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An Interview with Anthony Vander, Writer, Director, Star of Casting Directors

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2017

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Casting Directors is a comedy webseries which focuses on the trials and tribulations of the acting industry, and in particular the casting process. 


What were your sources of inspiration when writing Casting Directors, and is any of the series based on personal experiences or showbiz anecdotes or the like?


I was really inspired by other comedy webseries such as Roll Safe and also the BBC programme People Just Do Nothing. In regards to any personal experiences I would say I've seen my fair share of interesting castings. 


To put the last question right on its head: If you put on an audition for one of your projects, what's this usually like for real?


In terms of having the actors read for the role it usually does bare resemblance to our show. The characters in Casting Directors are eccentric and slightly heightened but to be honest there are a fair few characters or shall I say personalities that are like that in real life and I have come across my fair share which provided inspiration for this project. 


You have chosen the "mockumentary" approach for Casting Directors - to put it bluntly, why?


At first we had the title as a documentary but then we changed it to a mockumentary. The reason for this is because we are partly mocking the industry but at the same time showing the fine line between what is real and what is not.


Do talk about the brand of humour of Casting Directors for a bit!


It's quite tongue and cheek humour. My message for the actors was to just be yourself and let your actions and the story play out and hopefully we find some truth in our comedy.


You also play one of the leads in Casting Directors - so what can you tell us about your character, your approach to him, and did you write Simba Slays with yourself in mind from the get-go?


Simba (the character I play) is in an eccentric outspoken character. He is one that feels that the industry owes him something and he also feels that he's almost above everyone else. With regards to to whether I was going to write it for myself, I knew this world pretty well and I knew these characters like Simba so I thought I could deliver the truth.


Do talk about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?


Well we have Ashley Rose Kaplan [Ashley Rose Kaplan interview - click here], who is the lead role of Cindy, and we also have Lawrence Watling [Lawrence Watling interview - click here], who is the role of Billy. Both actors I actually met at a casting workshop and the reason why I cast them was because they are brilliant actors and they understand comic timing. They work really hard and had their own trials and tribulations within the industry, so they were able to incorporate the experiences that they had gone through into the web series. The cast is completed by other actors who I have worked with and also who we auditioned and they all gave 110% with regards to wanting to be in this project.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such and the on-set atmosphere?


We shot the series in a weekend in a rehearsal space in Brixton. The atmosphere was great and I was very relaxed very focused, and yeah, it ran very very smoothly which was to my surprise.


The $64-question of course, where can your series be seen?


This series can be seen on YouTube - we really had a fantastic response, please find Casting Directors here:


Melanie Gayle, Ashley Rose Kaplan, Lawrence Watling, Anthony Vander

At the moment, Casting Directors is still in the middle of season 1 if I'm correct - so what can we expect from the rest of the season, and will there ever be a season two?


You can expect a lot of laugh out loud moments and also expect shock. Whether you've worked in the entertainment industry or just an office day job you will be able to relate.


(Other) future projects you'd like to share?


Yes I have a film a feature film I acted and produced called Scales coming out at the end of the year we shot that on zero budget, and I'm currently writing another feature film which I will act in and produce at the end of summer. Also my film The Tutor, which i will direct in late 2017/early 2018.


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Yes as always I would like to say huge thank you for this interview and for your support of indie film in general so yeah thank you.


Thanks for the interview!


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