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October 18th, 2009
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Automation of casting matrices

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From:ashfae
Date:October 19th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
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I've done things like this whenever I've organized a readthrough, but not so automated, alas; that requires there be a usable online text of the play and often there just isn't, more's the pity.

Anyway, I just make a grid. Take the cast of characters on one side and the scenes on the other, and use that to see what characters show up in each scene. I only go to looking closely at who speaks to whom if it turns out there are so few actors that parts in scenes must be doubled. Less mathematically interesting than what you're doing, though.
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From:ashfae
Date:October 19th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
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...though actually I was at one readthrough that involved a lot of people-having-conversations-with-themselves, because there were only four of us doing the Firefly pilot and it was unavoidable in those circumstances. Actually I found it a fun acting challenge. I had to work really hard at not making my characters sound the same as each other. Clearly wouldn't work on stage but for a readthrough it was neat.
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