Casting Call - 2 child actors and 2 adults

Yoobee School of Design

Job details

Organisation
Yvanna Phillips
Closes
29 Nov 2012
Region
Auckland
Work type
Volunteer
Work classification
Management & Admin, Screen & Sound

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Casting brief for 6-minute short film "The Fort"

This is a student project with a crew of 12. It is being shot with the guidance of industry professionals, including director Michael Miller. It will have the high production values expected by film festivals worldwide and will be submitted to film festivals upon completion. Catering and transportation will be provided.

The shoot will be a maximum of 5 days between Sunday 9th & Monday 17th Dec, excluding Saturday. We will also need actors to be available for at least one rehearsal during the week of 2nd - 7th December. Auditions will take place between Sunday 25th - Friday 30th November.

 

SYNOPSIS

Little Jimmy has created a private space, a fort of sorts, which allows him to feel like he has some control over his world. Completely safe in his aloneness, his childish fantasies, heroes, and best dance moves come out to play. But the walls of his imaginary world are not as thick as he imagined them to be.

Everything comes under threat when Gemma comes crashing through the walls. Her very presence here could destroy the life that Jimmy thinks he needs for his survival. Meanwhile, Gemma has inadvertently found a world she thought she had long left behind.

They have just begun to form a tentative alliance when Jimmy finds out that Gemma’s parents are buying the farm (and by extension, the fort) from his parents. Have the children found in each other an ally for change, or an enemy who threatens the very fabric of their existence?

 

 

JIMMY - This is the lead role. Jimmy is a serious young boy. He lives with his parents on a farm in rural New Zealand. Jimmy has several OCD-like routines that he uses to keep his world in order. It is only in The Fort, a space that he has created to his own exact specifications, and with the right music playing, that Jimmy feels free to just be a kid. He has no friends and doesn't think he wants any. Jimmy doesn't cope well with change.

Males, aged 6 to 10 from Auckland, New Zealand

Minimum Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles

Languages spoken: English

 

GEMMA - Gemma is a fairly free-spirited young girl. Despite this, she has lost touch with her inner child, as she is impatient to be an adult. She has forgotten how to imagine; she has forgotten the simple joys and beauty of childhood. She is caring and thoughtful, and doesn't like to see other people hurting.

Females, aged 7 to 11 from Auckland, New Zealand

Minimum Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles

Languages spoken: English

 

MOTHER (ANNIE) - Jimmy's mother and father are facing a financial situation that is forcing them to put their farm on the market and move in to town. Annie is stressed about it and doesn't want to accept reality. This is a small supporting role.

Females, aged 28 to 38 from Auckland, New Zealand

Minimum Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles

Languages spoken: English

 

FATHER (JIM) - Jimmy's mother and father are facing a financial situation that is forcing them to put their farm on the market and move in to town. Jim is a farmer, so living in town is not his ideal scenario, but he is putting on a brave front for the sake of his family. Must have a strong physique. This is a small supporting role.

Males, aged 28 to 40 from Auckland, New Zealand

Minimum Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles

Languages spoken: English

Key skills

Previous acting experience

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Yvanna Phillips 021 145 8618 yvanna.phillips@gmail.com

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Yvanna Phillips

23 Nov 2012

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