Capstone project calls for comedic casting
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 01:10
A senior film production capstone at Miami University is having a casting call for a short comedy film they are producing over the course of the semester. The movie is going under the working title of “Competitive Nature.”
“The film is an office comedy about two guys who work at the same level,” senior Jordan Carlson, casting director, said. “They’re polar opposites; one’s a bachelor who owns a BMW while the other guy has a wife who’s pregnant so he’s trying to bring home the bacon for his family. They end up having to work together to get the position.”
This year’s class has formed their own production company, called Corporate Collision Productions, and is in association with Capstone Pictures, the larger company that encompasses the capstone project.
“Everything is student run,” senior Heather Keith, director of the film, said. “The two professors for the capstone serve as executive producers, overseeing everything and helping if we have any questions, but it’s the students doing everything else, from direction to fundraising to promotion. We get a glimpse of a real-life Hollywood experience.”
While some students may have only one title, particularly for the bigger tasks such as director and producer, many play multiple roles throughout pre-production, production and post-production. Senior Jessalyn Bertone is serving as assistant casting director, assistant set designer and is in charge of props.
“We’re essentially doing everything from start to finish of a grand-scale motion picture, except it’s only a 15 to 20 minute film,” Bertone said. “I’ve had experience working with props through theater but not like this. I’m in charge of finding things like a BMW we can film with and an office computer that can have coffee poured on it.”
According to Bertone, past capstone films have won awards at college-level film festivals, and they hope to do the same this year. They’re hoping for a late-November release and plan to have a screening on campus, most likely in the spring.
The production team will be hosting a casting call on campus for the necessary roles. The roles are:
Joel- 25-30, tall, average build, glasses, any ethnicity, married male, hipster-ish, sarcastic, works as a sales account specialist. Bredd’s competition, sensible, nice guy who drives a modest sedan.
Bredd- 25-30, average to short height, single male, muscular build, any ethnicity, over-compensates and tries too hard, genuine but difficult. Works as a sales account specialist, Joel’s competition, very energetic, jokester, drives a BMW convertible and has a fish named Gil.i.am.
Ms. King (the Boss)- 35-45, any build, any height, any ethnicity, business chic, strong, dark sense of humor, loves dinosaurs, seeks to find a resolution to the competition between Bredd and Joel.
Receptionist /Girl On The Date- 20s, any build, any height, any ethnicity, very attracted to Bredd, naïve and quirky, very over the top
The Waitress (Bob Long’ s Bistro)- 18-50, any build, any ethnicity, just doing her job.
Bob Long (The owner)- 50-60, any ethnicity, any build, business owner, loves his restaurant.
Mr. Wilks- 40-60, any ethnicity, larger build, business type, cheery guy.
Mr. Johnson- 40-60, any ethnicity, skinnier build, business type, cheery guy.
The One Night Stand- 20-30s, female, any ethnicity, slender build, any height
Joel’ s Pregnant Wife- 25-30, any ethnicity, pretty, supportive of Joel, any build, any height.
They will also be looking for extras of all ages for office, restaurant and tennis scenes.
Auditions will be taking place on campus 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Williams Hall 107C. Those interested should prepare a one to two minute contemporary monologue and be prepared to do a cold reading from the script. Anyone with questions can contact Jordan Carlson at email@example.com or Heather Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org.