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Casting Notice: Proof-of-Concept Shoot for Paranormal Metaphysical Thriller “Grey Angel Journals”

Company

Woburn-Roxbury Media

Shawn Vanden, dir.; Kent Belli, prod.; Austin Reeves, DP/Prod.; Bjorn Munson, casting dir. 

Production Description

Casting a “proof-of-concept” for “Grey Angel Journals,” (GAJ) a paranormal metaphysical thriller, to be produced both as a traditional TV series/streaming episodic series. 

GAJ explores themes of love, loss, redemption, and discovery wrapped within a time-travel mystery, woven into a deeper multi-verse enigma. This Gothic-themed saga places ordinary, fallible characters, within a race-against-the-clock, labyrinthine story.

Roles

Ian McDermott (Lead): Male, Mid 40s
Athletic, Alpha, Ian is a brooding, introspective former off-the-books Federal Agent and analyst. He has been trying to raise a teenage daughter (teenage son Phillip 17, who is away at a Military School, is revealed mid-Season in season 1). Married for 18 years to his wife, Amelia, who mysteriously goes missing — with the only clue being a vigilante code sketched onto his kitchen ceiling. 
Ethnicity: White or Caucasian

Helena Caron (Lead): Female, Mid-Late 30s
Helena is an attractive, intense, and quirky Internal Affairs Investigator. She is separated from her husband and on the cusp of finalizing a divorce while raising two elementary school aged kids. Helena is ambitious and seeks to unravel Ian’s professional secrets.
 Ethnicity: Caucasian or Mixed

Melanie Lange (Lead): Female, Mid-Late 30s
A nurse at a local hospital with a troubled past. A former athlete, an injury when she was younger led to an addiction to increasingly powerful opiates. She has been involved in illicit activity, a strange domestic dispute with her current boyfriend, and is the “caretaker” of Elder, a former drug kingpin. 
Ethnicity: Hispanic or Mixed 

Max QC (Supporting): Male, 50s or older
“Max QC” is the moniker of the eccentric host of “Revelations and Conspiracies,” an online talk show that explores the strange and unusual.  Max QC is revealed to be Capt. Tutor, a former army officer who worked for DARPA in the late 70’s on top secret projects.  

Now a disillusioned security analyst and former member of the intelligence community, he currently lives off the grid on a prepper farm in Canada where his small, but loyal YouTube following validates and fuels his obsessive investigations. 
Ethnicity: Any 

Adam Livingston (Supporting):  
Male, late 30s/early 40s An 18th century Pensylvannian who is a family man and farmer. He’s average height, build, darker hair/eyes, a man who seeks to do right by the world, but the world does not do right by him. Seek an empathetic, earnest looking type. 
Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Bian (Supporting): Female, late teens/early 20s
Vietnamese teenager whom the young Capt. Tutor (Max QC) fell in love with before having to evacuate with the US Army at the end of the Vietnam war. She remains mysterious; he only knows her first name and that she came from a village outside Saigon. She will be a B&W Photo in the proof-of-concept, with plans to have Max QC/Capt. Tutor attempt to go back in time to find her during the series.
Ethnicity: Asian 

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Online rehearsals begin November 2020.

Tentative shoots between November 21-22 or 28-29.

1-day location shoots to be done in Maryland, West Virginia, approximately November 2020 – April 2021.

Depending on COVID-19 precautions, initial shoots may be remote/online

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Deferred Pay

This GAJ proof-of-concept will be produced under the SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement. Union and non-union talent may apply

Key Details

Anyone submitting for “Max QC” (Capt. Tutor) should submit by Monday, November 2nd.
Other roles may submit by November 15th.
Headshot and resume required.
Links to video reel or video clips highly recommended (if you do not have a video reel with Backstage, please provide links in the cover letter section)
After reviewing submissions, we will be asking for self-tapes from actors.

Seeking talent from the Washington, DC area

If interested, please submit via the listing on Backstage.

Tonight: Lessons from Stonehenge

As previously posted, dues to COVID-19 concerns, we are not doing the previously scheduled Stonehenge Auditions this year.

Instead, we will be holding webinars about how actors can self-tape their own auditions, something that has become a necessary skill in these times.

Tonight, online, Team J’s Bjorn Munson, along with Francis Abbey, William R. Coughlan, and Tara Garwood, will give you tips and tricks for taping your own auditions at WIFV’s Narrative Directors’ Roundtable.

As a sample, Francis has put together a 3-minute video showing some of what he will cover:

Changes to 2020 Stonehenge Auditions

For the past 15 years, Stonehenge has been helping connect actors and filmmakers connect with one another with an in-person mass audition. Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are going to forego the in-person event, but want to help the community connect.

We have been discussing format changes with the organizations originally set to host the the in-person auditions. We have an alternate virtual event set for the WIFV session on Monday, June 22nd and are still figuring out the TIVA event.

The latest information will be on the respective event web pages.

DATES:

Union/Non-union Actors, age 25 to 65, Needed for Training Videos

We are supporting the casting of multiple training videos for a DC-area organization.

These training videos are scheduled to be shot the week of April 22nd and the week of May 6th. Actors are not necessarily needed for all the dates, but check your availability.

Many details are still being worked out, including the exact character breakdowns, but here’s what we know:

They are looking for men and women, age 25 to 65. They especially want to see actors from all races and ethnicities, so we are gathering candidates for their auditions, which will be held on Monday, April 8th in downtown DC.

While we have not received final word on the payscale, both union and non-union actors are welcome to submit. Union actors would most likely be paid under the Corporate/Educational (non-broadcast) contract.

If you’re the type of actor who can tackle corporate jargon and acronyms with ease, please: 

  1. Login to or create your free Stonehenge Casting profile. You do not need a full profile for this casting notice.
  2. Make sure you list any partial or full day conflicts under “Union Status and Availability.” Not all actors will be needed for all dates.
  3. Update your headshot, resume, and video links in necessary under “Attachments and Links.”
  4. Submit to the project 2019-04 | Internal Training Videos by this Tuesday, April 2nd. 

We will also be reaching out to actors individually, especially as we get more information, but remember, submitting your profile to the Stonehenge Casting project is the best way for us not to lose track of you.

Questions (but not headshots and resumes) may be directed to casting at teamjabberwocky dot com.

2019 Stonehenge Auditions Dates Confirmed

Go ahead a pop over to our 2019 information page, but the our dates for this years Stonehenge Auditions are confirmed:

DATES:

  • Session One: Monday, March 4th (sponsored by WIFV/during their Narrative Directors’ Roundtable)
  • Session Two: Thursday, March 28th (sponsored by WIFV/during their Talent Roundtable)
  • Session Three: Wednesday, April 17th (sponsored by TIVA)

Remember, the partner organizations will be handling the registration for both actors and producers (we still run the lottery, those emails, and the auditions themselves). For actors, as always, there is a cutoff for when you can register and still be considered for the lottery. Check the info page for more details.

Reminders Regarding Online Stonehenge Audition Videos

Summer shooting season is here — and we’ve been hearing from many actors that they’ve been contacted by filmmakers thanks to their audition videos being on the Stonehenge Auditions YouTube channel.

We’re taking this occasion to remind actors about how the videos work.

Stonehenge Audition Videos are Publicly Available
We know it’s probably obvious since they’re on YouTube, but yes, your audition video can be seen by pretty much anyone. It’s public.

Having the videos be publicly available is, in fact, why we’re still doing Stonehenge Auditions. It has served as a resource for the DC-area filmmaking community and beyond. We hear from actors getting contacted not only by local filmmakers, but ones in Richmond, Philadelphia, and New York. While there’s no guarantee any project will be good, bad, or weird, enough actors have contacted us about good projects for us to keep on posting videos.

You May Ask to Update or Remove Your Video at Any Time
As per the video release actors sign when attending Stonehenge Auditions, actors may contact us at any time to remove their video from the YouTube channel.

You can also ask for us to update your contact information listed with the video. We highly recommend you list the email address you use for your professional acting work versus a personal email address. You may also want to list your agent’s email address and phone number, if that’s applicable.

We can usually make these changes within one business day.

Always Research Filmmakers & Production Companies
The barrier to having some sort of online presence is lower than ever, so if you get contacted by producers, look ’em up!

Whether it’s a website for their company, the particular project, or even a reel of their previous work, it can be informative. Even student filmmakers may have online examples of their work.

If anything strikes you as odd or raises a flag, go with your instincts — and always ask questions. In Team J’s Casting Notes series, we have an article specifically about responding to casting notices. The section on researching and asking questions holds true when producers reach out to you as well.

Here’s hoping your summer is productive and creative!

Casting Notice – Multiple Voice Actors Wanted for Neo-Noir Audio Drama

Jabberwocky Audio Theater is looking for multiple voice actors to join our existing company members to record an action-packed, neo-noir mystery this summer for broadcast later this Fall.

The Gambler’s Tale: Outstanding Debts will be a 10-part audio mini-series written and directed by award-winning filmmaker William R. Coughlan and produced by Jabberwocky Audio Theater. Set in Las Vegas in the early 2000s, this tale follows Jimmy Harmon, a young, would-be poker pro as he stumbles into the machinations of a secretive group known as the Quorum.

Some of the characters who appear in this mini-series will reappear in other tales of the Quorum in future seasons, so we’ll be looking for actors we can work with long-term. You can also listen to our other main show, the sci-fi adventure Rogue Tyger, to get an idea of the work Jabberwocky Audio Theater produces.

This mini-series will be recorded at Arlington Independent Media on three separate Sundays in July and August for broadcast on their low-power FM station, WERA, in October. While this show will originate on non-commercial, non-profit radio, actors will receive $75 per recording session.

We are looking to collect all submissions (via Stonehenge Casting) by May 31st in order to schedule auditions at A.I.M. in June.

For further details, submission instructions, and the list of characters, check out the full casting notice on the Jabberwocky Audio Theater web site.

Jabberwocky Audio Theater: Sneak Preview of Rogue Tyger

We are very happy to announce that Jabberwocky Audio Theater, something we’ve been working on for many, many moons, is set to debut on broadcast radio this summer.

Before that happens — and to whet your appetite — we’re sharing the series premiere of our first show, Rogue Tyger, a space opera set thousands of years in the future in a far-flung corner of the galaxy.

The show will be presented in 5-part serial form, with cliffhangers at the end of each episode, but with this little sneak preview, you don’t need to wait a week to find out what happens next, all five episodes are below.

Enjoy.


The full show notes for episode 1.


The full show notes for episode 2.


The full show notes for episode 3.


The full show notes for episode 4.


The full show notes for episode 5.

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