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; union and non-union welcome (because student films are being made under the SAG/AFTRA student film agreement, current union members are allowed to participate). All actors are asked to bring headshots and résumés; for those without a headshot, a photo may be taken at the call.

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 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.

Production Breakdowns


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

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.


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


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.


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 doesn’t have a script for class. It’s 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 Derek’s creative processes. Talented in his/her job, willing to help Conscience in any way, but doesn’t work well under pressure.

•  LEFT BRAIN (Supporting Female, 20’s/30’s): Sister to Right Brain and in charge of Derek’s 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, 20’s/30’s): The kilt-wearing, conceited Scot who doesn’t really do anything other than sit around the office.


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.

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.


Director: Jason Harper = jcharper@watkins.edu

Union/Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student Production III
Project length: Short Film (Approx. 15 minutes)
Shooting Location: Hermitage, Mt. Juliet
Shoot Dates: October 17-19
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment. DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: A comedy about loneliness, loss, and human connections. Arthur is an old widower, and Marie a young college student. They live on opposite ends of the country, but form an unlikely friendship when he calls her phone sex hotline.

•  MARIE (LEAD, Early 20’s): An awkward, average-looking girl putting herself through college as a phone sex operator. She is timid in public, but over the phone she is every man’s greatest desire. Whatever that may be.

•  ARTHUR (LEAD, 60’s-70’s): An unassuming and kindly man doing whatever he can to curb the crushing loneliness that has consumed his life since the loss of his wife, three months previous.

•  JAMES (SUPPORTING, 30’s-40’s): Arthur’s son, though the two are not particularly close.  An unmarried and childless businessman, he’s dealing with the loss of his mother the best way he knows: working endlessly.

•  CRAIG (SUPPORTING, 20’s):  A meek young man stumbling his way through social interactions at his job in a café, but catching Marie’s eye while doing so.

•  CHRISTINE (SUPPORTING, Early 20’s): Marie’s more attractive friend who excels at talking about herself and making jokes at Marie’s expense.


Director: Emileigh Potter = epotter@watkins.edu = 210-273-2322

Union/Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory (open to non-union)
Production Type: Production III with dialogue
Project Length: Short Film (15 min.)
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 2-4
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment, DVD copy, digital files, meals, travel and lodging. Non-Union: No pay, DVD copy, digital files, meals and travel.

Synopsis: A woman struggling with settling down strikes up an affair with a significantly younger man belonging to a family of hotel magnates.

•  CLAIRE BARTLET (Female, Mid 30’s): Pretty but unglamorous, fleeting youth, inherently unhappy.  Her debilitating relationship with her fiancé, Alan, and affair with Collin only make her more miserable.

• COLLIN MIDDLETON (Male, 22): Fresh-faced, handsome, incredibly naïve. Though he’s about to inherit a million-dollar hotel business, he doesn’t flaunt it, except in his attempts to express his love for Claire.

•  ALAN TOWNSHEND (Male, Mid 30’s): Hard working, tolerant and caring; Claire’s fiancé. Though experienced in Claire’s joylessness, he loves her with all his heart and has done everything in his power to build a good life for the two of them.


romantic drama
Director: Alison Goedde = agoedde@watkins.edu

Union/Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student (Production III) With Dialogue
Project length: Approx. 10-15 minutes
Shooting Location: Gibson County, Indiana
Shoot Dates: September 17-21
Compensation: Deferred payment, no worker’s compensation, DVD copy, digital file, housing, and meals.

NOTICE: This short film will contain violence and language.

Synopsis: Rainey has nearly lost all hopes for her future when she finds out the truth behind why her mother left.  She constantly struggles, tries to mine her own happiness, and entertains the idea of leaving Gibson, Indiana.  She meets a love interest who shares in her dreams to escape these struggles in this small-town romantic drama.

•  RAINEY (LEAD, Female): A thin, wide-eyed child, 18, who struggles with being stuck in a small town with her father and no motherly figure.

•  HOLLAND (LEAD, Male): Of average build, a plain-faced boy, the new kid in town and a love interest for Rainey.  Almost 18, he can’t wait to break out of Gibson.

•  BISHOP (SUPPORTING, Male): Rainey’s father, in his 50s, who drags himself through a life of mining coal; drug and alcohol addict.  Though he looks intimidating, he is a scrub at his finest.

•  JULILAH (SUPPORTING, Female):  Mother to Little Jeb; a haggard-looking 30, as an alcoholic and a chain smoker. Has a temper.

•  LITTLE JEB (SUPPORTING, Male):  Ten-year-old son of Julilah. A skimpy but tough boy who loves his father and deals with the pain of the bruises from his abusive mother.


THE END OF INNOCENCE [working title]
social drama, slice-of-life
Director: Natalia Nové = nnove@watkins.edu

Union/Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non-Union
Production Type: Student (Production III)
Project length: Short Film (15-20 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 16-18/October 23-25 (potential shooting weekend dates)
Compensation: DVD Copy, Digital File, Gas Compensation, Daily Meals, No Pay (Deferred SAG).

NOTE: Contains Profanity, Racial Slurs, Drug Content and Graphic Violence.

Synopsis: Malcolm Clemons, a black teenager who has been dealing with depression for quite some time, attempts to commit suicide on his school’s rooftop. He is interrupted by another teen named Caden St. Patrick, who rolls joints and skips classes and who is also hurting inside.

•  MALCOLM CLEMONS (Lead, Early-Late Teens, Pref. Black American Male): Reserved in nature; suppresses his thoughts and feelings. He comes from a well-off family that cannot cope with a recent tragedy. As the film progresses we see that he is angry at the world, afraid of its realities and, above all, hates himself for being who he is: black. (Must be comfortable with using profanity, racial slurs and simulating using drug-related substances.)

• CADEN ST. PATRICK (Lead, Late Teens, Pref. White American Male): Cynical and blunt, but lonely and bored at heart. He unintentionally saves Malcolm from jumping off the ledge. Through the majority of the film, he masks his pain with a nonchalant sarcasm. But when his intentions for being on the rooftop are revealed, Caden appears to be another hurting youth like Malcolm. (Must be comfortable with using profanity, racial slurs and simulating using drug-related substances.)



Director: Angel Brewer = Abrewer@watkins.edu = 615-210-0132

Production type: Production III
Project length: Under 20 minutes
Shooting location: Watkins’ sound stage and Midtown Nashville
Shoot dates: October 25-26, Pick-ups November 1
Compensation: Digital copy, professional catering, no pay

Synopsis: A very “sweet” family that belongs to a unique religious sect learns of their daughter’s decision to begin her required mission work early

•  POLLY/EUNICE/PA (Lead, played by Male, any age): Polly, 18-years-old, is full of pluck and gumption.  Eunice, in her late 30’s-mid 40’s and Polly’s mother, is physically and mentally affected from an accident. Pa, Polly’s father, 40-ish, is meek. Female impersonation experience will be given preference for this triple role.

•  GLADIOLA (Co-Lead, Female, any age): She is the 17-year-old daughter of Wanda and Pa, and she idolizes her sister Polly. African American actress preferred or matched to Wanda.

•  WANDA (Supporting, Female, 40+):  A strong woman who takes the audience to church every time she speaks. African American actress preferred or matched to Gladiola.

•  DARION (Supporting, Male, 18-30): Darion is an underwear model. Nudity/implied nudity.

•  SISTER JAMAHLIA (Non-speaking supporting, Female, 20-40): Sister Jamahlia was a star in a time that black women were not appreciated. Undergarment/nudity required for role and modeling experience given preference.

•  CHARLENE (Non-speaking supporting, Female, 20-40): She is a clumsy hairdresser. Mild stunt.

•  CUSTOMER (Non-speaking atmosphere, Female, any age): Mild stunt.

Director: Alex Mattingly = amattingly@watkins.edu

Union/Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student Production IV
Project length: Short Film (25 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 9-11 & November 6-8
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment. DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: Based on a true story, “Moscow Station” recounts the actions of Russian engineer, Adolf Tolkachev, who worked in cooperation with the CIA, from 1977-1985, as a spy against his own country. Delivering invaluable intelligence on Soviet technology until his eventual capture by the KGB, Tolkachev became one of the most valuable agents in CIA history, saving them billions of dollars in information and gaining the US a significant advantage during the Cold War.

•  JOHN GUILSHER (LEAD, Male, Mid 50’s [May be considered for younger actor]: Tolkachev’s case agent at the CIA, and only confidante during his time of service. Through the years, Guilsher develops a strong bond with his agent, and does everything he can to see ensure he makes it out alive.

•  GUS HATHAWAY (SUPPORTING, Male, Mid 50’s): Head of the Moscow Station, and superior to Guilsher during Tolkachev’s service.

•  OLEG TOLKACHEV (SUPPORTING, Male, 10-15): Son of Adolf Tolkachev, Oleg is a bright, spirited child with a passion for art and Western music. ***MUST BE ABLE TO DO RUSSIAN ACCENT***

•  CIA BOARD MEMBERS #1, #2 and #3 (SUPPORTING, Male or Female, 30’s-50’s): Three members of CIA board who meet at Moscow Station to negotiate Tolkachev’s requests for money and suicide tablet.


Director: Carter Luckfield = cluckfield@watkins.edu = 201-953-3711

Union/Non-union: Open to both SAG-AFTRA Signatory and non-union
Production type: Student (Production III)
Project length: Short Film (Approx. 10-15 min.)
Shooting location: Nashville
Shoot dates: October 9-11
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital files, and meals. Non-union: DVD copy, digital files, and meals. No pay.

Synopsis: Jan Itor pays the bills as a custodian by night as he struggles to pursue his passion for painting. When a beautiful curator suggests his work lacks personality, he turns to a consumer crutch in search of redemption.

•  JAN ITOR (Lead, 20’s-30’s+, Male): A loner who goes against the grain of society. Embraces his off-the-beaten-path lifestyle, but janitorial duties pay the bills. Lives to paint.

•  CINDY (Lead, 20’s-30’s, Female): Upbeat curator at a small local gallery. Curious and on the cusp of every trend, but jaded by her immersion in the art world.

•  SUPERMARKET CLERK (Supporting, 20’s-30’s, Female): Sassy and full of attitude, this supermarket clerk couldn’t care less.

•  HARRY (Supporting, 40’s-50’s+,  Male): Macho ex-war veteran; aging tough guy type. Moustache preferred.

•  YOUNG JAN ITOR (Supporting, 15-20, Male, no dialogue): Jan’s younger self, full of youth and innocence.

•  SALLY (Supporting, 15-20, Female, no dialogue): Young Jan’s girl of interest, also youthful and innocent.


Director: Nicholas Salazar = 908-358-8782 = nick.salazar@pop.belmont.edu

Shoot Dates: October 23-25

Synopsis: Jennifer struggles with her codependent need to “save” her heroin-addicted brother Michael, who has just been arrested.

•  JENNIFER (Lead, 30ish): Wants nothing more than for Michael to get clean. Her love blinds her and no matter what he does, she can’t bring herself to stop trying to save him again and again.  Will she finally wake up to his manipulation?

•  MICHAEL (Lead, early 20’s): Halfway between clean-cut rich brat and full-blown junkie.  Haunted by the overdose death of his twin brother, he falls deeper into his addiction, knowing he will always have his sister as a safety net if he gets into trouble.

•  OFFICER HAYES (Supporting, 30’s): Cop who has a history with Michael.  Burnt out from arresting the same people over and over again — Mommy and Daddy pull strings to get them out of trouble…sooner or later they end up in jail or dead from an overdose or in a bad drug deal.