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Casting Workshop

Friday, Jan 26 at 1pm
Gulbenkian Theater, LAU Beirut

After you finish writing a script for a film, your ideas and images of how the film will look like starts to become real in the production process. However, reality might not be as you imagined, but it could be better if you know the skills and techniques in film making. One of the very important phases in this process is casting, because actors are our direct contact with the audience. Casting For Film Workshop (by Petra Sarhal) will provide you with practical techniques in finding good actors that fit the roles you created. Moreover, it will help you understand how your vision of the character can be communicated with the actors, who are auditioned, in order to assist them in achieving their best performance.


Discuss two selected scripts and prepare a cast breakdown.
Discuss the process of casting in terms of camera, actors’ preparation, and script. Then, participants will be divided into two groups: actors and directors, where each group is given certain tasks for the casting session.
Watch the auditions and discuss the way to communicate with actors and how to know who is good for the role.
Watch and discuss part of a film by Abbas Kiarostami, Through the Olive Trees, to look at realness and fakeness in performance.

About Petra Sarhal

Petra Serhal is a Lebanese performance maker and actress. She graduated from the Theatre Department in the Lebanese University, Institute of Fine Arts with a Diploma of Higher Studies in Acting (2005). She received her MA Body in Performance (2015) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, UK. Throughout her career, she collaborated with multi-disciplinary artists and lmmakers. She also worked with Rabih Mroué and Lina Majdalani on several projects. In 2010, she started her collaboration with Dictaphone Group, a research and performance collective that creates live performances based on research on space. Her performances include “The Mourned” in 2011, “Project Martyr” a work in progress; Her collaborations with Dictaphone Group include “This Sea is Mine” in 2012, “The Bus Cemetery” in 2012, “Nothing to Declare” in 2013. Her essay “Beware of the Image” has been published in Ibraaz.

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