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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Wilmington casting agency to focus on filling principal roles
Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 10:10 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 10:10 a.m.
The year 2012 is already promising many changes for Fincannon & Associates Inc.
The Wilmington-based film and television casting agency has moved to a new location and is steering away from working with extras.
"It's really a young man's game," company president Craig Fincannon said of extras casting. "It's 100 hours a week, and it's starting at 4 in the morning and still working at midnight."
Fincannon & Associates, in business since 1979 and a part of Wilmington since 1983, will continue to focus on principal casting and is currently working with the television shows "Homeland," "Drop Dead Diva," "Necessary Roughness" and "The Walking Dead."
The Wilmington Regional Film Commission's website lists five other local companies that are now handling extras casting.
"To continue doing extras, it was just something that we're going to have to eventually pass on to younger and newer groups anyway," said Mark Fincannon, Craig's brother and a casting director for the company. "When Craig and I were younger, it was a whole lot easier to manage."
Although the Fincannons are no longer actively pursuing extras casting work, they would be open to considering it for a "very large show that needs many years of expertise," Mark Fincannon said.
Such a role for "Iron Man 3" is not out of the question as the company is "in conversations" with the production, which will be the largest ever to film here when cameras start rolling in May or June. But it's still early in the process, Mark Fincannon added.
As for the new location, Point Harbor Road under the Isabel Holmes Bridge across the Cape Fear River has been the company's home since the end of November. Fincannon & Associates had an office at EUE/Screen Gems Studios on 23rd Street for the previous 14 years.
"We love Screen Gems, and we love the management there, and we'll still go there a lot," Craig said. "But most of what our day-to-day work is involves the computer and telephone so we can sort of be anywhere we want to be, and we love this river."