Anonymous asked: Do you write with a specific actor or actress in mind when developing a script? I'm working on one now where I can only see one particular actor playing the role, which is not how I typically work.
I “mindcast” the major roles when I can; that is, I decide what famous actors would be best suited for the roles I’m writing. You might be surprised how helpful that is in writing the dialog. Movie stars each have a particular voice, despite the variety of the parts they play. And it helps to mention my choices in my script; i.e. “a Johnny Depp type.” Many of the people who read my scripts are even less imaginative than me, and this sort of shorthand puts an instant picture in their collective head.
So go ahead and mindcast. But don’t expect to get that man or woman to play the role. And if you get anyone to play the role, be prepared to rewrite.
Hope this helps.