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COSMOS MOVIE PRODUCTION BLOG 17: SCRIPT READ-THROUGH (Table Read)

 

“If the script is right and the cast is right, there’s not much else that can go wrong.” — William Goldman

The read-through (also known as a table read) is a stage in pre-production when the film’s script is read aloud around a table by the full cast of actors, and is also attended by producers, writers, heads of departments and directors.


That Star Wars Read-Through

That Star Wars Read-Through


The read-through is a major milestone in the production process, giving the core filmmaking team an early insight into the project’s potential and also highlighting any problem areas hidden in the script, such as wooden dialogue or a lack of chemistry between cast members.

As read-throughs normally happen before any rehearsals, actors are not expected to give polished performances but simply to read their dialogue, as written on the page. However this process can be extremely beneficial for an actor, giving them the chance to find their character and begin building relationships with their fellow cast members.

For the writers and directors, the read-through is not only useful but one of the most exciting parts of the filmmaking process — after months, sometimes years of development, it’s exhilarating to finally see a project come to life and the characters burst off the written page into living, breathing people.

The two videos below give a rare and fascinating insight into the production of Kingdom of Heaven and how Ridley Scott works with his actors at the read-through stage.



“The actors find out who they’re gonna be.” — Ridley Scott

 

The Casting Process for COSMOS took the best part of 2014, auditioning many actors for the three main characters in the film — Harry KnightRoy Kennedy and Mike Webster, finally casting Josh Ford, Arjun Singh Panam and Tom England.

After introducing these guys to one another and discussing the project at a few social meetings, it was finally time to arrange our script read-through.

We hired a room at a local arts-centre and in an exhilarating 4-hour session, read the 102 page script (second/final draft) from cover to cover.

The video below is a short vlog giving a glimpse into the COSMOS read-through and a few of our thoughts on how valuable the process was (… not as fascinating or insightful as Ridley’s, of course!).


We’re planning a second read-through in a month’s time after the guys have had a chance to learn some of their lines and mull over a few thoughts – after the success of the first read-though, we can only expect exciting results.

Once again, thanks for stopping by. We hope this insight into the production of COSMOS, our first feature film, is both entertaining and informative. We only want to share the fun and experiences with other filmmakers. You can follow more day-to-day progress via our twitter @CosmosMovie

 
Zand & Ell

Zand & Ell


Cheers,

Elliot Weaver, Director @CosmosMovie

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Hello Astro-Nuts, I absolutely love this film. I’ve watched it four times now and always see or hear something I had missed previously.😲😳. Do you have any plans to make a second film welcoming more cosmic neighbors to our (living rooms) 🙄Earth?? That would be so cool. Your film for me is right up there with Jodie Foster’s Contact movie. Thank you so much for giving us all a truly great film.😁🙃. Jenny Van Doren



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Jenny! Thanks so much for the amazing comment, so thrilled you enjoyed the film! Means the world (or the Cosmos!!) We get so many request regarding a sequel that we'd be foolish to ignore them - we're developing two projects at the moment but once those are up and running we'll be turning our attention to what happens next in the Cosmosiverse! Thanks for your kind words and support :)


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