Thursday, October 4, 2012

CASTING CALL

DR. MEL'S MESSAGE


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OCTOBER 4, 2013

I can't begin to relay to you my excitement about the progress of A.D.A.M., my Sci-Fi thriller based off a real-life discovery by NASA.  Anytime I can mix reality with fantasy, I get excited.

It really didn't hit me until the first script read through a couple of weeks ago how important this screenplay will be to the general public.  Then, after listening to the focus group and re-writing the script, I got even more excited.  And, now, OMG, the auditions are starting to be posted.  The exciting part, this time around it is a lot easier for the casting team since we limited this round to invites only - meaning, we narrowed who would submit auditions based on whether or not we felt an actor fit the description of the character.  That way, actor's time and our time aren't wasted.

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I realized that some of you were and still are disappointed not having received an invitation.  Trust me, don't think it is because we don't like you or we don't think you are a great actor.  Rather, the roles for A.D.A.M. are very few and very specific.  If you matched a character description we invited you.  Also, the bad news, after the re-write I eliminated eight potential roles.  There were several reasons for this.  First, it was a cost saving move.  I am going to produce this film on a micro low-budget SAG; therefore, every penny counts.  By combining some of the roles, and in some cases, a total elimination of a scene or two with a one line for a character, it really didn't make sense to keep that character if the line etc. did not truly propel the plot forward.  Another reason for the elimination,  during the rewrite I was able to "SHOW" something rather than have a character with one line say something.  Again, better script, better directing etc.  We are only going to be able to cast twelve of you at the most out of a database of more than 2500 actors and the new actors that are being submitted from talent agents.

So, please, don't worry because I have several more scripts that I will be casting for in the coming future that have a lot more roles.  So, if not last time with The Keystroke Killer, maybe this time for A.D.A.M., and if not, one day with either West Nile Virus, Never Stop Running, The Angelics, Secret Romances, MK-ULTRA, The Lost Disciples etc.  I have written more than 15 screenplays and I intend on producing them all..  So hang in there.

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Also, another difference this time around, we invited talent agencies in film markets to submit their talent for roles.  We did limit the number of actors each agency could submit for each role to five.  That way, we only get to review the best of the best.  The deadline to submit is OCTOBER, 10, 2012. 

THE DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
by Dr. Melissa Caudle, Producer/Director/Screenwriter
A.D.A.M.


A.D.A.M. is a Sci-Fi story based off the NASA discovery of a new life form that thrives off of arsenic instead of phosphorus.  At its core, A.D.A.M. reflects present day scientific contradictions, insecurities of our national defense system on perceived national threats, and examines the stages and emotions of facing death.  The film challenges audiences to reflect on their own inner core beliefs of the existence of a higher power and eternal life. 

As, fictional as A.D.A.M. may sound, the core concept is real.  In December of 2010, NASA’s team of Astrobiological Scientists discovered the microbe on the bottom of Mono Lake in California which changed the belief systems scientists around the world on what is the definition of life.  It also has them challenging the way NASA now defines extraterrestrial life.  To date, NASA has discovered that the water samples from the Moon and from Titan, the rings around Saturn, contain this same microbe.



For my directorial debut of a feature-length film, I wanted to write a first-class script with a unique story that would allow me to explore relationships, emotions of humanity, and question the possibility of alien life without disrupting the entire belief systems in our lives. 


When I first conceived the script for A.D.A.M., it came to me in a dream.  I knew I had to write the screenplay and tell this story.  In fact, my dreamed haunted me until I finally gave into myself and sat down to write the screenplay.  The witty dialogue and the fascinating transformation metamorphosis of Adam, the alien life form, and the connection to Dr. Sandra Eve Bradford, my protagonist, is riveting and heartfelt account of the impact of a mother being able to once again see her “Son” and bond while challenging her own scientific need for research and confirmation.  The impact of their growing relationship has a profound meaning for mankind as well as attacking the question, “Is there a God?”

A.D.A.M. has given me the opportunity to humbly attempt to emulate the styles of filmmakers I admire such as …. And   The use of vibrant and real characters coupled with fantastic cinematography allows for me to be able to tell a story and captivate an audience with real emotions to leave them to explore their own belief system.


I feel that writing and being able to direct and produce A.D.A.M. for the world to see will be an amazing journey for my investors, co-producers, crew, cast, my family, and me.  I hope you will feel the same way and come on the journey with us.


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DEAR DIARY
FROM ROBBY COOK STROUD

Things are improving on the open road and starting to slow down a bit.  That's the good news because that means there was less destruction to less homes and lives than Hurricane Katrina.  So, I thought I'd share with you another insert from from diary.

Dear Diary,

I thought today was gonna be real slow and easy.  Usually, with only a small number of inspections, they go smooth, easy and quick.   "Amen, I get a break,". as there can't be too much coming my way.  I even pondered on whether or not to go into the office to help Dr. Mel and Jack with our projects.  I knew she could use the help with having just gone through her "Implant tooth" ordeal again.  But, then again, we've been managing by Skype, so I decided to stay on track, work the five inspections, then spend some "Me" time either sleeping or watching a movie.

Anyway, things were going smooth as usual and I set out for my last inspection for the day.  When I get to the front door there is a note to come on providing me the reason that she’s not able to answer door. So, I go in and I find a 36-year-old woman in her bed. She has a high fever and could barely breathe.  

I asked her if she wanted me to call 911 for her and she said she just got home from the hospital last night.  They didn’t think she was sick enough to stay.  

By now I’m very worried about her.  She looked like death warmed over.  She, was very, very sick and I couldn't believe the emergency room didn't find that she was not ill enough to stay.  She was in no condition to be by herself or for that matter, in a position to take care of herself.  Hell, she couldn't warm a can of soup if she tried.   So, I call 911. 

When the paramedics arrived she is throwing up  can't move her neck.  Besides all of this, let's say, what wasn't coming out from her mouth was coming out the other end.  The paramedics quickly deduced that she might have Bacterial Meningitis and a quarantine might need to be issued by the doctor.  

Great!!!  So much for an easy day and "Me time."  Out came the masks and gloves for all of us.  They checked her temperature which registered 104 degrees and her shallow breathing was fast becoming harder for her to get her breath which required oxygen.  They put her in the ambulance and took her away.  I just stood there not knowing really what to do because as an inspector I have to limit my involvement.  However, I was pissed off and knew I had to do something otherwise she would be sent home again and left to her own ability to take care of herself.  Knowing this, I wouldn't be able to sleep at night.  So, I made a call to my supervisor and told them we had a FEMA medical emergency and filed the the special needs disaster form for her.  I just pray this is enough.

About eight hours later my phone rang.  It was a number that I didn't recognize.  But, to my relief it was my fifth inspection of the day.  She called me to thank me for saving her life and she was diagnosed with Spinal Meningitis.   If she would have waited much longer she probably wouldn’t have been able to have made that call to me.  She would have been dead.   She also informed me that it is highly contagious, but only through body fluids.  Her, doctor said I should be okay.   

After all of this, I slept well, only to find out that  one of my girlfriends, Mende Devinney, age 37, died.  One minute she was fine, and the next minute she was dead.  We are still awaiting the autopsy results.  I can't explain either, not can I explain how one person lives and another dies.  I ended my journal with,  I don't question you God, I simply praise you that you put me in the right place at the right time and gave me the sense to know to do something.


A.D.A.M. CASTING UPDATE
By Jack Curenton
Casting Director



FIRST OFF: 

We’re in the process of reviewing dozens of your videos and are we are finding them to be quite good. Of course, we did choose to invite the best of the best to simplify the process this time around. 

That means we’re going to have a difficult time deciding who gets cast; as there are so many good performances to choose from and so few parts to offer.

SECONDLY: DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 10, 2012 MIDNIGHT PST.

THIRDLY: 

PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS FOR SUBMITTING, AND THE INSTRUCTIONS AT THE TOP OF BOTH THE “A.D.A.M. 

THE FILM PAGE” AND THE A.D.A.M EVENT “AUDITION-TAPES INVITE” SUBMISSION PAGE….SOME OF YOU KEEP POSTING A LOT OF UNNECESSARY “STUFF/COMMENTS/POSTS” WHICH CAUSES IMPORTANT CASTING INFO TO DROP DOWN THE PAGE….CAUSING US TO HAVE TO SORT THROUGH IT ALL TO VIEW THE AUDITIONS. WHICH IS WHY SOME KEEP ASKING, “What is the Link?....When is the Deadline….Why is it Private?” THOSE Q’s ARE ALL ANSWERED IN THE INSTRUCTIONS POSTED AND ADD’L POSTS FROM DR MEL/ROBBY/ME. BIG TIME INFRACTION OF RULE #3!!

ABOUT THE STORY: 

Let’s address why A.D.A.M. THE FILM is going to be so successful. 

The captivating story of A.D.A.M. now broadens horizons in the search for new life forms. It is exceptional in that it falls into what I like to refer to as the 3-F’s of Sci-Fi. 

  1. Facts
  2. Foundation
  3. Friction



Good Science “Fiction” should be based from scientific facts that provide a plausible “Foundation”  with a certain amount of “Friction”(Tension).

The True “Fact” in plot and story of A.D.A.M. is about finding a microbe in Mono Lake that can survive on Arsenic. The meaning is that life forms can now thrive in areas, on planets, we never thought possible before. 

With that plausible factor set in place, the story-line can take any number of avenues that allow for the “Fiction” part to expand in an unlimited fashion. (including a potential Sequel). The Friction part comes from the “Government” oversight/intervention/Black Ops stifling the “Truth” and the diligent reporter trying to get to the truth.  This is how a “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “ET” captures the imagination within our desire for "believability" of the “Fiction” thus drawing us into the story. 

The “Friction” found in a “China Syndrome,” “All the President’s Men” and “Oswald” uses just enough mixture of “Facts,” conjecture and the innate desire to know the TRUTH (or uncover the part the Government is hiding) to keep us glued to the theater seats and buying the DVD’s. A.D.A.M. has all these elements to make it a success.

You have an opportunity, here like none other, when it comes to auditioning. You can have a “Do Over”. When you’re finished, if you don’t like your audition, just keep taping/reviewing/taping over until you have “WOWed” yourself and then post it. (Try that the next time you go on an audition…ask the CD for a Do Over).  I bet you won't get one.

Good luck to you all, we look forward to seeing you on the set of A.D.A.M.

So, for those that have yet to post their auditions…GET BUSY!! 

Those who are cast will be a part of something “Wonderful”


Take a peak at this.  It is truly wonderful.


Jack E Curenton, Casting Director

BREAKING DOWN A SCRIPT
BY DR. MEL CAUDLE

I am frequently asked, "How do you do what you do?"  That question is normally around the time I am getting ready to put a film in production and start breaking down a script.  For me, the time I spend breaking down a script is one of the most important elements I do during development and pre-production.  I found, that when I have everything lined up, everything goes smoothly.  In fact, the more I prepare, the smoother the shoot.  With that said, I thought I'd start sharing a little bit of insight with producers and directors.  That doesn't mean that actors shouldn't know this information as well.  Why?  Because it puts you in a better position to understand the overall shooting schedule of the film you are going to be in.  You can gain a true sense and overview of the film.  I am a firm believer in that.

Therefore, if you as an actor, aren't privy to the information of the script breakdown, I strongly suggest that the first thing you do when you get your script is to read it three times.  Even though the following steps may seem extraneous to you, you will be happy that you did.The first time through, simply read the script so that you understand the theme of the script, the plot, the other characters and their relationship to you, and any other nuiansances you may pick up from the first reading.

The second time through, it's time to get out your art supplies.  Well, not all of your art supplies are going to be needed.  However, the three essential tools your will need are:

  1. Colored Pencils
  2. Ruler
  3. Three-hole Punch
You will also need the following supplies:
  1. Two-inch Binder
  2. A set of dividers
  3. Hole reinforcers.
To begin reading your script, put it in the binder behind the first tab divider.  Label this divider "Script."  It will make your job much easier to breakdown your  script this way.  I suggest that you reinforce the holes of the first and last ten pages.  They are the ones that tend to rip the most.



HOW TO BREAKDOWN A SCRIPT
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From here, you will begin to analyze the script or what the assistant director terms as "Lining the Script.".  This involves combing through the script to identify the following elements:

  • The first time a Character appears in the script.  (Usually identified by all capital letters.)
  • Props
  • Wardrobe
  • Location
  • Vehicles
  • Stunts
  • Animal involvement
To line the script, you will use different color pencil for different elements.  The goal as an actor is to identify everything you need to make a stellar performance.  If you are a 1st AD, prop master, set designer etc., you will want to mark everything. 

In our industry the standard colors are listed below.

  • RED - Actors/Character the first time he or she appears in the script.
  • Violet - mark your props (for actors only mark your props that you will use.  You don't need to mark everyone's unless you are going to be the 1st AD or prop master etc.
  • ORANGE - mark stunts in orange. 
  • PINK- mark vehicles in pink. 
  • BLACK - draw a box in black around any special equipment.
  • GREEN mark your involvement as an actor of any extras in green. 
  • DARK PURPLE - wardrobe is usually circled and not used as a color.  However, I like to color my wardrobe choices using a dark purple.
  • OLIVE GREEN - animal involvement. 
  • AQUA -  I mark all special hair and make-up requirements with an asterisk*** and I'll make the asterisk aqua.
  • BROWN - mark all sound effects in brown.  That way, as an actor, you won't be surprised by them on set or while shooting.


Now, that you have lined your script, the next step is to re-read the script again.  This time, you are going to isolate the days of the script.  Some scripts, may only show one week in a life of a character. The film 24 hours only showed one day.  The point is you will need to determine by acts, what day it is.  The first scene is Day 1.  Therefore to the right of the SLUG LINE, write in with your pencil "Day 1."  Continue to read and mark your script.  Notice where the nights are and when the next day starts.  Mark the night scenes, "Day 1/night."  You get the picture.

Once you isolate the above, it will be easy for you to go back and mark Day 1- Wardrobe 1 etc.  That way, you always know which wardrobe to wear.  I have been on numerous independent sets, where wardrobe gets mixed up.  As an actor, you'll impress your director by knowing which wardrobe you wore for a specific scene.  It also helps you get ready for that days shoot.

I hope this helps you, the actor, when you receive a new script.  You can never be too prepared.


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