Open Auditions in Grand Rapids Michigan for Speaking Roles in Action-Adventure Film “Saving Mr. Ellis”


Casting Call for Short Action-Adventure Film in Grand Rapids, MI

A short indie / student film will be holding an open call on Monday, June 1st, Wednesday, June 3rd and Thursday the 4th for the action short “Saving Mr. Ellis”. The project is seeking male actors to fill 3 lead roles as well as actors for 4 additional male roles and an actress for a female role. The film will shoot in multiple W. Michigan locations between the 12th and 15 of next month. Lead roles will be paid (see below) but travel expenses are not covered.

Compass College of Cinematic Arts is casting a new short action-adventure film entitled “Saving Mr. Ellis.” Production will take place on June 12,13,14,15, in Grand Rapids and other West Michigan locations. The film will be produced by Steve Rodenburg and directed by Terry W. Marsh.

Saving Mr. Ellis” is the story of a 13-year-boy who meets a man stuck in a tree. The man, tangled in his parachute, turns out to be a lost hijacker. The boy decides to help Mr. Ellis escape the pursuing authorities.

Open auditions will be held at Compass College (41 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503) on Monday, June 1, Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday June 4, from 4 to 8 PM.

We will be casting the following roles:

  • Adam Lowe (Male Lead): Twelve to fifteen years old, Adam is determined, smart, and somewhat shy.
  • Mr. Ellis (Male Lead): Mid thirties to forties, Mr. Ellis is straight shooter with a sense of adventure.
  • Sheriff Tom (Male Lead): A kind but capable law enforcement officer, fifties.
  • Orville Jenkins (Male): An older farmer, irascible and somewhat paranoid.
  • Susan Lowe (Female): Thirties, Adam’s mom has all she can handle as a single parent.
  • Deputy Dave (Male): Sheriff Tom’s loyal assistant, Dave is solid but somewhat excitable. Twenties through forties.
  • Nathaniel (Male): Adam’s pesky younger brother, eight to ten.
  • Adam’s Dad (Male): A military man in his thirties.

Leads will be paid a minimum of $50 – $75 per day. Travel expenses and accommodations will not be provided. Talent will be fed on set. We are accepting applications from both union and non-union talent.

Auditions will consist of cold reading.
Please send head shots, acting resumes, and any questions to and Serious applicants only please.

Parking on Sheldon Blvd. is via parking meter. Parking on the street is free after 5:00pm.

Any general questions about Compass College and its programs or admissions process can be directed to the Admissions Office at 616.988.1000.

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