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LOOKING BEHIND THE GLASS with DISNEY TV CASTING DIRECTORS SARA GOLDBERG SHERMAN & AARON DROWN
Week 1 - FEBRUARY 8th - Introduction to Animation & Cold-Read Auditions
As an introduction to Animation, the class will be watching a sampling of
animated shows, and talking about the different acting styles in each example.
The second part of class will be focused on Cold-Reading. Audition sides will be
distributed and each actor will choose one that suits their strengths. The class
will discuss character creation and dissecting sides.
NO CLASS ON FEBRUARY 15th, PRESIDENT'S DAY
Week 2 - FEBRUARY 22nd - Prepared Audition Class
Each actor will prepare 2 audition sides, which they will perform. The emphasis
of the class will be on finding your voice, knowing your strengths, ad-libs and
improvisation, making strong choices, differentiating yourself from others, and
competing against the professional voice-actors.
Week 3 - FEBRUARY 29th - Table-Reading
The class will be doing an ensemble table-read of two animated episodes, and
then the class will watch the actual episodes and discuss.
Q & A at the end of class.
Week 4 - MARCH 7th - The Casting Process - A Peek Behind The Glass
Actors will be performing an audition again with new sides, and then the class
will trace those auditions through the actual casting process to illustrate how
the process works.
Actors will play the role of executive, and will get to pick and choose which
auditions get eliminated, who gets presented to the bosses, which voice was
actually cast then fired and who was recast, and so on. This will give the class
a better idea of how Animation Casting works.
SARA GOLDBERG SHERMAN- Director, Casting & Talent Relations
Sara Goldberg Sherman has been casting cartoons for Disney Television Animation for the
past 9 years and has worked in the world of animation for over 13 years.
Currently she oversees the casting on Disney Channel's PHINEAS AND FERB, FISH
HOOKS, GRAVITY FALLS, and WANDER OVER YONDER (set to premiere this fall). She is responsible for the VO cast on all animated Disney Channel pilots, roughly 4 per year. Additionally, her credits include MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE, YIN, YANG, YO,
CLUB PENGUIN and SUPER ROBOT MONKEY TEAM HYPERFORCE GO!
AARON DROWN - Director, Casting
With over a decade of casting experience in feature and television animation,
Aaron currently works as a Manager of Casting at Disney Television Animation
where he oversees pilot and series casting and recording. Some of his recent series include JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES, STAR WARS: REBELS, RANDY CUNNINGHAM: 9th GRADE NINJA, KICK BUTTOWSKI: SUBURBAN DAREDEVIL and the upcoming series PICKLE & PEANUT. In addition to Disney, he has also worked on projects for Hulu, Amazon, Marvel, Netflix, Lucasfilm and LEGO. He has two EMMY nominations for Outstanding Casting in an Animated Series or Special.
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