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A graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in choreography, Elizaveta Shmakova worked at the Academy of Russian Ballet, as well as at the Bolshoi Theater and the Mariinsky Theater before taking up casting for films as part of the SLON Film production company. She worked as a casting director on the films Mermaid and Mars by Anna Melikyan, Treason by Kirill Serebrennikov and Two Women by Vera Glagoleva. She has also worked as a television producer and has written and directed three documentaries.

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Member of the board of ICDN (International casting directors network), lecturer at the Moscow Film School, one of the creators of the Kinolift casting platform. Elizabeth conducted the casting for such films as "Treason" by Kirill Serebrennikov, "Optimists" by Alexei Popogrebsky, "Mermaid" by Anna Melikyan and many others.
What is the main task of a casting director when creating a project?

A casting director works exclusively for the interests of a motion picture, animated film (dubbing), theatrical production or commercial. The main task is to create an impeccable acting ensemble for the project. We process a huge amount of information, and this sometimes happens around the clock, that is, the work does not stop within the office: we go to the theater, browse the pages on Kinolift and foreign platforms if the casting is international. As a rule, we have deadlines, in addition, the process sometimes becomes more complicated - scripts, directors, sometimes even producers change. But we always work on the production side, and actors need to understand this.

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Casting director Elizaveta Shmakova: “Cinema is absolute metaphysics for me”

In the spring of 2022, the first Russian intensive course "Casting Director" from Elizaveta Shmakova will be launched at the Moscow Film School. In an interview with DEL’ARTE Magazine, Elizabeth told how much freedom a casting director has, who is ultimately responsible for casting, and whether directors forgive “bad” casting.

"Biblionoch" in the Russian State Children's Library

Elizaveta Shmakova, one of the leading casting directors of Russian film production and theater projects, and Tatyana Konysheva, casting director of the Mosfilm film concern, will share the secrets of passing children's casting and screen tests with children and their parents.

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Seven simple questions for casting director Elizaveta Shmakova

Give three pieces of advice to those who want to become a successful casting director.

love the profession. Love actors. And be curious.


"Casting-intensive" for novice actors will be held in the Kazan Actor's House

On December 26, at the House of Actor named after Marcel Salimzhanov, a master class "Casting-intensive" will be held as part of the VIII All-Russian Forum "Cinema Time" and the Theater School STD of the Republic of Tatarstan. This was reported by the press service of STD RT.
The master class is conducted by the casting director of international film projects Elizaveta Shmakova. The lesson will start at noon and will last until three in the afternoon.