Department of Visual Arts at Princeton University
males 40+ Asian
Casting Call for Chinese-speaking Bay Area Actors!
A student thesis short film for the Department of Visual Arts at Princeton University.
Shooting Dates: a total of 4 shooting days, scheduled around actor availabilities from the following dates:
March 11-14, March 18-20, March 25-28, and April 1-4 (4 total days from these dates)
Shooting locations: Stanford University and Sunnyvale, CA
Non-union and paid. All levels of acting experience are welcome!
Logline: An unsuccessful Silicon Valley Chinese immigrant-entrepreneur reckons with his career, relationships, and life decisions when he meets a successful old friend from Mainland China and his high-achieving daughter.
JAMES WANG (Male, Asian, Age 40+) / LEAD ROLE
A first generation Chinese-American immigrant who came to the US in the mid 90s as a graduate student. After falling in love with the tech scene during the dot-com boom, he decided to start a string of failed startups, putting him in conflict with his family and his own self-esteem. Long past his prime, James lives a lonely life working at a local Chinese restaurant that he’s totally overqualified for. A prideful yet cynical man, he contemplates what his life would be like if he had returned to China. Actor does not have to be Chinese, but must be able to speak either Cantonese or Mandarin.
BOWEN HUANG (Male, Asian, Age 40+) / SUPPORTING ROLE
A wealthy Chinese tycoon from James’s hometown in Guangzhou, and one of James’s oldest friends from his high school days. Started a plastics manufacturing company in Shenzhen in the early 2000’s, which is now one of the world’s biggest suppliers of plastic food containers. A real rags-to-riches type character, Bowen is materialistic and optimistic, with a deep fondness for old memories and friends from his early days. Actor does not have to be Chinese, but must be able to speak either Cantonese or Mandarin.