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Casting Call for Short Film “The There” – Austin, TX

Casting Call Details:
“The There” is a short film about friendship, identity, alienation and reconciliation. It is being produced for the Advanced Directing class taught by Andrew Shea at The University of Texas at Austin.

Erica is an American who is visiting the U.S. for the first time after spending about ten years as an expatriate living in Europe. She wants to see her friend Ilyana, who had convinced Erica not to return to the U.S. after their year abroad as college students. After a few years in Europe, Ilyana reversed her decision and returned to the U.S. several years ago, but Erica stayed abroad and graduated from a German film school. Back in the U.S., Ilyana survives on an almost minimum wage job and lives on the margins of society despite her college education.

The title is taken from the quote by Gertrude Stein after she returned to the United States for the first time after spending 30 years abroad: “There is no there there”.

Character Breakdowns:

Ilyana is an American in her early 30s. She considers herself radical, but she doesn’t much care for most people’s company. It’s hard to be a revolutionary if you aren’t a real people-person. She is always looking for ways to live by her ideals as much as her personality allows her. She doesn’t want to be part of the problem. She just wants to keep holding out until the world catches up to her view of what it could and should be. Better than it is now. She is intelligent, idealistic and impetuous.

Erica is also an American in her early 30s. She met Ilyana in Berlin, Germany during their year abroad in college. Ten years ago Erica chose to remain abroad after being inspired by Ilyana’s decision not to return to the States. Erica misses their friendship since Ilyana returned to the States. Erica has a warm personality and usually finds a way to adapt and succeed. She became fluent in German and has embarked on a career as a European-based American filmmaker.

The story and characters will be developed in collaboration with the actors and director using Meisner techniques. The final script will be written taking into account the Meisner-based collaboration. There are two required in-class performances, which will consist of fun Meisner exercises, as opposed to performing a memorized script. It will be helpful if the actors have taken Meisner-based acting classes.

The two required in-class exercises are Sept 30 and October 14 and will last for about 30 minutes sometime between 2 and 5 PM. We will need to meet once before the Sept 30 in-class performance. We will also meet perhaps twice more before the second in-class performance on October 14 to further develop the characters and story. The class consists of 19 students divided equally between graduate and undergraduates.

The short film will be shot in the last half of October and beginning of November. The film will be shot under the Dogme95 “Vow of Chastity”, as required by the course. Filming days are flexible and can be scheduled to fit the actors’ schedules.

If interested please submit your resume and photo before you audition so that we can schedule a specific time for you to audition.

Auditions will be held Saturday, Sept 21 from 3:30 to 6:30 and again on Sunday, September 22 from 2 PM to 5 PM in Studio 4E (CMB 4.134) at The University of Texas at Austin, 2500 Whitis.

The characters could be played by actors from their late 20s to early 30s. We will adjust the character’s presumed ages based on the actors cast.

Other/Additional Compensation: Film Credit, DVD Copy
Meals, Snacks and Beverages Provided

Casting Calls Categories: Short Film Casting Calls / Lead Roles Casting Calls / Non-union Casting Calls
Audition Date: Sept 21 and 22
Project: Auditions for Austin Short Film “The There”
Casting Call Location: Austin, Texas

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