Casting Call for Short Film “Circle of the Sun” [Los Angeles] #casting

Posted April 10, 2013

PROJECT TITLE: Circle of the Sun
CLASSIFICATION: Student
STATUS: Non-Union
CATEGORY: Short Film
FORMAT: HD
DISTRIBUTION: Director reel
PRODUCERS: Todd Leonard and Wilson Hester
WRITER: Wilson Hester
DIRECTOR: Wilson Hester
CASTING AGENTS: Marilyn McIntyre, Ted Brunetti, Nizar Wattad, J McMerty
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Climbing the Ladders Productions
SHOOTING LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

SYNOPSIS:

This is the story of Akio Takahashi, a Japanese World War II veteran who lives his life in solitude and emptiness. After years of isolation, he is forced to address past problems in a new world. Circle of the Sun is a story based in fact. At the end of World War II, Japanese soldiers stationed in the Philippine Islands were unaware that the war was over. They were informed that they would be told when the war was over, and that they should not reveal themselves until the Japanese army came for them. This story explores what happens after Akio is found and brought to a hospital in the Philippines to be examined by a nurse and an intern.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

[ AKIO TAKAHASHI ]
Male, Asian (preferably speaks Japanese), 50+ years old, survivor of World War II, withdrawn from life. After years of living in a cave, he’s taken to a hospital where he’s being examined by a nurse and intern. (Lead)

[ JASON ]

Male, Any Ethnicity, 18-30s, young aspiring medical student. Jason, an intern at the hospital where Akio is, has a strong desire to help others. Is mature for his age, but not wise. Tactful, resourceful, and unwilling to accept failure. (Lead)

[ MARIFE ]

Female, Asian/Filipino, 20s-40s, nurse at hospital, defined by her job, puts herself over others. She follows protocol strictly. She gives up on Akio because he is difficult. (Supporting)

[ NATSUMI ]

Female, Asian (preferably speaks Japanese), 18-20s, Akio’s wife before he left for war, strong, independent, caring but a realist. She is a projection of Akio’s thoughts, and is the same age and has the same appearance as when Akio last saw her decades ago. The projection is triggered by Akio’s encounter with Jason. Natsumi appears in the hospital with Akio because of Akio’s imagination. Akio is finally released from the pain of his past through his conversation with Natsumi. (Supporting)

[ LUANA ]

Female, Any Ethnicity, 50+ years old. Resident of the hospital, lonely, used to have love but no longer has it, fragile. She begins to heal Akio from the pain of his past. (Supporting)

COMPENSATION: Non-paid
OTHER COMPENSATION: Film credit, DVD copy, Meals, Snacks/beverages
SUBMISSIONS DUE BY THIS DATE: April 11th
EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: tleonard2@elon.edu
SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE: Headshot, Resume, Demo reel link
AUDITION DATE: April 13th
AUDITION START TIME: TBD
AUDITION END TIME: TBD
AUDITION ADDRESS: 1445 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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