G Stop Casting was founded in 1998 by Gaelene Lithgow. No stranger to the industry, Gaelene started her career in production with Garrett’s and was on the set of the first ever TV commercial produced on South African soil. It wasn’t long before she started her own busy production company, G & G Productions, where she oversaw sets all over the country as well as France, Greece and the Maledives to name but a few International destinations. With this vast knowledge and experience she decided to ‘retire’ to the quieter side of production. Having spent countless hours on set with talented and experienced directors and actors alike, Gaelene has an in depth understanding of subtle and understated performance and this, as well as a nurturing and engaging nature (not to mention quick sense of humour),made casting an ideal choice for her.
Over the years, G Stop has gone from strength to strength, casting innumerable local and international campaigns while forming close bonds with clients and artistes alike along the way.
Lisa joined on an ad hoc freelance basis in 2009. She loved the energy of the industry and felt right at home amongst the offbeat, creative and interesting folk that attend the castings, so after completing a degree in psychology she was delighted to be offered a permanent position being in charge of all the editing and coordinating.
Between the two of them, as well as the wonderful freelance staff that help out when things get busy, any job can be conquered. No job is too big or small, and each one presents a unique opportunity to either let Joburg’s best talent shine or tap into its endless source of interesting, fresh faces.
We shoot on a Sony MiniDV camera and the footage is live streamed through to the editing suite. We edit and deliver the footage according to our client’s preferences but are also able to provide a microsite service where casting footage can be stream viewed as well as downloaded as individual clips or in bulk. Herewith a reference of such a site: http://gstopcasting.microsite.co.za
– “It’s that they care, as much as I do.”
‘Finding the right cast is possibly the single most vital requirement, as a director of commercials. But Gaelene and Lisa have made casting my favourite part of the process. I look forward to working with them every time I get a brief. They are my first call and no matter the ask, I get met by giant smiles and big hearts. It’s that they care, as much as I do. And their kindness with actors during the sensitive auditioning process makes for amazing performances. I have never walked onto a set without feeling that the cast was not the best we could find. I love ‘em.’
‘ There is no one I trust more than G Stop to find the right people. They see the kind of nuance that other people overlook. They work harder than anyone to deliver on every brief and every compliment we get on performance begins with them and so we keep going back. Not just because they are the best at casting, but because they are also the very best humans.’
‘It is always such a pleasure to work on G Stops briefs.
Their briefs are exact and clear.
The team is friendly and professional.
G Stop sets a very high standard in the industry, building good relationships with agents, cast and clients.
They set a good example to follow, when wanting to be successful in the industry.
Our talent love going to G Stop for castings, as they always run smoothly and the casting director always gets the best performance out of them.’
Lisa – Foxstar
“of all the casting companies I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with, Gstop,
by far, is the biggest disappointment. And, if you don’t work with them, you are an idiot!”
After 22 years in the business I can safely say that G-Stop is the quintessential
casting company. Our industry is very much a ‘Peoples Persons Industry’ and
G-Stop fit in with absolute ease with their professionalism,
work ethic, politeness & vivacious style’.