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Table Read Before Casting?

August 29, 2016

Table reads in casting rooms typically occur after a script has been written, and casting calls have occurred.  But sometimes, when filmmakers are in a casting room, and they have the benefit of listening to actors recite their lines, they being to think of way to improve their script, improve the cadence of their lines, or define their characters in a deeper or more significant way.

 

As a writer, one thing I’ve found helpful is to table read my lines in a casting room BEFORE I finalize my script, or conduct a casting session.  By holding a table read in a casting facility, I am able to listen to the lines as they would presumably be recited on film.  I’m able to assess how the lines sound in sequence of each other.  I’m able to determine if the lines have the right rhythm, and the right rat-a-tat-tat cadence.

 

Table reading in a casting room can also inspire your producers or crew to provide story line suggestions, improve lines, or even correct grammar.  All too often, scripts only go through 1 or 2 drafts at best without being read out loud.  By gathering volunteers involved in your production to participate in a table read in a casting facility, you’re giving yourself the ability to polish your story and optimize your script before commencing with the production process. Going through this process will position you for a greater level of success.

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