RICHMOND – Seminar: The Importance of the Assistant Director, 3/30 – Free

Monday March 30, 2015, 7-9 pm

Trademarky Film Studio, 1613 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220

This seminar features French AD & Director Jean Achache and Charlottesville based AD Jack Steinberg. They will discuss what is involved in becoming an AD, what the job entails, and how the role of AD effects both production management & the creative product.  This seminar is geared to anyone in the film business – both experienced and learning.

A MasterClass with the 2015 French Film Festival: French Film Festival – Master Class 2015

Open to public and free.  RSVP:


Filmmaking Grant – Deadline April 30th – $3,500 cash, $25,000 equipment

The Roy W. Dean Spring Grant is now accepting applications. The deadline is April 30th. The winner receives $25,000 in film goods, services, and funds to get their film started or completed. The grant seeks short films, documentaries, features, or series that are unique and make a contribution to society.

Now, in its 23rd year, the cash portion of the grant has increased to $3,500. Winner will receive about $25,000 in goods and services from Edgewise, Silver Sound, Edgewise, Nice shoes, Carmen Borgia and many more wonderful organizations who give back to filmmakers through our grant.

But, if you don’t win, you will still benefit from entering.  Each applicant gets a consultation from Carole Dean, president of From The Heart Productions, author of the bestselling- book, “The Art of Film Funding”.  With over 20 years’ experience judging films, mentoring filmmakers, and helping films get funded, she will give the applicants advice on improving their story, their pitch, and their project.

Application and guidelines are on their website at

Contact: (805) 984-0098


CHARLOTTESVILLE – Dialect Workshop with Janet Rodgers, 3/21 – $50/$60

The Joy of Dialects: A Whirlwind Tour Around the World

Part of an actor’s craft is giving his/her character an authentic voice…literally!  Dialect is a crucial part of preparing (and, let’s be honest, booking) a role, one that cannot be overlooked or put off until the last minute.  Janet Rodgers, dialect coach will lead this discussion to demystify the art of dialects.  She’ll give a basic overviewas well as discuss what is involved in successful study and preparation.

Mid-Atlantic actors, you know that Virginia in particular attracts period projects (Turn, Lincoln, Killing Lincoln, John Adams) which require especially authentic British, Scottish, and sometimes French and Irish accents.  The proper dialect should be a tool in every actor’s toolbox – come find out how to make sure it’s one in yours.

Topics covered will include:

  • Dialect vs. accent, and the basics of each
  • The differences in British dialects
  • Nuances of working dialects with different schools of acting
  • How and when to work with a dialect coach
  • The importance of enjoying dialect study


Saturday, March 21, 2015

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tickets are $50 through March 14

$60 starting March 15

All film artists, at all levels of experience, are welcome and encouraged to attend!  Children under 17 must be accompanied by a guardian.  Participation and the willingness to try some basic dialect exercises is encouraged!

To reserve your seat, please click:


CHARLOTTESVILLE – Arvold LIVE Chapter 2, March 20th – $55/$65

arvold LIVE, Chapter 2:

Your Picture, Your Resume, Yourself

Casting director/producer Erica Arvold, CSA, and acting coach Richard Warner invite you to a discussion about the creative life and an actor’s craft.  They’ll talk about what it means to be artists and industry professionals while living a happy, holistic life.

In Chapter Two, Erica and Richard will lead a discussion about self-presentation, with a focus on the relationship between the three-dimensional person and his/her two-dimensional headshot and resume.  They’ll discuss the essential elements of a successful headshot and resume, the importance of making sure your authentic persona shines through your materials , and how to make those materials stand out from the huge pile on the casting director’s desk.

This series explores the philosophical and pragmatic aspects of not only maintaining but growing your career, polishing and refining your craft, raising the bar of this industry, and keeping yourself healthy.

$55 through 3/13/15
$65 after 3/13/15

Participants are encouraged to bring their headshot and resume for review and discussion.  Because this will be an intimate group discussion, with participation from audience members encouraged, space is limited to 20 participants.

Special discounts available:

  • The Frequent Collaborator, for participants who would like to attend three or more LIVE conversations, you will receive a discount on your third LIVE conversation.
  • Friends and Family: Refer a friend and get a $10 refund.

To reserve your seat, please click:

Please email for details on these discounts.


RICHMOND – Casting Women for Nonprofit Promo Video, March 11-13 – PAID

Local production company Field Studio ( is seeking actors for a 1.5-minute promotional video for the New York-based Women’s Refugee Commission ( The video will be screened at an awards event in New York in late April, and will then appear on the WRC website.

The roles will involve quite a bit of physicality (e.g. running and crouching) but no speaking. We hope to identify actors who already own or have access to appropriate clothing for the role. Prior acting experience is not required.

Amina: female, age 40-65
Amina works as a successful tailor in Aleppo, Syria before the civil war forces her to flee to Jordan with her husband. There, she continues to work but faces threats to her financial self-sufficiency and physical safety.

Marie: female, age 14-22
Marie is a student in the Democratic Republic of Congo before violence there compels her to flee to a refugee camp in Kenya. While collecting firewood one day, she is attacked. Despite this trauma, we see her continuing her studies at the end of the video.

Tania and her child: female, age 22-38 and male or female child, age 6mo – 4yrs
Tania is a mother in Guatemala who attempts to migrate to the United States with her child after being threatened. Tania pays a smuggler to drive them part of the way, only to have the smuggler accost her.

Special notes:

One topic of this video is gender-based violence. Actors will be asked to participate in some scenes that suggest violence and may be discomforting. The crew will take the utmost care to treat the subject matter sensitively.

Amina and Marie: $350 each
Tania and child: $450 total

Shoot location:
Various locations in and around Richmond, VA

Shoot dates:
The scenes for each actor will be shot on one day. Thus, each actor will need to be available for one full-day shoot (either approx. 8am-6pm or approx. 10am – 8pm, including breaks and meals) on one of the following days:

  • Wednesday, March 11
  • Thursday, March 12
  • Friday, March 13

To apply:
Please email with the following information:

  • Full name, phone number, and city of residence
  • A recent photo
  • Notes on what clothing you already have that might be suitable to the role
  • Notes on which of the following days you are available:
    • Wednesday, March 11
    • Thursday, March 12
    • Friday, March 13


Virginia Beach – Stage and Screen Combat Workshop, March 28 & 29 – Ticketed

The Virginia Beach BASH Stage and Screen Combat Workshop will take place on March 28 & 29 at Regent University in Virginia Beach.  This two-day intensive stage and screen combat workshop focuses on fighting for stage and screen and capturing action, and treating action in post-production.

The BASH features some of the best fight directors currently working in the cinema, theatre, and the academy.  Past instructors have included:  Richard Ryan (TROY, SHERLOCK HOLMES, SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, THE DARK KNIGHT, and current fight director/asst. stunt coordinator for The History Channel’s VIKINGS), Dale Girard (EYEBORGS, THE TRIAL, North Carolina School of the Arts), Tim Bell (TWO GUNS, HOME FRONT, LOOPER, 12 YEARS A SLAVE), Paul Burke (Irish Stuntmen’s Association; TURN, SLEEPYHOLLOW), David Brimmer (THE LEUTENTANT OF INISHMORE), Mike Chin (The Julliard School)…and many others.

Registration includes two full days of instruction, workshop T-Shirt, and lunch both days.  Instructor profiles, class schedule, general information, and register at: Questions? Contact workshop coordinator and SAFD Certified Instructor, Michael Kirkland, at, or call 757-617-7174.


Richmond-Call for Dance Films, Adjudicated/Cash prizes

All interested parties should submit by using the Richmond Dance Festival Tab on their website:

Film Submission Requirements

Deadline for Submissions – April 3rd 2015

Festival Description – The Richmond Dance Festival will consist of performances and film screenings presented by dance artists located in the Richmond, VA area. We are looking for all kinds of styles of dance films to show the diversity of artists that call Richmond their home. Dance Film submissions will be presented on one evening the weekend of April 30th-May 2nd and will be adjudicated by a panel of judges for a monetary prize. All artists involved will be expected to assist with the promotion and production of the performances. Submissions can be entered at


The Richmond Dance Festival was created for the purpose of celebrating the art of dance regardless of category or genre, so all films submitted must have dance as the main part of their content. Because of the nature of the festival and to see as many submissions as possible, submitted work may be NO LONGER THAN 15 minutes.


For pre-screening purposes, send DVDs or URLs for online submissions. Please do not send film prints for pre-screening. During the festival works can be screened on Quicktime, Blu-ray or standard DVD.


The festival is designed to have no regard for traditional categories like fiction, nonfiction, animation or experimental. The festival will select the films that they feel best represent the art of dance film regardless of type or category.


Those entrants who become finalists will be notified by April 11th, 2015. The Richmond Dance Festival Planning Committee will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, May 1st, 2015 film screening of the Richmond Dance Festival.


Two cash awards will be given the night of the film screening after having previously been adjudicated by a panel.



Arvold Casting is seeking female actors for a seven episode web series that will be part of a national program on developing healthy habits in young children.  The series is being produced by Pierce Mill Entertainment and Education in association with JD Andrews, Marilyn Smith, and Carol Day, who are former directors of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  Actors with local housing in the DC Metro Area are especially encouraged to apply for this project, but all are welcome.

Please see this link for more details and submission instructions:


WASHINGTON, DC – DC 48 Hour Film Project – May 1-3


The 48 Hour Film Project, the largest filmmaking competition in the world, is returning to the Washington DC area for its 15th year! On Friday, May 1, you’ll get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie.  By Sunday, May 3, the movie must be complete. Each completed film is guaranteed a screening at the AFI Silver Theater in the following week. Register by April 6 to get the early bird rate.

Register here starting on 2/19:

For more information, contact Melissa Robison and Christina Ruppert at: .

If you’re looking to gather a team, or join an existing team try posting to our Facebook page:


RICHMOND – Reel Paddling Film Festival – March 21st

This one-day film festival, sponsored by the American Canoe Association, will present films on paddling, encouraging people to explore our waterways while staying environmentally responsible. Ticket sales go to the Stream to Sea Initiative, an ACA project to promote environmental stewardship in the paddling community.

When:Saturday, March 21st 2PM-6PM

Byrd Theatre
2908 W Cary Street
Richmond, Virginia  23221
United States

American Canoe Association

Zane Havens



CHARLOTTESVILLE – Actor’s Workshop Feb 28th and March 1st – TICKETED

On-Camera Actor’s Workshop with Celebrity Acting Coach, AARON JACKSON

Charlottesville, VA – Feb 28th & Mar 1st


Study with Acting Coach AARON JACKSON and learn who you are in front of the camera, improve your audition technique, understand character breakdown as well as monologue and scene prep.

The workshop will cover: perception, character building, monologue and scene prep, audition technique, improv, and how to market oneself as an actor.

Playback Review – The workshop includes an on-camera review of the day’s work and discussion during the last hour of each workshop.

Register now to hold your spot. This will be a small hands-on class with individualized instruction. Sign up with a 50% deposit to hold your seat with final payment due the week of class. Single day and full weekend registration available.

Registration link:


RICHMOND – Male Lead for Indie Feature – PAID

Local Indie Production Company seeks strong male actor for lead in Feature scheduled to be shot Spring/Summer 2015.

Alex is an entrepreneur willing to do whatever it takes to get the money he needs to launch his business. Whatever…it…takes.

The actor interested in this role will probably be local to Richmond and/or willing to commit to frequent commutes to the Richmond area, have a strong suit in improv, play late twenties to mid thirties, and be totally comfortable in an R rated shooting environment. Forward head shot or recent photo along with any resume to :


RICHMOND – RIFF’s FLOW Collective Industry Conference – Sat. Feb 28th – $75

If you are a director, producer, actor, or other creative looking to break into the industry or be inspired by industry veterans, the FLOW Collective is not to be missed!


The FLOW Collective. New this year, RIFF (The Richmond International Film Festival) expands to bring a one-day industry conference, the FLOW Collective. FLOW is a creative conference that includes engaging presentations from film industry professionals, prominent artists, and heads of industry, along with creative think tanks and breakout sessions incorporating the concept of flow in film and a variety of creative disciplines.

WHEN:  Saturday, Feb 28th 11:00am-6:00pm.  The day begins with the 11:00am FLOW Talks at the Byrd Theatre, which are 8-9 minute inspirational talks from experts in the following fields:  film, television, advertising, sports, journalism, radio, environmental activism, meditation, business development, and more.  The FLOW Talks are followed by panels, creative think tanks, breakout sessions, and roundtable discussions at the Visual Arts Center from 1:15-6:00pm spearheaded by industry experts.


  • 11:00am-12:45pm: FLOW Talks at the historic Byrd Theatre, Saturday, Feb 28th.  Designed to inspire & give insight into how to engage in a state of creative flow.
  • 12:45-1:15pm: Break
  • 1:15-2:00pm: Creative Think Tank & Interactive Panel: Engage with special guest FLOW Speakers
  • 2:00-3:00pm: Group A) Story Development, Indie Financing & Latest Trends in Film, Television, and New Media  B) The Creative Essentials: Bring Your Work & Get Advice from the Pros (Portfolios, Shorts, Reels, etc.)
  • 3:00-4:00pm:  Acting: Making it to the Silver Screen from the Director/Producer Perspective B) The Business Essentials: Bring Your Work & Get Advice from the Pros (Portfolios, Shorts, Reels, etc.)
  • 4:00-5:00pm:  Story Development: Round Table Discussion & Writing Pitch Session
  • 5:00-6:00pm: The  Latest Trends in Marketing & Audience Engagement for Film, Advertising & New Media
  • 6:00pm:  FLOW Collective concludes

COST: $75 General Public / $65 VPA Members

 DEADLINE:  The deadline to register with the VPA discount is this Saturday, Feb 21st. To redeem the $65 VPA rate, enter the following code at check out: vpariff5

 PURCHASE TICKETS:  (Space is limited, advance tickets prior to Feb 21 highly encouraged)

 RIFF brings 120+ international film screenings, industry panels, Q&As, live musical performances, red carpet awards, the first annual creative, FLOW Collective, and entertainment mixers that bring the spirit of Hollywood to beautiful Richmond, Virginia at the Virginia Historical Society, Bow Tie Movieland Criterion Cinemas, and the historic Byrd Theatre.

For more on RIFF, please visit the website at 


NORFOLK_Casting for ODU Short Film_OUR NATION_PAID (and Unpaid)

Arvold Casting is searching for African American, Asian and Caucasian actors for speaking roles in the Old Dominion University short film Our Nation. Set in 1915 Norfolk, Virginia, Our Nation is the story of Douglas, a young African American boy whose desire to see Birth of a Nation opens his eyes to a world of racial prejudice.

Our Nation will make its premiere screening as part of the centerpiece event for Birth of an Answer on September 18th, 2015 at the historic Attucks Theatre in Norfolk. Birth of an Answer is an event celebrating 100 years of African American creative resistance to prejudicial representations in cinema.

Please see this link for details and submission instructions:


Thank you!

Arvold Casting