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Andrew here from Atomic Productions (or Atom, as you may know me from the FXhome Forums.) Today I'd like to share with you guys an unlisted link to something we've been working on. You see, the past week or so Ben and I have been developing a scene for a director's workshop course he's currently taking. The course requires a casting call, rehearsal, and then shooting of whatever sequence you pick.
Here, we just didn't people for rehearsal. But instead of running a generic casting call and getting some bad theater actor, we called some friends-of-friends and drove in actors from another city (200 miles or so) to participate in it. Why? Because when you know the actors you want, that can deliver best for you, you go out and get them.
In this instance, we didn't so much go with a sure thing as we did take a chance on an actor, Corey Cleary-Stoner, who we had seen in some of our friend's work and really loved. He came, rehearsed a scene for the class with us all, and then had to return back to Dallas for the week. (We're shooting the scene on-location next week.) He was doing such a great job, that late in the night before the morning he was to leave, we decided to do a quick screen test with him- in costume in our backyard- to get a feel for his camera presence, and to have as a marker of his ability and 'look' for future projects we might cast him in.
The result is
[size="6"]The Atomic Screen Test
Anywho, we think he did a pretty phenomenal job, especially for just a dry-run single take, and wanted to share it with you guys. This all comes as preparation, on a bigger level, for the western feature we're continually trying to work out- and testing settings, speed, and new actors is all a part of that. Screen tests.
For those that may not know what a screen test is, it is essentially a pre-production tool that aids in casting and instilling confidence in choosing certain actors. It's amethod of determining the suitability of an actor or actress for performing on film and/or in a particular role. The performer is generally given a scene, or selected lines and actions, and instructed to perform in front of a camera to see if they are suitable. The developed film is later evaluated by the relevant production personnel such as the casting director and the director.
So yeah, check it out.