PODCAST EPISODE 008: Hester Schell (Author, Casting Revealed: A Guide For Film Directors)

Alfred Hitchcock said that “Seventy-five percent of directing is casting.” Hester Schell tells us why. We also discuss why there aren’t more blockbuster tragedy movies, how to get rejected by a film festival jury, and a creative writing project involving a tunnel!


From her website:

Hester Schell is the author of “Casting Revealed: A Guide for Independent Filmmakers and Directors“, due in January 2011 from Michael Wiese Productions. She has taught film-acting at De Anza College, Notre Dame de Namur University, SF School of Digital Filmmaking and Film Arts Foundation. She is the creator of The Directors’ Retreat: Working with Actors, a weekend intensive for directors. Speaking engagements include Indie-Club, the Connecticut Screen Writers Association and the San Francisco Black Film Festival.

She will be directing a feature-length film based on an award-winning script, later this year in Massachusetts. The recent plays and screenplays she authored include: Colony Collapse, The Dark Room, Soul’s Messenger, and A Cup Of Coffee, written for the New England Russian Theatre Festival.

She has recently directed: Provincetown Playwrights Festival, New England Russian Theatre Festival. Shorts: Ju$T Under A Million (narrative comedy), which premiered at the Beverly Hills High Definition Film Festival and airing on cable in Austin, Dallas and Atlanta on the Hottv channel.; Blankets for Afghanistan (documentary) broadcast through Free Speech TV. Other film festivals include: Cannes, Cinequest, San Francisco International Film Festival, Rochester and Boston Film Festivals and others.

3 thoughts on “PODCAST EPISODE 008: Hester Schell (Author, Casting Revealed: A Guide For Film Directors)

  1. What a help and inspiration, Hester has pulled all her life experiences together and come up with this! Thank you for sharing your wisdom, your insights.

  2. Great to hear a director talking about directing. How to interact with actors in a professional way. Civil, ethical and right action in a profession seen mostly from tabloids that are only about gossip. What a joy hearing Hester Schell guide all of us to see film making, theater and casting revealed as art in a professional way. Thanks

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