Media Inc. (Vol. XIV) - Second Quarter 2001
HUNTING FOR ACTORS FOR THE HUNTED
To say its been a busy few months for Danny Stoltz is an understatement. The Principal Casting Director and owner of Danny Stoltz Casting and Extras Only took on the casting needs for the feature film The Hunted, shooting in Portland this spring. And the monumental task of finding 4,000 people was made even more difficult by the fact that he was asked to replace another casting company only a few days before shooting began.
“We had four days to pull together miracles,” says Stoltz. “That was probably the biggest challenge - getting through that first week. It was a lot of organized chaos. We were hiring hundreds of people.”
Stoltz beefed up his staff to 15, who he says are working “18 hours a day 8 days a week” to keep up with the particular casting needs of The Hunted, which has called upon the Portland Police to serve as actors and extras. That reality in casting has followed through on other parts as well. “If we have to have 10 FBI guys, they have to be real FBI guys. If we need bartenders, they have to be real bartenders,” says Stoltz.
Stoltz says his company does a majority of the casting in Oregon, including all the commercials for Fred Meyer, Les Schwab and the Oregon Lottery spots with Moffatt Rosenthal.