Sam Claypole Casting

Casting Workshops

A valuable insight in how to approach and prepare for Film & TV Commercial castings.

You will experience and have the option of participating in a live mock casting session, giving you the opportunity to practice your new, refreshed audition skills.

We aim to help take the fear out of attending a casting and for you to view it as an enjoyable and exciting process to showcase your talent.

Hosted by Sam Claypole with TV industry cameraman Mike Palfreman providing the technical expertise.

Camera Workshops


We offer a wide range of camera training courses. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to learn to use their phone camera to its full potential or a keen amateur who wants to take the next step into professional paid work, we can offer the right course for you covering:

  • Camera and audio set-up
  • Composition
  • Shooting for the edit
  • Manual vs Auto settings
  • When to go hand held
  • 3 Point lighting
  • Interview set up
  • Lens choice
  • Basic editing

Hosted by TV industry cameraman Mike Palfreman.

To register interest for future Workshops around the North please use our Contact form


We can offer our extensive expertise in the following areas :


Full length feature films and television casting - working with directors/producers to assemble cast.

Corporate Video

Casting high quality in-house training videos for Global Blue Chip companies.


Casting advertising campaigns for well known brands in the UK and overseas including McDonalds, Newcastle Brown Ale, Lynx, Kelloggs, NHS & Bet365 Bingo.


Completed films.

Two Graves

Now showing on Netflix

Killers Anonymous

Take it one slay at a time

In Extremis

It's the end of their world!

Let's Be Evil

A vision of augmented reality.


She's dying to take care of you.


Born beneath the surface.

Almost Married

There are stag do's and stag don'ts!


Policing the hard way.

In Our Name

... the real battle is coming home.

In Production

Most recent projects that are in post-production



The last year has been very busy with several productions being cast and currently in various stages of post-production. Keep an eye out for the theatrical releases.

Commercials and Idents

Showreel includes :- Don't Be the One, Bet365 Bingoheads, Seven Seas idents, Balance, Save Our Sea Farers and Smoke-Free North-East

About Sam

Sam Claypole Casting Director

Sam entered the film industry as a freelance Casting Director after a successful career as a professional ballet dancer. Making the transition firstly by working as an agent with the Essentials Agency in London and then founding her own agency in 2000. Sam used this experience to enter the world of casting. Her first feature film project, In Our Name, for Artificial Eye and BBC Films won critical acclaim: including the Golden Zenith at the Montreal Film Festival in 2011 and an individual award for its star, Joanne Froggatt.

With over 25 years of experience within the entertainment industry, Sam also diversified in to casting TV commercials, short films and corporate films, taking her skills worldwide.

Photo: Baughan Photography