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Moonrunner Pictures is holding auditions for the feature film Lighter today and tomorrow in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.  The film is about a successful comedian who has a meltdown while on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.

Roles:

  • Agnes: a lead role (age 50-65, white). She's Roman's mother: a kind woman with a penchant for calling in to talk radio programs.
  • Reggie: (age 12-14, African American) for a speaking role in a middle school class setting.
  • They are also looking for actors ages 18-60, male and female, for a variety of speaking roles. All ethnics welcome and encouraged.


Open Casting Call for Lighter:
Friday, September 30th and Saturday October 1st
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Leopard Forest Café
26 South Main Street
Travelers Rest, South Carolina

For more information or to schedule an audition (attach headshot and resume') send email to:


   
Actress Claire Danes. B

Claire Danes (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

Extras casting call for filming on Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th for Homeland  a TV drama series starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis

Monday's call time will be very early.  You must be able to show up at the time needed which could be 5:00 am and work the entire day.  Do not submit for the casting call if this is a problem.

Note that there is a separate email address for boys and girls.



Boys and Girls: All ethnics for Monday. Ages 7-10 years old. 
  • Put "BOYS AND GIRLS" in the subject line of email.
Send photo, age, height, weight, and contact information along with associated subject line to:



Very Professional DC Business/Political Types:  Need men and women for Monday. 
  • Email snapshot, age, height, weight, phone, city and state you live in.
  • Put "PROFESSIONAL TYPES" in the subject line of the email.
Experienced Skateboarders: 18-20 years old with own boards for Monday and Tuesday
  • Put: "SKATEBOARDER" in the subject line of email.

Female Artist:  Needed for Monday.  Must be able to draw.
  • Put "ARTIST" in the subject line of email.
Send photo and contact information along with associated subject line to:



   

Kindle Fire Announced by Amazon

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The Kindle Fire has been announced by Amazon and I think it's sure to be a hit.  For $199 you get a 7 inch easily carried color browser and e-reader.  Access to 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books through the Amazon service and Amazon Prime members will receive unlimited, instant streaming of 10 thousand plus movies and TV Shows.





It comes with free cloud storage for all of your Amazon content, a dual core processor, and a free month of Amazon Prime.  At 14.6 ounces it's easy to manage and hold with one hand.  The battery life is adequate with up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback when the wireless service is switched off.  Using wireless does drain the battery faster  so when you're browsing the Internet the battery life will diminish but should still be reasonble for a device of this type.  

I will be using this device for books and videos that I've already downloaded so I will have the wireless off and be using it whenever I have a moment to catch up on some reading or in bed before I go to sleep.  I won't be needing the wireless for that and will save my battery.  If I do want to check the web for something I'll just switch the wireless back on and start browsing.

Access to over 17 million songs in the Amazon MP3 store is available as well for listening on the go.  You can check your email through a built in email app that puts your Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL, etc.. messages into a single inbox.  Download your favorite apps from the Amazon Appstore which has thousands of apps and games.  There are sure to be apps coming that will be handy for filmmakers and photographers alike.

The thing I'm really excited about is keeping this near the chair where I watch TV and movies.  It never fails that when I'm watching something, I have things related to what I'm viewing that I want to look up on the Internet.  Currently I keep my laptop near but it is a little unwieldy to handle easily for a quick grab to see what actors are in this movie and what other films have they been in.  The Kindle Fire will fit in nicely for this purpose.



Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi

U.S. Coast Guard photograph of Wilmington, Nor...

Wilmington, North Carolina (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

Iron Man 3 will be coming to the Wilmington, North Carolina Screen Gems Studio  for filming next summer.  Michigan was trying to get the production there but lost out after North Carolina gave them the incentives they were looking for.

Iron Man, created by Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee, is a billionaire industrialist who creates a powered suit of armor that he uses to fight crime.  He is also a member of the super hero team the Avengers.

The movie is being produced by DW Films and will be released by Walt Disney Pictures.  Robert Downey, Jr. who has played the role in previous Iron Man movies is set to play Tony Stark aka Iron Man.  Scarlett Johansson is rumored to be in the movie as well.


See also:  

Made in North Carolina - Iron Man 3 soon will be.

   

The Enders Game

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Orson Scott Card at Life, the Universe, & Ever...

Orson Scott Card (Image by Nihonjoe via Wikipedia)

The Enders Game, a movie based on a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, is still in development but rumor has it they are moving forward with the production, starting to assemble a cast, and that Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine,  Rendition) will be directing.

The story is set in the future and is about Ender Wiggin an exceptionally gifted child who is trained in warfare along with other smart children.  They compete in war games aboard an orbiting space station to prepare for their mission which is war with an alien race in another solar system that has been attacking earth.

We will keep you posted on any updates to this production.


   
Christian Bale (born 30 January 1974) is a Wel...

Christian Bale (Public Domain Image by Mutari via Wikipedia)

The Dark Knight Rises needs extras for filming in New York City from late October through mid November.  The casting call will be held October 1st.


The Dark Knight Rises, a Batman thriller, stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Matthew Modine.

Roles:
  • Male and Female
  • 18 or older.
  • To play law enforcement characters.
  • Must be physically fit.
  • Military, law enforcement, weapons training, martial arts a plus.
  • No acting experience necessary.

Checklist:
  • Bring photo I.D. 
  • Seeking non-union talent for this call.


Open casting call:
October 1st
10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Metropolitan Pavilion
110 West 19th Street
New York, NY

Casting Extras: Papa - Atlanta, GA

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CLC Casting in Atlanta, Georgia is looking for extras this Thursday for the film Papa in Atlanta, Georgia.


Thursday, September 28th
  • All roles require people that have khaki pants and navy blue polo shirts.
  • Festival vendor: This role is for a male of any ethnicity that will serve drinks, popcorn, or cotton candy. 
  • Party Planners: Male and female of any ethnics. Must be mid twenties or older.

Checklist:
  • Must have khaki pants and navy blue polo shirt.
  • For festival vendor role put "Navy Blue Male (age)" in the subject line.
  • For party planners role put "Party King (age)" or "Party Queen (age) in the subject line.
  • If you are experienced (not necessary) briefly tell about your experience at working as a vendor or party planner.

Send pictures, contact information, age, height, and weight to:
   
Production assistant needed for small documentary shoot in Lakemont, Georgia,  Must be based out of Greenville, SC where the crew flies into.  PA would need to meet them at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport on Thursday 9/29 and drive them to Lakemont, Georgia in a rental van.  The PA will stay overnight with per diem. Return them on Saturday.

They are shooting the second season of Pet Heroes, a CMT series about pets and pet owners with stories about pet bravery.  Corkscrew Media which is producing the series is out of Calgary, Alberta.

Checklist:
  • Production assistant for 2-5 days.
  • Needed for Thursday, 9/29 through Saturday, 10/1/2011
  • $250/day
  • Half day on Saturday
  • 21 Years old.
  • Valid Driver's License
Email Kaari if you are interested at:




   
Director Steven Spielberg speaking at the Pent...

Steven Spielberg (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

Casting call for Office Seekers which is the working title for the film Lincoln by Steven Spielberg.  This is a Civil War era feature film. 

Roles:
  • This casting call for African American actors only.
  • Weathered character faces.
  • Those that can handle a speaking role in major motion picture.
  • African American male actors 20-80 years old.
  • African American femail actors 30-80 years old.

Application Checklist:
  • Name
  • City and State:
  • For men only: facial hair status and/or willingness to grow:
  • Whether you are willing to be a Richmond local hire or not (please answer YES or NO):
  • Phone number:
  • Height:
  • Weight:
  • Age or age range:
  • Union status (SAG or not):
  • Availability to audition Sunday, September 25th in Richmond (Yes or No):
  • Availability to audition the week of September 26th in Richmond (days/time avail):
  • Agent, if any (Please note that Erica Arvold is NOT an agent, she is a Casting Director and does not represent ANY actors):
  • Agent's phone number and email address, if applicable.

Submit your information ASAP! 

*** Put the following in the subject line of your email message. ***
First and last name, Gender (M or F), Age or Age Range

For example:
John Smith, M, 63
Jane Smith, F, 40's

Send photo and resume' with the information listed above to:

Copy resume' into body of email message if possible.  Don't worry about formatting.




   

Crew Call: Brevard, NC

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Downtown Brevard North Carolina

Brevard, North Carolina (Image by Gmgmarshall via Wikipedia)

From a post by the Charlotte Film Community.  A low budget film being made in Brevard, North Carolina is looking for crew members.

Department Heads: $100/day
  • Production Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Hair/Makeup: Familiar with blood FX.
  • Gaffer: Must be non-union.
  • Stunts: 2-3 days work.
Other $75/day
  • Script Supervisor
  • Grip: Must be non-union.
  • 1st AC: Depends on DP.
  • Boom Operator: Depends on sound.
Volunteers
  • PAs
  • Interns
For more information contact:
Jeff Allard: jeff_allard@yahoo.com
Ashley McCue: ashleymccue@yahoo.com




   

Mud - Now Filming in Arkansas

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Actress Reese Witherspoon in the Oval Office o...

Reese Witherspoon (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

Mud, a feature length movie directed by Jeff Nichols is now filming in Arkansas.  According to reports they have began work in Stuttgart and will be filming in central and south Arkansas through November.  It is a story about two boys who befriend a fugitive on a Mississippi River island  and help him elude capture.

Tye Sheridan will star in the movie.  Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon are rumored to star in the picture as well.

They will also need up to 400 actors, extras, stand-ins, and photo doubles.


To apply register with Arkansas Film Casting here:

or send headshot/photograph, contact information, resume'  and age to:

Mud Casting
802 West 8th Street
Little Rock, AR 72201






   
INTEGfilms is casting for a web series called Neco's Basement which will be filming in the Richmond, Virginia area.

Checklist:
  • SAG New Media Contract
  • Non-union actors also welcome.
  • Male and Female actors 21 to 62 years old.
  • Paid for principle actors.
  • Online and mailed in auditions accepted if unable to attend audition.


Put "Neco V" in the field "How did you find out about us?".




   
Blind Lyle Films is having an Unofficial Google Plus Film Festival for independent filmmakers.  This is not a Google venture. Instead it will be using Google Plus Hangouts for viewers to talk face to face and ask questions of the festival's filmmakers.  The Hangout sessions will also be streamed  over Vimeo and YouTube.

The cost to submit is free but you must own all the rights to the film you are submitting.
   
White Christmas

Image by Jacob Windham via Wikipedia

The Hickory Community Theatre is holding auditions today and tomorrow for White Christmas.  Rehearsals will begin the first week of October with performances starting November 25th.

Checklist:
  • Need men and women 16 and older.
  • One girl 9-12 years old
  • Ethnic diversity encouraged
  • Prepare a song you like to sing.
  • Bring sheet music.
  • Dress in clothes you can move comfortably in.
  • Rehearsals: 7:00-10:00 pm Monday - Thursday beginning October 3rd.
  • Performances: 8:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays November 25th - December 10th, 7:30 pm Thursdays December 1st and 8th,  2:30 Sundays, December 4th and 11th.  Show may extend to December 16th - 18th.
  • All actors must be at all performances


Open Audition:
Monday, September 26th
Tuesday, September 27th
7:00 pm
Hickory Community Theatre
30 3rd Street
Hickory, North Carolina

For more information email: pam@hct.org

   
Blades of Hades Australian Hip Hop.

Public Domain Image by Stealcityrecords via Wikipedia

Auditions for Snap Shot, a hip-hop video , will be held October 8th in Norfolk, Virginia.

Roles:
  • Unpaid
  • 1 African American female - 50 years of age & older
  • 6 African American males - 18-29 years of age
  • 1 female - any ethnicity - 18-40 years of age
  • 5 teenagers - all ethnicity's - 14-17 years of age
  • 1 white child - male or female - 5-9 years of age
  • 1 white female - 25-45 years of age
  • 1 white male - 25-45 years of age

Audition for Snap Shot:
October 8th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Attacks Theatre
3rd Floor
1010 Church Street
Norfolk, Virginia

Bring headshot and resume' to audition.

Contact: 
Tomeka M. Winborne tomekawinborne@gmail.com 
757.402.9245


   
Movie lighting silhouette

Image by Lionel Allorge via Wikipedia

The Roanoke Chapter of the Virginia Production Alliance is having a class called Lighting & Grip 101, an introduction to lighting for film and video.  This is a hands on course.  You will be given a chance to work with 3 ton lighting equipment, learn some lighting techniques, and how to use grip resources to shape and mold the light.

Heavy lifting and crawling in and out of the grip truck will be required so dress for the part and bring work gloves.  You will be required to sign a waiver to work with the equipment or you can choose to just observe if you prefer.

Gaining some knowledge and experience with this equipment can start you on your way to working at day rate on a film set.

Besides the hands on experience you will receive, the next best thing is this class is free!


The Virginia Production Alliance was formed in 1988 to support the state's film and video industry.  Everyone who has an interest in creating moving pictures is encouraged to join the VPA.


Lighting and Grip 101
October 4th
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Greenfield Education & Training Center
57 S. Center Drive
Daleville, VA 







   

Casting Extras: Flight - Georgia

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Denzel Washington after a performance of the B...

Denzel Washington (Image by Paul Rudman via Wikipedia)

Casting call for extras in the Atlanta area for filming  during October.  The movie is Flight starring Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, and Kelly Reilly.  Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forest Gump, Back to the Future, Contact).

This movie is about an airline pilot who saves his plane from crashing but when investigated some troubling details are discovered. 

Checklist:
  • All ages types, and ethnics needed.
  • Email recent photo
  • Name
  • Phone#
  • Age
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Clothing Sizes
  • Shoe Size
  • Pets you own.
  • Make and model of the car you drive.
  • Pay $8/hour with overtime after 8 hours.

Send the above information to:





   
Church steeple with clouds

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Auditions for U Take Me Away, a gospel video featuring Spencer Thornton, will be held October 8th in Norfolk, Virginia.

Roles:
  • Unpaid
  • African American male - 25-34 years of age, 5'7" to 5'9", medium build.
  • Male - any ethnicity - 39-65 years of age

Audition for U Take Me Away:
October 8th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Attacks Theatre
3rd Floor
1010 Church Street
Norfolk, Virginia

Bring headshot and resume' to audition.

Contact: 
757-582-1860



Casting Extras: Parker - Florida

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Jennifer Lopez at ISC Miami.

Jennifer Lopez (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

A extras casting call for Parker, a film starring Jennifer Lopez, Jason Statham, and Nick Nolte.  Shooting will begin on Wednesday, September 28th in Sarasota Florida and they need 200+ extras.

The setting for the film will be Palm Beach and they need people to play high end wealthy types.  Scenes will be of a fundraising event for the very wealthy and will be shot at Ringling Museum's Ca d'Zan mansion in Sarasota.

Checklist:
  • Look like high end wealthy type.
  • Tuxedo if you can..
  • 100 men, 100 women needed
  • Ages 30 - 70
  • $105/day
  • 12 pretty young women and men for catering staff scenes.
  • 12 preferably real musicians for orchestra.
  • 8 Fit and strong men to play firemen.



Send contact information and headshot or picture to:



   
Sean filming "Disposition"

Image by Tool2389 via Wikipedia

The Adrenaline Film Project, part of the Virginia Film Festival, is an opportunity for filmmakers working in teams to create a film in just 72 hours.  The short film must be written by the team, cast, shot, and edited in this limited time frame while being supervised by AFP mentors. Then there will be a competitive screening before the movie fans at the Virginia Film Festival.

If you are an actor wanting to build your reel and get some credits you can participate and have the filmmakers consider your work by attending the Adrenaline Actors Meet and Greet on Tuesday, November 1st.  You must be available to the filmmakers from Thursday afternoon, November 3rd through Saturday morning November 5th.






actress/singer Bette Midler at the premiere of...

Bette Midler (Image by Alan Light via Wikipedia)

They Call Me Artie, a family comedy, will be filming in the Atlanta, Georgia area starting in October.  Casting is for supporting roles, small speaking roles, and extras.

Billy Crystal, Marisa Tomei, and Bette Midler will be starring in the movie.

Roles:
  • Anyone from five years old and up.
  • Girls and boys that play violin ages 11-14.
  • Little League referees, coaches, and umpires.
  • BMX and skateboarders with skills ages 18-33
  • Resort goers in beachwear ages 30-40.
  • Asian, Russian, Latino, and International guests.
  • Real Symphony conductors and musicians.
  • Actors who can bar tend and waitress.

Checklist
  • Bring two forms of ID (drivers license, passport, social security card)
  • Children will need birth certificate.
  • Wear something from upscale wardrobe.
  • Bring pictures in upscale clothes.

Boats At Monte Carlo

Image by scott1723 via Flickr

The Carolina Actors Studio Theatre is holding auditions for Jack Goes Boating in Charlotte, North Carolina   An unusual romantic comedy that involves the working class life of New York City.

Roles:
Connie: Age 35-50, quirky, works in sales at a funeral home.
Jack: Age 35-50, white, enjoys marijuana and reggae.
Clyde: Age 35-50, married to Connie, works with Jack as limo driver.
Lucy: Age 35-50, married to Clyde, works with Connie.


Audition by appointment only:
To schedule an appointment email the director at: cast.jackgoesboating@gmail.com

Jack Goes Boating
Saturday, October 15th
1:00 pm
2424 North Davidson St
Suite 113
Charlotte, North Carolina





   

Review: Drive

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Ryan Gosling is, hands down, one of my favorite actors in Hollywood.  Having said that, I didn't care at all about Drive when I heard about it.  I'm not into movies about cars and shootouts; that's all just boring to me.  But when I went to see it I was blown away.  Set in Los Angeles, the movie follows Ryan Gosling's character, a mechanic/stuntman/wheel man.  Gosling (who is only referred to as "the driver" through the entire movie) starts falling for his neighbor  Irene (Carey Mulligan) before finding out that she is married to an ex-con who is involved in some pretty dangerous stuff.  Driver does his best to protect her, which means helping her husband pay off some debts he owes.

The movie is over the top, yet minimalistic.  It's extremely violent, but still sweet.  There is an amazing soundtrack that pays homage to the 80's perfectly.  Hopefully word of mouth gets this film and director Nicolas Winding Refn the credit they deserve. 


   

Port Townshend Film Festival

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"8" on the start of a film reel for ...

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The Port Townshend Film Festival starts this Friday in Washington State.   Buck Henry, accomplished actor, director, and screenwriter, will be the special guest this year and will host an event on Saturday and Sunday.  At 6:00 pm  on Saturday he will appear at the Uptown Theatre for A Special Evening with Buck Henry and on Sunday, 3:15 pm at An Afternoon With a Scribe where he will talk about screenwriting.





September 23rd through 25th
Port Townshend, Washington
Phone: 360-379-1333




Colin Firth at the Nanny McPhee London premiere

Colin Firth (Image by Caroline Bonarde Ucci via Wikipedia)

Colin Firth, Academy Award winner for The Kings Speech and Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) will be starring in Arthur Newman, Golf Pro which starts filming in Wilmington, North Carolina next month.  An office has been opened by the production company at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington.

The movie is about a man who missed his shot in life and fakes his death to start a new one.  Along the way he meets a woman who is also in the process of starting over.

No casting calls announced yet but we will let you know as soon as we hear of any.



   
Rosamund Pike 02a

Rosamund Pike (Image by GabboT via Flickr)

Nancy Mosser Casting is looking for children who are twins for One Shot, a Paramount movie that will be filming in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area starting next month.  The tentative dates for shooting are October 6th, 7th, 10th, and 11th.  Needing twins to split up the work hours since children can only be on the set for 8 hours at a time.


One Shot is about a homicide detective investigating the case of a sniper that has shot 5 random victims. It is based on a book in Lee Child's crime series.

Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike will be starring. The director will be Christopher McQuarrie.

Checklist
  • Seeking Twins 
  • Kids 6-13 years old
  • A parent or guardian must be with the child at all times.
  • Pay $150/day.

Send recent pictures, contact information, names and ages to:

   

Casting Extras: Papa - Atlanta, GA

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CLC Casting in Atlanta, Georgia is looking for extra this Wednesday and this weekend for the film Papa in downtown Atlanta.


Wednesday, September 21st
  • A few extras for a Church Scene 
  • An extra that can play the piano or look like they are playing the piano.

Saturday, September 24th
  • African American Males 20 - 40 years old.
  • African American Females 50 - 90 years old.
  • Caucasian Male: 50 years old or more.
  • Smoking Hot Hispanic Woman: 20 - 30 years old.


Send pictures, contact information, age, height, and weight to:

Put Church Goer, Piano Player, African American Male or Female, Caucasian Male, or Hispanic Woman in the subject line depending on which role you are applying for.
   

HGTV is casting for their 7th season of Design Star this weekend in Charlotte, North CarolinaDesign Star is a reality series where design experts such as architects, interior designers, contractors, stylists, artists, etc... compete to show the judges they are the most creative and have the best persona to host their own series on HGTV.

This audition and the one in Miami are the only auditions for Design Star in the southeast.   So if you are in the southeast but not in Florida this might be your best bet.


What they are looking for:
  • Extensive design knowledge
  • Personality that pops
  • A clear and unique design perspective
  • Lots of energy and enthusiasm


Charlotte:  Friday, September 23rd, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Hyatt Place Charlotte/City Park, 4119 South Stream Blvd., Charlotte, North Carolina


How to Apply:

Application:

Home Video Instructions:

Rules and Eligibility:

Contact:


   
Clearwater Beach, looking south from Pier 60.

Clearwater Beach (Image by 2candle via Wikipedia)

The 2011 Clearwater Film & Music Festival will get under way this weekend in Clearwater,Florida. The festival opens on Thursday with the Opening Night Show and After Party at Jimmy's Fish House for tickets purchased at the Producer level.  

Screenings will be in the Duval Ballroom and Conference Center at the Holiday Inn Clearwater. Filmmakers will be in attendance for some of the films and will be available to answer questions after the screening of the film block their film was in.

Tickets purchased at the Associate Producer level get you on the Dolphin Cruise Party Boat along with festival goers at the Producer level.  If you don't care about parties or cruises you can purchase at the Director level which will get you into the movies and panels.  If you just want to see a particular movie you can purchase tickets in advance or at the door for a single movie but be sure to get there early, first come, first seated.


Film Reference Sites

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While looking up other things I ran across some interesting sites about motion pictures: The Wikipedia List of Motion Picture Terminology, the Wikipedia Film Crew page, the Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers, and FilmSound.org.


in the Wikipedia List of Motion Picture Terminology you'll find definitions of words and terms that you might hear on a movie set such as cross cutting, below the line, green-light, and fourth wall.

This Wikipedia page lists all of the jobs you might find on a film set or related to the making of a movie such as the production assistant, unit manager, grip, or script supervisor.


The Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers lists cinematographers from around the world, past and present, including where they were born, education, career, awards, website. and the films or TV shows they worked on.  

There is a history of the motion picture camera from the old classics right up to modern digital cameras.  You will also find a list of all the Oscars for Cinematography that have been awarded since the Oscars ceremony began in 1927.

FimSound.org is full of links to articles on the history of sound in motion pictures.  It has many tips on how to get unique sounds you might need.  Film Sound Clichés covers the stereotypical sounds you often hear in movies whether they make sense realistically or not.  There are also sections on Foley Artistry, Animation Sound, Game Audio, Film Music, and Sound Design of Sci-Fi Films.

 
   

Netflix or Qwikster?

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Digital Video Disk

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Netflix has split their DVD service and their movie streaming service into two different entities and websites.  The Netflix.com website will now be for the streaming service and Qwikster.com will be for mail order DVD rentals.

Charges for the two services will appear separately on your bill as well but if you're already subscribing to both DVD and streaming services the total will be the same.

Netflix customers recently expressed their dissatisfaction of the price increase that came recently when they separated the pricing for the two services.  They have apologized and explained that the two services have become two different businesses with different cost structures and marketing needs.

In the video below Reed Hastings (CEO and co-founder of Netflix) and Andy Rendich (CEO of Qwikster) tell why the separation was necessary.
The image of Welsh conductor Grant Llewellyn (...

Conductor Grant Llewellyn (Image via Wikipedia)

The North Carolina Symphony Youth Sinfonietta is a chamber group of young musicians who are coached by North Carolina Symphony members and appear in public performances conducted by Maestro Grant Llewellyn.

This is a chance to play music, make friends, and play from a classical repertoire before a live audience.

You must be between the ages of 14-19 and enrolled in a North Carolina school. You also must be available for all performances and rehearsals.


Schedule:
Winter 2012: Sarah Hicks, Associate Conductor
  • Sunday, January 8, Rehearsal 6:00-9:00pm
  • Monday, January 9, Rehearsal 6:00-9:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 11, Sectionals 6:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday, January 14, Rehearsal, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Saturday, January 14, Rehearsal, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Sunday, January 15, Dress Rehearsal, 10:00am-12:00pm 
  • Sunday, January 15, Concert, 2:00pm

Spring 2012: Grant Llewellyn, Music Director
  • Monday, April 16, Rehearsal, 6:00-9:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 18, Sectionals, 6:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday, April 21, Rehearsal, 10:00am-12:00pm 
  • Saturday, April 21, Rehearsal, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Sunday, April 22, Dress Rehearsal, 10:00am-12:00pm 
  • Sunday, April 22, Concert, 2:00pm




Auditions
Wednesday, September 28
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Meymandi Concert Hall

Saturday, October 1
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Meymandi Concert Hall

Meymandi Concert Hall
2 East South Street
Raleigh, North Carolina




   
T Marcus Casting is casting roles for a shoot on Saturday, September 24th through Monday, September 26th in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Roles
  • Hank Kunneman:  25 years old, dark hair. Needed all three days for $750 (You can look him up online to see his pic, as he is a real person.)
  • Brenda Kunneman: 25 years old, brunette. Needed the 24th, and 25th for $250 (You can look her up online to see her pic, as she is a real person.)
  • Business Man: Any age and look. Needed the 24th for $100
  • Sister-in-law-20's-30's:  Needed the 25th for $150.
  • 2 Year Old boy: Needed the 25th for $150.
  • Middle-Aged Boss: Male-Needed the 26th for $200.
  • Businessman #1: Needed the 26th for $150.
  • Businessman #2: Needed the 26th for $150.
  • 20 Extras:  Some older children can be used for $50 each for the 25th.

Send headshot and resume' to:
   
Tap Dancing

Tap Dancing (Image by allyaubry via Flickr)

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is holding auditions for The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical within a comedy.  An homage to musicals of the Jazz Age.

Roles:
  • Man in Chair: Musical theater enthusiast. Neurotic, precise, mischievous, passionate. Ideally, think Tony Randall 30 years ago.
  • Janet Van de Graaff, the Bride: 20s - early 30s. Leggy young leading lady. Actress in this role should be a strong dancer. Acrobatic and any other bizarre skills a plus. Character is right out of a 1930s movie; a real movie star from the golden age. Sings G3 to Eb, with power.
  • Robert Martin, the Groom: 20s-30s. Movie-star good looks, with athletic build. Very charming, with a big smile and small brain; a deeply superficial person. Actor in this role should be a good song-and-dance man with strong tap skills, and must be comfortable on roller skates. Sings C3 to Ab4.
  • Underling the Butler: Middle-aged or older. Mrs. Tottendale's butler and comic partner. Very much the droll, refined British butler. More worldly-wise than his employer, but extremely devoted to her. Actor should have great comic skills able be able to tolerate a spit-take or two. Tap skills a plus. Sings Ab3 - Eb5.
  • Aldolpho:  Man, approximately 30s - 40s. "Latin lover" type; cross between Cesar Romero and Desi Arnaz. Hysterically funny, over-the-top Latin accent, complete with trilled "r"s. Needs great physical comedy skills and strong vocal control. Chews scenery for breakfast. Rich bass/baritone, A#2 to G4, with falsetto.
  • George, the Best Man:  40s. Shorter, character look; a regular guy-type. Very energetic and goal-oriented; a heart attack waiting to happen. Straight man to the groom. Excellent tap dancer preferred. Sings F3 to Bb4.
  • Kitty, a Chorine:  Late 20s-30s. Dumb but sweet chorus girl who wants to be the leading lady. Real Judy Holliday type. Has been around block, but still gets lost. Has the dumbest jokes in show, and must be able to pull them off. She and Feldzieg have a real Burns-&-Allen thing going on. Actress must be a strong dancer. Must belt; Bb3 to F5.
  • Trix:  Woman, late 20s - late 30s. The somewhat "butch" 1920s autopilot who saves the day and flies the company off to Rio. Ab3-Eb5, belter.
  • The Tall Brothers:  Two men, 30s-40s. No taller than 5'8". Former Vaudeville brother act, cast as gangsters, disguised as pastry chefs. Real tough-guy look and style, which is made humorous by the fact that they are short in stature. Looking for strong dancers, acrobatics a plus. Character baritones.


Audition:
Equity Performers Audition by appointment:
Saturday, October 1st
Noon until 7:00 pm
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
14 Shelter Cove Lane
Hilton Head, South Carolina

Contact: 
Phone: 843.686.3945 x236
   

Fast Camera

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Slow motion

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What does it take to get a breathtaking slow motion video?  A super fast camera like the Phantom Flex.  

When a camera records video at a fast rate and then the same film is played back at a normal speed, voilà you have slow motion video.

The Phantom Flex by Vision Research, Inc. can shoot up to 2,570 frames per second of 1920 x 1080 HD video.  When you play this back at 30 frames per second the results are amazing.


Check out this film Locked in a Vegas Hotel Room with a Phantom Flex by Tom Guilmette shot at 2,564 fps to 1080p.




Casting Extras: Sparkle - Michigan

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American Idol winner Jordin Sparks performs at...

Jordin Sparks (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

Ryan Hill Casting is seeking extras for the feature length movie Sparkle.  They will need over 3,000 extras for this movie.  Filming will span 6 weeks in October and November.

This is a remake of the film by the same name made in 1976 inspired by The Supremes singing group.  It will be starring Whitney Houston and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.


Email a recent picture, contact information, and clothing sizes to:
SparkleMovieCasting@gmail.com

Put "Sparkle Extra" in the subject line.












   

Casting Call: Figure - Michigan

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Michigan entrance sign

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Sleep Tight Entertainment is casting for the upcoming feature film Figure.  Filming will take place in and around Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan.  SAG (fully paid) applicants will be considered first but non-union talent is encouraged to apply.


Figure is about a mysterious man dressed in white that focuses on a certain group of teenagers as he murders members of the community.  Richard Pryor Jr. has been cast in the film.


Roles:
  • John: Caucasian male around 10 or 11 any size, any shape. 
  • Gina's Father: Caucasian male early to mid 40's any size, any shape.
  • Gina's Sister: Caucasian female around 7 or 8 any size, any shape.
  • Vanessa's Mother: Caucasian female late 30's early 40's small to medium build.
  • Mrs. Mitchel (Teacher): 40's, 50's, 60's race open any size, any shape. 
  • Brenda: Race and age open. Any size any Shape.
  • Prison Guard: African-American male in his 20's. Good physical shape.
  • Hospital Police Guard: Race open 20's to early 30's. Good phsical shape.
  • Party Girl: African-American female 20's any size any shape. 
  • There are also several nurse, police officer, and people on street 1 line roles available. Race, age, size and shape open.

Email headshot, body shot, and resume' to:

  • Put the role you are applying for in the subject line.
  • If you have a demo video you can email that also.
  • You must email all the information asked for.  If you email a link to the information you will not be considered for a role.
  • Auditions will be later this month. Date, time, and place to be determined.

   

Screenwriters: How to Begin a Scene

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John August is a screenwriter and director with several movies under his belt such as The Nines, Corpse Bride, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Currently his screenplay for Frankenweenie by Tim Burton is in filming.  He was also one of the writers for the movie Charlie's Angels.


Below is a video where John gives some pointers on how to beef up the beginning of a scene.

Eat, Drink & B-Indie in Atlanta

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Director Robert Rodriguez at the 1993 Atlanta ...

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Eat, Drink & B-Indie is one of The Atlanta Film Festival's 365 Events.  Held on the third Tuesday of every month at Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta. This is an opportunity to have dinner and drinks while observing panel discussions, listening to guest speakers, and checking out new equipment demos.


Speakers:
Alison Fussell: Head of Marketing at EFilm Studio
Jim Farmer: Out On Film/Freelance Writer/Film Publicist
Matt Foster: Dragon*Con Film Festival/Freelance film critic/Film Historian
Charles Judson: Atlanta Film Festival/CinemATL
Scott Thigpen: Writer/Producer - A Powerful Noise

The theme for this month is starting a documentary project.  Where to start, funding, distribution, etc...

Eat, Drink & B-Indie in Atlanta
Tuesday, September 20th
Manuel's Tavern
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
602 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia
404.525.3447


   

Casting Extras: Heartland - Illinois

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Heartland is the working title for a feature film by Ramin Bahrani.   There will be a casting call for extras in Dekalb, Illinois on Sunday.  Roles are available for all ages and types. A few of the roles are brief speaking parts but most are non-speaking. 

Staring in the movie will be Zac Efron, Heather Graham, and Dennis Quaid.  It is a story about an enterprising your farmer whose plans cause problems within his family.

Casting Call For Extras
Sunday, September 18th
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Egyptian Theatre
135 North 2nd Street
Dekalb, Illinois



   

Charlotte Sunset Jazz Festival

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Earl Klugh, Festival de Jazz Riviera Maya 2008

Earl Klugh (Image by Noticaribe via Wikipedia)

Tomorrow the Charlotte Sunset Jazz Festival will commence with an indoor concert at the Knight Theater and conclude with a free outdoor concert in Marshall Park on Saturday.

A festival that features local artists along with national acts from all over the U.S.   Earl Klugh will be the headliner this year along with Reggie Sullivan, Innertwyned, Buff Dillard, and The Brubakers.

Knight Theater
430 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina

The outdoor concert on Saturday, September 17th will be free.
Marshall Park
800 East Third Street
Charlotte, North Carolina

Actors Workshop - Wilmington, NC

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Defi lecture

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Casting director turned producer Maxann Crotts-Harvey and casting director Marty Siu will be conducting an acting workshop next month that deals with the business side of acting and getting noticed and hired by a casting director.

This will be a networking event as well as a chance to learn about the casting process from the casting director's point of view and the directors perspective.  You will be filmed and your performance will be critiqued.  In the critique they will give you tips on how you performed and show you how to improve.

Some of the topics that will be covered:
  • Do's and don'ts when auditioning for a casting director.
  • How to dress and groom for an audition.
  • Being totally prepared for an audition.
  • Headshots, how they should look.
  • How to approach the casting director when you walk in.
  • Things to do after the audition.
  • Do you need an agent?
  • Can I book work on my own if I have an agent?
  • How much you should pay an agent.

Maxann Crotts-Harvey has been a casting director for 25 years and recently has turned to producing movies.  She has casted actors for principal and extra roles in major motion pictures, national commercials, documentaries, TV shows, reality shows, and movies of the week.  Some of her casting credits include The Strangers, Juwanna Man, Breakfast of Champions, and The Patriot.  As a producer she has worked on A Tale About Bootlegging, Palmetto Pointe, The Mill, and One Last Sunset.

Marty Siu has been working as a casting agent for about 15 years.  Some of her credits include April Fool's Day, The Perfect Game, Blood Done Sign My Name, and Hunger.


Wilmington Master Class Workshop
Saturday, October 22
1:00 pm
Cost: $210
Payment must be made in advance.
Payment due by October 10th
Directions will be sent for the locations once your have registered.

Send payment with contact information to reserve a spot to:
Maxann Crotts-Harvey
PO Box 36544
Rock Hill, SC 29732

A headshot photo session will be held at noon before the  workshop.  If you are interested in having a headshot taken the cost is $100 which can be paid at the workshop.  There will be lots of photos taken and you can keep them all. Bring a laptop or flash drive and they can be saved for you the same day.

Please let Maxann know in advance if you would like photos so she can give you some advice on what to wear.




   
Caesar's Palace

Ceasar's Palace Lobby (Image by SD Dirk via Wikipedia)

At first blush, when Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. appears on stage you may be thinking, here comes some reggae.  What comes out instead is reminiscent of vintage Frank Sinatra.  A crooners voice and a very skillful one at that.

Previous to America's Got Talent Landau was a car washer in Logan, West Virginia.  His life will never be the same.  In addition to winning one million dollars and a headline act in Las Vegas, which he is perfect for, he is also beginning the career of an in demand professional entertainer that could last for decades.

Landau will headline at Ceasar's Palace along with the other three finalists in October.

Congratulations Landau!



Bluecat Screenplay Competition

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The 2012 Bluecat Screenplay Competition is calling for entries.  Prizes are $10,000 for the winner and $2,000 each for four finalists.  Best screenplay from the U.K. will receive the Cordelia Award and $1,000.  Best screenplay from outside of the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. will receive the Joplin Award and $1,000.

Each script will be read by two independent readers and you will be given written feedback from each reader.  they strive to hire readers who are intelligent, fair, and clear to offer advice on improving the script and/or how to get the script to the screen.  You can see some sample evaluations here: Sample valuations


Regular deadline is October 15th  with an entry fee of $60.

Final deadline is November 15th with an entry fee of $65.

Bluecat Screenplay Competition
P.O. Box 2635
Hollywood, CA 90078





   
Bradley Cooper at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festiv...

Bradley Cooper (Image by David Shankbone via Wikipedia)

There will be an open call for extras this Saturday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The movie is The Silver Linings Playbook starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.  It looks like Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker may be joining the cast as well.

The Silver Linings Playbook is a comedy about Pat Peoples (Bradley Cooper) who has neurological and mental disorders does not see the world as everyone else does.  The former teacher moves in with his mother after being released from the institution he was in and is on a mission to get his former wife back.

Checklist:
  • Seeking men and women ages 20-65, all ethnicities.
  • Real Philly characters.
  • Men 30-60 of Southeast Asian/Indian descent.
  • SAG talent bring your membership card and a casual snapshot.
  • Non-Union talent bring current casual snapshot
  • Do not bring a professional headshot.
  • Filming will be October through November in Philadelphia.

Casting Call for Extras
Saturday, September 17th
SAG Members: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Non Union:  11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Warehouse Building with a sign saying "SLP"
6900 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




   
Photograph of the first SCETV broadcast from D...

First SCETV broadcast from Dreher High School in 1958 (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

The International Public Television Screening Conference or Input for short will be conducting two events in South Carolina this October.  Best of Input is a professional development conference where participants will view and discuss thought provoking broadcasting programs from around the world.  

Producers and independent filmmakers, via Skype, will join the discussion where attendees will have an opportunity to speak with them.

Input was created to promote the exchange of television programs, ideas, and production techniques for broadcasters around the world and to improve the quality of public service broadcasting worldwide.

Registration is free.  The two sessions are similar so there is no need to attend both.


Best of Input Columbia Session
Friday, October 7th 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
SCETV Studio
1101 George Rogers Blvd.
Columbia, South Carolina



Best of Input Charleston Session
Saturday, October 8th
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Trident Technical College
The Nursing Auditorium (Room 791), Building 920 
7000 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston, South Carolina





   
Fork & Spoon

Image by Jeff Kubina via Flickr

Dalliance Films likes to contribute to the Charlotte, North Carolina film community and industry so I hope you'll come out and support them by seeing their short film Three For Dinner which will be playing at the Modern Film Fest in Kannapolis, North Carolina on October 1st at 9:00 pm at the Gem Theater.  

Three For Dinner is a whodunit where a wealthy family falls prey to a home invasion.  A 40s style film noir starring Ana Shaw, Mahri Shelton, Scott C. Reynolds,  Michael Sharpe, and Michael Melendez.

Modern Film Fest is held in Kannapolis, North Carolina at the Gem Theater which has a large 916 seat auditorium with balcony.  The festival runs for three days from Friday, September 30th thru Sunday, October 2nd.  Don't miss the North Carolina Filmmakers Discussion Panel at the Gem Theater Annex, Saturday at 4:30 pm, the Belly Dancing Performance Friday at 6:00 pm in Veterans Park, or the Skydog Woody Project Band performing on opening night in Veterans park at 8:00 pm.



Screenwriting Course - Richmond, VA

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Draft

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The Richmond School of Continuing Education is offering a course for new screenwriters.  The class will meed once a week for 6 weeks in October and November.  It is a beginning for learning to write marketable scrips that will be of interest to producers and agents.  

You will learn about the creative process, fictive reality, principles of formatting, writing in images for the screen, dramatic protagonist and antagonist, building characters, three act structure, narrative voice theme, and how to avoid amateur mistakes.

Individual attention will be given to you by instructor Helene Wagner as you begin to write your first screenplay.


Introduction to Screenwriting
Course: ENG112.17
Tuesdays 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
October 11th thru November 15th
Richmond School of Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA

Phone: 804.289.8133
Email: scs@richmond.edu





   
Camera operator, for Arte, Paléo Festival

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Indiecon is conducting a workshop and seminar called  Overcoming the Catch 22's of Producing Your First Feature Film, for filmmakers or anyone who would like to know how feature films are made.  Indiecon is a forum/community that supports independent filmmakers, game producers, and animators.

Topics Covered:
  • Script Development Conducive to Low/Micro Budgets
  • Creating Your Own Film Opportunities as an Actor
  • Creating a Comprehensive Business Plan & Pitching Investors
  • Dealing with Agents, Unions, Banks & Vendors
  • Posting & Delivering Your Film on a Budget
  • Distributing Your Film in Today's Rapidly-Evolving Market
  • Marketing & Promoting Your Film

Sunday, September 18
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tower Theatre
421 Vernon Street
Roseville, California


Saturday, September 24, 2011
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, California



   

Mountain Biking Film

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Mountain biker gets air in Mount Hood National...

Public Domain Image by Jim Semlor via Wikipedia

Here's a short film that puts you in the seat of a mountain biker descending unmm... a mountain.  Experience the thrill without the danger.

I don't know what camera was used here but the GoPro camera I reported on a few months ago in Wearable Film Cameras for Action Shots is great for these sort of things as they have accessories to attach their tiny camera to your head, helmet, body, arm, etc...


Watch your balance!

Scriptapalooza

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Screenplay of Good Omens-Outside Package

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Scriptapalooza is a website and a contest for screenwriters.  A grand prize of $10,000 goes to the winner.  Genre winners will receive $500.   Semi-finalists will get their screenplays promoted and pitched to producers, managers, and agents for an entire year as well as receiving some nice software prizes such as Writer's Studio from Write Brothers consisting of Outline 4D, Movie Magic Screenwriter, and Dramatica Pro.  All finalists will receive Movie Magic Screenwriter and Dramatica Writer's Dreamkit.

Some past winners:

Early Bird deadline - Postmarked by January 5th, 2012 - $40
First deadline - Postmarked by March 5th, 2012 - $50
Regular deadline - Postmarked by April 16th, 2012 - $55
Final deadline - Postmarked by April 19th, 2012 - $60

Scripts are accpted online in PDF, Microsoft Word, or text format only.

Hunger Games - It's a Wrap

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Hunger Games has finished filming in North Carolina.  What's left?  Post production work to get the film ready for release on March 23rd, 2012.

It sounds like they've done everything possible to make the movie look realistic.  For instance the fire in the film is real not computer generated graphics.




   

Holding a Casting Call

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Need actors for you film or theater production?  Unless it's friends only or you're using a casting agency then you'll need to conduct a casting call.  This can be done online by having actors submit headshots, resume's, and videos of themselves where you can select the people you want to come to the audition or by having an open casting call where anyone can come to audition.

First you'll need to consider a place to hold the casting call.  A nice place with ample room for the actors being interviewed and space for those that will be waiting.  Malls and hotels work well for this purpose as no one has to wait outside. For a stage production  a theater is a good option.  If you're on a budget then maybe a community center, church, or space at a school might work for you.

Next you will need to send out notices far enough in advance so that the actors have a chance to plan for the audition.  Send the notice to newspapers, trade papers, and websites like this one that list casting notices.  In the notices be sure to include the name of the project the audition is for, where the audition will be (full address), and what time it will begin. Also a checklist of things the actors need to know or bring to prepare for the audition.

Put an email address and phone number where you can be reached so that anyone that has questions can contact you.   In some cases you may want the applicants to contact you to arrange an audition time to make things more orderly.  This also gives you an idea of what to expect on the day of the audition.

Shining Rock wilderness area

Shining Rock Wilderness - Ahseville, NC (Image by Jan van der Crabben via Wikipedia)

The feature length movie The Healer will begin shooting in the Asheville, North Carolina area this month.  The film is about a father who takes his two teenage kids camping to recapture their early closeness before the divorce.   They become lost in a haunted forest which begins a supernatural adventure in which only the father has the ability to control their destiny. 

Directed by Giorgio Serafini the movie stars James Legros, Isabelle Fuhrman, Joel Courtney, Natalia Dyer, and Peter Bogdanovich.


Roles for Local Hires:

Dr. Michael Winston: Male, 60 years old. He delivers the sobering news of Chris's medical results to Chris. A competent Doctor.

Jay: Male, 45-50 years old. Chris's ex-wife remarried Jay. He is a nice guy who thinks he has a sense of humor...he doesn't.

Driver: Male, 35-45 years old. Tough and muscular, he is in excellent physical shape. 

Nurse: Female, 35 years old.

Girl Guard: Female, 14-18 years old. Dirty, long hair, messy with ripped clothes, she is a guard sent to protect GIRL and NICK on their journey.

Boy Guard: Male, 14-18 years old. Dirty, long hair, messy with ripped clothes, he is a guard sent to protect GIRL and NICK on their journey.


For information on these roles contact Matthew Lesall Casting at:


To be an extra on this film contact Amy McDonald at:



   
Tour bus for The Sound of Music tour

Image by Aissy55 via Wikipedia

Auditions for The Sound of Music will be held in Wilmington, North Carolina.  The production is by the Thalian Assciation and will open in December.


Checklist:
  • This audition is for adult roles only.
  • Be prepared to sing a song a capella  and dance.
  • If you are auditioning for the roles of Liesl or Rolf be prepared to sing the song Sixteen Going on Seventeen.


Audition:
Monday, October 10th 
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Community Arts Center
120 South 2nd Street
Wilmington, North Carolina

For more info contact:
910.251.1788


   
Alfred Hitchcock directing Family Plot inside ...

Alfred Hitchcock (Image via Wikipedia)

The Spartanburg Little Theater will be holding auditions for The 39 Steps, a Broadway play adapted from the John Buchan novel of the same name and Alfred Hitchcock's film.  A murder/spy mystery with a bit of Monty Python thrown in.  Four actors, 150 roles.

The production will run November 4th through November 13th.  Rehearsals will begin right after the auditions are complete.

Actors Needed:
  • 3 Adult Males (late 20s to 40s)
  • 1 Adult Female (late 20s to 40s)

Checklist:
  • Auditions will consist of reading from script.
  • You only need to come to one of the auditions unless otherwise instructed by the director.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early to fill out information sheets.
  • Wear clothes and shoes comfortable to move around in.


Tom Cruise on MTV Live in December 2008

Tom Cruise (Image by MTV Live via Wikipedia)

Nancy Mosser Casting is looking for standins for One Shot, a Paramount movie that will be filming in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area starting next month.  You will be needed 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, with some weekends from October through January.  Workdays will be 12-14 hours a day consisting of night and day shoots.  There will be a Christmas break.

One Shot is about a homicide detective investigating the case of a sniper that has shot 5 random victims. It is based on a book in Lee Child's crime series.

Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike will be starring. The director will be Christopher McQuarrie.


Qualifications:
  • You must be able to meet the schedule mentioned above in order to be considered.  
  • Caucasian Male 5'6" to 5'8" under 160 lbs. with brown hair.
  • Caucasian Female 5'8" to 5' 9-1/2", fair skin, blonde hair or willing to dye hair.
  • No visible tatoos.
  • Must have your own car.


Send current photo or yourself, front shots of waist up and full length, no hats or sunglasses.  Include contact information including Name, height, and weight.

Send to:
   
Tyra Banks(cannes)-

Tyra Banks (Image by Rita Molnár via Wikipedia)

The search has started for America's Next Top Model - Cycle 18.  Hosted by Tyra Banks this series puts contestants through the paces on photo shoots and catwalks.  You will be under 24 hour camera surveillance and the pressure will be high.  This is a chance to get recognized.  Even if you don't win you will be seen by fashion industry movers and shakers giving you a chance to show that you are easy to work with, punctual, and can pull of the job with finesse.


Checklist:
  • You must be at least 5'7" tall.
  • Between the ages of 18 and 27.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Include: 3 Photos of yourself (closeup, full body, and bikini)
  • Contact information: Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Alternate Phone Number, and City You Live In.
  • Age, Height, and Weight
  • Read the Eligibility Requirements then complete and email the Audition Application.





Send the information above to:

Website:

   
renaissancechambara.jp/2008/05/23/unboxing-the...

Image by Ged Carroll via Wikipedia

The Disposable Film Festival is one in which all submissions must be on relatively inexpensive equipment, no pro equipment allowed.  Examples of what may be used are  webcams, cell phones, point and shoot cameras, disposable video cameras, screen capture software, pocket cams (like Flips) etc...  If you are unsure then you can contact the festival organizers to verify that your entry qualifies.

Other Criteria:
  • Multiple devices encouraged but not necessary.
  • Film must be under 10 minutes.
  • Experimental and creative use of the media.


Prizes for Winning Filmmakers:

There is also a contest for Disposable Film Festival Health in which you submit a a short film about health, medicine, patients, or doctors to win a prize of $5,000. Co-sponsored by Practice Fusion 




Interview with Greg Ellis of Motel Glory

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Greg Ellis has been playing in bands for twenty years around the Rock Hill/Charlotte area and in this interview he talks about some of the experiences. From forming a band to keeping one on the road and producing, Greg has spent some time doing it all!

Greg Ellis.JPG This also goes into the changes he's seen in music and local music through the years and news on the latest happenings with Motel Glory, his current band. There is even mention of a possible Motel Glory demo or album in the future! For further details take a look at the interview!


 

Aerial view of Ocean City, Maryland, USA. View...

Ocean City, Maryland (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

Director Matthew Porterfield is looking for extras for his new feature length film, I Used To Be Darker, being shot in Ocean City, Maryland.

Synopsis: When Taryn, a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself pregnant in Ocean City, MD, she seeks refuge with American relatives in Baltimore. 

Extras Needed:
  • Sunday, September 11th - Families, All ages, for an arcade scene.
  • Monday, September 12th - All ages, dressed in everyday street clothes, as passengers on a bus
  • Tuesday, September 13 th - Partygoers, Teens-20s.

Bobby Flay performing a cooking demonstration ...

Bobby Flay (Image bu Larkworb via Wikipedia)

Worst Cooks in America, a Food Network  production, is looking for just that, the worst cooks in America.  The recruits will divide up between Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell into two teams that will compete as they transform from bad cooks to champions of the dinner table.  The prize is $25,000.

Here's the catch.  You must be nominated by friends or family members and they must accompany you to the audition.

Checklist:
  • Bring a replication of your worst dish.
  • You must have your nominator come with you.

Saturday, September 10th, 2011
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Culinary Institute LeNotre 
7070 Allensby Street 
Houston, TX 77022

Friday, September 16th, 2011
MUST arrive at 11:00 AM 
Epic Hotel
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131

Saturday, September 17th, 2011
Must Arrive at Noon
Michelson Studios
163 Bank Street
New York, NY

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Faces Restaurant
380 Jackson Street
St. Paul, MN 55101


Auditions: Amadeus - Connecticut

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Mozart, about 1780. Detail of Mozart family po...

Mozart (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

The Town Players of New Canaan are having open auditions for Amadeus by Peter Schaffer.  Directed by Lynne Bolton the story is about Mozart, a carefree genius when it comes to music and Salieri, the brooding court composer who would wish that he had half the talent.


Roles:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Male actor 25-35 genius composer and musician. Versatile actor. Physical theater training a plus.

Constanza Weber: female actor, age 22-32. Mozart's wife.

Joseph II: Male actor age 45-60. Emperor of Austria.

Count Johann Kilian Von Strack: Male actor Age 50- 65, Royal Chamberlain

Count Franz Orsini-Rosenberg:  Male actor, age 45-65, Director of the Imperial Opera

Baron Gottfried Van Sweiten: Male actor, Age 45-65, Prefect of the Imperial Library

The cast also includes several silent parts as Salieri's valet, cook, wife, citizens of Vienna, venticelli and servants. These parts together will create an ensemble and chorus that together drive the action of the play.ooding court composer, who would wish that he had half the talent.


*** Please note that the audition was originally scheduled for September 6th and 7th but has been changed. ***

Audition:
Thursday, September 8th
Friday, September 9th
7:30 PM
Powerhouse Theatre
Waveny Park
679 South Avenue
New Canaan, Connecticut

For more information conctact:
Lynne Bolton: LynneBolton@aol.com


   

Burning Man

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Category:Burning_Man (Original text : Burning ...

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Participants in the Burning Man Project are doers.  They are intent on doing something or building something no matter how bizarre or outlandish it may be.  Is this theater? I think so.  Maybe not in the traditional sense.  The entire event is a celebration.

Burning Man 2011 just wrapped up this weekend in Nevada's Black Rock Desert leaving no trace that they have been there.  Part work and part play, participants put on shows, build buildings, and erect sculptures celebrating self-expression and self-reliance.  In the end it's all torn down and moved  out leaving the desert as it was found.  

No commercialism here.  You won't see any ad campaigns, logos, or brand names.  There are few things that you can purchase beyond  ice and coffee. You must bring your own water.  Burners have to rely on each other.  Getting around  on the playa (Spanish for the beach) consists of bicycles and mutant vehicles which are as much art as they are transportation.

100% participant staffed and funded. There is no "they" at this event, only "us." No one will clean up your mess, you must do it.  Again self-reliance for those who like to "do...."



Jam on The Brandywine

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Brandywine Creek in Brandywine Park near downt...

Brandywine Creek - Wilmington Delaware (Image by LRN2SWM via Wikipedia)

This Saturday brings  the 6th Annual Jam on The Brandywine, an event that benefits the conservation of the Brandywine Watershed in the West Chester, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware areas.   The Brandywine Creek provides water for residents and industry as well as a place for recreation such as kayaking, canoeing, swimming,  and fishing, 

The event will be catered by Hickory House Catering and will have activities for children.  This is a BYOB event and there will also be beverages from Paradocx Vienyard and Starbucks.

Lineup:
Nancy Micciulla
Mike O'Brien
Montana Wildaxe
The Calabrese Sisters
Allgood
The Cameltones
The Uncle Jimmy Band



Denver Nightscape

Denver, Colorado (Image by dagpeak via Flickr)

The winners of the 48 Hour Film Project in Denver will be announced this weekend at the Best of Screening event.  Winners will will represent Denver at Filmapalooza and will have a chance to become the 48 Hour Film Project Film of the Year.


Films:

CONTEMPLATING LES  by Dangling Carrot Films, genre: Anniversary/Birthday

CUT '83  by Fried Nothing, genre: Period Piece

DEAD VENGEANCE  by: Lupher Arts, genre: Superhero

DIVINE DESIGN  by Glamorous Duplicity, genre: Anniversary/Birthday

FELO-DE-SE   by Holy Carp! Films, genre: Fantasy

LAST CALL by Runaway Train Prods., genre: Dark Comedy

MAD FISH  by Dancing Penguin Prods., genre: Comedy

MELODY/REFRAIN   by Pine Fresh Films, genre: Family Film

THE KNIGHT'S REVEAL  by Team Orchid, genre: Adventure Serial

THE FUZZ  by before all this inc., genre: Detective/Cop

TO DIE FOR  by Big City Danger, genre: Silent Film

TOUCH  by Stranger Studios, genre: Fantasy

UNDYING LOVE  by Dragoon Films, genre: Romance

UNFURNISHED  by Cinema Geeks, genre: Dark Comedy


Best of Screening:
Friday, September 9th
7:30 pm
Denver FilmCenter/Colfax
Lowenstein Cultureplex
2510 East Colfax
Denver Colorado

Tickets


   

Taylor Swift on Songwriting

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Taylor Swift performing at the Cavendish Beach...

Taylor Swift (Image by Keith Lehwald via Wikipedia)


Taylor Swift is a muliti-platinum recording artist and a four time Grammy winner with one Grammy for Album of the year.  Here she is interviewed by Keven Allocca on YouTube Presents where she takes questions from fans and talks about her songwriting process and touring.

She also talks about what she feels on stage when performing her songs and the fact that she's a writer first and performer second.  Taylor loves to write and edit, whether it is songs, poetry, or stories.



Актёр Саратовского академического театра драмы...

Image by Zimin Vas via Wikipedia

The Touring Theatre of North Carolina is holding auditions this week in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Touring Theatre presents minimally staged productions at schools, libraries, museums, colleges, and large performance venues on topics designed to promote conversations about community. 

Productions:
The Life and Times of Fannie Lou Hamer
Star-Spangled Girls
Let Your Children Tell
Letters From Leokadia
Birds of a Feather


Checklist:
  • Bring resume' and headshot.
  • Be prepared for one minute monologue of choice from any genre.
  • Be prepared for cold readings from script selections.

Audition:
Tuesday, September 6th and Wednesday September 7th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Congregational United Church of Christ
400 West Radiance Drive
Greensboro, North Carolina

   

Build an Acoustic Guitar

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Guitar Study 1

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Want to build yourself an acoustic guitar?  You can if you attend this workshop with luthier Gerald Anderson.  He will guide you through the process of building the guitar and the end result will be a Martin D-18 style acoustic with a spruce top and mahogany body. 


Guitar Building Workshop with Gerald Anderson
September 20th through September 30th

Tryon Arts and Crafts School
373 Harmon Field Road
Tryon, NC  28782

For more information contact:
828.859.8323




   
Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. ...

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The Absolute Theatre Company in Hendersonville, North Carolina will hold auditions for A Christmas Carol This weekend.


Audition:
Saturday, September 10th
9:00 am - Adults Male and Female
10:00 am - Teens Male and Female
11:00 am - Children

Lab Theatre
Hendersonville Christian School
708 South Grove St.
Hendersonville, North Carolina

Contact:
Kate Brighton  828.692.0556 x24


   
David Guetta at 3001 in Düsseldorf

David Guetta (Public Domaian Image via Wikipedia)

The North Coast Music Festival is where it's at this weekend in Chicago.  Don't miss the after parties at The Congress Theater and The Mid.


David Guetta, Zeds Dead, Lotus, Future Rock, Rusko, BassNectar, Little Dragon, California Wives, The Coop, Fith World, Zebo, Perfect Kiss, Nameloc, Stratus, The Werks, Loyal Divide, RubbleBucket, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Lettuce, Big Gigantic, ...





North Coast Music Festival 2010 from RECTV.NET on Vimeo.



Lineup



Schedule


North Coast Music Festival
September 2nd - 4th
Union Park
1501 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, Illinois

   
"How can I possibly work with all these a...

Piers Morgan - AGT Judge (Image by pete riches via Flickr)

America's Got Talent hasn't announced the cities it will be having auditions at yet but they are accepting videos  These submissions will be for Season 7 which airs 2011-2012 on NBC.

Check back and we'll let you know when the open auditions start.

Checklist:
  • Video no longer than 2-3 minutes.
  • Straigtforward un-edited performance.


Three Ways to Submit:

Submit by Link to Video  Video can be on a site like YouTube or your own site.



Submit by Mail


America's Got Talent - Season 7
3727 W. Magnolia Blvd., #808
Burbank, CA  91505


Upload Video




   
TV on the Radio

TV On The Radio (Image by Jason Persse via Flickr)

Virgin Mobile Freefest is based on the premise of giving back to the community.  Though it is basically a free music festival they do take donations and accept volunteer work.  In the past two years they have raised $300,000 for youth homelessness, had 55,000 hours of volunteer time, and created 10,000 outreach kits.  Donations help secure outreach services and shelter for homeless youth through their RE*Generation program.

As of this writing all of the free tickets are free'd out but there are still a couple of ways to get them.  One is to be a volunteer.  Virgin Mobile has partnered with homeless youth organizations across the country that need your support.  The other way is to purchase a Fan E-Pak.  This includes a ticket, a donation to youth homelessness,  a limited edition festival t-shirt, early admission to the festival, and a souvenir cup that comes with a $1 discount on domestic draft beer  and fountain sodas at the festival.



Lineup:
  • The Black Keys
  • Deadmau5
  • Tv On The Radio
  • Cee Lo Green
  • James Murphy
  • Cut Copy
  • Big Sean
  • Patti Smith
  • Okkervil River
  • Empire Of The Sun
  • Calvin Harris
  • !!!
  • Ghostland Observatory
  • Grace Potter And The Nocturnals
  • Porter Robinson
  • Two Door Cinema Club
  • Eclectic Method
  • Bombay Bicycle Club
  • Alberta Cross
  • Teddybears

Songwriting Tips

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Aimee Mann in concert

Aime Mann (Image via Wikipedia)

Here's some great songwriting tips from cdbaby.com.  It contains examples from several popular songwriters such as Aimee Mann, Liz Phair, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, and Ben Harper on how they write songs and what motivates them.


   

Radical Reels Tour - North Carolina

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K2 in summer.

Image by Szumyk via Wikipedia

The Radical Reels Tour features films about outdoor sports in the mountains and is coming to three cities in North Carolina.  Great Outdoors Provision Company will host the event in Winston Salem, the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, and REI Asheville in Asheville, North Carolina.


Films:

Cross Country Snowboarding (Snowboarding)
Follow Me (Trailbike Riding)
Light The Wick (Snow Skiing)
Living The Dream (Rock Climbing)
OSEVEN (Extreme Sports)
Second Nature (Skateboarding)
The Storming (Snowboarding)
TUZGLE (Rock Climbing)
The Ultimate Ride: Steve Fisher (Kayaking)







Watch the trailer below for a taste af the action.