12-30-11: Maryland Morning Screen Test: Pat Moran
This conversation originally aired September 30, 2011. Pat Moran is a renowned casting director whose stamp can be found on numerous feature films and television shows. She’s worked with John Waters, Barry Levinson, David Simon, and many of the industry’s top directors. “John Waters taught me how to do it,” says Moran, about casting. “And Barry Levinson legitimized me.”
On September 28, the woman who judges screen tests for a living took one of her own — the Maryland Morning Screen Test. Arts and culture ace Tom Hall interviewed her in front of a live audience at the Windup Space in Baltimore’s Station North. They talked about how she spots talent, how she works with directors and writers, and how to make a squad room look like a squad room.
In this web extra, you can hear Tom talk with Pat about her Emmy win for “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and how she’s not afraid to cast against type. https://mdmorn.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=11873&action=edit
All photographs by Valerie Paulsgrove. Please check out her other work, too, on her website.
Also to check out: the band Lands and Peoples, whose people Caleb Moore designed our snazzy Screen Test poster. And thanks to Joe Squared, who provide delicious nosh for our Screen Test evenings — you can try it yourself in Station North, or their new location down at Power Plant.
You can learn more about Pat’s work, and her latest project, the HBO show “Veep,” on her website.