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Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre by Lenore DeKoven

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The Casting Process

The next step is perhaps the most challenging, the most timeconsuming, and often the most important part of the director’s work. Mike Nichols, the great stage and film director, has been known to say that he believes it is 85% of the work. At times it can be mystifying, arduous, entertaining, bewildering, and/or intensely frustrating. Because it is all these things and more, I feel that we must be as prepared as possible in terms of what we seek. The more structured we are in the way in which we go about trying to find exactly the right choice, the more satisfactory and productive the end result will be. Of course there is always a degree of luck involved, as well as the possibilities of ...

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