Who are we?

WE PROVIDE INSPIRED CASTING SOLUTIONS

At Casting Sugar, we are a friendly, like minded bunch with a hardworking professional core.
We welcome opportunities to create innovative casting strategies which build on our skills and knowledge. We pride ourselves on being agile and nimble in our work. As a small and selective company, we work like a speed boat, giving us more agility in what we do, while keeping our work inspired and fun. Each job presents us with new challenges and we thrive on finding the best solutions by applying creative and critical thinking.

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WE LOVE OUR CRAFT AND BEST WORKING SOLUTIONS

We take pride in the work we do and we do it with care and attention to detail. We look at the bigger picture but we also understand the importance small details hold.

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WE EMBRACE CHALLENGES
– not fear them

We love coming up with the best way to achieve our client’s vision. Whether it means delving into local community groups or enlisting Australia’s top acting talent, we will find the most authentic casting solution for every job.

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INSPIRED BY THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY WE WORK WITHIN

We are very fortunate to work with so many talented and generous actors, directors, producers and agents. We make it our mission to share our knowledge and continue to learn from those around us.

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What we can do

Our Services

The casting RELATIONSHIP

Authentic casting relies on strong creative relationships. We listen, learn and discover the story our clients wish to tell. Once we understand and share this goal, close collaboration allows us to achieve great results.

PACKAGING

Our auditions upload to a presentation site as we run the session. We send a link to the casting sessions as soon as we’re done, allowing clients to watch, download and share notes online

STUDIO SESSIONS

Setting the right tone in the studio is integral to effective casting. We always strive to create an environment in which everyone who enters can feel comfortable, supported and in a space to do their best possible work.

FINE TUNING

Deal memos; wardrobe documents; sending call sheets are all taken care of. We will be monitoring your project from start to finish and are always curious for feedback after the shoot.
Our Work
Schmackos

Schmackos

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Bank of Melbourne

Bank of Melbourne

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Officeworks

Officeworks

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Don – The Australian Don

Don – The Australian Don

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Bruce

Bruce

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La Trobe – Civil War Survivors

La Trobe – Civil War Survivors

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The Potato Peelers

The Potato Peelers

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ANZ – Equal Money

ANZ – Equal Money

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NAB

NAB

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WHO WE ARE

Meet the Team

Fiona Dann

Casting Director
With over 20 years of experience, Fiona’s casting success lies with the following principles: Communication, collaboration and the understanding that it’s not always what is written on the page but what is written in between the lines that can reveal the essence of the character.  Imagining where the characters live, what drives them and their secret dreams builds stronger characters on screen.
Natural talent and great faces tell stories.  Sometimes that talent needs to come from the real world rather than an agent’s books. Fiona loves bringing out the best in non-actors and enabling them to elicit a natural performance…especially in kids, whom often just get it. You could describe Fiona as an enthusiastic traveller, cultural observer, keen photographer, keynote speaker and lover of the Australian bush.
Fiona Dann is member of the Casting Guild of Australia.
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Jenna Eriksen

Casting Consultant
Jenna brings to Casting Sugar her mutli disciplinary approach to filmmaking and experience as a cinematographer and art director. Her body of work includes music videos for Australian psychedelic band Pond, and New Zealand Artist Grayson Gilmour, showcasing her ethereal and visual sensibility.

Nominated for Best Lo-Fi at the Berlin Music Video Awards in 2015 and completing an intensive internship working as a Directors Assistant in Melbourne. Jenna is delighted to come on board with Fiona, making Casting Sugar her second home. She loves being behind the camera, colour coding and of course endless cups of coffee.

Zak Hamer

Casting Consultant
Zak’s casting career started when he was in high school, assisting with street casting projects. He has traveled around the country on a wide variety of different street casting adventures and has found himself in all sorts of unusual situations and locations from Ski resorts to RSL clubs, Air bases to alley ways on the look out for interesting faces.

Having worked at Casting Sugar since its inception, Zak’s experience in casting encompasses all facets of the casting process. Making the most of the unexpected and discovering new talent is a thrill for him, and he still has a particular love for street casting.

Zak’s meticulous eye for detail equip him to provide the team with technical innovation and support. His patient nature equips him to provide the team with emotional support when the computers break down.

Zak’s true loves are pickled foods and keyboard shortcuts.

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