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NM Film Focus: The Business of Casting

NM Film Focus: The Business of Casting

Awards, partnerships for New Mexico pros

Local Casting Giants have Partnered for Super Team

There are big moves afoot for some major players in the New Mexico film industry.

Casting Director Jo Edna Boldin and Casting Associate Marie Kohl McMaster, have successfully partnered over the past 14 years to cast hundreds of local talent in all types of productions.

The dynamic duo, whose names are already synonymous with professionalism, are new members of the Casting Society of America (CSA) – the 35-year-old association sets the industry standard for professionalism in the casting field. CSA serves as a support organization to further the goals and protect the interests of its members.

The long-standing achievements and impeccable reputation of the Boldin/McMaster team is now not only recognized by the many familiar with their track record of success, but elevated as members of this prestigious organization.

McMaster says, “It’s actually a very exciting venture for all of us. There are a lot more do’s and don’t’s and rules to follow in order to ensure that actors are being treated fairly. It’s always been extremely important to me to raise standards in New Mexico and make sure that all of our amazingly talented actors aren’t getting scammed or mistreated. Being part of CSA hopefully offers some validity to what I hope for for our growing film community.”

On top of this exciting development, the Boldin/McMater team is celebrating another achievement: two of their New Mexico productions are nominated for 2017 Artios Awards – the CSA award for Excellence in Casting. Both “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” and “Hell or High Water” are nominated in the feature film category this year. “Captain Fantastic,” Location Casting by New Mexico casting director Angelique Midthunder, is also honored with a nomination in the drama category.  Winners will be announced on Jan. 19.

For those outside of the industry, or just getting started, there is often confusion around what roles those in the casting community play.

McMaster explains, “Casting directors are hired by production companies to offer up/audition/present the best actors for the job. Talent agents represent those actors and present them to [casting directors]. One of our biggest pet peeves is the term casting agent. It doesn’t exist. it’s an absolute conflict of interest. [We] cannot represent an actor in any way, shape or form.”

Instruction from a casting director; however, can greatly aid in talent development. Completely independent of the casting process, classes and workshops by experienced professionals can be a powerful training tool for aspiring actors. McMaster’s own Audition 101 course is a local favorite. She hopes to get back to teaching it in 2017 as time and CSA regulations allow.

For a look at the work of these casting professionals check out their award-nominated New Mexico productions.

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New Mexico film expert Christa Valdez, of OneHeadlightInk.com and ChristaValdez.com, reports on movie industry news for ABQ Free Press.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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