Workshop Registration

Casting for Filmmakers

The workshop will cover the core responsibilities of the casting director during the pre-production stages with the director, producer and writer. Participants will learn how to address specific script needs; diversity & inclusive story-telling through casting; reaching out to Performers and their representatives; overseeing the audition process and working with talent; making recommendations for casts; as well as negotiating fees and deals;  maintaining casting budgets and managing contracts. Both union and non-union productions will be covered.

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking workshop is recommended as a prerequisite. This course is recommended as a companion to the Short Film Writing, Advanced Script Studio, Directing Dramatic Film, Producing Dramatic Film and Dramatic Film Editing workshop.​

Prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application. You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time for attendance and class participation. ONLINE workshops may be recorded for staff and facilitator assessment. Recorded material will not be made available to participants. Review all workshop policies before registering.

Mon 28 February 2022, 6 - 9 pm   
(Registration deadline is Mon 28 February 5:00 pm)

Instructor: Millie Tom

Millie Tom is a 2017 Canadian Screen Award Winner for Best Achievement in Casting which she shares with Deirdre Bowen, for their work on CBC series, Kim’s Convenience in its debut season. Toronto-based Casting Director with wide-ranging experience in casting series, shorts and features for film and television with special experience in diversity casting. As an independent Casting Director, Millie has worked with many of Canada’s finest directors, including: John L’Ecuyer, Jerry Ciccoritti, James Genn, Richie Mehta and Kate Melville. She has worked on independent features such as Picture Day, A Sunday Kind of Love and the recently wrapped feature film The Education of Fredrick Fitzell. As a Casting Associate with RDC Casting she helped with casting on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World; The Lookout; The Incredible Hulk (2008). Additionally, Millie is proud of her work with John Buchan Casting on Olivier Assayas’ feature film Clean, starring Maggie Cheung and Nick Nolte for Rhombus Media. Most recent credits include Ubisoft’s video games, Far Cry 5 and the 18th season of the docu-drama series, Air Emergencies/ Mayday for National Geographic (USA) and Discovery Channel in Canada. And currently Audio-Book casting for Penguin Random House Canada. She recently joined the Seneca College Faculty of Creative Arts and Animation teaching Auditioning for Camera.

Category: Writing & Directing
Maximum Capacity: 15
3 hours of instruction $60 /member$85 /nonmember