Auditions are being held on Sunday, January 13th, from 12-4pm in the Murray Library, Room G3, at the University of Saskatchewan. To register for an audition time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Eric at (403) 966-2043. We will shoot the trailer on January 19th, 20th, and 26th.
What is West?
West is a film project in development for the CineCoup Film Accelerator Program – a new method of funding and distributing Canadian films.
What am I auditioning for?
We are producing a 2 minute trailer as part of our entry into the CineCoup program. It’s sort of a backwards approach to filmmaking: make the trailer first, and make the film later. Our trailer is basically a preliminary marketing piece designed to generate interest and excitement for the full length, feature film version of West, which CineCoup will produce in the fall of 2013 if our application is successful.
What is West about?
The full length film is based on a true Canadian story in which the murder of two police officers forces three young outlaws to make a daring escape across the depression-era prairies. The film is structured as a historical thriller – lots of action, suspense, and adventure.
What are the roles?
We are auditioning 3 men and 1 woman (ages 18-30) for the following roles:
John: The hero. A young farmer who is forced into the life of an outlaw. He’s quiet but confident, with a little charm when needed.
Joe: A hotheaded, frustrated young man, who often seems to be simmering just below the surface. He’s quick on his feet, but his violent outbursts often endanger others.
Pete: A young and funny farm hand who idolizes “the old west,” and dreams of adventures beyond his simple life. He provides comic relief, but his genuine personality is what truly endears us to him.
The Girl: (currently unnamed). She is a fiery country girl, the perfect counterpoint for John. She speaks her mind and is (sometimes painfully) honest when voicing her opinions, but does so in a way that makes us smile, rather than recoil.
What should I prepare?
We will provide a short scene to read at the audition. If you would like to prepare an additional piece, we ask that it be short (under five minutes) and in modern English – preferably one that reflects the qualities of any of the characters above.
Does appearing in the trailer mean I’ll be cast in the final film?
If you fit the part perfectly, you’ll be at the top of our list when the time comes to cast the feature! However, we cannot guarantee that the same actors cast in the trailer will appear in the final film.
Will I be paid for my role?
There is no financial compensation for appearing in the trailer (as we are all volunteering our time). The program itself guarantees exposure to a national audience, and anyone cast in the full feature may receive payment, depending on the level of production financing.