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VIRGINIA BEACH,-Casting Call for student film- 10/14 & 10/15- unpaid

CASTING CALL- October 14, 2016, 6 PM – 9 PM; October 15, 2016, 12pm – 6pm

“SHELBY”- Student Short Film, Non-Union, Unpaid

Location- Virginia Beach

Director: Keith Offutt
Producer: Amanda Chambers 
Audition Location: Regent University, School of Communication and The Arts Building,Room 102. Address: 1000 Regent University Drive, COM 240, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Shooting Location: Virginia Beach
Email: ShelbyTheMovie2016@gmail.com 
Compensation: No


Please send headshots, resumes, and the part you’re interested in to ShelbyTheMovie2016@gmail.com. Auditions will be held Oct. 14th from 6pm-9pm; and Oct. 15th from 12pm-6pm at Regent University.



Auditions: October 14, 2016 6pm-9pm; October 15, 2016 12pm-6pm.
Shooting Starts: November 11, 2016
Shooting Ends: November 13, 2016

Synopsis: After seven years, the Ellerbe foster kids reunite in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to discover their mom, Natalie, has passed away.  A 20-million-dollar inheritance is left to her pet dog, Shelby. The Ellerbe kids must set aside their differences to complete a whacky and impossible list of chores for Shelby within 24 hours to lay claim to their mother’s mega million-dollar fortune.

Character BIOS

[Raymond “Ray” Ellerbe ] [GENDER: MALE] [HEIGHT: 5’11” – 6’6″]  [AGE: 27-32]

Ethnicity/nationality: Caucasian

Never had much to say. Not the best a being vulnerable. Always checking his watch. Time is important to him because he never seems to have enough. Doesn’t shy away from an honest joke or two. He loves his wife. Lacks faith in his ability to take care of others which torments him.


[Jaleesa Ellerbe] [GENDER: FEMALE] [HEIGHT: 5’7″ – 5’10”] [AGE: 27-30]

Ethnicity/Nationality: African American or Black

A workaholic. Big time workaholic. And a horrible cook to boot. Even the modern microwave proves to be a common foe to her. She’s super cautious. Perhaps too cautious but witty. Afraid to live life outside the box.  She’s a pretty damn good poet but keeps it to herself.


[Austin Ellerbe] [GENDER: MALE] [HEIGHT: 5’10” – 6’6″] [AGE: 25-27]

Ethnicity/ Nationality: Asian American

Handsome but on the rough side. He works as a butler. And he’s just fine with that. He’s seen the world. Believes in different avenues leading to “successful”. Doesn’t mind setting the record straight with anyone.  Sees things for face value.


[Luis Ellerbe] [GENDER: MALE] [HEIGHT: 5’8″ – 5’11”] [AGE: 25-27]

Ethnicity/Nationality: Hispanic

Prankster. Complete instigator. A jerk from top to bottom. His level of sensitivity to any given circumstance is basically zero. Likes to stick his nose in where it doesn’t belong.  His wife kicked him out the house because he refuses to shave his beard to uphold a bet he lost in a card game. A man of faith.


[Dakota Ellerbe] [GENDER: FEMALE] [HEIGHT: 5’0″ – 5’8″] [AGE: 23-25]

Ethnicity/Nationality: Native American

The worst narcissist money can buy. She is very narrow minded but has a heart the size of Texas.  Hates pets. Hates loud noises. Hates problems. Loves her family but would never say it in a million years.


[Darryl “boo-boo” Ellerbe] [GENDER: MALE] [HEIGHT: 5’10” – 6’4″]  [AGE: 22-24]

Ethnicity/Nationality: African American/Black

He DJ’s at night. But finds himself dissatisfied with the life. Loves music but not enough to keep at it seriously.  Carries a notebook with recipes in it. Adores his girlfriend and tolerates opinion on being a lawyer instead of low-class chef.  His brothers and sisters casually call him “boo-boo” since he is the baby of the family.


[Nisha Dhaliwal] [GENDER: FEMALE] [HEIGHT: 5’0″ – 5’7″] [AGE: 20-22]

Ethnicity/Nationality: Middle Eastern

Darryl’s girlfriend. Nisha met Darryl two years ago.  She’s a freckled faced intermediate poker player. Wishes she had finished school instead. Can’t stand Jaleesa or Raymond. They pick on her but she stands her ground.


[Sylvia Maddox] [GENDER: FEMALE] [HEIGHT: 5’0″ – 5’8″] [AGE: 50-65]

Ethnicity/Nationality: Caucasian/Italian

Her best friend was Natalie Ellerbe (the foster mother). She is sharp. Definitely the no nonsense-type.

Also she is a lawyer and secretly the real proprietor of Natalie’s million dollar fortune.


Secondary Characters:

Policemen (2)

Cable guy (1)

Food services (3)

Mailman (1)

Dog masseuse (1)

Security installation man (1)



Even though we have specified each characters ethnicity and nationality, we are encouraging an open casting call to all ethnicities, ages 20 and up.

Comedic actors preferred.

Please direct any questions to Amanda at ShelbyTheMovie2016@gmail.com.