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Q&A With The Casting Couch
27 Nov 2007 :
The Casting Couch is a studio space for hire located at the heart of Dublin 2. Celebrating its first birthday this week, IFTN talked to The Casting Couch’s Managing Director Genevieve MacKenzie to find out more about this spacious new venue.

Why did you decide to set up The Casting Couch?

I decided to open the studio while I was still a partner and running castings in Yard Media Ltd.  Having worked in pre and post production on television series, commercials and films we were always looking for reasonably priced funky central venues for castings, filming, wardrobe fittings etc.  I knew this probably wouldn’t be enough to build a company on, so we converted the venue on Fitzwilliam Square to double up as a photography and film studio, which now forms the main part of the business.  We differentiate ourselves on price, location and service.

Apart from casting sessions, what other services do you provide?

We provide a one stop shop for filming green screen shoots, interviews, promos and commercials.  Filming is largely done in the front studio, with the soundproofed green room also being used as a client/stylist area (with rails, irons, boards etc).  Two bathrooms, a fully equipped and stocked kitchen and of course a hair and makeup room together with a variety of backdrops, and an assistant on hand for lunch orders ensures a smooth shoot.

Can you tell us what projects have used The Casting Couch for casting sessions or filming in the last year?

The green screen shoots for Liberty Films ‘20 Greatest Moments in Irish Sporting History’ were filmed here, as well as Stopwatch television’s TV series ‘Truth’ and interview scenes for Independent Pictures ‘Feuds’ and ‘How Much Are You Worth?’. The venue has been also used for casting of many TV series and commercials including ‘Murphy’s Law’, ‘Whistleblower’, and ads for 3G Mobile, Vodafone, VHI and Bulmers.

What facilities are available at The Casting Couch?

As a casting venue we offer a luxurious waiting room filled with white leather couches, flowers, chocolates and a warm fire for the winter.  The sound proofed casting room is laid back with oversized brown leather couches, camera, monitor and tripod.  Complementary breakfast, teas, cappuccinos, snacks etc for clients and an assistant all day for typing, photocopying, greeting and printing etc.

We also run focus groups, company away days, wardrobe fittings, photo shoots, seminars, beauty school days and lots more.

 What size are the rooms for hire?

Our studio is 350 sq feet and our green room is 300 square feet.

How much does it cost to hire out The Casting Couch venue?

Hair & Makeup area

Our rates start at €350 per day and go to €475 per day depending on the type of booking and the amount of people being catered for on the day.  Our half day rates range from €250 - €275. This actually works out at excellent value, especially for example, when you have a crew of six shooting a commercial on green screen - they are in and out, commercial made, no traveling, and all fed and watered for under €500!

What are your opening hours? Can the room be hired at evenings/weekends?

We are extremely flexible in terms of opening hours and cater for evening and weekend shoots.  A general day booking is considered to be eight hours and four for a half day.

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