Casting Call for Web Series “YouStar: the Road to Fame” [Portland, ME] #casting

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Posted July 30, 2013

PROJECT TITLE: YouStar: the Road to Fame
CLASSIFICATION: Independent
STATUS: Non-Union
CATEGORY: Web
FORMAT: HD
DISTRIBUTION: Direct-to-video
PRODUCER: Katherine LeSar
WRITERS: Sofia Voltin & Stobie Piel
DIRECTOR: Sofia Voltin
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Cribstone Pictures
SHOOTING SCHEDULE: August 14th-19th
SHOOTING LOCATION: Portland, ME

SYNOPSIS:

Discouraged after the failure of her latest film endeavor, Nisa, a seriously ambitious and determined young woman in her mid-20s, moves back to her family home in Maine to live with her caring sister, Lila, and slacker geek brother, Jared. Upon arriving home, Nisa learns that YouStar, an online talent contest where viewers vote for the winners, is holding a music video competition. Since YouStar savaged her own short film, Nisa comes back with a vengeance, using the talents of her own film background, her musician sister, and her agreeable brother to turn Jared into the next internet pop sensation via YouStar.

In addition to following this family on their roller coaster ride through the YouStar contest, the story provides a unique and comedic perspective on internet pop and gossip culture.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

Will, male, 26, any ethnicity. A sensitive musician, who was recently dumped after his girlfriend’s mother died.

Gamer 1, male, 18-25, any ethnicity. A gamer friend of Jared’s, who after finding out that Jared is now a preteen sensation, mocks him mercilessly.

Gamer 2, male, 18-25, any ethnicity. A gamer friend of Jared’s, who after finding out that Jared is now a preteen sensation, mocks him mercilessly.

Hair Stylist, female, 18-35, any ethnicity. Trendy hairstylist that helps transform Jared into Sebastian.

Dick Cohen, male, 30-40, any ethnicity. A sleek and slimy producer from Hollywood.

Intern, female, 18-20, any ethnicity. Mistreated intern of Darling Darlene. Young and takes a lot of abuse.

Waiter, male, 25-35, any ethnicity. Waiter at the restaurant during Sebastian and Gabriella’s date.

Handler, female, 25-35, any ethnicity. Professional and down to business handler of DreamingWaif7 and her newfound fame and notoriety.

ChickenBaby530, female, 40-55, any ethnicity. Flirtatious middle aged woman who is a vlogger on the YouStar website.

BudsRwizer1, male, 18-25, any ethnicity. Stereotypical internet troll who posts derisive video reviews on YouStar with his friend.

BudsRwizer2, male, 18-25, any ethnicity. Stereotypical internet troll who posts derisive video reviews on YouStar with his friend.

8Blood&Sparkles, female, 20-30, any ethnicity. Gothic styled woman who is a vlogger on the YouStar website.

BFF1, female, 12-18, any ethnicity. Young teenage girl who vlogs her love of Sebastian on the YouStar website with her two best friends.

BFF2, female, 12-18, any ethnicity. Young teenage girl who vlogs her love of Sebastian on the YouStar website with her two best friends.

BFF3, female, 12-18, any ethnicity. Young teenage girl who vlogs her love of Sebastian on the YouStar website with her two best friends.

COMPENSATION: Non-paid
OTHER COMPENSATION: Film credit, Meals
SUBMISSIONS DUE BY: 8/02/13
EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: voltin.casting@gmail.com
SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE: Headshot, Resume

SPECIAL NOTES FOR AUDITION:

Please make a note of where you are located and if you are available the specified dates.

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Casting Call for Web Series “UStar: Road to Fame” [Portland, ME] #casting

Posted June 5, 2013

PROJECT TITLE: UStar: Road to Fame
CLASSIFICATION: Independent
STATUS: Non-Union
CATEGORY: Web
FORMAT: HD
DISTRIBUTION: Public access
PRODUCERS: Sofia Voltin, Katherine LeSar
WRITERS: Stobie Piel, Sofia Voltin
DIRECTOR: Sofia Voltin
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Cribstone Pictures
SHOOTING SCHEDULE: August 11th – August 24th
SHOOTING LOCATION: Portland, Maine

SYNOPSIS:

Casting a comedic ultra low-budget web series, filming for 2 weeks on the beautiful coast of Maine. The story follows an ambitious filmmaker, reeling from professional disappointment, who transforms her gamer geek brother into the ideal pop star to win a popular web contest and better their futures.

Actors traveling from out-of-state will be housed for up to 2 weeks in a beautiful rented house that will be home to some crew and cast.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

Nisa Hartmann (Lead): Female, 20-26, Caucasian
Though of a slight build and delicate face, Nisa is a very strong, proud, and ambitious woman. Truly she is high-strung and wildly emotional, though she struggles to hide this side of herself to maintain her composure and pride. Director likes to compare this character to “a small bird, the type that anger quickly and react impulsively”

Lila Hartmann (Supporting): Female, 24-30, Caucasian
Lila is Nisa’s caring, open-hearted older sister. She has the sort of friendly, open face that cannot hide emotion. Lila is a musician, but she stopped writing after the loss of their mother. Afterwards, she focused more on the family she had left, taking care of her younger brother and sister.

Diego de Vargas (Supporting) Male, 26-32, Latino
Diego possesses a maturity he developed by acting as a parent to his young sister from a very early age. However when he meets Nisa, he often finds himself unwittingly bickering with her like schoolchildren. Underneath, the two of them are astonishingly similar – proud and ambitious yet emotionally fragile.

DreamingWaif7 (Supporting) Female, 18-35, All Ethnicities
DreamingWaif7 is a woman grasping at fame via the internet. She attached herself to the UStar competition and became one of its highest rated reviewers. In her video blogs, her persona is highly emotional and over-dramatic. It’s all about putting on a good show to Dreamy.

Antoine Barrage (Supporting) Male, 27-39, All Ethnicities
Antoine Barrage is an (in)famous gossip blogger. He is not a man to shy away from stretching (or completely fabricating) the truth when it can lead to a juicy story. To Barrage, the more disgusting the better. (Think Perez Hilton gossip vlogs – loud and obnoxious)

Producer (Supporting) Male/Female, 25-34, All Ethnicities
A stereotypical Hollywood producer – not so interested in the art, but looking to find the next gimmick where he/she sees dollar signs.

Will (Supporting) 25-34, All Ethnicities
Will is Lila’s musician ex-boyfriend. After she split up with him, he left to volunteer in South America. He is tall, attractive, and has the look of a willowy artist.

UReVuers (Day Players), 18-64, All Ethnicities
There are various speaking roles available to play video bloggers who leave video responses to the contestants of UStar. They are known as part the UReVu community, or, UReVuers. They range from 18 to 60s, all shapes and sizes.

COMPENSATION: Paid
OTHER COMPENSATION: Film credit, DVD copy, Meals, Snacks/beverages, Lodging, Transportation
SUBMISSIONS DUE BY: June 30
EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: voltincasting@gmail.com
SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE: Headshot, Resume

SPECIAL NOTES FOR AUDITION:

Please submit a headshot and resume, with the name of the character you are auditioning for in the subject line. A little note introducing yourself couldn’t hurt either! We will contact you with information about auditions. Thank you for your interest!