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Vol. 1 No. 4
BEHIND THE SCENES
By Dr. Mel Caudle
GETTING READY FOR CALL BACKS
Everyone is on pins and needles waiting to find out who gets a call back and who doesn't. But in the meantime as the producers and casting team work through the 4,000 plus auditions, I am going to highlight some of the behind the scenes moments in our decisions. The big question is "Who will get what role?" We won't know that until after the call back face-to-face auditions in Los Angeles and New Orleans.
And, actors you receive a call back who live in New York, Arizona, Georgia, Seattle, Miami, and London, England, don't worry as we will have your call back audition either by Skype or we may travel to you as we love "Road Trips." I have to go to Atlanta and New York anyway, and I certainly would love to travel abroad back to my old stomping grounds in the UK. You see, in 1980, I finished up my BA degree at the University of London as a foreign exchange student and lived over there for awhile. I consider London, my third home away from home. I know London as well as I know the French Quarter in New Orleans. Also, I would love to meet Ian Mercer face-to-face as he is not only a fellow blogger, but also is in the process of writing a script or two for an episode of The Keystroke Killer. To date, we have been conversing by using Skype or chatting online.
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The next question is, "When are call backs?" I won't have that answer until we have finished making the final call back list. We are close to being able to make an announcement for the dates and plan on conducting them sometime during the second and third week of July. So, stay with us. If you are wondering why it is taking so long to make up our minds, the truth of the matter is we will only call back those actors that fits one of the following criteria.
- Only the online submissions submitted by the deadline will be considered. Therefore, if an actor failed to follow the uploading casting procedures, didn't submit on time, or only submitted an actor's reel and failed to submit an audition using our sides, will be disqualified from consideration for a call back.
- For an actor to receive an automatic call back in a role in which they auditioned for they must have received at least four of the six casting team check on the audition review checklist for a call back. The casting team includes: Executive Producer (Mark Freehelm), three producers (Dr. Melissa Caudle, Gina Ratcliff, and Betty Singleton), casting director (Vicky Thomas), and the associate producer (Robby Cook Stroud).
- Some actors will receive an automatic call back in a different role they auditioned for if four of the six team members scored your acting performance high, but you didn't match the physical criteria and/or personification of the role, but you did for a different role so they checked the area on the audition checklist "Call Back in a Different Role." Therefore, instead of not calling back the actor, the team unanimously decided to allow them a shot at auditioning for a different role. We didn't want to overlook a really great actor.
- Actors who only received three of the six casting team's check in the area of a callback on the rating sheet, will not get an automatic call back. However, these actor's performance online auditions will be reviewed by the casting director and Dr. Melissa Caudle. Both Caudle and Thomas must agree that the actor's online performance warrants an opportunity for a face-to-face call back for either the role they auditioned or for a different role that they would be better suited.
- Actors who only received two of the six casting team's check in the area of a call back will not be called back for a face-to-face audition.
If you want to review a sample Audition Check List and the criteria the KSK casting team uses to assess your audition, you may view one in last week's blog located in the archive menu on the right. As the creating producer and head screenwriter of The Keystroke Killer, I urge actors who receive a call back to become familiar with the criteria we set on that checklist. It could make the difference in your face-to-face audition as we will utilize the same checklist for each actor we used for the video auditions.
Lastly, come prepared for your face-to-face audition. We expect lines to be memorized as this is not considered a "Cold Read." However, once we see you face-to-face and we decide we want to have you read for a different role in which you were not officially called back for, then you will have the opportunity to review those lines prior to auditioning for that role.
I hope this clears up some things for the call backs. We are excited about this process and look forward to meeting everyone next month.
Disclaimer: All characters of The Keystroke Killer are fictional. Any likeness to a real person is strictly coincidental. Additionally, all characters were created by Dr. Melissa Caudle and are copyright protected and trademarked.
TALKING ABOUT MATTHEW RAYMOND
|THE ORIGINAL MATTHEW RAYMOND FROM THE|
SHORT FILM - THE KEYSTROKE KILLER
The competition for the role of Matthew heats up and is strong. Not only does the actor have to deliver an outstanding performance, he has to fit the physical description for the character found in the script. For this role as well as the others, it is a two-fold criteria -acting and the actor's physical traits must line up script wise. Again, we will need to witness an unforgettable audition where the casting team and I forget the actor's name and call him "Matthew" by the end of the face-to-face audition. It will have to be more than the "You nailed it performance." It will have to be the KSK team having zero doubt that the man who stands before us is Matthew Raymond. We want to be able to say, "That's Matthew!" I can't wait for this actor to make me and the other producers believers. Therefore, "Bring it on!"
|Her Majesty's Royal Theatre in London in 1986|
Actors must remember that Judas is a powerful man. He is intelligent and is the scientist behind the Dimension Project. His mere presence makes you shutter. I like to think in terms of when the Phantom enters onto the stage in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Phantom of the Opera. Everyone feels it without the Phantom ever saying a word of dialogue. The Phantom "merely" takes the stage, and we can feel his breath down our necks.
I'll never forget the first time I went to see Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightmen's performances in London at Her Royal Majesty Theatre. I was on vacation with Mike, my husband. When Crawford came onto the stage as the Phantom, I'd reach over and grab my husband and squeeze his leg at the anticipation of what the Phantom was about to do. I'd hold my breath and get chills with Crawford's every movement long before he ever said his first word in the scene. By the end I had tears rolling down my face and I was in awe of the production and the performance of both Crawford and Brightmen. Needless to say I am a Phantom fan. In fact, I am so much of a fan that I have seen this production at least 28 times all over the world. In my travels, any time I came across the production, I buy a ticket and attend. I saw it first in London, followed by New York, Sydney Australia, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Singapore, New Orleans, Atlanta etc. I found this performance on YouTube of Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. Watch it as Crawford performs from the top of his head to his toes. His hand movements and presence are incredible not only when he sings, but when he simply stands there. Everything he does is intense. He never gets out of character and captures your attention.
You get the message loud and clear - the Phantom has my attention and has captivated me. This is exactly the same feeling the KSK casting team wants from the actor who will ultimately bring Judas to life in The Keystroke Killer. I'm looking for my Phantom. So, bring it on "Da Boyz."
ABOUT MILO EVANS
|The original "Bad Guy" in the short film|
The Keystroke Killer
I honestly didn't think that it would be this difficult. I guess the defining moment will come after the face-to-face auditions in New Orleans and Los Angeles. Whoever captures us in the defining moment and delivers the unforgettable "Goose Bump" chilling performance will get the Milo Evans role. We are looking for the performance of a lifetime that will excel Sir Anthony Hopkin's portrayal of Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lamb. We will find our Milo Evans and I have a feeling this character will go down in television history as an iconic figure we won't ever forget.
Video and Picture
by Jack E. Curenton
DR. GARRICK ANGELA
Now that you have had a great laugh, I'll discuss the actors who submitted for Dr. Garrick Angela - the second antagonist. Without Dr. Garrick Angela there would be no Dimension Project. While Judas invented the Dimension Project, it was Dr. Angela who financed the research and holds the copyright and trademark. Judas worked for him. So, when Dimension took off, it was Dr. Angela who made all the money leaving Judas in the dust. This relationship automatically sets up the conflict between the two.
Dr. Garrick Angela is the type of man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means killing someone who stands in his way. He is smart and has the demeanor that demands your attention. He has uncertain power because of his money and the secrets he holds above people's heads. He controls the Internet through Dimension which replaces Google in 2024. That is not a typo as this sci fi psychological thriller takes place in the future in 2052. You don't want to take on Garrick, you'll lose. With that said, the actor who portrays him will have to not only look powerful, but perform a powerful face-to-face call back audition. In other words, we won't be able to say "No." Strong candidates in this role includes Robert Fleet, Jack E. Curenton, John Henry Richardson, Julian Grant, Max Thayer, Ellery Truesdell, Doc Divecchio, Rob Steinberg and a dozen more.
LADIES NIGHT IS NEXT WEEK
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40 & LEROY
Created and Directed by Reed McCants
Executive Producers - Neema Barnett, Melissa Caudle
The web-series, 40 and Leroy is funnier than ever as the guys are getting into more trouble daily. A new character is about to be introduced, "Sevan," portrayed by KSK member Jamie Alyson. You'll have to watch the series to find out what she does. And, out of support subscribe to the series for me while your there. You will be provided with pure comedy free entertainment.
I also would like to share that I'm not the only one excited about 40 & Leroy. Not only is our director, Reed McCants, getting accolades, but the entire series and crew is as well. All of the folks who help make the 40 and Leroy Crazy In New York Web Series possible are feeling like singing that song from The Jeffersons because we’re moving “On up” in the ranks!
Recently, we received a fantastic review from Place Vine Studios, a premier website and blog that focuses on reviewing web Series and YouTube videos as well as branded entertainment. Our web series received a four star rating and a steller review. Check at the article below. This is what the review said.
"40 and Leroy is an original comedy web series that is both cutting edge contemporary and refreshingly retro – totally new in execution, but completely old-fashioned conceptually. As stated on their site, the dynamically dumbass duo that dub themselves 40 and Leroy are intentionally hearkening back to the halcyon vaudeville/comedy team era of Abbott and Costello, Martin & Lewis, and Amos & Andy (though their urban sensibilities remind me most of The Bowery Boys), mixed with the modern hipness of Seinfeld and Constanza (or more pointedly, Cheech and Chong), and in fact the show is completely improvised a la Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, my favorite sitcom of all time. But none of this historically correct riffing would be impressive if the dudes weren’t actually funny. Fortunately, they are. They boast all the elements that mark the great ones – smooth timing, natural rapport, and a seeming endless source of material, mining hit-or-miss laughs from both everyday escapades and traditionally touchy topics (their latest antics revolve around the Occupy Wall Street movement). Naturally they’re a bit rough around the edges at this stage, but then the East Side Kids were rough ‘n’ edgy for their time, too."
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REEL UM IN
Created by Dr. Mel Caudle and Kevin Beach
Produced by On the Lot Productions and Montgomery Jones Productions
Producer: Dr. Melissa Caudle
Director: Dr. Melissa Caudle
The first reality show, Reel Um In, featuring Kevin Beach, we are sorting through about 120 hours of film and digesting the material for the sizzle reel to take to A&E and the Discovery Channel. The footage, shot by Tim Fanguy, of Adrenaline Broadcasting out of New Orleans is breathtaking. This show takes us on the journey of deep sea fishing in the gulf as Captain Beach takes out groups each week for their "Dream Catch" in the open seas. "Captain Kev," as he likes to be called, is a character on his own. He really doesn't need the added guest stars each week. However, it does make for some great fun as we watch people catch their first sword fish or shark and get to watch dolphins come out and play. This is a show where I can say, "Sunscreen needed."
The most amazing footage captured is of a baby whale, although the momma wasn't too keen on us getting so close to her baby. It really is some exciting stuff that I can't wait to show A&E and the Discovery Channel. If you ever come to New Orleans and want an experience of a lifetime, charter a fishing trip with Captain Kev and explore the open seas. It will be one of your highlights to your trip to our great state of Louisiana. And, who knows, you could end up as a guest spot on our reality show. For more information visit http://www.mgfishing.com/. And if your down that way, tell him Dr. Mel sent you.
THE RIVER KINGS
Created by Justin Bates
Production Company: On the Lot Productions in association with Montogomery Jones
Producers: Dallas Montgomery and Dr. Melissa Caudle
Created by Dustin Weeks
Executive Producer: Dr. Melissa Caudle
Director/Producer: Dustin Weeks
Both That's Game and The River King creators used my book The Reality of Reality TV: Reality Show Business Plans to format their shows. The book is the most comprehensive book available on how to create a reality show and develop a reality show business plan. A reality show business plan is different in many ways from a business plan to sell or option a screenplay. This book explains the differences and offers you a step-by-step guide to developing a reality show and the business plan. Get your copy today to formalize your reality show into a sell-able format. This is the industry standard that Hollywood Insiders refer reality show creators to when their plan don't meet their expectations. Available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Books A Million.
2. Conflict: What problems do the characters face?
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Ten Rules for Auditions
By Robby Cook Stroud
I don't want to be rude, but demonstrating this ability could mean the difference of you getting the role you auditioned for or being passed over. I know this may sound crazy, but it's not. As Jack E. Curenton, a KSK member, boldly posted on the KSK Fan Site, under an area Dr. Mel started on auditioning tips, he wrote, "Don't piss off the CD!" It never rang so true with me until this process began and I found myself answering the same question hundreds of times. However, most prominent, was how numerous actors didn't follow the initial directions that Dr. Mel provided to actors in the first place.
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|The original poster for the short film The Keystroke Killer|
|Dr. Mel Caudle being interviewed by Havala Malone|
|Dr. Mel Caudle as a Forensic Medical Specialist in her film Dark Blue she co-produced with David C. Kirtland|
|Dr. Mel Caudle with Camera A and Camera B on the Set of Dark Blue.|
by Dr. Melissa Caudle
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