Acting & Performing: Discussing Casting Processes

With a variation of different acting and performance masterclasses at this year’s ASFF and guest speakers ranging from actors and casting agents to drama training professionals, there is something suitable for everyone.

One of ASFF’s 2016 masterclasses invites Casting Network’s, Nicci Topping to discuss the casting process and advise actors and film creators how to correctly use agencies. This masterclass is aimed at actors/actresses who are looking to promote their career and increase their chances of being cast for desired roles. It is also ideal for film producers and directors, as it aims to show the positive effects of using casting agencies to find the talent most suitable for the character you are creating. Topping, who has cast films for the likes of Gorgon City and Chase & Status, will share with her audience how to use an agency to result in a positive effect on a project or assist in the development of your career as an actor.

Another guest-speaker present at ASFF this year is Edward Hicks, Head of Film, TV & Radio at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Starting out his career in the West-End as a child actor and later pursuing a further career in acting, he has screen credits for Casualty, Doctors and Channel 4’s Summer Lightning. Hicks is a London Film School graduate and as well as his success in acting, he is an experienced producer whose short films have been screened at various film festivals. His directing credits include a range of clips in different genres – from promotional material and corporate videos, to dramas. Hicks has taught at a number of drama schools and has examined the relationship between actors and directors. Throughout his time as ASFF the acclaimed actor and director will advise how to get the most out of performers and give an insight to the methods behind creating a successful dramatic piece. Hicks has a wide skill set across all areas of the film industry, making his appearance at ASFF an exciting one that should not be missed by anyone with an interest in acting and performance.

BAFTA qualifying ASFF runs from 3 – 6 November. You can find out more about the 2016 Masterclasses online:

1. Jim Poyner.