An opportunity to spend a day with Casting Director, Amanda Rees. Up to 18 financial Equity members will work intensively with Amanda by doing a read through, recording takes and reviewing the footage and discussing the performance. All participants will be able to observe this process. Our sincere thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission for their support.
Bio of host:
Amanda trained at Toi Whakaari graduating in 1990. She now works primarily as a casting director and theatre director, with only the occassional acting gig. Her skills as a theatre director come into play in the audition room as she is able to direct actors using a variety of techniques depending on what each individual actor needs or relates to most easily. Amanda started in casting as an assistant to Christina Asher in 1999 and then worked with Fiona Edgar as a co-casting director for several years before Fiona took time out to be a full time mother and to concentrate on her acting career. Working independently since 2003 Amanda primarily, but not exclusively, casts tvc’s, the breatd and butter for actors. Recent film castings include the short film Eleven (selected for Berlin Festival) and Erebus: Operation Overdue (doco drama – winner of four awards at the Documentary Edge Festival including Best Feature and Best Directing).