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Actors Required for Masters Degree Final Film

Actors Required for Masters Degree Final Film

London, UK. Apply from all UK.
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'IN ABSENCE OF SILVER LININGS'

Premise: You are what you love.

Logline: A young woman’s struggle with pursuing her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina in a world which countlessly does nothing but diminish these dreams.

Synopsis: Ellie Dawson (24), is auditioning for her ‘big break’ role in a ballet. Despite having successful past auditions, she finds herself extremely anxious and nervous for the audition. Just before she goes onto the stage, her mind is flooded with negative memories of her unsupportive parents, and remembers everything she’s had to go to get where she is today. The audition starts well, but the memories take over and she falls to the ground, and consequently ruins the entire thing. That’s it, in that moment we enter reality, and Ellie is a trained accountant and is on a zoom call with a client. Her life is mundane - she now lacks the thing that made her, her. However, the simple sight of a ballerina mug triggers a false memory of her successfully acing the initial audition, going on to become a successful dancer. However, we are blasted back into reality when her next client is waiting on zoom.

The majority of the short revolves around a dramatic ballet dance sequence, so a trained and highly skilled dancer is required.

Why: Now more than ever the importance of our industry needs to be highlighted. By making this film I want to show the importance of the arts and its role within society. It is what makes people who they are. The arts are important, needed and are viable. I also wanted to make a film which addressed the world we are currently living in, and the treatment towards the industry (particularly by the government and non-creatives). The emphasis is on how Ellie”s passion is part of her and who she is, and by retraining in another, more ‘viable’ job she has lost a part of her and the essence of who she is.

I am a highly-experienced film student and training producer. My BA Degree is in Film Studies, and I have worked on numerous short films, and have been a runner.

The project is my Masters Degree final film, and I intend to enter the film into festivals and will release it online. I am intending on making a film of scale with a high level of focus on production design.

We will need:

- Self-tape of the monologue and a brief introduction to yourself.
- A tape/link to previous ballet/dance work.

Monologues for the self tape will be sent after you have applied.

SELF-TAPES: What to include: At the beginning of the video please state your name, age, your experience, a little bit about your background, your availability and a little on your interest in this project. Here, it is important for us to hear why the arts industry matters to YOU, and why you think it’s important and needed.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Filming dates are tbc (currently covid dependent) but we're currently looking to shoot in may/ early June for 3 days.

Job payment

£90 per day

Expenses paid - Travel and refreshments.

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Mother (name tbc)

Mother (unnamed) Age range (late 40s’-50’s) She is from a BAME background She never achieved the job she wanted because she wasn’t taken seriously or given the opportunities, and wants her daughter to achieve everything she couldn’t She sees the arts as a glorified hobby She is very blunt, honest and narrow minded and disapproves of her daughter going into ballet/the arts industry.

Female, aged 46 to 60

Applications closed 9 February 2021.

Father (name tbc)

Father (unnamed) Age range (late 40s’-50’s) He is from a BAME background He is a qualified accountant and is highly successful, however he has had to fight extremely hard to get where he is today. Doesn’t see any value in the arts and wants Ellie to go to University

Male, aged 48 to 60

Applications closed 9 February 2021.

Teacher - Mrs Davies

Teacher - Mrs Davies. She is extremely supportive of Ellie and her dreams of becoming a ballet dancer She wanted to become a professional dancer but had to quit and changed careers- it was her biggest regret, and doesn’t want Ellie to go through the same thing.

Female, aged 40 to 65

Applications closed 9 February 2021.

Judge - Mrs/Mr Elliot.

The judge overseeing Ellie’s audition Very serious, unfriendly and fierce Very harsh and off-hand Takes their job VERY seriously.

Anyone, aged 32 to 60

Applications closed 9 February 2021.

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Listing created: 3 February 2021
Applications closed: 9 February 2021
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