle. Though the shoot itself isn’t until the start of July, it was nevertheless essential to cast the film early so that costumes could be fitted to the chosen actors and schedules arranged.
Despite it being an expenses-only production, we soon had over three hundred applicants. Director Ashley Wing analysed CVs, headshots and occasional showreels, whittling them down to a more manageable 30 who were then invited to audition.
This is when you find out just how serious the candidates are, especially for unpaid and low budget work. Some you never hear from again, others don’t show up on the day and a few have second thoughts once they actually bother to read the production details properly. It’s a long and frustrating process but entirely necessary – casting can make or break any film.
Auditions were held over a weekend in Norwich at the end of May, with Ashley flying up from Devon. Last minute cancellations caused some consternation but, thankfully, the actors that did show up proved to be just what we wanted.
As such, we’re very happy to introduce the FXhome Film Project cast:
Julian Boote – Captain Michael Shepherd
Kate Madison – Engineer Rachel Turner
Russell Turner – Technician Cameron Mayhew
All three actors showed a real enthusiasm for the genre and an intelligent understanding of the story and characters. We can’t wait to work with them on the set!
Many thanks to the FXhome Film Project artists, whose work can be seen in this video.