I will be holding auditions this spring for a short, independent, feminist, art-house, horror film to be shot in and around Vancouver, BC, Canada. I am looking for amateur, non-union, actors to fill all roles (speaking roles and extras). Additionally, I will be looking for volunteers to help with every facet of the production. I can pretty much use all the help I can get from local horror fans and film hobbyists. Unfortunately, considering the limits of my budget, I can’t afford to pay cast and crew much. Rather, if at all possible, I’m hoping to enlist volunteers. Despite the lack of monetary gain, working on this project could greatly help students of film, art, or media get hands-on experience. Further, a production credit on my film could help anyone needing experience to qualify for union (IATSI) consideration. I am not, however, looking for any current union members as this will not be a union production in anyway.
The script is an original feminist-horror concept and is highly influenced by the psycho-sexual theories of Barbara Creed. Imagine Barbara Creed and David Cronenberg meeting at the Miskatonic Private School for Girls and you may begin to see what I’m trying to get at (vague enough for you?).
The positions that I need to fill are:
Lenore – A young teenage lesbian of about 14 or 15 with a monstrous secret.*
Elizabeth – Lenore’s classmate and lover.*
* For legal reasons, I require actresses of at least 18 years old to play these parts. Obviously, however, I am looking for women who can pass for much younger. Further, these roles (Lenore in particular) require actresses who are comfortable with tasteful partial nudity and some bizarre sexuality. I am not, however, looking for women who have performed in the porn film industry, nor am I looking for strippers. Rather, I hope to catch the honest fear, anxiety, and excitement that these scenes may illicit in the performer. Physically, I am willing to consider women of any colour (provided she can pass for about 15). Please email me with a basic head shot if you’re interested and I will forward more specific information.
Teenage Boy – A young, clean-cut man of about 16 or 17 – cocky, misogynistic, and violent.**
** For legal reasons, the actor for this part should also be at least 18 years old. He does not, however, have any nude scenes.
Extras – I require numerous teenage girls to play students and 30-40 something actors to play parents, teachers, and a security guard. There are also small speaking roles for a teacher and a female student.
Silent Producers - In other words, investors and/or fundraisers. Anyone willing to help raise funds through drives or cold calls, or willing to make a significant monetary donation will receive a production credit.
Accountants - Pretty much self explanatory I think.
Lighting Assistants - To work with the cinematographer.
Sound Technicians - I need people with some knowledge of shooting and mixing sync sound as well as musicians able to compose soundtracks.
Animators - Both the computer and stop motion kind. Any computer animators with access to free hardware and software are an asset.
Costume/Props - Access to a sewing machine an asset.
Material Donations - Anyone with connections in or around Vancouver who can directly donate supplies or help negotiate for cheap supplies (specifically film production supplies; i.e. 16mm film stock, etc.). Donations of beer are also welcomed!
Production Assistants - General help; i.e. drivers, “gofers”, moral support…
This project will undoubtedly prove to be an extremely fun challenge for any horror film fan crazy enough to volunteer. I encourage anyone interested or even curious to contact me for more information.
Please email any questions or head shots to email@example.com