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Film School’s Spring 2017 Auditions Set for February 5th

January 27, 2017

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will hold a general casting call for Spring 2017 student film projects on Sunday, February 5th, at the Watkins campus in Metro Center.  Directors of productions from the BFA and MFA film programs at Watkins will be looking for actors of all ages. Student films can be made under the SAG/AFTRA student film agreement and therefore all current union members are allowed to participate. Actors are asked to bring résumés and head shots for each audition (or a photo can be taken at the reading).

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) for individual productions will be posted by January 27th. Please go to www.watkins.edu and type in auditions.

Audition slots will be divided according to gender and age throughout the day (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.).

Individual appointments are not available.

12PM to 1PM – Leading men, age range 19-40
1PM to 2PM – Leading and character men, age range 40 and up
2PM to 3PM – Leading women, age range 19-40
3PM to 4PM – Leading and character women, age range 40 and up
4PM to 5PM – Young men and women, age range 8-18

NOTE:  No overall make-up audition session will be offered. However, after production breakdowns are posted, actors who cannot attend the February 5th casting day may contact specific directors concerning particular roles. If headshots and résumés are submitted electronically, please include name in file title.

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.

For any questions not answered here, email auditions@watkins.edu. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center (across from the Looby). Free parking is available in the campus lot.

More information to come at http://www.watkins.edu/event/watkins-film-school-casting-day/.

Additional Cast Breakdowns will be added next week.

Projects for Spring 2017 Semester

Production Title: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Union / Non-Union: Non-Union or SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student Production IV with Dialogue (Drama/Tragedy)
Project length: Short Film (40 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville, TBD
Shoot Dates: Late August/Early September 2017
Email: bparsons@watkins.edu

Compensation: No pay or SAG-AFTRA deferred payment, DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis:  A young woman travels to Canada with her fiancé for his father’s funeral. The trip quickly turns into an extended awkward encounter with his senile, cantankerous mother, his passive tool of a sister, his snobbish brother and sister-in-law, and his severely depressed, pot-smoking niece.

Characters: 

Carly Simpson: Lead: (mid-to-late 20s) An accountant from a small town in Virginia, Carly can be called kind and nurturing, but has no problem putting her foot down when she needs to. She is bright and strong, but not naive and can often read between the lines when it comes to the others’ odd behaviors.

Johnny Spencer: Lead: (late 20s-early 30s) Carly’s fiance and the youngest member of the Spencer family. He is typically calm and pleasant around Carly, but quick to anger and often times difficult to be around when it comes to matters of his family.

Daphne Spencer: Lead: (late 50s-mid 60s). Mother to Deb, Eric and Johnny, widow and strong matriarch of the Spencer family. She is a cruel bitter woman who constantly berates and chastises her children for almost no reason. Angry at change and disgruntled if things don’t go her way. A lot of power in a small package, not unlike dynamite.

Deb Lyman: Supporting: (mid 40s) Mother to Joy and the oldest of the Spencer children. Deb is Daphne’s sole caretaker, which has made her both incredibly passive when it comes to her mother’s verbal abuse and aggressive in regards to her own parenting.

Joy Lyman: Supporting: (late teens) Daughter of Deb and granddaughter of Daphne, Joy is very depressed after her father leaves and copes with the pain by lashing out at her weak mother and smoking marijuana. [Casting Note: Emancipated or legal 18+ preferred due to the dark nature of the script]

Eric Spencer: Supporting: (mid 30s) Married to Marie and the middle Spencer child. Eric has a certain charm that can be both enticing and creepy. Defensive of his mother and resentful towards his younger brother.

Marie Spencer: Supporting: (mid 30s) The ditzy and sometimes bubbly wife of Eric. She is unaware of most of the tension under the surface of most family situations and prefers to sweep the conflict under the rug, even to the point of ignoring her husband’s terrible actions.


Production Title: Remnants

Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory and non-union
Production Type: Production IV
Project length: Short Film (25 minutes)
Shooting Location: TBD
Shoot Dates: April 7-8 & April 14-16
Email: cnoblin@watkins.edu

Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment. DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Notice: Strong violence and language.

Synopsis:  A post apocalyptic myth that explores the questions: who we were, who we are, and who can we become?

Characters: 

Kaiden Severn: Lead: A 20-something guy who does his best to keep his girlfriend and his best friend alive in this post-apocalyptic wasteland. He’s controlling and fearful, constantly worried about how they’re going to eat or drink water the next day.

Nick Monroe: Lead: A 20-something man who lost his wife to another group of survivors. He is alone, consumed by vengeance and thirsting for an eye for an eye. He’s quiet and reserved, a man on a mission.

Eris: Lead: A man that has become more beast than man. After the fall of civilization, Eris turned to cannibalism. His mind has been driven mad by eating the brains of his own species. He speaks in riddles and sentence fragments. His only goal is to feed.

Macen: Lead: A Southern man who wanders the wastes with a cadre of followers, robbing people they meet of anything they can get. For Macen, enough is never enough. He always wants more things, regardless of what it does to those around him.

Charlie Fletcher: Supporting: An older man who watches as the world he lives in falls to pieces. He’s a sad and lonely man, musing over his failures and longings for yesterday.

Adam Whills: Supporting: The 20-something friend of Kaiden and Lauren. He’s sarcastic and always full of laughs, refusing to accept how ruined his world has become.

Tyler: Supporting: The whiny and needy follower of Macen. He does whatever Macen says without question. His only desire is to advance his position in life.

Eddie: Supporting: Macen’s other follower. He’s silent and brooding, preferring to communicate in physicality.

Charlie Jr.: Supporting: Charlie’s son whose only desire is to be a kid.


Production Title: Anna, In Fragments

Union / Non-Union: Non-Union
Production Type: Production III
Project length: 20 minutes
Genre: Art-house, Drama
Shooting Location: Smyrna & Nashville
Shoot Dates: March 3rd & 4th/ March 10th & 11th
Email: jcole@watkins.edu

Compensation: Digital file and meals.

Synopsis: “An underage prostitute meets with a client.”

Preamble:  Anna, In Fragments is an objective observance of a singular woman’s emotional fallout from adolescent sexual assault, which follows the confusion of her own sexual identity, and her seemingly subconscious, violent response to sexual anxiety and contact.

Characters: 

Anna: Lead (18-25): She is open; compacted into dust. Bones split apart and ingested, she surveys at an idiosyncratic hyper-speed. Emotional velocity; ripped and torn. Suffocated by herself, via the fiber of her surroundings.

He: Lead (22-28): Absent and unavailable. A declining, insurmountable object, which cannot be moved. All are subservient, and all are released deformed.

Stranger: Supporting (22-28): The stranger encounters Anna on a city street. He walks into an alley, which she follows him into.


Production Title: Model Psychosis (working title)

Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory/non-union
Production Type: Student (MFA Narrative Project)
Project length: Short Film (approximately 20 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville, TN and surrounding area
Shoot Dates: March 11, 12, 18, and 19
Email: mhoskins@watkins.edu

Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment. DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: Two women, strapped for cash, volunteer to test an experimental drug in isolation for four weeks. The women form a bond, but also begin to experience unforeseen, sometimes hallucinatory side effects of the drug. When their contact suddenly disappears, leaving them stranded with no food supply, the women discover that the intentions of their employer may have been much more sinister than they could have known as they find themselves locked in a struggle for survival that takes place in reality as well as their own minds.

Characters: 

Elle: Lead: A practical, straight-laced woman in her mid 20’s. Finding most people superficial, she approaches life with logic, avoids unnecessary relationships, and isolates herself from others; she is willing, however, to reach out emotionally when someone is in need. She is sharp, curious, and enjoys intellectual pursuits, but expresses her own thoughts through drawing, at which she is adept. She prefers to take action and find solutions on her own rather than get help from others.

Christie: Lead: A strong, bubbly woman in her early/mid 30’s. Despite a recent breakup, she remains optimistic and places high value on people around her. She enjoys the simple pleasures of life, such as conversation and nature. Prone to dependency on other people and feels pressure to show others that she has value. She believes in working together and relying on the talents of others to overcome challenges and never leaves a friend behind.

Owen: Supporting: An ambitious graduate student who treats the women like test subjects as much as people. Talks and moves formally and clinically. He is results-oriented and believes that the end justifies the means. His aloofness causes him to have an air of mystery and secrecy about him.


Production Title: One More Christmas

Director: Steven B. Newman
Union / Non-Union: SAG/AFTRA Signatory or Non-Union
Production Type: Graduate Student Production with dialogue
Project length: approximately 22 minutes
Shooting Location: Int. Watkins College Studio’s – Int. TBD
Shoot Dates: TBD, 17-21 Feb 2017. Back up dates. 2-4 March
Email: sbnewman@watkins.edu
Phone: 305-431-0073

Compensation: TBD – No pay, DVD or Digital file copy, meals on set.

Synopsis: All Staff Sergeant Leo Harper wants is to get back to his unit, but he must learn to deal with his emotions before Dr. Birmingham will clear him for duty. After he is confronted by his peers, Leo opens up to Birmingham and we learn about his mother, Sherry Harper and how he was raised in the tradition of the Wolf’s code by his grandfather Vernon Bode, a grizzly old Vietnam Veteran with a Soldier’s Heart.

Characters: 

Leo Harper: Lead: Early twenties. Aged beyond his years, Leo’s demeanor epitomizes strength and determination. His job, protect his men at all cost. To his men, Leo is invincible. He is the very definition of a warrior. After he is wounded and loses his leg, all he wants is to get back to his unit, back into the fight. Some profanity.

DR. Clarissa Birmingham: Lead: A Colonel in her mid-forties to Mid-fifties could be anybody’s mother or grandmother. As a psychiatrist, she comes across as clinical. Frustrated. As an officer, impatient. All she cares about is helping Leo come to grips with his emotions. She expects him to get better, to be the leader he once was. She won’t clear him for duty until he opens up and deals with the pain he feels inside. It’s not his physical wounds that hold him back.

Vernon Bode: Lead: Mid-Seventies, Leo’s grandfather is a grizzly ole Vietnam Veteran with a Soldier’s heart. He lives by the tradition of the Wolf’s code as a way of facing his own demons. After his estranged daughter unexpectedly shows up late one Christmas eve, he takes on the task of raising his grandson Leo, who is a troubled teen. Leo’s father has left and his mother is dying.

Sherry Harper: Supporting: Mid-Thirties, her husband left her homeless with a teenage boy (Leo) to raise. She returns to live with her estranged father after she is diagnosed with an incurable disease. All she wants is a chance for Leo to have a home, a better life. She is the tragic figure in this story.

Abe “Vigo” Vigota: Supporting: Hispanic Late twenties, is a former Army Ranger from both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who confronts Leo about his behavior and shows him that “You can’t drink your problems away.”

Humberto, “Six Toes”: Supporting: 35-80 TBD, friends with Vigo, Six Toes is a Veteran who also confronts Leo about his behavior and tells him that, “PTSD Ain’t no excuse bro!”

Frankie “One Eye”: Supporting: 35-80, friends with Vigo, One Eye is a Veteran who also confronts Leo about his behavior and tells him that, “You’ve got to find a new purpose for your life Mijo!”

Sigmanitu Tonka “Big Wolf”: Supporting” Native American, Mid-Twenties. An apparition of a Lakota Sioux warrior, “SUGMANITU TONKA”(shuen-g-mah-nee-due dahn-kah – Big Wolf) appears to Leo in his dreams. He is the families Guaridan Angel, and Bode’s friend, Sgt. Jim Gardner, MIA/KIA – Vietnam, 1964. They never found his body.

Medic: Supporting: Mid-Twenties. Performs triage at the Helo Pad on Kandahar. Speaking part.

Non-Speaking Roles:

Dottie: Supporting: Mid-Thirties, Female – The apparition of Bode’s wife long since passed.

Sherry Harper as a Child: Supporting: 5-12 Years old. Bode’s memory of her.

Chaplain: Supporting: AGE TBD – Gives last rights to Leo at Kandahar Airfield.


Production Title: Pilots

Director: Jason Luckett
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student MFA Production
Project length: 18 minutes
Shooting Location: Beaman Park, Sound Stage
Shoot Dates: February 26th, 27th, and March 10th-13th, with Pick Up Day March 31st

Compensation: DVD Copy and meals.

Synopsis: Emily and Peter are not having fun in space anymore. When Peter goes missing, Emily is really not having fun anymore when she has to try and find him before he gets himself into serious danger.

Characters: 

Emily: Lead: (mid to late 20s) An irritable space pilot who’s just trying to find her brother. For a while now, it’s been quiet and boring because Peter’s been sad. But when he’s suddenly abducted by an unknown force, she’ll need to use her friends, family, and wits to find him.

Peter: Lead: (mid to late 20s) Emily’s brother. He’s gone missing, and he’s pretty indifferent about it. Though when he’s put in a life-threatening situation, things from the past come back to haunt him.

Maisen and Chauncey: Supporting: (mid to late 20s) Emily’s married friends who give her advice while she’s in space.

Jordan: Supporting: (mid to late 20s) Peter’s boyfriend. He’s taking the game way too seriously.

Father: Supporting: (30s – 50s) Peter and Emily’s father. He is surprisingly helpful in Emily’s hunt for Peter, but really just wants to know if they’ll be home for dinner.

Various Voices: Supporting: Comedic voice-over characters who come into contact with Emily, to either help or pester her. Feel free to get silly and show us what you’ve got.


Production Title: #SquadGoals

Director: Robin Robinson
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student (Graduate) With Dialogue
Project length: Short Film (12-15 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville, Davidson County
Shoot Dates: March 10, 2017 – March 13, 2017
Contact: Robin Robinson
Email: rrobinson@watkins.edu

Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: Anne, a young nerd, is desperate to be apart of the most popular squad in high school led by the beautiful Madison. While at first she is desperate to please Madison, once she gains entry to the squad, she is no longer happy with merely being a member. She becomes obsessed with becoming the squad leader, but she has to get rid of the Queen B first.

This film will cross the genres of teen and horror. It contains strong language and mild violence.

Characters: 

Anne Turner: Lead: An impressionable and hapless teenager (16-18), Anne is struggling to navigate the world of high school. Upon entering high school, she has become a social pariah. On top of that, former best friend, Madison, ditched Anne in her pursuits to become the most popular girl in school. Quiet, demure and eager to please, she tries to blend into the crowd. Secretly, she misses her former best friend and hopes they’ll mend their broken relationship. Upon entering Madison’s squad an inner beast is unleashed. Once she gets a taste of the spotlight, she will risk everything to remain at the forefront. Nor will she be satisfied with being #2. [Casting Note: Emancipated or legal 18+ preferred due to the explicit language]

Madison Banks: Lead: A ruthless, methodical, and calculating teenager (16-18) who has clawed her way to the top of the high school social hierarchy. She is used to things happening ‘her way.’ She runs her squad, and the school, with an iron fist. People both fear and adore her. Her reign of terror has gone unquestioned for some time now. She is beside herself when Anne, the dork she graciously transformed, dares to attempt to steal her crown. Madison fears no man and relishes the thought of putting Anne back into her place. [Casting Note: Emancipated or legal 18+ preferred due to the explicit language]

Paige: Supporting: A pretty but powerful enforcer, Paige is the fist in Madison’s iron fist reign. The young 16- to 18-year-old teenager ensures Madison’s will is done. She enjoys her job as the brute squad and adores Madison. She follows her blindly. [Casting Note: Emancipated or legal 18+ preferred due to the explicit language]

Tracy: Supporting: A gullible and dimwitted teenager (16-18), Tracy is just glad to be included. She often empathizes with Madison’s victims since Madison often mistreats her. However, she lacks the courage to stand up for herself and wouldn’t dare to leave the protection of the squad. Instead, she chooses to stick with the devil she knows. It’s just easier that way. Besides, Tracy isn’t one to rock the boat. [Casting Note: Emancipated or legal 18+ preferred due to the explicit language]

Mr. Turner (Anne’s Dad): Supporting: A well meaning but oblivious father who adores his daughter. A widower in his mid-to late-40s. He’s completely out of his element raising his only daughter alone. Optimistic, pleasant and at times over bearing in his desperate attempts to connect with his daughter.

Josh: Supporting: A sweet jock who hates the social hierarchy of his school. Still, he’s unwilling to go against the norm – lest he lose his top spot. Secretly, he’s attracted to Anne but fears the wrath of Madison who has her eyes set on him.


Production Title: Snow

Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory/ Non-Union
Production Type: MFA Student Production (Graduate)
Project length: Short Film (10-15 minutes)
Shooting Location: Davidson County, Nashville, TN
Shoot Dates: March 23, 2017 – March 26, 2017
Contact: Stephanie Taylor, Producer
Email: smtaylor@watkins.edu

Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment. DVD copy, digital file, and meals.

Synopsis: A middle age mother struggles to deal with a dying stepdaughter in hospice care whose last wish is to see the snow because of a memory of happier times.

Characters: 

Alice Franklin: Lead: A strong-willed, country woman in her early- to mid-40’s, overwhelmed by her stepdaughter’s march towards death. Her world begins to unravel at the seems. Normally she is in total control, but the passing of the love of her life, Aurora’s father, has left her feeling powerless. Everything she loves is slipping away from her, and she has no idea how to handle death. This causes her mood to be unpredictable. If left alone, who knows what she is capable of?

Aurora Franklin: Lead: A 10-year-old child dying of cancer living in a hospice care facility in Florida. She represents everything good in the world – loving, caring, and kind. The most beautiful quality about her is patience. She sincerely believes that she will see the snow fall in Florida before she dies.

Edith Miller: Lead: A strict, calculating woman in her late-50’s to early 60’s who is concerned about one person, herself. In her pastime, she enjoys cigarettes and nagging her daughter, Alice, to the point of popping pills. She has no emotional attachment to her step-granddaughter, Aurora. She is only along for the ride when her daughter comes into town to visit Aurora.

Nurse (Younger): Supporting: A shy, frazzled lady in her mid- to late-20s just trying to muster up the courage to do her job.

Director (Older): Supporting: A strict but fair boss in his early- to mid-50s who rules his staff with an iron fist.


Production Title: Pockets

Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student (Production III)
Project length: Short Film (20 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville, TN & Mansfield, OH
Shoot Dates: February 25th-26th & March 12th-14th
Email: treynolds@watkins.edu

Compensation: SAG-AFTRA Deferred Payment, travel expenses and housing, digital file, and meals.

Synopsis: Cora, a young urban explorer, must uncover the mystery behind her friend’s disappearance and rescue him before it is too late.

Characters: (Use the roles listed below as a guide)

Cora: Lead: A mid-twenties urban explorer. Cora uses her whit and determination to solve any problem that comes her way. She is honest and faithful to a fault, getting her into some shady situations.

Liam: Supporting: Cora’s best friend, Liam is skeptical of nearly everything. He would much rather fix a problem on his own than with the help of others. That said, he is with Cora until the end of the line.

Warren: Supporting: A mid-40s physicist, Warren is intelligent, witty, and somewhat stern. It’s his way or the highway. He currently works as the caretaker of an abandoned prison and studies the building’s greatest mystery.

Kip: Supporting: Liam and Cora’s friend, Kip is the wise guy of the group. An extremely rational character, Kip keeps his friends out of trouble the best he can.


Production Title: Again (Romantic Drama)

Director: Jason Hassell
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student Production III with Dialogue
Project length: 15-20 mins
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: March 3rd-5th and March 19th
Email: jhassell@watkins.edu

Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: A story about a musician who is asked to write a love song but soon to find out he is not the romantic type as his ex-girlfriend comes into town and we dive into their past and their future.

Characters:

Dean: Lead: (mid-20’s to 30’s) – Dean is a singer/songwriter in his mid-twenties who is looking for a distraction from his recent breakup. He is shy and hung up still on Sadie and everyone close around him knows it.

Sadie: Lead: (mid – 20’s to 30’s) – Sadie is Dean’s ex girlfriend who has moved out of town to pursue a career away from their small town but gets brought back into Dean’s life unexpectedly. She is in her mid-twenties as well but for her young age she is outgoing and ambitious.