Auditioning & Casting Mastery

For Directors & Actors

Early Bird Price $695


Learn how to work with professional Directors and become a Director's Actor!  Crush your auditions!


Learn how to work with actors and be an Actor's Director!  Get the performances you want from your casting sessions and on set!

Start doing what you love

Don't Spend $200,000+ for Film School!

4 years of USC: $220,000

4 Years of UCLA: $220,000

4 Years of NYU: $230,000

MediaU + UC Irvine + Slamdance


This professional course is only $695.  MediaU's Online Film School allows you to learn at your own pace for less than the cost of a single day at other schools!

Earn College Credit

MediaU, partnered with University of California, Irvine and Slamdance Film Festival, brings you the first online affordable film school where you will learn everything you need from real, working, industry professionals, to launch a successful career in the Entertainment Industry.

UC Irvine is a Top Ten public university in the US. Together with MediaU and Slamdance Film Festival, you'll earn 3 college credits at one of the top schools in the country with this single course.


What You'll Learn:

  • Write turbo-charged casting breakdowns that attract the best skilled actors, even for low-budget films
  • Practice Peter's 9-STEP scene breakdown to prepare for auditions
  • Gain confidence in communicating and trust-building techniques, and learn to trust your own instincts through practicing with your peers
  • Learn full-proof audition & callback techniques, decision-processes and assessment tools
  • Explore the benefits of inclusion and diversity casting
  • Find out what casting directors are looking for
  • Prepare, record and submit your own self-tape (actors)
  • Plan, organize and execute an online audition (directors)

How You'll Learn:

3 industry pros will teach this online course, with other industry speakers dropping in. You become part of a team of peers and are expected to engage with your team for some activities to help you learn. Each module will have readings, discussions or peer activities you can work on alone or together. You'll immerse yourself in media, watch and analyze auditions and callbacks to get the feel of a good audition and learn what to look for. Then you'll go and run your own audition or make your own self-tape and debrief your experience and results: the best way is to learn by doing.

Meet Industry Leaders!

You'll get to meet, connect and hang out with your teachers and guests online in different ways: through discussion groups and posting questions; in live Q & A sessions, or informally in the FLOW LOUNGE, our online version of the campus café. This is a great opportunity to pick their brains, get career advice and talk about filmmaking and career ideas that are important to you.

Why You Need This Course!

This course is for anyone wanting to demystify, practice, develop or improve their skills as a film director or actor, and especially learn how to create effective working relationships and inspire performances working together. Emerging directors, established directors, actors, casting directors or anyone involved in film industry roles who want to learn better methods for directors and actors to work together.

2 Course Textbooks:

Marshall, P. (2017). Making the Magic Happen: The Art and Craft of Film Directing. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions.

Weston, J. (1996) Directing Actors: Creating memorable performances for film and television. Michael Wiese Productions.

Your Instructors:

Peter D. Marshall

Peter D. Marshall

Award-Winning Film & T.V. Director

Peter is a filmmaker and film directing coach originally from Vancouver, Canada. He has worked in the Film and Television Industry for over 40 years as a Film Director, Television Producer, First Assistant Director and TV Series Creative Consultant on both large budget Hollywood films and independent films. He is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto, the author of Making the Magic Happen: The Art and Craft of Film Directing (2017) and two other published works on film. Peter publishes a monthly blog, The Director?s Chair, and delivers training seminars in the art and craft of directing around the world.
Oren Peli

Oren Peli

Writer/Director/Producer - PARANORMAL ACTIVITY

Exclusive in this course: Director Oren Peli reveals how he cast actors in Paranormal Activity
Adam Leipzig

Adam Leipzig

Award-Winning Producer

Adam has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, and Titus. His movies have won or been nominated for numerous awards, including 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, and 2 Golden Globes. Adam is the former President of National Geographic Films and past senior executive at Walt Disney Studios.

"I took a directing actor's class in college.  This course is an inexpensive way to get the same education.  A lot of the material covered in this course was covered in there, but for a fraction of the price.  




Learn at your own pace.
Complete this course in 6 to 10 weeks.

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The regular cost for this single course is $725.00

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*early bird pricing

• Auditioning and Casting Mastery for Directors and Actors is MediaU's first course. We will be rolling out additional courses by the end of the year, and certificates in several different film and media areas will cost less than $4,000. •

† Cost of USC tuition is based on undergraduate admission for 2019 and is approximate. Source Cited
†† Cost of UCLA tuition is based on non-resident undergraduate admission for 2019, 12-18 credits, and is approximate. Source Cited
†††Cost of NYU Tisch School of the Arts tuition is based on undergraduate admission for 2019, 12-18 credits, and is approximate. Source Cited