Reel Life Skills: Independent Short Film
Location: Central Massachusetts
Non-Union project, “The Elevator,” will be filming in Central Massachusetts and has auditions July 11th, and July 13th.
This short film is being made as part of a vocational training program for young adults on the autism spectrum called Reel Life Skills. The program first provides job readiness training to the students by qualified master’s level counselors in a small group setting. Then students become interns on a real movie set, where they are given actual responsibilities. The interns will not be primary crewmembers and will not be on set the entire time. The primary crewmembers that have come together for this project are experienced and established independent filmmakers.
Producer’s note: The Friendship Network for Children is producing this film because the story was written by someone with autism and there will be interns with autism on the set at times. The primary crew members are not interns. The primary crew members that have come together for this project are experienced and established independent filmmakers. Our goal is to create a festival quality piece.
Director: Jeremy Jacoby
Monday July 13th, 11:00am – 7:30pm
Saturday July 18, 2015 and Sunday July 19, 2015
Audition Location: 300 WEST Main St. Building C #4, Northborough, MA 01532
(Building is behind the Santander Bank and beyond the flag pole at the back of the complex.)
John is having trouble with high school. He doesn’t have many friends and his teacher doesn’t seem to have a lot of sympathy or understanding for him. A strange encounter with an old man after school one day may change the whole trajectory of his life.
For more information on the program please visit our crowd-funding page:
Casting for the following roles:
[MRS. GERTRUDE] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 30-60]
Mrs. Gertrude is the special education teacher at John’s school. She is stern and unforgiving but oblivious to what the students do behind her back.
[ADULT JOHN/OLD MAN] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 50+]
This is John as an adult. An accident that happened to him as a young man left him in a wheelchair. Despite a life long of struggle he has found peace and perspective, something he wishes he could share with his younger self.
[MOM] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 40-60]
John’s Mom is a loving and attentive parent. She cooks for her family and helps her husband and son stay on track. Her love for her son is clear and is the only character that cracks jokes with John.
[DAD] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 40-60]
John’s Dad is a loving well-meaning parent but a busy one. Despite the amount of time he spends in his office he makes an effort to check in with his son.
[EXTRAS-HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS] [GENDER: FEMALE] [14-20]
Three high school girls that witness Rocco bully John and do not find it funny.
Payment: Non Paid
City or Location of call: Central Massachusetts (Worcester and Northborough areas)
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
This casting notice was posted by: Jeremy Jacoby