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RICHMOND – Casting Call for Student Films – March 9th – April 7th – UNPAID

Sonja Bertucci, Visiting Professor in Film Studies at the University of Richmond & “FILM PRODUCTION 302” are seeking 16 ACTORS for their short films (around 5-6 minutes).

 

SHOOTING DATES FOR ALL FILMS:  MARCH 9th until APRIL 7th, 2019

Project Specifications and Compensation: Dramatic short, around 5-10 minutes, shot with the Sony Alpha 7S2. This is a final project for Intermediate Film Production 302 at the University of Richmond. It is a non-paid project, but food will be provided on set, and you will be credited for your work. In addition, you will receive a link to the film and a Bluray or a DVD (according to your preference) for your personal/professional use. The film will be shot between March 9th and April 7th in the Richmond area.

 

FILM 1 — MASKED by GRAIDEN BERGER

Story: Quirky Dovie’s reality is radically turned upside down when a strange mask appears in her room and a trail of masks follows her everywhere she goes. She tries to escape, but all her efforts are in vain.

 

Character Breakdowns:

  1. Dovie: 18-22, female. Dovie has green hair and wears quirky accessories such as time travel goggles. She is upbeat, spunky, sweet, and eccentric. Once the masks appear in her environment, she is confronted with a harsh reality; she must let go of her idiosyncrasy, conform to the norm, and ultimately wear a mask.
  2. EXTRAS: Masked people, any age, any ethnicity, will be covered from head-to-toe, still and silent.

 

Auditions and location: Auditions will be held by appointment only at the University of Richmond. If you are interested, please SUBMIT your headshots to both director Graiden Berger at graiden.berger@richmond.edu AND producer Joe Boyce at joe.boyce@richmond.edu, and CALL 914-707-1018 (Joe) or 203-979-8892 (Graiden) for an appointment. If you have any difficulty or questions, please don’t hesitate to call us.

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FILM 2 —  GUARDIAN ANGEL by HALEY GIBBONS

Story: The grandfather of Heidi, a senior in college, had planned to take her on a trip to Greece as a graduation present. After he passes away, Heidi mourns his loss and is inwardly torn about whether or not she should still go on the voyage. Her close friend Kara helps her make a decision.

 

Character Breakdowns:

  1. Heidi: 21-22, female, Caucasian. Heidi is a senior in college who was looking forward to traveling with her grandfather to Greece. After losing him, she reflects about how best to honor his memory.
  2. Kara: 21, female, African American (preferred). Kara is Heidi’s best friend. Her witty personality, her comforting nature and her loyalty help cheer up Heidi and lead her out of her dilemma. Kara proposes that they go together to Greece.

 

Auditions and location: Auditions will be held by appointment only at the University of Richmond. If you are interested, please SUBMIT your headshots to both director Haley Gibbons at  haley.gibbons@richmond.edu AND producer Mike Sutton at msutton724@gmail.com and CALL (804)-754-6860 (Haley) or  973-558-1905 (Mike) for an appointment.

If you have any difficulty or questions, please don’t hesitate to call us.

 

FILM 3 — THE WASH  by HALLE STONEY

Story: After a white girl strokes her blow-dried hair, Taylor, an African American student, relives the times when she faced implicit racism in regards to her physical appearance. In a final act of defiance, Taylor washes her hair and realizes that the beauty and magic of the black woman should be embraced and celebrated.

Character Breakdowns:
5. Taylor (18-22, African American):
Quiet and kind-hearted, Taylor is the type of girl with whom everybody wants to be friends. Due to her docile nature, she has trouble standing up for herself, and she would rather stay silent to avoid conflict than tell someone that they hurt her feelings. After years of repressing her true emotions, Taylor can no longer hide the pain and self-pity that has bubbled beneath the surface for so long.
6. Leah (18-22, Caucasian): A beautiful blonde girl who is confident, outgoing, and personable, Leah can strike up a conversation with anyone. She loves meeting new people and goes out of her way to be noticed. Raised in a predominantly white suburban neighborhood, she is ignorant about race relations. Although she means well, her attempt to compliment her African-American friend comes off as violating and disrespectful. Leah will remain oblivious and will think that her interaction was kind and well-received.

Director: Halle Stoney

Producer: Jeremy Cairo

Auditions and location: Auditions will be held by appointment only at the University of Richmond. If you are interested, please SUBMIT your headshots to director Halle Stoney at halle.stoney@richmond.edu AND to producer Jeremy Cairo at Jeremy.cairo@richmond.edu for an appointment. If you have any difficulty or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

 

FILM 4 — EXPECTING by JEREMY CAIRO

Story: In the distant future, a couple is excited about finalizing the details of an important purchase: their first child. Soon the negotiation with the salesman descends into bitterness as they fight about the details and realize the coldness and procedural nature of the transaction.

 

Character Breakdowns:

  1. Jason– 30s, Male, white, slightly muscular and average height. He is the jock type, middle class. He is very excited about the prospect of having a son with whom he can play sports and whom he can mold into a “real” man. He can be stubborn and lose his temper.
  2. Kelly– 30s, Female, white, average height and build. She is incredibly excited to have a child. She wants a healthy and smart child and does not feel the need to impart any pressures on him or her. She has been waiting for the day to go in and “create” the child for a long time. She loves her husband very much as well and wants to make him happy, despite his temper.
  3. John– 50s-60s, Male, white, average height, somewhat hunched. He is sick of his job and he has become desensitized to the feelings of the couples who come in and often do not get what they want. He would rather be doing something else with his life than selling babies.
  4. Mark– 30s, male, white, tall, and muscular. Mark is the typical poster boy for the perfect man, and he knows it. He has had success his whole life, and he expects the same of his progeny. He works on Wall Street, belongs to the upper class, and can afford to purchase the perfect baby.
  5. Jane– late 20s, female, white, tall, and slim. Jane is the typical poster girl for the perfect woman, and she knows it. She has been successful her whole life and is married to a wealthy Wall Street trader, Mark. She comes from a wealthy family herself.

 

Auditions and location: Auditions will be held by appointment only at the University of Richmond. If you are interested, please SUBMIT your headshots to both director Jeremy Cairo at Jeremy.cairo@richmond.edu AND producer Halle Stoney at halle.stoney@richmond.edu for an appointment.

If you have any difficulty or questions, please don’t hesitate to call Jeremy at 845-490-7960.

 

FILM 5 — LITTLE MAN by JOE BOYCE

Story: During a post-game interview, a man swears to get revenge on his opponent and prepare intensely for his “rematch.” In a comedic turn of events, we learn that his opponent is a young boy, and the game is a game of musical chairs.

 

Character Breakdowns:

  1. Jimmy: Late 20s or early 30s, male. Jimmy is a sweatshirt and sweatpants type, athletic looking. He cannot stand the fact that his masculinity has been called into question by a younger man and swears revenge. He presents himself as someone who is preparing for the ultimate challenge.
  2. Interviewer: Middle aged, full of clichés. The man/woman is invested in Jimmy’s comeback yet throws himself with relish into the absurdity of the interview situation.
  3. Announcer: Older, golden smile, over-exaggerated, guttural voice.
  4. Referee: 40-50, male, beard. He takes his job seriously even though the game turns out to be a game of musical chairs.

 

Director: Joe Boyce

Producer: Graiden Berger

Auditions and location: Auditions will be held by appointment only at the University of Richmond. If you are interested, please SUBMIT your headshots to director Joe Boyce at  joe.boyce@richmond.edu AND producer Graiden Berger at graiden.berger@richmond.edu and CALL 203-979-8892 (Graiden) or  914-707-1018 (Joe) for an appointment. If you have any difficulty or questions, please don’t hesitate to call us.

 

FILM 6 — ENDING by MIKE SUTTON

Story: The obsessive Vera has been writing her novel for years and its main character, Margot, comes to life in an attempt to convince her to complete the story.

 

Character Breakdowns:

  1. Vera: 20s or 30s, female. Vera is a writer consumed by the novel she’s currently writing. She has become too attached to her character Margot and cannot reconcile herself to finishing the story.
  2. Margot: 20s or 30s, female. Margot is a book character who comes to life–stepping out of the representation–and who simply wants her story to have an ending. The lack of resolution in her story makes her more and more agitated.

 

Director: Mike Sutton

Producer: Silvia Serrano Pedersen

Auditions and location: Auditions will be held by appointment only at the University of Richmond. If you are interested, please SUBMIT your headshots to both director Mike  Sutton at msutton724@gmail.com AND producer Silvia  at silvia.serranopedersen@richmond.edu, and CALL Mike (973-558-1905) for an appointment. If you have any difficulty or questions, please don’t hesitate to call us.

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