PRODUCTION TITLE: Background Action
MEDIA: Short Film / Student Film
STATUS: Union and Non-Union may apply
SCHOOL: York University
PRODUCER: Bella Clemencio
DIRECTOR: Maya Vukov
WRITER: Maya Vukov
CASTING DIRECTOR: Bella Clemencio
AUDITION DATES: Thurs. Oct. 24th to Sun. Oct. 27th
AUDITION LOCATION: York University
SHOOT DATES: Fri. Nov. 15th to Mon. Nov. 18th
SHOOT LOCATION: Toronto/GTA
PAY RATE: Non-paying Student Film as per our ACTRA Agreement
CASTING AND PRODUCTION NOTES:
• We can accept union and non-union actors through our student agreement with ACTRA.
• This is a non-paying student film and no permit is required.
• Actors will receive a copy of the finished film for their demo reel.
• Meals and beverages will be provided on the shoot days.
• Transportation will either be provided or costs will be reimbursed.
While working as an extra on the set of a victorian film, a socially-awkward young woman is forced to mime flirting with an attractive young man. As she does not know how to flirt, this proves quite challenging.
NATALIE – LEAD ROLE – FEMALE – 20-25 YRS OLD – CAUCASIAN
Natalie is an awkward young woman looking for love, but terrified to interact with anyone she finds interesting in person, preferring to hide in her phone where interactions are much easier and safer. Being forced to mime flirting with an attractive guy is her worst nightmare, as Natalie has no idea how to flirt.
STEVEN – PRINCIPAL ROLE – MALE – 20-25 YRS OLD – CAUCASIAN
Steven has been doing work as an extra on set for a while. He is very ambitious and eager to pursue a career of acting at a higher level. He has always imagined larger roles for himself and is exhilarated when he finds out he has the chance to land a speaking part. After discovering how terrible at flirting Natalie is, and fearing she will sabotage his chances at landing a speaking role, he attempts to teach her how to flirt, in hopes that it will save their performance.
CHRIS – ACTOR ROLE – MALE – 30-50 YRS OLD – ANY RACE
Chris is the 3rd Assistant Director, and it is his job to be in charge of the extras on the set and make sure they are performing well for what is needed for the camera. He is very blunt and abrupt with his directions, as he has been in this job for a while and has no time for messing around.
EMILIA – ACTOR ROLE – FEMALE – 20-25 YRS OLD – CAUCASIAN
Emilia is another extra on the set of this Victorian-era film. Friends with Natalie, she is quite popular and knows lots of people who work on set.
PENELOPE – ACTOR ROLE – FEMALE – 20-35 YRS OLD – CAUCASIAN
Penelope is one of the stars of this Victorian period film, along with John. Penelope must flirt with John in a very Victorian fashion, using lots of flowery language.
JOHN – ACTOR ROLE – MALE – 20-35 YRS OLD – CAUCASIAN
John is one of the stars of this Victorian period film, along with Penelope. John must flirt with Penelope in a very Victorian fashion, using lots of flowery language.
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