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ACTOR MARKETING SEMINAR, ACTORS CENTRE, LONDON 26 November

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Nancy Bishop, CSA will teach a special one hour and a half marketing seminar for actors. Please bring along your photo and CV in printed form for feedback. In this seminar the following topics will be included. How to self tape, choose a winning headshot,  organize a CV, create a website, and activate an interactive web presence using attraction marketing, and social media to draw casters to  you.
 The Actors Centre
1A Tower St, WC2H 9NP
class bookings: 0207 240 3940
Email: reception@actorscentre.co.uk
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AUDITIONING AND MARKETING CLASS IN PARIS, JANUARY, 2014

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Audition and Screen Acting Technique
3-Day Master Class in Paris

Nancy Bishop, CSA Casting Director and author, of Secrets from the Casting Couch, offers special Master Classes in Paris, January 24-26, 2014.

Summary: This three day intensive series of Master Classes is designed for actors who wish to brush up on their professional on screen audition skills as well as to make connections in the international acting community. Each actor will get professional feedback and a copy of their scene work. The three day Master Class will be co-taught by Joel Kirby, Head Acting Coach of the Nancy Bishop Technique.

Class Schedule:

Friday, 24th January 2014
09:30 Meet at venue for welcome coffee, and introduction.
10:00-13:30 Marketing Seminar for International Work
In this seminar, actors will learn how to present themselves for international work; how to
crack into the US and European markets. Marketing skills covered will include how to
develop an effective CV, chose a key photo for headshots, and create a show reel and
website. Casting videos from successful actors will be screened.
13:30 Lunch
14:30-18:00 Archetype Workshop. Actors should bring their photos and CVs for discussion. The
class will view and critique one another’s headshots, helping to pinpoint a key archetypal
image for each actor.

Saturday, 25th January 2014
10:00-13:30 Master Class: Strategies for Film Auditioning
13:30 Lunch
14:30-18:00 continuation of Master Class. This section targets specific strategies for casting, including cold reading skills, and audition technique. Actors will be assigned scenes from a variety of genres to prepare for the following day.

Sunday, 26th January 2014
10:00-13:30 Master Class Scene Study. Actors will further develop auditioning and screen acting skills with a mock casting by taping and reviewing scenes.
13:30 Lunch
14:30-18:00 continuation of shooting scenes followed by reviewing and critique.
18:00 Farewell drink.

About Nancy: Emmy-award nominated, American Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, has cast over sixty American and British films, from her base in Prague. She has cast for major feature films including and Mission Impossible IV, Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist, Prince Caspian, Bourne Identity, and she recently finished the European casting on Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer, starring Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, and Octavia Spencer. She is currently casting the International TV Series, Crossing Lines, starring Donald Sutherland and Marc Lavoine. She has been teaching film acting workshops throughout Europe, the UK, and the US for many years. In addition, Nancy is the founding head of the Acting for Film Department at the Prague Film School.

About Nancy’s best-selling book (published by Methuen Drama) Secrets from the Casting Couch: Why is it that so many good actors don’t perform well at auditions? “Secrets from the Casting Couch” gives practical advice for actors, written from a Casting Director’s point of view, teaching the craft of film auditioning in front of camera. This best-selling book shows how actors can work with today’s internet technologies to book roles featuring advice and actual exercises that achieve results in the casting studio. The book will be available for a discounted price of 10 EUR.

About Joel: Joel Kirby and Nancy Bishop have been collaborating for many years, on casting and coaching. Joel was crucial to the development of the Bishop technique of screen actor coaching. A professional actor himself, he resides in Berlin. His international film acting credits include, Babylon A.D., Euro Trip, Harrison´s Flowers, Hitler: The Rise of Evil, Anne Frank: The Whole Story, Beyond the Sea, The Ghostwriter (directed by Roman Polanski) and Faust directed by Alexandr Sokurov, awarded the 2011 Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice. German films credits include, Drei Schwestern: Made in Germany, Erkan und Stefan and most recently award-winning Hannah Arendt directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Joel has collaborated with Nancy on casting many projects including Hellboy, Mirrors, and The Illusionist.

About Paris: Meet and work with actors form all over Europe in beautiful Paris, “La Ville-Lumière” – The City of Light.
The master classes will take place at Studio Name in Paris (district or description of the area “close to Notre Dame and the Seine, etc). France: “the birthplace of cinema” responsible for many of its early significant contributions is also of particular interest to actors because of its rich, cultural and theatre history, cuisine and fashion, and because hundreds of international film makers and large scale studios flock to here each year to shoot films.

MASTER CLASS INFO:
WHAT: AUDITION AND SCREEN ACTING TECHNIQUE MASTER CLASSES IN PARIS OVER THREE DAYS
WHEN: 24-26 January, 2014 (10:00-18:00)
WHERE: Studio Name, Adr…..
COSTS: Class fee: TBA, please inquire at workshops@nancybishopcasting.com

ACCOMODATION INFORMATION: Because participants may require different levels of budget/comfort, the organizers will recommend several different contacts for accommodation options.

HOW TO REGISTER: Please send a photo and CV to Master Class coordinator Eirin Forsberg, emf4@me.com Preference will be given to serious career actors, with a commitment to skill enrichment. The 3-day Master Class space is limited, and we anticipate the class will fill up quickly so please register soon.
For Further info: www.nancybishopcasting.com and artists4film.com

FILM ACTING MASTERCLASSES IN VIENNA

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Film Acting and Audition Technique
2-Day Master Class

Nancy Bishop, CSA Casting Director and author, of Secrets from the Casting Couch, offers special Master Classes Vienna, Austria November 9-10, 2013.

Summary: This two day intensive series of Master Classes is designed for actors who wish to brush up on their professional on screen audition skills as well as to make connections in the international acting community. Each actor will get professional feedback and a copy of their scene work. The two day Master Class will be co-taught by Joel Kirby, Workshop Manager and Head Acting Coach of the Nancy Bishop Technique.

Class Schedule:

Saturday, 9th November 2013*
10:00 Meet at venue for welcome coffee and orientation.
11:00-17:00 Master Class: Screen Acting Technique
Day 1 – Actors will watch and critique actual film castings of successful actors and discuss the techniques they used. Actors then participate in a series of exercises that develop effective methods that work on camera. Material covered will include close-up vs. wide shot techniques, playing an inner monologue and playing in the eyes. At the end of class, actors will be assigned a scene to prepare for mock castings the next day.
Sunday, 10th November 2013*
11:00-17:00 Master Class: Strategies for Screen Casting –Scene Study
Day 2 – Actors will apply the techniques they learned on Day One to perform a casting session in front of camera. The scenes, chosen from actual film scripts from projects that Nancy has cast, will include a variety of genres ranging from historical drama, to action/thriller to sci-fi. This mock casting enables actors to further develop their auditioning and screen acting skills. The scenes will be taped and reviewed.
17:00 Farewell drink

*Note: There will be a one-hour lunch break during the day

About Nancy: Emmy-award nominated, American Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, has cast over sixty American and British films, from her base in Prague. She has cast for major feature films including and Mission Impossible IV, Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist, Prince Caspian, Bourne Identity, and she recently finished the European casting on Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer, starring Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, and Octavia Spencer. She is currently casting the feature film, Child 44 produced by Ridley Scott and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Hardy, and Gary Oldman. She has been teaching film acting workshops throughout Europe, the UK, and the US for many years. In addition, Nancy is the founding head of the Acting for Film Department at the Prague Film School.

About Nancy’s best-selling book (published by Methuen Drama) Secrets from the Casting Couch: Why is it that so many good actors don’t perform well at auditions? Secrets from the Casting Couch gives practical advice for actors, written from a casting director’s point of view, teaching the craft of film auditioning in front of camera. This best-selling book shows how actors can work with today’s internet technologies to book roles, and features advice and actual exercises that achieve results in the casting studio. The book will be available for a discounted price of 10 EUR.

About Joel: Joel Kirby and Nancy Bishop have been collaborating for many years, on casting and coaching. Joel was crucial to the development of the Bishop technique of screen actor coaching. A professional actor himself, he resides in Berlin. His international film acting credits include, Babylon A.D., Euro Trip, Harrison´s Flowers, Hitler: The Rise of Evil, Anne Frank: The Whole Story, Beyond the Sea, The Ghostwriter (directed by Roman Polanski) and Faust directed by Alexandr Sokurov, awarded the 2011 Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice. German films credits include, Drei Schwestern: Made in Germany, Erkan und Stefan and most recently award-winning Hannah Arendt directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Joel has collaborated with Nancy on casting many projects including Hellboy, Mirrors, and The Illusionist.

About Vienna: Rich in history and culture. Once home to the Hapsburgs and center of their European reign, today Vienna is an international center for the business, commerce and arts, especially theater and film. Located on the beautiful Danube the city is immersed with a blend of old-world charm and modern 21st century development. The two day workshop will be held in FOTOLOFT.AT a beautiful, expansive photographic studio spread over two floors in the center of Vienna.

MASTER CLASS INFO:
WHAT: FILM ACTING AND AUDITION TECHNIQUE MASTER CLASSES IN VIENNA OVER TWO DAYS
WHEN: 09-10 November, 2013 (11:00-17:00)
WHERE: FOTOLOFT.AT Schweidlgasse 15/18, 1020 Vienna, Austria
COSTS: Class fee: 300,00 EUR. Price also includes a link to your scene work after the course.

ACCOMODATION INFORMATION: Because participants may require different levels of budget/comfort, the organizers will recommend several different contacts for accommodation options.

HOW TO REGISTER: Please send a photo and CV to workshop manager Joel Kirby at application@nancybishopcasting.com Preference will be given to serious career actors, with a commitment to skill enrichment. The 2-day Master Class space is limited, and we anticipate the class will fill up quickly so please register soon.
For Further info: www.nancybishopcasting.com

NANCY IS CURRENTLY UPDATING “SECRETS FROM THE CASTING COUCH”

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The new title of Nancy’s revised book will be “Auditioning for Film and TV.” Nancy would like to update the headshots session and would love sample headshot to discuss. Please submit both “good” headshots (that helped you book work) and former headshots that you think didn’t work so well. Please send to secrets.casting.couch@gmail.com. Many Thanks,
Nancy

CANNES PANEL DISCUSSION

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PANEL DISCUSSION
Where: The UK Pavilion, Cannes Festival
When: Monday, 20 May, 2013
Time: 12:00 noon-13:00
Supported by the Cannes Producers Network

CLICK HERE TO SEE A VIDEO: http://www.weareukfilm.com/news/2013-05-30/casting-and-greenlight-cannes-2013

PURPOSE: This panel discussion will offer concrete strategies to independent producers and directors who are seeking star talent in the process of taking developing projects and turning them into “go” projects.

CASTING AND THE GREENLIGHT.
The Chicken and the Egg Problem.

Any producer is familiar with this conundrum. You can get financing if you have a star player. But how can you get a star without financing? Informal ‘reads’, expressions of interest, letters of intent? Or Pay or Play offers? How do you work with the gatekeepers, whose job it is to avoid making commitments and having their clients “shopped” to induce such commitments? How does the agent or the manager balance such concerns against the need to find good material and solid commitments? These are the questions and issues for an independent producer.

This panel, composed of accomplished casting directors, agents and producers will discuss the casting director-producer relationship. Topics will include specific strategies for negotiating for cast, without financing already in place. The panel will discuss how the producer, the casting director and the financier can work towards creative solutions during the development period.

Panelists will include:

Nancy Bishop, CSA (moderator) is an Emmy-nominated casting director, author of Secrets from the Casting Couch, acting coach, and head of the Film Acting Department at the Prague Film School. With more than 80 major feature film and television projects among her credits, Nancy has cast hundreds of actors throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Nancy has been retained as casting director by dozens of major screen producers and directors, including Brad Bird, (Mission Impossible IV), Roman Polanski (Oliver), and Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer). She also was nominated for an Emmy Award for her casting work on Anne Frank: The Whole Story, ABC/Disney Studios. Nancy, based in Prague, works internationally casting actors from both Europe and North America. Nancy is author of the book, Secrets From The Casting Couch. She is currently the European casting director for Ridley Scott’s Child 44, starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, and November Man, directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Pierce Brosnan.

Cassian Elwes Considered an expert in the field of arranging financing and distribution for independent films, Cassian Elwes has set some kind of a record having done so for 283 films during his tenure at William Morris Independent. Having begun his career as a producer in 1983 with Oxford Blues with Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy, he went on to make 29 more before creating William Morris Independent, joined while he was there by panel member Rena Ronson, now at United Talent Agency. Notable successes there include multiple Oscar winner The English Patient, Slingblade, The Apostle and Halle Berry’s Oscar winning performance in Monster’s Ball.
The Hollywood Reporter recently wrote that Elwes was “involved in a virtual who’s who of every great independent film of the last ten years” with films such as Thank You For Smoking, Half Nelson, and Frozen River (the last two of which garnered Oscar nominations for Ryan Gosling and Melissa Leo respectively). Since leaving William Morris Independent, Elwes has been involved in arranging financing and distribution for 24 more films including Lawless, directed by John Hillcoat, The Road, starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, and the thriller The Paperboy, in competition in Cannes 2012 directed by Lee Daniels (Precious), starring Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron. Elwes is currently producing the period drama The Butler, also directed by Lee Daniels, featuring Forest Whitaker as the eponymous Butler, and a huge ensemble cast including Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Vanessa Redgrave, and Robin Williams, amongst many others. He is also producing The Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints in the Critic’s Week in Cannes 2013 starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster, and Hateship, Loveship which stars Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld and Nick Nolte. Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert, and a new film by director JC Chandor (Margin Call) starring Robert Redford are either completed or in preparation.

Nancy Nayor, CSA Nancy Nayor grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and began her casting career off-Broadway at Manhattan Theater Club in New York, then moved to Los Angeles where she worked as Senior Vice President of Feature Film Casting for Universal Studios. There she enjoyed overseeing casting for Universal’s yearly slate of films including numerous projects for Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Ron Howard, Oliver Stone, Sam Raimi, John Hughes and more. She spent 14 years at Universal and then opened her own freelance casting company in 1997, Nancy Nayor Casting, and has since cast such films as The Whole Nine Yards, Road Trip, Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Grudge, When A Stranger calls, Nim’s Island, Kit Kittredge: American Girl, as well as Wes Craven’s Scream 4. She recently finished casting The Town That Dreaded Sundown with Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum producing for MGM.

Rena Ronson is co-head of the Independent Film Group at leading talent and literary agency UTA. One of the industry’s pre-eminent packaging and finance executives in independent film, Ronson is focused on developing global film finance, distribution and marketing strategies for independent and co-financed studio features. Ronson also oversees an indie group known for packaging and/or representing many of the highest-profile and critically-praised independently-financed films from a diverse range of American and international filmmakers including Wes Anderson, James Ponsoldt, Andrew Adamson, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, David Michôd, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, Noah Baumbach, Mike Mills, Drake Doremus, Sean Durkin, and Joachim Trier, as well as new voices such as Haifaa Al-Mansour and Asghar Farhadi. Ronson recently helped lead the UTA Independent Film Group to a successful 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it sold numerous films including Stephanie Meyer and Jerusha Hess’s Austenland, John Krokidas’s Kill Your Darlings, Lake Bell’s In a World and James Ponsoldt’sThe Spectacular Now. Ronson has also been involved in the intricate co-production financing of several films including Afonso Poyart’s Solace starring Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell. In addition, she was instrumental in putting together the financing for Carter Smith’s Jamie Marks Is Dead, Stuart Blumberg’s Thanks for Sharing starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins, and Freezing People is Easy. This Errol Morris film is based on an episode of the podcast This American Life and stars Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig and Christopher Walken. Prior to joining UTA, Ronson was co-head of William Morris Independent where she helped secure financing and distribution for more than 150 films and was involved in over 500 titles, including library packages, feature films and documentaries. During her 11-year career at William Morris, she put together creative financing structures and represented films from a diverse range of directors including Alfonso and Carlos Cuaron, Gus Van Sant, Woody Allen, Jason Reitman, Marc Forster, Dito Montiel and Miguel Arteta, as well as independent features including Thank You For Smoking; Monster’s Ball; Hard Candy, The Cooler, and Oscar-nominated films including Frozen River, Half Nelson, Away From Her, and Academy Award winning documentary, The Cove. In 2008, Ronson was instrumental in putting together a partnership with Screen Capital International to form the film financing entity Incentive Filmed Entertainment. Through this venture, she packaged and helped put together Don Roos’ Love And Other Impossible Pursuits starring Natalie Portman, and Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Additionally, she helped raise funding for established production entities including the Donner Company and Mark Canton Company. Prior to joining The William Morris Agency, Ronson ran Lakeshore International.

Elizabeth Simpson is a talent agent who lives and works in Paris. Headquartered on the Boulevard Montparnasse in Paris she represents an exotic list of more than 180 actors and actresses including such prestigious contemporary talent as Clemence Poésy, Ludivine Sagnier and Christa Théret. Her substantial client list also includes well established figures from the French film world such as Alexandra Stewart and Miou-Miou and, besides Actors and Actresses she also represents a potent list of young French writers and directors.

Derek Power is a British born Beverly Hills based personal manager specialising in the representation of an eclectic group of largely international artists–actors, directors, and composers. Casting Sting in his first starring role in the MGM film Brimstone & Treacle lead him into a thirty year relationship with the band The Police, and an on-going relationship with Composer, Performer and Filmmaker Stewart Copeland. He guided Sir Ben Kingsley into a series of films including Sexy Beast, Anne Frank, and The House Of Sand And Fog. These earned Kingsley multiple acting awards as well as two Oscar nominations. Current actor clients include Sibel Kekilli, who stars as Shae on HBO’s worldwide hit Game Of Thrones. Kekilli (co-represented with Wasted Management and Sibylle Breitbart in Berlin) was awarded the Golden Bear as Best Actress at the 2004 Berlinale, as well as the Lola for her extraordinary performance in Fatih Akin’s Head-On as well as another Lola in 2010 for When We Leave. Czech actor Jiri Madl at 25 is one of the biggest film and TV comedy stars in Central Europe.
Among other clients Power works with are Directors Robert Dornhelm and Claudio Faeh. Dornhelm completed K2 for RAI andThe Amanda Knox Story for RAI and Lifetime in Rome and Perugia, Italy, having previously filmed a lush theatrical version of Puccini’s La Boheme not long before. His monumental 8 hour recreation of Tolstoy’s War And Peace starring Clemence Poésy (amongst others) followed the Emmy nominated Steven Spielberg mini-series Into The West for DreamWorks/TNT . Faeh has four projects including Leaving Sarajevo, Northmen and Priority Run all in advance stages of assembly with co-production partners in the US, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa and Canada. Casting Director and Author Nancy Bishop rounds out the list of Power’s Prague based clients.
Composer clients include sought-after French Composer Eric Neveux, working non stop on powerful films like Ziad Doueri’s L’Attentat (The Attack), Luc Jacquet’s newest Once Upon a Forest and Rachid Bouchareb’s upcoming Enemy Mine. Legendary British minimalist Michael Nyman, whose score for James Marsh’s Man On Wire recreation of Phillippe Petit’s amazing walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in 1974 helped earn the film’s Best Documentary Oscar in 2009. Nyman’s haunting The Piano score sold more than 4,000,000 copies worldwide.
Power’s Producer or Executive producer/company’s current projects include Jean Pierre Dutilleux’s TRIBES mini-series and recent First Amendment sensation Romeo Killer, prior films include Claudio Faeh’s Sniper: Reloaded release for Sony’s Stage 6, Stewart Copeland’s 2006 Sundance entry Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, Dennis Hopper’s The Hot Spot and Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse. Power has produced numerous videos and a television series on Showtime. He has participated in the sale or distribution worldwide of more than 100 motion pictures, including the Peter Weir films The Last Wave and Picnic At Hanging Rock and has also acted as Executive Music Producer for numerous feature films, most notably the original Highlander, with its landmark score and songs composed by Queen and Michael Kamen.

CANNES AUDITION WORKSHOP, 18 MAY

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CASTING WORKSHOP FOR INTERNATIONAL ACTORS CANNES, FRANCE – May 2013
Nancy Bishop, CSA Casting Director, and Derek Power, Manager, Kahn Power Pictures will be in Cannes to host a casting workshop

In this workshop, actors will have the opportunity for coaching and critique by industry professionals. It is ideal for actors who wish to improve auditioning skills in English and make valuable connections for international work. Actors will be assigned scenes in advance to prepare for this three hour workshop. Nancy Bishop (US/Prague) will provide one-on-one coaching, with her proven technique, outlined in her book, Secrets from the Casting Couch. Subsequently, the scenes will be taped, reviewed and critiqued by Derek Power, Beverly Hills based talent manager and film producer.

Nancy Bishop, has cast more than sixty films from her base in Prague ranging from large scale studio pictures, such as Mission Impossible IV, Prince Caspian, Bourne Identity, to independent films such as The Illusionist. Nancy handled European casting on the new ABC series, Missing, the international crime series Crossing Lines (Tandem Productions) starring Donald Sutherland and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on Anne Frank, the Whole Story. She is also a top ranked acting coach and teacher. At the Prague Film School, she founded the Acting for Film Program, and penned the best-selling book, Secrets from the Casting Couch. Ms. Bishop is currently casting Child 44 a Ridley Scott Production starring Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy.

Derek Power is a Beverly Hills based film producer, talent and artists’ manager. Together with his wife, award winning HBO producer Ilene Kahn Power they run Kahn Power Pictures-KPIX: a diverse talent management and production company concentrating on international co-production. KPIX has just aired its highly controversial Romeo Killer, starring Eric McCormack, Matt Barr and Lolita Davidovich for Lifetime. Together their producing credits include: Claudio Faeh’s Sniper:Reloaded, HBO’s Gia starring Angelina Jolie, CBS’ Elvis, Dennis Hopper’s The Hot Spot, Peter Weir’s The Last Wave, and Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse. Power’s international film sales experience includes the global distribution of over 100 motion pictures. As Executive Music Producer he supervised the original Highlander, its subsequent sequels and TV series with music by Queen. Currently KPIX is preparing two international miniseries and a 12-hour documentary series.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION:
When: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Time: 10-13:00
Where: near Centre Ville, Cannes – exact location will be announced upon acceptance Cost: 110 EUR
Signed copies Secrets from the Casting Couch available for 10 EUR (normally 15 EUR) Registration Instructions:
How to register: The workshop is limited to 14 participants, and we anticipate the workshop to fill up quickly so please register soon. Please send your CV and photo to organizer: Eirin Forsberg, emf4@me.com For further information see nancybishopcasting.com and artists4film.com

CHILD 44

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Feature Film: Child 44

Director: Daniel Espinosa
Producer: Ridley Scott and Scott Free Productions, Lionsgate
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman
Shooting in Prague: July-Aug, 2013

Based on the first of a trilogy by Tom Rob Smith and set in the Stalin era of the Soviet Union. The plot is about an idealistic pro-Stalin security officer who decides to investigate a series of murders. He gets demoted and exiled but decides, with just the help of his wife, to continue pursuing the case.

Currently seeking child actors:
We need mostly boys age 7-12 who speak English, preferably with a Slavic accent. Previous acting experience is not necessary. Director is happy to work with amateurs. There are a few non-speaking roles also. All children should look Russian.

We also need a few girls age 7-11 who speak English but look Russian.

Please contact assistant@nancybishopcasting.com. Please send two recent photos of your child, one of just the face, and one with the entire body. We will make appointments for interviews by email.

Auditions:

When: Wednesday- Friday, 20-22 March

Where: Prague Playhouse Studios

Frantiska Krizka 1, 3rd floor, Prague 7, near Strossmayerovo nam.

Time: 4.00-5:30pm

What to expect: We will be taking photos and interviewing kids. If there is time, we will do improvisations. Some children may be given text and asked to come back when there is more time.

SUMMER MASTERCLASS IN PRAGUE

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Audition and Screen Acting Technique

3-Day Master Class

Nancy Bishop, CSA Casting Director and author, of Secrets from the Casting Couch, offers special Master Classes in her home city of Prague, July 20-22, 2012.

Summary: This three day intensive series of Master Classes is designed for actors who wish to brush up on their professional on screen audition skills as well as to make connections in the international acting community. Each actor will get professional feedback and a copy of their scene work.

Class  Schedule:

Friday, 20th July 2012

10:30                   Meet at venue for welcome coffee and orientation.

11:00                   Marketing Seminar for International Work

In this seminar, actors will learn how to present themselves for international work; how to crack into the US and European markets. Marketing skills covered will include how to develop an effective C.V, chose a key photo for headshots, and create a show reel and website. Casting videos from successful actors will be screened.

13:00                   Lunch

14:30-17:00      Archetype Workshop.

Actors should bring their photos and C.V.s for discussion. The class will view and critique another’s headshots, helping to pinpoint a key archetypal image for each actor.

Saturday, 21st July 2012

11:00-13:00      Master Class: Strategies for Film Auditioning

13:00-14:00        Lunch

14:00-17:00        continuation of Master Class.

This section targets specific strategies for casting, including cold reading skills, and audition technique. Nancy will assign scenes from a variety of genres the actor will prepare for the following day.

Sunday, 22nd July 2012

11:00-13:00      Master Class: Scene Study.

Actors will further develop auditioning and screen acting skills with a mock casting by taping and reviewing scenes.

13:00-14:00      Lunch

14:00-17:00    continuation of shooting scenes, followed by critique.

17:00                 Farewell drink

About Nancy: Emmy-award nominated, American Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, has cast over sixty American and British films, from her base in Prague. She has cast for major feature films including and Mission Impossible IV, Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist, Prince Caspian, Bourne Identity, and she recently finished the European casting on Bong Joon-Ho’sSnowpiercer, starring Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, and Octavia Spencer. She is currently casting two feature films scheduled to shoot in Europe in 2013. She has been teaching film acting workshops throughout Europe, the UK, and the US for many years, and is the founding head of the Acting for Film Department at the Prague Film School.

About Nancy’s best selling book (published by Methuen Drama) Secrets from the Casting Couch: Why is it that so many good actors don’t perform well at auditions? Secrets from the Casting Couch gives practical advice for actors, written from a casting director’s point of view, teaching the craft of film auditioning in front of camera. This best selling book shows how actors can work with today’s internet technologies to book roles, and features advice and actual exercises that achieve results in the casting studio.  The book will be available for a discounted price of 10 EUR.

About Prague: Meet and work with actors form all over Europe in beautiful Prague, the Golden City filled with a thousand spires. The master classes will take place at Vivid Casting Studio in Prague 7, near Letna Park that looks out over Vlatva River onto the city.  Prague is also of particular interest to actors not only because of its rich theatre history (notably with former President/playwright Vaclav Havel) but because hundreds of film makers and large scale studios flock to Prague each year to shoot films.

MASTERCLASS INFO:

WHAT: AUDITION AND SCREEN ACTING TECHNIQUE MASTERCLASSES IN PRAGUE

WHEN: 20-22 July, 2012 (11:00-17:00)

WHEREVivid Casting Studio. Frantiska Krizka 1, Prague 7, Czech Republic.

COSTS: Early Registration (until June 20, 2012) Class fee: 350,00 EUR. Price also includes a link to your scene work after the course.

Class fee after June 20, 2012: 400,00 EUR

ACCOMODATION INFORMATION: Because participants may require different levels of budget/comfort, the organizers will recommend several different contacts for accommodation options.

HOW TO REGISTER: Please send a photo and CV to class organizer Joel Kirby at application@nancybishopcasting.com Preference will be given to serious career actors, with a commitment to skill enrichment. The 3-day masterclass space is limited, and we anticipate the class to fill up quickly so please register soon.

For Further info: www.nancybishopcasting.com

CASTING WORKSHOPS FOR INTERNATIONAL ACTORS– CANNES May 2012

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Nancy Bishop, CSA Casting Director will teach a series of casting workshops, with special guests Producer Ilene Kahn Power and Talent Manager, Derek Power

In this workshop, actors will have the opportunity for coaching and advice by industry professionals who are casting film and TV internationally. Ideal for actors who wish to improve auditioning skills in English and make valuable connections for international work, in this three-hour workshop actors will prepare assigned scenes in advance. Nancy Bishop (US/Prague) will provide one to one coaching, with the proven technique outlined in her book, Secrets from the Casting Couch. Subsequently, the scenes will be taped, reviewed and critiqued by Derek Power, or Ilene Kahn from Kahn Power Pictures.

Nancy Bishop, CSA, has cast more than sixty films from her base in Prague ranging from large scale studio pictures, such as Mission Impossible IV, Prince Caspian, and The Bourne Identity, to independent films such as The Illusionist and Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist . Nancy handled European casting on the new ABC series, Missing and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on Anne Frank, the Whole Story. She is also a top ranked acting coach and teacher. At the Prague Film School, she founded the Acting for Film Program, and penned the best-selling book, Secrets from the Casting Couch. Currently she is casting Snowpiercer with award winning Director Bong Joon-Li.

Ilene Kahn Power is an Award winning producer whose films have won multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Awards.  She has produced movies and miniseries such as GIA starring Angelina Jolie, Roswell starring Martin Sheen and Kyle Mclachlan, Stalin starring Robert Duvall and Maximillian Schell, White Mile, starring Alan Alda, Elvis, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Traffic the miniseries for USA Network, Fatherland starring Rutger Hauer, Buffalo Soldier starring Danny Glover and Who Is Clark Rockefeller starring Eric McCormack. Ilene Kahn Power  is a former Senior Executive with HBO Films where she developed and oversaw the production of over sixty films.  She is currently producing two feature length documentaries and is in active development on several motion pictures, series and miniseries.

Derek Power is a film producer and artists’ manager representing actors, directors, and composers. Together with his wife, Ilene Kahn Power, they run Kahn Power Pictures, Inc a Beverly Hills based talent management and production company. As Producer Power’ credit include Peter Weir‘s The Last Wave, Dennis Hopper’s The Hot Spot and Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse, and Sony’s recent Sniper: Reloaded. His earlier International Film Sales experience includes the worldwide distribution of more than 100 motion pictures.  Power was Executive Music Producer for numerous films and TV series notably Highlander. As his manager, Power guided actor Sir Ben Kingsley into a series of films including Sexy Beast, Anne Frank,and The House Of Sand And Fog all three of which earned Kingsley multiple acting nominations from Golden Globes to Oscars. A 30 year relationship with Stewart Copeland, Sting and The Police brought Power and Copeland and their film  Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out to its 2006 Sundance Festival premiere. Derek and Ilene Power are actively preparing more than a half-a-dozen new films and television projects.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION:

When: Sunday, 20 May, 2012
Time: 10-13:00 (first session with Nancy and Derek) 14:00-17:00 (second session )
Where: To Be Announced, Cannes.
Signed copies Secrets from the Casting Couch available for 10Eur (normally 15 EUR)
For fee details and to register: The workshops are limited to 14 participants, and we anticipate the workshops to fill up quickly so please register soon.  Please send your CV and photo to organizer: Eirin Forsberg, emf4@me.com
For further information see: nancybishopcasting.com and artists4film.com