Correspondence with Helen:
First audition with Helen:
My directors notes from the audition with Helen:
- Great chemistry with Gabriel
- Very chatty, friendly and easy to get along with
- Can cry on cue – strong ability to convey emotion
- Great with improvisation exercises – really believable acting; especially in the heated improv exercise where her and Gabriel play a dysfunctional mother and son relationship
- Vey enthusiastic about being part of a student project
- Has experience being involved in other student projects
- I like the height different between here and Gabe; adds an interesting visual impact
- During improv her use of swearing worked really well – get her to recreate that when she says ‘Little bastard’ and ‘dog shit’ in ‘The Edge’ script
- She had already learnt the script, which means she’ll be able to pick up the newly formatted version very quickly
- Doesn’t seem deterred about filming on a cliff
- Has family in Brighton – which makes filming more convenient – won’t have to put her up in a hotel
- Only downfall is she doesn’t look as old as we would have liked; however, this can be altered with makeup and grey hair spray?
- Doesn’t have an Irish accent, but I’m happy with her current accent, feel she sounds like Imelda.
- Really nice eyes – will be good for some extreme close ups during filming – I wanted Imelda to have blue/green eyes – contrast with Gabriel’s brown eyes
As Joanna recommended, we have decided to hold an open casting on Thursday the 25th February. While I have little hope in finding someone who fits the role of Imelda, because the open casting is open to all age ranges and genders, and the character of Imelda is specifically a woman between 60-75 years old, I think the open casting will still be a good experience in terms of getting to direct a variety of different people etc. With our auditions for the role of Imelda we got our actresses to play out two improvisation exercises, as well as read out the first two pages of the actual script for our film, however, this is not possible in the open casting as the casting will be taken by two groups, therefore we can’t have a specific script, but rather a script that can be related to both projects. We decided on the following script:
Casting assessment for Susan:
Casting Assessment for Helen:
My biggest issue with Helen was the fact that she didn’t look as old as I had initially wanted for the character of Imelda, however, I was so impressed with her acting and the instantaneous chemistry between her and Gabriel, that I decided to go with her and tackle the issue of her not looking old enough by trying out techniques such as using grey hair spray to make her look older.
When it came to the day of shooting I did Helen’s hair and makeup in order to try and achieve making her look slightly older and fit the casting age of Imelda better. We purchased some grey hair spray which worked really effectively, and when I did Helen’s makeup I drew dark circles under her eyes to make her look haggard, and therefore aged.