Chicago auditions for short film


Casting notice posted on, casting location: Chicago, IL
Production title: FOUR
Union / Non-Union: Non-Union
Production Type: Independent / student (Masters Thesis Project)
Project length: Short Film (30 minutes)
Project format: 16:9 1080p 24fps HD
Posted on: Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
Production location: Chicago
Production Company: Hippopotamus Cinematographus
Director: Robert Beshara
Compensation: No; (food and beverages, yes)


May 22, 2011 12:00 – 7:00 PM
(Please note all auditionees will be given a specific time within this window)
4 x 4-hour rehearsals on 05/28, 05/29, 06/04, and 06/05
8 x 8-hour shooting days on 06/11, 06/12, 06/18, 06/19, 06/25, 06/26, 07/02, and 07/03


FOUR is an experimental film about four artists who live in Hyde Park. Through a series of improvisations based upon a pre-determined scenario, we explore the relationships that these artists have with one another, with their art, and with the location in which they live.
Through the use of a split-screen we will bear witness to the characters as they act and react in real time.
In essence, FOUR is a film that is dedicated to art in general and to Hyde Park in specific.

Character BIOS

FRANCO [gender: male], [age: 18 – 40]
Franco is such a talented musician/comedian that it’s unfair for him to be a mover. I guess it’s a question of race. Franco is heart-broken because his girlfriend for 5 years left for another man… someone with money. In addition to working as a mover, he busks and sells Marijuana.

RUMI [gender: male], [age: 25 – 50], some nudity
Rumi is moving to Hyde Park because he got hired to teach writing at some university. No one reads his poems though and his philosophies are too controversial. He’s the romantic type but he hasn’t been in a relationship for 10 years. He raps in Old English.

MIRA [gender: female], [age: 18 – 30]
Mira comes from a wealthy family. She’s too idealistic to find the right job, but some people see her as lazy and pampered even though she wishes to become a nun on her own terms. Aside from teaching yoga for free, she paints, but no one knows that except maybe her flat mate.

LOUISE [gender: female], [age: 18 – 30], some nudity
Louise is a barista who comes from a dysfunctional family. She was raped as a child and hates men for it. She studies East Asian Literature. She has a black belt in Karate and she loves modern dance. She’s Mira’s flat mate and she’s secretly attracted to her.

Casting Location: Chicago, IL
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