Film auditions to be held today

By JESSE SHEPPARD, reporter
Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

Photo by Jesse Sheppard

Sterling College’s Producing and Directing Cinema class is holding auditions at 7 p.m. today in the Art & Media Center for their upcoming film projects.

There are open auditions for four original screenplays written by the students in the course. The student directors are looking for a diverse range of actors who fit into one of four age categories: young teenagers (12-15 years old), older teenagers (16-18 years old), young adults (18-24 years old), as well as middle-aged men and women (45-55 years old).

Ryan Corwin, Assistant Professor of Communication and Digital Media, explained the purpose of these auditions.

“The objective of Producing and Directing Cinema is to produce and direct short films. We have two students producing and directing documentaries, and four [students] producing and directing creative shorts based on their original screenplays,” he said. “The final edits will be submitted to film festivals around the US.”

Each student director will need to discover talented actors for their films. Micah Watney, one of the student directors, has even reached out to local high schools to find the perfect cast members for his film.

Watney hopes for a diverse cast who integrates well into each film project.

“I wrote my piece centered around two young teens,” he said. “And that is what I was most worried about. Finding people who fit my piece.”

The directors need to know when each cast member is available so that each scene can be scheduled ahead of time.

Interested actors need to attend today’s auditions with a list of dates in October that would work with their schedules.

Auditions are dependent on each director. Applicants should be prepared to read three to five lines of dialogue, with more being a possibility if the director needs it, and the actors will need to read through lines with others. Each audition will be recorded for the directors to review as necessary during the casting process.

Cast lists should be posted by 1 p.m., Sept. 28, in the Art and Media Center, as well as on the Communications Facebook Page ( www.facebook.com/CommAtSC).