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October 18th, 2009
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Automation of casting matrices

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From:randomchris
Date:October 19th, 2009 08:54 am (UTC)
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Surely before step 2, it would be possible to take the cast list and use it as a preset? (Admittedly doesn't help with things like "Cesario [who is actually played by Viola]").

Just the fact that A doesn't talk to B is insufficient; there may well be cases where A talks to C, who then talks to B, who then talks to D who talks to A, within the same scene. This renders step 5 kind of pointless. I think what would be needed here is not a "how often A talks to B" matrix, but "how many scenes do A and B both appear in?" That should be easy enough to discover if you can write a script to find scene and act boundaries.
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From:lavendersparkle
Date:October 19th, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)
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If they are one person removed you have more time to do the 'actor jumps into different bit of set, possibly changing hats' and make it silly and amusing than if the person is talking to themself, which is harder to pull off.
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From:purplepiano
Date:October 19th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
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That's only really important if you're doing a standing-up, acting-it-out readthrough. If it's just a casual, sitting around, heads-in-copies event, then it's less of a problem if one person plays two different characters in the same scene who don't talk to each other. Plus if there's not quite enough participants, then some doubling within scenes might be necessary. atreic's scenario seems to be casual readthroughs that are organised in a rush. If it's organised properly, the person doing the casting should really have read the script carefully and know what's going on all the time, instead of relying on a computer.

Another issue is avoiding lightning-fast costume changes (remember gnimmel playing Lady Macbeth and a murderer!). Though again, that should only be an issue for more serious readthroughs.
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