Joe Grisaffi has worn a lot of "hats" in his entertainment
career: Extras casting director, producer/director, voice casting director,
(I see a trend), screenwriter among others.
So I guess my first question is, what's the difference between all
these different "directors?
The differences are quite notable. As a film director, you are the one
ultimately responsible for all the creative decisions on the project.
A casting director (for prinicipal roles, be it voice or on camera)
is really a gatekeeper, screening talent before presenting the possibilities
to the director. A casting director does not make the final decision
on who gets cast in principal roles, but they certainly can influence
the decision. An extras casting director finds and hires all the people
you see in the background of a film or television show those
people who dont get to speak. Also known as an extras coodinator,
the extras casting director does get to decide who gets the job (unless
the director has asked for approval.) For example, on Friday Night
Lights, I was responsible for having 650 people a day for three
weeks on the set in Houston. There was no time for the director to approve
anyone so it was my call on who got hired.
What brought you to ADV Films?
I had been following ADV since its inception. I would buy used video
games at John Ledfords Gametronix in Houston, and even before
ADV, they rented anime at that store. My career path took me in a different
direction for a number of years, but not too long ago I decided thats
where I wanted to be. I felt incredibly lucky finally to be offered
a chance to produce for them my debut project was Cyberteam
What goes into getting the perfect match of voice to character? Where
you can't think of anyone else doing that character: Like, for me Tiffany
Grant is how Asuka sounds.
When casting Cyberteam, everything just fell into place. Often
an actor will come into the audition and just nail it, and you know
shes the voice. There was no doubt in my mind that Luci Christian
was Hibari after she read for the role. There is no one else I could
image doing as good a job with that particular character as Luci did.
And the same with Kira Vincent-Davis as Tsugumi and Tiffany Grant as
Suzume. When it came time to cast Kamome, I relied on the expertise
of Matt Greenfield he recommended Allison Shipp, and she was
perfect for Kamome with her southern accent.
Sometimes when you are in pre-production, you know right away who is
perfect for a particular role. It could be someone you know who emulates
the original Japanese tonal quality, it can be a particular line of
dialogue that may give you an idea who is perfect for the part, it could
be the action on the screen or the visual characteristics of the character.
Often, though, you have to see and hear a few actors before you know
what you want the character to sound like. An actor may come in and
offer something thats perfect that you werent thinking of.