A Big Picture Look at Film Casting

Occurred on Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Guest Speaker: Matthew Lessell

Original event synopsis

Matt will speak on Who & What the CSA is and What They Do, The Casting Director and the Job of a CD, What an Independent CD Does and Advice to Actors.

About Matthew Lessall
Matt was born in London, raised in New York, educated in Indiana and London, and now based in Los Angeles, Matthew's life and casting experiences are equally diverse. Having cast successful, international, award-winning projects for film, television and new media, in the form of features, pilots and series; his primary recognition is on the indie film front. Matthew has also worked at major networks and studios; as Director of Feature Film Casting at 20th Century Fox, in-house casting consultant for the Fox Searchlab Writer/Director Program, and most recently, as in-house consultant to the new Paramount Pictures Television Studios. His award history includes being recipient of multiple Artios Award nominations, a 2015 coveted Palme d'or Award for Cannes winner "Chronic", for acclaimed Mexican director/producer Michel Franco and starring Tim Roth; 2016 Sundance selection "Frank & Lola" (starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots); 2016 SXSW selection Miss Stevens (starring Lily Rabe winner - Best Actress); and upcoming "Imperium" (starring Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Colette). Matthew cast two seasons of Warner Premiere's record-breaking webseries "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" (Machinima), and season 2 of Warner Digital's "Aim High" (Crackle) and produced/cast the festival circuit darling, "Reparation". His long list of festival films also include "Bait", an Official Entry at the Venice Film Festival, and productions/co-productions for Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands and the UK, where he also enjoys dual citizenship. His films have additionally premiered at TIFF, Sundance, SXSW, Austin Film Festival, San Sebastián, and the Los Angeles Film Festival. At Paramount, he worked on several 2016 TV projects; "Urban Cowboy" (FOX), "Shooter" (USA) and "Berlin Station" (Epix). Matthew is a member of ATAS, BAFTA and is the current Co-President of the Casting Society of America.

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