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Year: 2016

Team J Casting Notice: Washington, DC 48 Hour Film Project – 2016

Not a year goes by where Team J’s chief, Bjorn Munson isn’t asked, “Say, do you know some actors who would be interested in being in a 48 Hour Film?”

Well, now we’re going to do something about that.

The Washington DC 48 Hour Film Project will be the weekend of April 29 to May 1st this year. What’s the 48 Hour Film Project you ask? It’s an adrenaline and caffeine-fueled weekend where over 100 teams will be filming 4 to 7 minute films all over the DC Area — and some teams always need more actors.

We’ll be using Stonehenge Casting to collect rosters of actors who are interested in principal or speaking parts as well as background performers (hey, many of these 48 filmmakers have grand visions!).

Two important things actors should remember regarding the 48 Hour Film Project:

First, all the creative work is one within those 48 Hours. No scripts will be written until Friday night, and will need to incorporate a randomly drawn genre, prop, character, and line of dialogue.

Second, the 48 Hour Film Project is an all-volunteer contest. No one on the cast or crew gets paid. Historically, this means both union and non-union actors can and do appear in 48 Hour Films, but SAG-AFTRA actors appear via a short film agreement with deferred pay per the agreement.

There are two different categories you can submit for:

48 Hour Film Project | Washington, DC – 2016 | Principal and Speaking Roles

These are for any and all speaking roles. It could be a big role, it could be a small role. You don’t know any more than the screenwriter does. There might even be frantic script changes when you shoot on Saturday.

48 Hour Film Project | Washington, DC – 2016 | Background Performers

Any 48 Hour Film is, by one measure, an exercise in fun and glory. If you’re up potentially helping out a film — and potentially getting an email blast late Friday night or early Saturday morning seeing if you’re available to just hang out and have fun as a cowboy, a martian, or simply a bar patron, this is for you.

Submission Directions

0) Create a free actor profile on Stonehenge Casting if you haven’t already

We have a FAQ on Stonehenge Casting as well as plenty of How To articles here on the Team J blog.

1) Update the Availability Calendar on your profile
Before you even submit, make sure you’ve listed any conflicts on April 29th, April 30th, or May 1st. 99% of the teams will be doing almost all of their shooting on Saturday, April 30th. If you’re not available then, it’s best to skip this year (hey, there’s the Baltimore 48 in June).

2) Click one or both of the links above to submit to that category
Or you can do it while you’re in Stonehenge Casting. We have an article about it.

3) Fill out Roles (it’s a required field)
In the “Roles” field, you can just look at your logline and tailor it for here. If, after looking at the required genres, you know you can bring something special to something like Western (you’re a horseback rider) or Martial Arts (you’re a black belt), list it.  But remember, you’re still limited to 200 characters for that field, so if you want to list every genre, just put “any genre.”

4) Fill out the Video Audition URL (optional)
If you want to put a demo reel from your main profile here, that’s fine.

5) Click Submit

6) Join a team as you see fit
The casting notices will be open from now until Friday afternoon, April 29th. 48 Hour Filmmakers may contact you beforehand, hoping to lock you into their ensemble — or they might contact you frantically Friday night as they realize they really need someone who knows karate and has clowning experience (for example). It’s completely your call.

We hope you have fun… and frankly, we’re hoping this helps at least one crowd scene happen.

Team J Casting Notice: General Call for Student Films – Spring 2016

Just like last year, Team J has been approached to help cast some student films.

Therefore, we’re creating rosters of actors who are interested and available for student films during March, April, and May 2016.

You can learn more about Team J’s use of ‘actor rosters’ here.

While each project is different, we expect most of these films will be shot under a SAG-AFTRA Student Film agreement. Most films will have deferred pay. If actors are paid, it will probably be no more than $125 per 8-hour day. In other words, actors are doing this for what will hopefully be a great acting experience with a talented, aspiring filmmaker.

Team J is collecting actor submissions via Stonehenge Casting. Please create or update your actor profile (it’s free) and be sure to note any schedule conflicts you have for March, April, or May 2016. We expect most shooting to be done in March and early April.

Once your actor profile is updated, submit to one or more of the casting notices below:

General Call: Principal and Speaking Parts for Student Films, Union Agreement – Spring 2016

General Call: Principal and Speaking Parts for Student Films, No Union Agreement – Spring 2016

General Call: Background Performers for Student Films, Union Agreement – Spring 2016

General Call: Background Performers for Student Films, No Union Agreement – Spring 2016

Which casting notices should I submit for?
You can submit for one notice or all of them — depending on your interest. You’re basically pre-qualifying yourself as interested in this type of work (student films) for this period of time (March, April, May 2016).

What should I put in the “Roles” field?
Since we have not character breakdowns, we suggest some variant of your logline.

When will I hear back from Team J?
You might not hear from us at all — at least not until June 1st.

When we are casting a particular film, we may do a specific casting notice and ask you to submit for it — or we might just contact you and ask you to come in and audition.

But that’s all based on what roles the scripts call for and how well we think you fit said roles.

In Team J tradition, we will follow up with everyone who submitted at the end of the casting period whether or not they were cast (in this case, after May 31st).

Should I put these dates on ‘soft hold’?
Absolutely not.

By submitting to the notices above, you are not on hold, “first refusal,” or anything like that. Keep on looking for work as you see fit.

Team J creates these general calls to help us cast projects quicker by pre-qualifying actors who are interested and available. However, we haven’t offered you a job and you haven’t accepted. You’ve simply said you’d be up for this type of work for this time period. If something works out, great. If not, no worries.

What if you ask me to audition for a particular project and it’s not my thing?
Say no thanks.

By putting your virtual hat in the ring for these as-yet-undefined student films doesn’t mean you’re saying yes to appear in any of them.

Some scripts may not be your thing. We’re establishing the general type of work (student films), the general payscale ($100 to probably deferred for all eternity), and time period (March, April, May 2016).

What if my availability changes during March, April, or May 2016?
Please update your availability in your profile as soon as you know.

Note, we’d love you to keep your availability calendar up-to-date on Stonehenge Casting not just for this project, but for any project we or other filmmakers are casting.

If you are not available because you’ve actually heeded our advice sought work in addition to this general casting notice, congrats! Feel free to submit to future general calls.

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Other questions? Send them to casting@teamjabberwocky.com.

 

Why Team J uses Rosters for its Casting

Many of you know that Team J helps other people cast their stories. Indeed, Stonehenge Casting, Team J’s online casting service, is a tool we use for our own casting.

Starting in 2016, we’re going to be using Stonehenge Casting extensively to create rosters: folders of actors who may be interested and available for certain types of projects for a particular time period. For example, we’ll probably be helping cast student films this spring, indie features this summer, and political ads this Fall.

We have hundreds and hundred of actors in our database — and not all of them are interested and available for all of these projects.

Although Team J advocates filmmakers starting their casting well in advance of production, we often get contacted to help cast projects when the shoot date is imminent. At the same time, the ‘seasons’ of what types of projects we’re asked to cast is not as unusual. Student films often cast in the Spring. Political ads focus in the Fall and even the summers in presidential election years. You get the idea.

Why are we doing these general calls? Quite simple: it works.

You’ll see this in other industries. Government contractors, something familiar in the DC area, will often put out job notices for positions they might have to fill. They’ve put a bid on a contract that will require database administrators, business analysts, or project managers. People will send in their resumes. These people often get interviews. Then, if said contractor wins the contract, they can staff up faster.

You’ll actually see this in the film and theater community as well. Guess what the Stonehenge Auditions and various other mass auditions are? We’re building up our roster of performers we might call in for various work.

Building rosters of potential hires is something you do when you employ free agents who work only on a given contract. And even if they get to work with the same theater or production company a lot, actors are pretty much free agents these days.

So we decided to use the power of Stonehenge Casting and its availability calendar to help us and help you.

When we know we have been or will be asked for a general type of project for a specific time period, we’re going to put out a general call to actors. If you’re interested in that type of work during that particular time period, you can put yourself higher on our radar.

Sure, we’d like to give you a greater lead time about a specific project. But we’ve found that doesn’t always work out.

FAQs about Rosters aka General Calls

Which casting notices should I submit for?
You can submit for one notice or all of them — depending on your interest. You’re basically pre-qualifying yourself as interested in a particular type of project with a certain pay range for a specific period of time.

When will I hear back from Team J?
You might not hear from us at all.

When we are casting a particular film, we may do a specific casting notice and ask you to submit for it — or we might just contact you and ask you to come in and audition.

But that’s all based on what roles the scripts call for and how well we think you fit said roles.

In Team J tradition, we will follow up with everyone who submitted at the end of the casting period whether or not they were cast.

Should I put these dates on ‘soft hold’?
Absolutely not.

By submitting to the notices above, you are not on hold, “first refusal,” or anything like that. Keep on looking for work as you see fit.

Team J creates these general calls to help us cast projects quicker by pre-qualifying actors who are interested and available. However, we haven’t offered you a job and you haven’t accepted. You’ve simply said you’d be up for this type of work for this time period. If something works out, great. If not, no worries.

What if you ask me to audition for a particular project and it’s not my thing?
Say no thanks.

By putting your virtual hat in the ring for these as-yet-undefined projects doesn’t mean you’re saying yes to audition or appear in any of them.

Some scripts may not be your thing. We’re establishing the general type of work, the general payscale, and specific time period.

What if my availability changes?
Please update your availability in your profile as soon as you know.

Note, we’d love you to keep your availability calendar up-to-date on Stonehenge Casting not just for this project, but for any project we or other producers are casting.

If you are not available because you’ve actually heeded our advice sought work in addition to this general casting notice, congrats! Feel free to submit to future general calls.

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That’s it. We know it’s going to help us find the right actors for projects faster. We’re sure it’s going to help some of you.

P.S. Some casting directors will also hold “generals” where actors can come in for a one-on-one talk and audition with said casting directors. Team J absolutely plans to do this in the future, but in the meantime, we’re using our site, Stonehenge Casting, to its maximum potential.

How do I Register for Stonehenge XV?!?

Stonehenge XV aka the fifteenth edition of the in-person mass auditions for film and video will be in Washington, DC on Monday, April 4th (hint: this link goes to the event information page, including an extensive actor FAQ and producer FAQ).

However, if you’re laser-focused on registering, this is the page for you.

First things first: are you an actor or a producer?

PRODUCER?
If you’re a producer –by which we mean producer, casting director, or anyone looking to hire actors– you register for the in-person event on the WIFV website, just like you did for Stonehenge XIV.

Producer Registration is now open on the WIFV website and will remain open until noon on Sunday at April 3rd (i.e. the day before the event).

Once you have registered for the in-person event, we’ll contact you about getting set up on Stonehenge Casting (we also have an article about getting producer access on Stonehenge Casting).

ACTOR?
All actors register for Stonehenge XV by going through Stonehenge Casting, not through WIFV.

If you’re an actor, DO go ahead and create or update your free profile on Stonehenge Casting. Remember, your profile needs to be 100% complete to be eligible for the lottery.

Registering for Stonehenge XV, by which we mean the lottery to get a slot, is the same process as submitting to any other project on Stonehenge Casting (here’s the link to the article in case you’d missed it).

Specifically, you’ll want to go to the “Projects” tab once you log in. Then click on the project that looks suspiciously like this:

Note, there may be other projects at the time you register, but the name will be "Stonehenge XV Actor Registration."

Don’t see the link? That means actor registration isn’t open yet. Actor registration opens on Monday, March 7th and closes on Saturday, March 19th. It really doesn’t matter if you register early or not, as long as your profile is complete. Remember, if you register and your profile is incomplete, you won’t be eligible for the lottery. Take your time.

When you register, please follow the listed directions.

That means in the “ROLE” field you don’t put any information on roles you might wish to play. You put conflicts (if any) you have during the audition times of 10am to 6pm on Monday, April 4th. We’ll do our best to schedule auditions based on those notes.

By reading the directions, you also know you do not put anything in the video audition field.

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Wrapping up
Remember, if you’re an actor or a producer, we have a page all about Stonehenge XV, including links to an extensive Actor FAQ and Producer FAQ.

Thanks for reading and we hope to see you at the Henge.

Stonehenge Casting How-To: Getting Started with Producer Access

While we’re finalizing a series of video tutorials and FAQ updates on Stonehenge Casting, proper, we thought it’d be a good idea to give you producers a how-to article here on the Team J blog.

After all, why should actors have all the fun?

Bottom line: we can usually set producers up the same day you need access.

Here are the steps:

  1. Register as a user on Stonehenge Casting
  2. Contact us and let us know if you:
    1. Want us to create a new company profile, OR
    2. Want us to add you to an existing company
  3. Pay the invoice and get to casting!

Step 1: Register as a user on Stonehenge Casting
Whether you’re a performer or someone looking to hire performers, your first step is becoming a registered user on Stonehenge Casting.

The registration form is as simple as your name and preferred email address (both of which you can update). Oh, and you need to agree to the site terms and conditions. Pretty standard stuff, really.

Once you’ve done that, you can log into the site.

Actors get to use the site for free. Many producers are also actors. Therefore, you’ll see that you too can create an actor/performer profile.

Apparently, this is very alarming to those of you producers who are not also performers.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to fill out an actor profile. No one will force you to appear on camera (or on stage).

Producer access isn’t free however. So if you want to use that side of the site, you have to contact us.

Step 2: Contact us and let us know what producer access you want
This step also occasionally alarms some producers. Presumably, they expect to sign up, pay for access through an automated shopping cart, and be off to the races.

We understand. We’d love that too. And it’ll happen in the future, we promise.

For right now though, just like you’d contact a venue owner to rent their space or contact a rental house to arrange using their equipment, you’re gonna need to talk to someone.

Don’t worry: we’re friendly. We’re maintaining this manual process until we know we can offer the kind of intuitive self-service people expect from the latest technology. We want your projects to be a success.

So, the top two ways to request access are to shoot us an email via our contact form:

Contact Us link: On the bottom right of the Stonehenge Casting site

Or just click the “Request Additional Access” button:

After you log in, this button is available from the home page on the bottom right.

Someone will get back to you within one business day.

(Honestly, we often get back to you within the hour, but if you haven’t already figured out: we’re not a large, multi-national corporation. In case mayhem is ensuing at Team J HQ, we’re gonna keep our service expectation to one business day).

What we’ll want to know:

Are you a new user for an existing company?
If you’re an additional user for an existing company OR your company has used Stonehenge before and your want producer access turned back on, let us know.

Are you part of a new company?
If you haven’t used Stonehenge Casting before, we’ll confirm your company’s name and contact information in order to create a company profile. Don’t worry, your company admin can always change this in the future.

Because access is per individual, we want producers to only pay for the access you need. All companies require one Company admin, but additional users are cheaper — and all access is available either annually or month-to-month.

UPDATE:

As of January 1st, 2019, we have simplified our pricing.

The price is $19/month-to-month for solo producers or $99 for annual access.

The price is $39/month-to-month for companies or $199 for annual access (for up to three users). Additional users are $9 month-to-month or $50 for the year.

Step 3: Pay the Invoice and Get to Casting!
Once we’ve confirmed the access you need, we’ll send you an invoice.

We do our invoicing via PayPal, which means even if you don’t have a PayPal account, you can pay by credit card.

If you are getting producer access though a promotion or special deal (for example, the two free months’ producers attending Stonehenge Auditions get), we’ll just turn on access immediately.

In any case, we usually confirm what your latest project is so we can offer you pointers on how to maximize using the site. We also let our staff know when we might need to field a few more questions from actors (you’ll be able to list your contact information, but trust us, some actors always ask us questions about your project).

That’s it.

We know this isn’t the same cold, calculated process the latest tech startup uses — and as mentioned above, we are working on additional FAQs and video tutorials. In the meantime, free free to contact with any questions. We want help you take the ‘slog’ out of casting and make your project a success.

Save the Date! Stonehenge XV will be in DC on April 4th, 2016

We’re pleased to announce the 15th edition of Stonehenge Auditions, the one-day speed casting event for film and video work, is coming back this Spring, just in time for the DC 48 Hour Film Project, final student films, and productions shooting this summer. It will be held at the Source Theatre in Washington, DC on Monday, April 4th from 9am to 6pm.

Note: Pre-registration for actors and producers is required. There are no walk-ins.

Our schedule and the process will be very similar to Stonehenge XIV last fall. Actors will register via StonehengeCasting, which means they need a free profile they can create NOW. Producers will register via WIFV (we’ll link to the exact page when it’s live).

In the meantime, you can get answers to all sorts of questions about the event via our Producer FAQ and Actor FAQ.

If you want to be among the first to know when registration opens and closes for both actors and producers, sign up for our mailing list.

We hope to see many of you at the Henge!

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