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October 18th, 2009
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Automation of casting matrices

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From:the_alchemist
Date:October 20th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
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I don't see how you could get stats for 'directly talking to each other' - it isn't the same as adjacent lines. In many cases it isn't even nearly the same as adjacent lines. Counting adjacent lines just seems pointless and messy. (Though perhaps my anti-mess prejudice is making me dislike it more than is rational?)

What I do find a casting pattern that avoids people being two different characters in the same scene insofar as possible, then manually adjust if (a) there aren't enough actors or (b) I particularly want someone to play two different characters who appear in a scene together. The only time-consuming part of the process is working out who is in which scene. The actual casting is very quick and simple, and yes, that applies even when I don't have the luxury of 22 actors.

I don't see what having an 'adjacent lines' analysis, or even a 'who speaks to whom' analysis (if such a thing were possible) would add.
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