April 27, 2016 at 9:28PM


How do you find cast and crew for no-budget films?

I'm curious to hear about everyone's processes for finding talented, dedicated collaborators, especially when you're working on projects with tiny budgets.

Do you use online resources like StaffMeUp, Mandy, and Stage32 to find people? Or do you opt for real-world resources like film commissions, universities, and local film groups? What are your favorite resources for finding new collaborators?

Most importantly, what have you done that's actually worked for you in terms of finding quality trustworthy people to work on your films? What hasn't worked, and why?


Mostly I ask people I have met in school which turned out as really good actors for my cast (there are quiet a few in every school or college, just look into the theater groups and curses to find some). For my crew I ask people from which I know they're familiar with the kind of gear I'm using (they don't have to know everything about every piece of equipment but a member of an independent band f. e. knows a lot about sound recording and mixing for example).
Otherwise ask some people from filmschool, or just join some fb groups. Most people are more open to make a film with you, if it's not commercial, than you might think. Just ask them. They will be happy to be asked. Believe me.

April 28, 2016 at 2:23PM, Edited April 28, 2:25PM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

I usually ask my university colleagues and former students, as well as friends and family. Believe it or not, a lot of people are interested in being part of a movie, regardless of how good or bad it is. Then I set a rehearsal day to go over the script and storyboard. The main problem is that they often don't think like actors and filmmakers, so you have to be a good teacher to try and get them into that groove. The fact it's no budget means you have to find ways to beat limitations like these by being a good leader.

May 6, 2016 at 8:44PM

Charles Duoto
Studio Floor Director

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