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Lights, Camera, Auditions! Film School’s Casting Call is September 12

August 30, 2015

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will hold a general casting call for Fall 2015 student film projects on Saturday, September 12, at the Watkins campus in Metro Center.

Casting call sign in 0010Directors of approximately 16 productions from the BFA film program at Watkins will be looking for actors of all ages. Student films are being made under the SAG/AFTRA student film agreement and therefore all current union members are allowed to participate. Actors are asked to bring headshots and résumés.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script (with on-camera readings at the discretion of each director). Casting breakdowns and proposed shoot dates (usually over a 3-day/Friday–Sunday period) will be posted to this page as they become available [not before September 2] and distributed on site.

Audition slots will be divided according to gender and age throughout the day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Please note: Individual appointments are not available.

  • 10 to 11 a.m. – Leading men, age range 19-40
  • 11 a.m. to noon – Leading and character men, age range 40 and up
  • Noon to 1 p.m. – Leading women, age range 19-40
  • 1 to 2 p.m. – Leading and character women, age range 40 and up
  • 3 to 4 p.m. – Children and youth, age range 8-18

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center (across from the Looby). Free parking is available in the campus lot.

All cast members will be invited to a screening of projects at the end of the semester and will have access to an online copy of the film and a quick-time file (without music) to cut into a reel.

About The Film School at Watkins

WatkinsFIlm_NickRau setOffering one of the College’s oldest degree programs, The Film School at Watkins offers a demanding and immersive curriculum that explores the artistic, technical and business aspects of filmmaking to provide a truly hands-on experience for aspiring professionals. Students may pursue the four-year BFA degree or, for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, a Certificate in Film.

While rooted in dramatic narrative, the program encourages documentaries, commercials, music videos, experimental films, and television/web programs as students develop their technical skills and sharpen the focus on their unique artistic vision. Through deep study of the primary roles of writing, producing, directing, imaging, and editing; access to the latest—and next—technologies; a portfolio reel of increasingly complex projects, and opportunities to connect with the professional creative community, graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in film, video, news and entertainment.

LUNCH LETTERS
colorful, quirky drama
Director: Micah Atkinson / matkinson@watkins.edu / 615-556-6237

Non-union
Production Type: Student Production II With Dialogue
Project Length: 15 pages, 10-15 minutes
Shooting Locations: Nashville and Murfreesboro
Shooting Dates: October 16-18
Compensation: DVD Copy, Digital File, Meals, no pay

Synopsis: A melancholy young man lives with his older brother and his best friend, broadcasting a culinary web-show from a converted closet space. Through his broadcast, he meets a beautiful food blogger, who much to his surprise, seems to take interest in him.

•  COLEY (Lead/Male/Early-Mid 20s): An introspective, melancholy young man, burdened by a rocky childhood. Though awkward and seemingly distant, he somehow maintains a sort of mysterious charm.

•  ELLE (Co-Lead/Female/Early-Mid 20s): Elle is a little geeky and a tad bit awkward, but irresistibly charming when she shows interest in a subject. She is bright, and always in thought.

•  MAFYA (Co-Lead/Male/Late Teen to Early-Mid 20s): Mafya is thoughtful and sensitive towards Coley, but still energetic and easily distracted. He is Coley’s confidant, and while supportive, wants Coley to branch out of his safe bubble.

•  EON (Co-Lead/Male/Late 20s to Early 30s): Coley’s older brother. In the absence of their parents, Eon has taken over the provider and protector roles of Coley, but still struggles to relate to him emotionally. Eon often ends up frustrated by his younger brother, but loves him and wants the best for him.

•  YOUNG COLEY (Supporting/No Dialogue/Age 8-11)

•  YOUNG MAFYA (Supporting/No Dialogue/Age 8-11)

Young Coley and Young Mafya make an appearance in a flashback sequence.

 

WILLFULLY IGNORANT, DANGEROUSLY STUPID
Director: S.T. Davis / stdavis@watkins.edu / 901-451-0781

SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student (Production III)
Project length: Short Film (Approx. 17 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 3-4
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment. DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: Twelve hours in the life of two close friends, Momo and Key, set the stage for a gritty urban drama involving the delicate and ever relevant subjects of race, sex and class in one of the most feared boroughs in the city, the Heights.

•  MOMO (Lead, Late Teens – Early 20’s, Pref. African American Male): Exposed to more than just the confines of the Heights. Eager to prove himself but uncertain of which road to take. Scrutinized for his intelligence and torn between the world he’s always known and leaving for better things. Childhood friends with Key and doubtful of the life Key is paving for himself, but understanding since they grew up in the same environment. (Must be comfortable using racial slurs)

• KEY (Lead, Early 20’s, Pref. African American Male): A product of his environment. Grew up in a dangerous area where guns, jewelry and money are glorified. Slightly disillusioned about the appeal of hood culture. Often manipulative. A misinformed gangster. Childhood friends and poor influence on Momo with a hint of jealousy towards Momo’s potential success. (Must be comfortable using racial slurs)

•  MIKE WILLIS (Lead, 30’s – 50+ Pref. Caucasian Male):  Closet racist and diner owner. Believes racism doesn’t exist, and remains incredibly politically incorrect. In public, is a bit more tolerant and devious, but straddles a thin line keeping his feelings in check, all for the benefit of his diner. Seems as “they” have too much power. Narrow-minded with little willingness to open up. Most actions are premeditated and carefully acted on, though outwardly seems impulsive. (Must be comfortable using racial slurs)

•  OLD ENGLISH (Supporting,  30’s – 50+, Pref. African American; role open to females and males): Master of many faces. To Mike Willis, an Uncle Tom-like character who pacifies him because of the era s/he grew up in. To Momo and Key, a scrutinizing character who’d rather see them live another day than die trying to make changes. Not formally educated, but street smart and intuitive. Means well though sometimes difficult to tell. (Must be comfortable using racial slurs)

•  RACHEL (Supporting, 20’s, Pref. Caucasian Female): Very pretty and knows it. Promiscuous and controls men through through her sexuality, using it to empower her. Has grown up similarly to Momo and Key. Depreciated due to Hip-Hop culture. Very street smart, and couples that with her sexual prowess to collect men as trophies, prizes to be won. (Must be comfortable using racial slurs and implied sexual act; can smoke is a plus)

•  KEISHA (Extra, 20’s Female): Friend of Rachel

•  PATRON (Extra, 20’s-30’s): Friend/Caretaker of Old English

•  MAN (Extra, 20’s): Local neighborhood thug

ANONYMOUS
Director: Hayley Montague = hmontague@watkins.edu = 865-679-2723

SAG-AFTRA Signatory (open for non-union)
Production type: Student Production III with dialogue
Project length: 20 minutes
Shooting locations: Nashville & Hermitage
Shoot dates: October 9-11
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment, DVD copy, digital files and meals or Non-Union: DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: After being forced to attend Alcoholics Anonymous because of a DUI, Tessa finds the strength to face her real problem through another AA member, Jane. As their relationship grows, Jane is haunted by a disturbing memory. When Tessa finds out about Jane’s past, she struggles to stay sober and find forgiveness.

•  TESSA (Lead, mid 20’s): A newly recovering alcoholic. She is broken by her past, but she puts up a hard front to make up for it. She is reluctant to Jane’s help at first, but she eventually opens up to reveal her softer side.

•  JANE (Lead, late 30’s-early 40’s): A recovering alcoholic, sober for 5 years. She is good at staying strong and providing support for Tessa who still yearns to drink, but even she has weak moments at times.

•  BONNIE (Supporting, late 40’s-early 50’s): A simple and kind woman who is the chairperson of the AA meetings.

 

SCRIPT ON THE BRAIN
Director: Derek Newell Estes = destes@watkins.edu = 270-933-7819

SAG-AFTRA Signatory project (open to non-union)
Project Type: Student Production III with dialogue
Project Length: 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shooting Dates: October 16-18
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital files and meals. Non-Union: DVD copy, digital file and meals; no pay.

Synopsis: Derek doesnt have a script for class. Its up to his Conscience and the rest of his personality to come up with a script, and quickly!

•  CONSCIENCE (Lead Male, 20’s/30’s): A hardworking, easily stressed employee who wants to get Derek a script. However, his motivations are a little more selfish.

•  RIGHT BRAIN (Supporting Male/Female, 20’s/30’s): In charge of Dereks creative processes. Talented in his/her job, willing to help Conscience in any way, but doesnt work well under pressure.

•  LEFT BRAIN (Supporting Female, 20’s/30’s): Sister to Right Brain and in charge of Dereks logical thinking. Intelligent, fast-talking, but extremely irritable!

•  HUMOR (Supporting Male, 30’s/40’s): Childish, awkward and unoriginal. He is extremely optimistic, despite being the black sheep in the group.

•  EGO (Supporting Male, 20s/30s): The kilt-wearing, conceited Scot who doesnt really do anything other than sit around the office. 

 

THE GATHERING PLACE
Director: Emma Nitz = enitz@watkins.edu

Non-Union (Independent)
Production Type: Student (Production IV)
Project Length: Short Film (45 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: September 25-27, October 3-4
Compensation: DVD, Digital Copy, Free meals on set

Synopsis: When Kacey runs away from a troubled home, she finds herself on Opal’s doorstep. When Opal invites Kacey to stay with her and work at the small bakery she runs out of her home, Kacey finds herself with a real family for the first time in her life. But will her past catch up to her?

•  KACEY (LEAD, Female, Late Teens/Early 20’s): Kacey has grown tired living with her older sister and her sister’s boyfriend, and runs away after an ugly fight. She has trouble opening up to people and avoids being the center of attention as much as possible. Once she begins life anew, her greatest fear is opening up to her new family and telling them about her past life. She quickly learns that secrets aren’t easy to keep hidden forever. 

•  OPAL (LEAD, Female, 60’s): Opal is a remarkably generous and free spirited woman. She owns Hope Bakery and runs it out of her home. When she meets Kacey, she cannot help but offer her a job and a place to stay. It is not in her nature to turn away the less fortunate. She also enjoys a good Cuba Libre on Saturday afternoons. 

•  QUINN (LEAD, Males, 20’s): Quinn is Opal’s brooding young nephew. When he first meets Kacey, he suspects that she is a danger to his family, but warms up to her over time. One could say things get downright toasty between them.

•  DWIGHT (LEAD, Male, 30’s): Dwight is the white trash boyfriend of Kacey’s older sister, Becca. When he attempts to seduce Kacey one night, she fights him off and badly injures him. After he returns from the hospital and learns that she has run away, Dwight is hell bent on catching her and inflicting the same amount of pain on her as she caused him. 

•  VICKIE (SUPPORTING, Female, Late 50’s): Vickie is a stern, no-nonsense woman working at Hope Bakery. She is suspicious that Kacey is up to no good. 

•  KAT (SUPPORTING, Male or Transgender, Late 20’s/early 30’s): Kat is a vivacious transgender woman working at Hope Bakery. She is strong willed and a little stubborn, but has a heart of gold. She is quick to befriend Kacey when she first comes to town. 

•  REDNECK 1 (SUPPORTING, Male Any age over 21): A drunken fiend at a local bar who harasses Kat for being transgender. 

•  REDNECK 2 (SUPPORTING, Male, Any age over 21): A drunken fiend at a local bar who harasses Kat for being transgender. 


MARKED
Director: Roxanne Nawrot = rnawrot@watkins.edu

Union/Non-Union: Either
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Project Length: Under 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Davidson County
Shoot Dates: October 10- 11
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment. DVD copy, digital file, and meals. Non-union: DVD copy, digital file and meals; no pay.

Synopsis: Based on the myth that birthmarks represent how one died in a past life, the story follows Desmond Reid, a young man who was born with a large port wine birthmark on the back of his neck. He comes into contact with important people in his past life, and every time he makes physical contact with someone from his past, he flashes and remembers parts of his old life. He gains a collection of old memories as to who he was in the past, finds out who killed him, and gets revenge for the life that was once taken from him.

•  DESMOND (Lead, Age 18-23): A young man who is intuitive and wise for his age. He was born with a large port wine birthmark on the back of his neck. He falls in love and has an affair with Nora, who is currently married to Malcolm, the same man who murdered him in his past life.

•  ADAM (Supporting, Age 18-30): Desmond’s past self. He and Nora were both in love before he mysteriously went missing.

•  MALCOLM (Supporting, Age 25-35): A manipulative and troubled man with good intentions but bad ways of executing them. He tries to appear to be someone he is not. Malcolm is the one who murdered Adam out of jealousy and spite for stealing the woman he loved, Nora.

•  NORA (Supporting, Age 25-35): A beautiful woman with a warm heart. She is married to Malcolm but was only ever in love with Adam.  When Desmond comes into her life, that changes everything.

•  YOUNG BOY (Cameo, Age 5-10): The young son of Desmond and Nora. He has a birthmark similar to his father’s. He also just so happens to be Malcolm reincarnated.