Casting Call for Short Film
Project Title: “Artificial Intelligence”, an Esotera Film
Synopsis: It’s 2087, 40 years after “The Flare” knocked Humanity down a peg. Jake is a sought-after tech scavenger, but when loses everything and barely escapes with his life, he accepts a longshot, high-risk scavenging job to get out of his desperate situation and win back what he’s lost, making an interesting ally along the way. Turns out the wasteland can have some personality once you get to know it better.
Produced by: Critical Focus Films
Directed by: Nick LaRovere
When: NIGHT SHOOT evening of October 3rd into morning of October 4th, 2021.
Where: TBD, desert location in central Arizona.
What’s provided: Meals (every 6 hours), Water/beverages, light snacks, and a great shooting experience
Compensation: PAID, varies by role
Credit: IMDb credit, screen credit, and digital copy for reel.
Bracer (Raider/Slaver Leader):
The smart scrapper of the group. He looks a bit small to be intimidating at first but his eyes radiate intellect and cunning. He dresses to blend in but hides many weapons in the folds of his clothes and has a plan to get out of any dicey situation – with words, or otherwise. His childhood was spent partly in a blacksmithy until he became a servant at the foot of a band of highwaymen at 15, which gives some insight into his personality. He believes decisiveness and uncertainty is better than delayed certainty.
Cold is the perfect lieutenant. He is solidly built, above average height, and generally intimidating, with facial scars demonstrating his commitment to the fight. He doesn’t care for strategy or lofty ambitions. He just wants to prove himself as the most capable, reliable, and tough son of a bitch that any slaver captain would have the pleasure to have at his right hand. He is not flashy or fidgety, but he has his vices; there is always a ratty cigar between his lips, and he proudly wears an oversized ring that identifies him as having killed multiple lieutenants of rival gangs in service to the organization he holds membership in.
Yak is always too determined to be cool. He is tall, skinny, and angular. He wears his hair and clothing to exaggerate his height, wears makeup to make himself look dark, threatening, and mysterious (or so he thinks). He wears exotic clothing he has managed to accumulate in multiple layers. He is unstable, obsessed with his appearance and the next high which working with the slaver band will afford him, and as such, he is not very concerned for his personal safety and can be very unpredictable.
Raze is the less-brilliant of the bunch, hired as muscle, and not much else. He looks chiseled from granite. He’s tall, powerful, and imposing. However, he is not particularly brave or clever. He is instead a bit over-worried and disinclined to take action unless following direct orders or avoiding danger, as he is never certain whether he is making the right call and hates to disappoint his lieutenants. He looks frightening, and will follow orders, which is usually enough for slavers to employ him, but his voice and mannerisms betray uncertainty and trepidation.
Heck is past middle age but still in good shape and not bad looking. He is self-assured and decisive. However, he and Lucy were forced from their homestead when he would not join up as a mercenary with a group of younger, hotheaded men from their area. Heck, convinced the men were after Lucy, refused to join up, believing they would certainly set him up to die and take Lucy for themselves. As a result Heck and Lucy fled with what they could into the wastes. They are now in search of a new homestead.
Lucy is a practical woman who, due to the harsh necessities of a lawless world, has shifted from partner to partner over the years in an attempt to gain protection and provision. She is in constant conflict between staying with her current partner, for whom she has no great love, and attempting to find a younger and more resourceful man. She is not helpless but prefers to make her partner take the risks she has paid for by enduring his presence. As a result of fleeing from the mercenary conscription, Lucy is now conflicted over whether Heck is the weaker man, or the man who protected her from gang violence and many unspeakable abuses.
For Heck and Lucy submissions: Must be willing to do some basic stunts (fall to knees, fall from standing, being roughly maneuvered by other actors in scene). Must be willing to work on set with limited pyrotechnic and special effects. No special training required.
For all other submissions: must be willing and able to do some basic stunts and vigorous physical activity which might include running, jumping, standing height falls, reacting to bullet hits, sliding, diving, etc., as well as working on set around pyrotechnic and special effects. Prior training and/or experience desirable but not necessary. Seeking one actor with motorcycle riding experience.
Accepting actors working as locals only.
If interested, contact Nick LaRovere via email Send headshot, resume, and acting reel or online acting samples (if available).
…added a few screenshots to give you a taste of what this project is going to look like.