THE KEYSTROKE KILLER
After months of viewing online auditions, heasdhots, IMDB listings, Facebook pages, and group "Blog Night Skype" conversations; today we met over 180 actors who arrived for their callback face-to-face auditions. It was so fun to finally meet some of the most talented actors in this industry and witness incredible first-day callback auditions. All I have to say is tomorrow's callback actors and New Orleans better bring it if today is any indication as to what we are going to see. Actor after actor, brought their "A Game" into the audition room. WOW!
My biggest problem I face is how in the world am I going to select from all of you talented actors?
Just to tell you a little bit about to day, many of the auditions brought chills to Robby and I. The actors know who you are as you witnessed them for yourselves. We weren't disappointed either as we saw Chris Swirles deliver his Milo and Robert Fleet, his Dr. Garrick Angela. These are only two of the many outstanding actors we saw throughout the day.
Others, brought us to tears, while some made us laugh with their comedic talent. And, the sexuality and chemistry between some of the Matthew's and Dr. Wright's, well, I can't get X-rated in the blog, but it was certainly getting hot in room.
We also threw in some surprises for several actors who were thrown cold reads. The best thing, they delivered and I really couldn't believe what I was witnessing. I am humbled by the actors today and give everyone a standing ovation.
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Producer Dark Blue Interview
As the first-day of call back auditions came to the end, I realized that today was something special. As actor after actor came in, Robby and I jumped from our chairs just to get a hug. It really felt as if we already knew everyone. I think, each of you felt it too as everyone relayed to us that even while waiting for their audition, the friendships and the conversations in the waiting room was so unique and they never have gone or attended an audition like this before. As a producer, I couldn't ask for anything differently or for a better set of quality actors. And, several actors were put in the casting pool for my next film. It was like getting two for one. Yea!
The heat is on New Orleans. You are up next.
IT IS PARTY TIME IN LOS ANGELES
Oh, feel free to invite your talent agent and/or manager. We’d love to meet them as well.
And, if you are a talent agent, manager, producer, director, or a A-list actor, you are invited as well.
The event is being put together by Jack Curenton and Stephen Beal. If you have any questions, please contact either one of them on THE KEYSTROKE KILLER FAN SITE on Facebook. Thanks Jack and Stephen!
|Robby Cook Stroud, associate producer, and Dr. Mel Caudle, producer celebrate as |
official callbacks were announced last week for THE KEYSTROKE KILLER.
CHINA WHITE ADDS DR. MEL TO PRODUCER TEAM
By Dr. Melissa Caudle
It's official. I am part of the wonderful team of China White as producer. I am so excited to finally get the opportunity to work with Todd E. Bradley, executive producer/director/screenwriter, and Suszanne Breitenback, producer.
The screenplay is exciting and fresh. Having come up with the story line, Bradley turned over the story to Cassandra Bryson, to convert it into a screenplay making for a remarkable project. I am proud to be part of this team as we move forward.
The idea behind the book is two-fold. First, as a producer I get to see actors who are prepared for auditions exactly the way I expect them. In a way, that is the professor coming out in me as when I was teaching at Loyola University, I always gave the information to my students that I expected them to learn and would be tested on. In a way, a callback audition is a test, and to quote acting coach Christian Slater, "It is a job interview." Secondly, it allows the actor to gain the advantage over the competition and nail the audition. Just imagine going to an audition knowing exactly what the producer expects and having a scene partner who doesn't. Who do you think would shine?
Before I get attacked by the "Naysayers," I'm not trying to sell my book to the actors who are called back for an audition this week, nor do they have to purchase the book to get an audition in the future. I'll never know the names, addresses, or contact information of actors who purchase any of books as they are sold to retailers such as Books A Million. Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com. In fact, the book won't be published for at least another four weeks as it is at the publisher. Then, they will have to send me a proof order for me to either approve or make changes. Therefore, I really don't expect that book to be ready for sale until the middle of September. Now that's a coming out party or at the minimum another book signing party.
In the book, there is particular information I wanted every actor who received a callback to become familiar with the contents. Why? Over 99% of the actors to receive a callback have never auditioned face-to-face with me before. Therefore, I did a quick excerpt of four of the chapters that contains specific information. Of course, these are only bullet points from the chapters, but an actor still can benefit from them.
All actors who received a callback were provided the excerpts below on Monday of this week in an email from our casting director. I really want everyone to do their best and get a "You Nailed it!" list after the callbacks. Ultimately, the actors with the highest "You Nailed it!" will be announced as cast members.
Good luck and break a leg!!
While waiting to come into the audition room, turn your cell phone to vibrate. The last thing you want is for the casting director or producer to come out and discover who is disturbing them with their crazy ringtones.
Another area is complaining about having to memorize the amount of scenes for a callback audition. Really! Are you kidding me? If you complain to a casting director or producer that you have five scenes to memorize for a callback, what in the world makes you think, we think, you can be ready to shoot five to seven scenes a day, during principle photography. This one really baffles me as a producer and now in my involvement in the casting process of my films.
As simple of a question this is, you might be surprised at the number of actors that don't know.
So, here it is straight from me who has watched more than 10,000 auditions over the last five years. This is what you need to do and how to slate for your callback audition for THE KEYSTROKE KILLER.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN AGENT, SAY, "I AM UNREPRESENTED."
If per chance the casting team stops you and your scene partner in the middle of the scene or before it is finished, don’t get offended and accept their decision. After all, it is their project. It could simply mean that they know they like you and you just confirmed their initial choice rather than they aren’t interested.
Don’t call the producer, associate producer, casting director, or casting assistant to find out if you got the role or your status.
And, if you are not cast, don’t think it was because of your acting. At this stage, the casting team makes many comparisons after comparison and a lot of decisions are made by the producer and director by their individual vision of the project.