Casting Call for Short Film “The Journal” [Hagerstown, MD] #casting

Posted June 4, 2013

PROJECT TITLE: The Journal
CLASSIFICATION: Student
STATUS: Non-Union
CATEGORY: Short Film
FORMAT: HD
PRODUCERS: Sarah Popper | Kristine Bainbridge | Caleb Popper
DIRECTOR: Caleb Popper
CASTING DIRECTOR: Mary Martin
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Full Sail University Student Project
PRODUCTION COMPANY WEBSITE: www.fullsail.edu
SHOOTING SCHEDULE: July 1 – July 30, 2013 (Please note shooting dates are TBD, but actors must be available during evenings and weekends as needed; shooting period is in July, but actual shooting days may only be a few days out of the month)
SHOOTING LOCATION: TBD, but will be in and around Washington/Frederick Counties in Maryland

SYNOPSIS:

The Journal is a short film that tells the story of a struggling high school student, Jacob, who’s given a tough assignment to keep a journal for the remainder of the school year. It will be 50% of his final grade in the class. He’s reluctant, as he hasn’t been doing well on his recent writing assignments, but he’s determined to at least try. He decides to start fresh with a new notebook/journal by purchasing one at a local bookstore. While at the bookstore, he runs into a fellow classmate, and has an unexpected heart to heart about their pasts.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

[JACOB] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 16-18]

Jacob has lived in the community for at least a year, but he’s still not quite acclimated to the area, as he barely has any friends and is generally ignored at school. He’s also doing poorly in school, due to personal issues that have been weighing on his mind. 3 years prior, his sister died of leukemia, and he’s devastated by the loss. His family has fallen apart; after the death of his sister, his mother couldn’t take the loss and her relationship with his father disintegrated. He’s now living with his mother in a small apartment, while she’s taken an extended leave of absence from a teaching job.

[CASEY] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 16-18]

Casey Meadows is a generally cheerful, very intelligent teenager. She’s very much into writing, and does it nearly every day by keeping a diary or journal. She, too, has suffered a loss with the death of her brother several years ago. However, through her writing, she’s found an outlet to express her confusing emotions and has found peace.

[JACOB – ADULT] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 30-35]

Jacob is an established writer, having written several novels and non-fiction books, as well as having won several awards for his writing. He is married to Casey and has one daughter. He is writing the most difficult book of his life: his biography.

[CASEY – ADULT] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 30-35]

Casey is now married to Jacob and is a mother to their only daughter. In addition to her own personal writing, she is now a licensed therapist.

COMPENSATION: Non-paid
EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: cpopper@fullsail.edu
SUBMISSIONS TO INCLUDE (recommended, but not required): Headshot, demo reel (or link to online videos you are in), resume, availability, etc.
AUDITION DATE: June 5 – June 14 (Available times are after 6pm on weekdays, and all day on weekends. Please note all auditions will be given a specific time and date within this window.)
AUDITION LOCATION: 11900 Harp Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21742

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