UPDATE 1/16/15 – YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST and now here is the first background casting call for the upcoming Tina Fey/Margot Robbie movie:
Elizabeth Gabel is looking for East Indian, African, Asian and European background talent for a large embassy party scene shooting in Albuquerque on Feb. 3rd. Email a photo, with height, weight and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Title your email, “Embassy”
***NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS ONLY***
WORKING WITH DIALECTS WORKSHOP: Adding Character to Your Characters
with Steve Corona (Dialect Coach/Actor) and Price Hall (Actor/Director)
Jan. 31 & Feb. 1
10am-5pm, Orpheum Arts Space, 500 2nd St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 871102
Cost: $250 Info & Registration: 713-201-1245
email@example.com | thenaturalact.net
ENTER TO WIN ONE SEAT from OHI by emailing your contact info to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1 random entry will be drawn and notified by 5pm, Tuesday, January 20.
Or better yet, go to thenaturalact.net NOW and get 10% off your registration with promo code, “KZRR”.
Iris Dunbar, PA & Casting Assistant for Life & Brew Productions, will be looking for local music groups and bands for paid performances. For more information contact her through Facebook or email: email@example.com
Elizabeth Gabel is looking for East Indian and Asian men to play reporters in scenes for an upcoming movie, filming multiple days in February. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo, phone number. Title your email, “Reporter”.
EG Casting is conducting a nation-wide search for an Afghan rapper. Send a photo, contact info, your sizes and link of you performing to email@example.com. Title your email, “Rapper”.
Night shift zombies – NBC hit series needs locals withe zombie makeup and garb
Midthunder Casting is NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR PHOTO SHOOT!
Seeking MODELS of the following types:
-Girls and Boys ages 8 -16 all ethnicities
-Men and Women ages 20 – 50 all ethnicities
No Union Affiliation (SAG-AFTRA & Nonunion welcome)
PAY: $150 / day
Shoot date: On or about week of February 2nd
Shoot location: Albuquerque area
*You may NOT have appeared in any other healthcare spot in NM within the last TWO YEARS.
*Do not submit if you are not available for shoots date(s)
Submit by 1/23/15 to: MidthunderCasting@gmail.com
Include: NAME, HEADSHOT, PHONE, EMAIL
Put in the Subject Line: “Healthcare Models”
As seen on The View, Wendy Williams and more George Lopez has been promoting the New Mexico film “Spare Parts”. The 2013 movie, originally titled “Spare Parts”, stars a whole host of local talent. Catch it TONIGHT at Century Rio 24 Co-star Steven Michael Quezada says, “Please support films made in New Mexico also positive Latino films. This is a great film for us all.”
Well isn’t this a lovely turn of events? It seems that the last half of 2014 and moving on into a bright and shiny 2015, more tips and hints are turning out to come to fruition than not!
From Fey to Sandler to “Frank Underwood”, some of the hottest gossip that has landed in the OHI inbox is rapidly coming to life, on location and in the amazing studios available right here in New Mexico.
With television shows in high gear (Longmire, Manhattan, Better Call Saul, Night Shift), some big films aren’t far behind. On top of “The Taliban Shuffle” and “The Ridiculous Six”, as we’ve been following for you here the sequel to “Independence Day” is indeed headed to NM!
The 2016 sequel is expected to hit theaters…when else…over the July 4th holiday…twenty years later. ID2, two decades on the heels of its predecessor, WILL NOT star the original lead.
Returning producer Dean Devlin has said, “I’m not sure of the reasons why Will [Smith] ultimately decided not to do it. You’d have to ask him. I think he was just at a place where he did seriously consider it. We had a lot of meetings with him, but at the end of the day he decided that doing this wasn’t right for him.”
Also back for part deux is director Roland Emmerich. Likely character returns include Jeff Goldblum as environmentalist David Levinson and Randy Quaid’s refugee transporting, Russell Casse.
Let’s go New Mexico!
Scratching Kat by Shelley Carney & Toby Younis: Character List
Character List for “Scratching Kat”
(Accepting Union or Non-Union)
Location: Baghdad, Iraq 2005-2006
Kathryn O’Connor: middle-aged American female journalist – Role assigned to Shelley Carney
Alec Salterra: middle-aged American male journalist – Role assigned to Mike Gaba
Ali Hassan: political terrorist, middle-aged male with Mid-Eastern look, Arabic accent. Must be able to handle an Airsoft AK-47 and a semi-automatic pistol with confidence.
Mullah Qatadah: holy man of Islamic faith, middle-aged to older male with Mid-Eastern look, will wear traditional clothing
Fahima: Athletic Mid-Eastern looking woman in her 30s-40s, works for Ali Hassan but is angry and argumentative about his methods. Speaks some Arabic. Must be able to handle an Airsoft AK-47 and a semi-automatic pistol with confidence.
Daud: Athletic Mid-Eastern looking man in his 20s-30s, works for Ali Hassan, speaks some Arabic. Must be able to handle an Airsoft AK-47 and a semi-automatic pistol with confidence.
Salah: Athletic Mid-Eastern looking man in his 20s, works for Ali Hassan, Speaks some Arabic. Must be able to handle an Airsoft AK-47 and a semi-automatic pistol with confidence.
Talal: Mid-Eastern looking man of any age, works with Kathryn O’Connor as her driver. Speaks English with an accent.
Naji: Mid-Eastern looking man of any age, works with Kathryn O’Connor as her fixer. Speaks English with an accent.
Jamal: Mid-Eastern looking boy about 9 years old, approaches Kathryn in the marketplace asking for coins.
Clive Davis or Philippa Beckett: male or female TV news reporter with British accent – very professional British/European look.
Becky Winters: female reporter in flashback scene, middle-aged American woman.
Featured Background Performers:
Well-dressed Mid-Eastern looking man with cell phone, 35 years or older, surveilling Kathryn at hotel.
Two Mid-Eastern looking men in street clothing such as a jogging suit or Members Only jacket and khakis or jeans, any age. Surveilling and video recording Kathryn, these men work the camera capturing the explosion in the marketplace.
Two American Soldiers or Marines (up to one female) in combat uniform with armor (Airsoft weapons will be provided), military bearing, to stand guard outside the journalist’s hotel.
Three Mid-Eastern looking hotel employees – bartender, desk clerk and waiter; any age, male.
General Background Performers:
Hotel Bar, lobby and portico – American, Mid Eastern and European looking adults resembling journalists wearing, light gray and beige khaki cargo pants, work boots, light weight shirts and jackets with many pockets, ballcaps without logos, carrying notebooks, canvas satchels & cameras, Americans in uniforms and flight suits.
Marketplace – Mid-Eastern looking people, men in disheveled clothing such as polos or button-down short sleeved shirts, khaki or black slacks or jeans, sandals, light jackets and women in Hijab, Burqa and veiled looks. See attached photos for ideas, but keep colors neutral black or denim.
Auditions will be held February 2-6. Watch for specifications on how to sign-up here.
OPEN CASTING CALL for SPEAKING ROLES
GUNSLINGERS, SEASON 2
1800s Wild West cowboys of all types (age 18+)
also seeking AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN AGES 18 – 50
& AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN age 30’s – 40’s
***NONUNION talent only NOT REPRESENTED BY AN AGENT***
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2015
12:00PM – 4:00PM
THE FILM SCHOOL @ GARSON STUDIOS
1600 ST. MICHAEL’S DRIVE,
SANTA FE, NM 87505
(The Film School is on the other side of Garson Studios – just northwest of The Screen)
SHOOTS: March 3 – April 4, 2015 in and around Santa Fe
RATE: $125 – $225 per day
HORSEBACK RIDING and WEAPONS experience helpful but not mandatory
IF YOU ARE ALREADY SCHEDULED TO AUDITION THROUGH YOUR AGENT DO NOT COME TO THE CASTING CALL
Be prepared to read the following lines for the role of “Cowboy.”
“Stranger, you need help?”
“No, thanks anyway.”
“You look like a lawman.”
“As a matter of fact, I am.”
“You lookin’ for someone? I might be able to help you out.
I know all the lowlifes ‘round these parts. But it’ll cost ya’…”
*additional sides may be given out at the casting call
First Responders (Firefighters, EMT, Police), Service Men and Women, and Teachers (Film Fest) get in FREE w/ID – Downtown ABQ convention center and various film venues.
SATURDAY premiere of the NM short film Low/Fi by Alejandro Montoya at the Hispanic Cultural Center 4th St., festivities kick off at 8 – Kristen Rakes, Matt Page, Rebekkah Wiggins stellar cast, beautifully shot. Really impressive. Click here to read my review.
SUNDAY OneHeadlightInk is partnered with Videotero and Shelley Carney Productions to put on a FREE actors workshop on how to shoot your own video audition. With your own equipment, and a review of suggested equipment accessory options. Class is full but will do a write up and update with next round! There is a waitlist – get on it.
New Mexico TV Production Premieres:
Better Call Saul – Feb. 8 & 9, AMC (Sun. & Mon.)
Dig – March 5, USA Network (Thu)
The Night Shift – Feb. 23 NBC (Mon)
EG Casting is Looking for some specific types:
1. A really bad cover band. Title your email, “BAND”
2. A strawberry blond woman, 5’4-5’6″ size zero to 2 for a photo double on Scorch trials. Title your email, “BLOND”
3. Fit 25 year old men – no tatts to play GLADERS. Title your email, you guessed it, “GLADER”
For all submissions, include a photo, and PHONE NUMBER. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
WORKING WITH DIALECTS WORKSHOP: Add Character to Your Characters STEVE CORONA & PRICE HALL Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, 10am-5pm, Orpheum Arts Space, 500 2ndSt. SW, ABQ
Get your ride on! Riding for Actors – everything from grooming to full riding lessons. Ages 13 & up.
Film & Media Day – up at the legislature, round house, santa fe MONDAY Feb. 23
SOURPUSS – Friday night at Stoneface
Are you an actor who wants to put horseback riding on your résumé?
Learn how to be comfortable around horses at Riding for Actors: Grooming and Saddling Workshop with local instructor and fellow actor, Monique Mosher. In her introduction to horses workshop, you will learn how to groom, saddle, lead and tie your horse.
When: Saturday, January 31, 2014 – 11 am to 2 pm
Where: 14 Sylvia Ln, Corrales, NM 87048
Price: $50.00 which can be applied to her full 8 lesson package with video clip*.
Space is limited to 3 students per workshop. (Sign up NOW!)
Call 505-350-6798 to reserve your spot. Remember to wear jeans and boots. No tennis shoes. Bring sunscreen, a snack and water. Feel free to contact Monique with questions at 505-350-6798 -or- email@example.com.
Born and bred on a steady diet of pop-culture, Lea (Kristen Rakes) learns what it means for her when the real world doesn’t match up to the silver screen idolatry she’s always been guided by, in the New Mexico Film “Low/Fi”.
To bring his vision to life “Low/Fi” Writer/Director, Alejandro Montoya has assembled a stellar group of New Mexico talent, both in front of and behind the cameras.
Each expertly crafted scene in the 14 minute short, brings you directly into the psyche of the star, who transforms almost literally from beginning to end.
Starring Kristen Rakes, Jocelyn Montoya, Alex Knight, Jodi Lynn Thomas, Alejandro Montoya Marin, Matt Page, Rebekah Wiggins.
“Low/Fi” premieres Saturday, January 10 at the Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
OHI Q & A with Writer/Director, Alejandro Montoya:
OHI: How did you select the music? It seems to be its own character.
AM: Music is always a procedure…I select a playlist that I feel will do justice to the movie and enhance the emotional response I want to have the audience experience. Then we start trimming the playlist, until I have the final songs and then hear them over and over to have the beats locked in. It’s one of my favorite steps.
OHI: What was your process for casting your actors?
AM: I wrote to roles for the actors, I like [to] hang out with them to analyze, study them, so that way when I write I know what way I want them to go, then hear their suggestions.
OHI: When did you conceive this story?
AM: This story was conceived as we were filming “The Princess and the musician” and we shot in August… We were gonna move on and go to the feature but Ariel and I thought it was a fun and very different script from what we had done… So we decided to move forward.
OHI: What do you want your premiere audience to know about this film?
AM: Just to have fun and hope they enjoy it (laughs).
OHI: What’s next for Low/Fi and its cast & crew?
AM: Our next project is a feature…“The Joneses”. It was our 48 hour project that didn’t win here in Albuquerque but has screened in 6 states and Istanbul. People seem to really like it so thats whats next…Plus they are amazing characters to spend some time with.
OHI: What sums up your feelings as a filmmaker at this point of the project?
AM: Gratitude. I want to thank the cast and crew, who I hope love the movie…especially since its been a lot of hard work for 82/92 Productions and 4.5 Films…I also wanna thank everyone who has supported the movie…friends, family, newspapers, etc.
STEVE CORONA (Actor/Dialect Coach DIG, MANHATTAN, THE LONE RANGER, LOVERANCH), & PRICE HALL (Acting Coach/Director of ARTISTS DIE BEST IN BLACK starring Malcolm McDowell & Luke Goss), offer one of the most Unique Opportunities for Gaining an edge in this competitive Industry of Show Business.
Become confident in your ability to pull accents from your actor’s toolbox on cue & book the role more often than those who can’t.
• Learn tips & tricks for gaining and using dialects effectively
• Learn to prepare an accent for an audition so that it doesn’t become the scene
• Learn how to incorporate dialects into your character development
• Become more valuable & marketable
WHEN: Jan. 31 & Feb. 1
Orpheum Arts Space
500 2nd St. SW
Albuquerque, NM 871102
Cost: $250 Info & Registration: 713-201-1245; firstname.lastname@example.org; thenaturalact.net
Seating is limited get your tickets here.
10% Off Early Bird registration by Jan. 14 & Free Refer a Friend Career/Craft Consult Be CompetitiveIncrease Your SkillsLeave An ImpressionStevePrice
UPDATE: The workshop is now FULL. All 40 seats are currently reserved. For those interested in getting on the waitlist please fill out this form. In the event that any of the existing reservations are canceled, waitlist registrants will be notified in the order which they are received.
In this FREE 3-hour long workshop Shelley Carney, President, Shelley Carney* Productions and Toby Michael Younis, CEO, Videotero, LLC will explain how to use inexpensive lighting, audio and video equipment to quickly and easily produce, upload and distribute your own audition videos, whether you’re a screen or theater actor, an on-stage performer, a musician or musical group, or anyone else who requires audition videos.
Shelley will cover the casting and acting portion of the presentation and Toby will cover the “shooting” portion of the presentation. Both will talk about New Media Marketing and how it opens up a whole new world of personal and professional branding and promotion.
This interactive session will include using the audience’s own equipment to produce audition videos!
***RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS ARE REQUIRED***
Sunday, January 11, 2015at 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Seating is limited to 40
TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION, CLICK HERE!
Be sure to bring along your smart phone, digital camera, or camcorder. Several members of the audience will be selected to have their auditions produced during the class, using their own equipment.
We’ve made some “sides” available from our movies, “Killing Hope” and “Scratching Kat,” for your use if you’d like. If they’re not your cup of tea, bring along your own in case your selected to have your video recorded during the class.
You can download them by clicking on this link.
Most important, bring a headshot and your resume with you! WESST is building a portfolio of local talent they can contact should one of their studio clients require actors or other film and performance related resources.
If your plans should change after you’ve registered, and you can’t attend the event, let us know so we can make your seat available to someone else.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
You must bring your printed ticket with you to the workshop to enter. We’re requesting everyone to bring a headshot and their resume so we can add them to the WESST portfolio of local resources.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is plenty of FREE parking around the WESST Enterprise Center.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?
We can’t allow food or drink into the studio, where the workshop will be held. If you’d like, bring your smartphone, camera or camcorder along. You may be selected to have your audition shot at the workshop using your equipment. Bring a headshot and your resume so we can add your name to the WESST portfolio of local resources.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Can I update my registration information?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Audition Video Production for Actors & Other Performers Hosted By
Shelley Carney, Shelley Carney* Productions
Christa Valdez, OneHeadlightInk and
Toby Michael Younis, Videotero, LLC in Cooperation With
The WESST Enterprise Center, Albuquerque and the
Comcast Digital Media Studo With the Support of
Shaun and Susan Scott of Pig & Hippo Productions
UPDATE 1/5/15: FEATURED BACKGROUND THE NIGHT SHIFT – NEWBORN BABIES
If you had your baby (or twins) on or near 25 December 2014, and would like them to have a Featured Background role on the NBC hit series, The Night Shift, email pictures, parent’s name, contact number, baby’s weight and length to email@example.com.
Seeking several newborns and/or twins for filming on Friday, January 9, 2015.
Title your email, “BABY”.
FEATURED BACKGROUND CASTING FOR NBC SERIES, THE NIGHT SHIFT – NEW BORN BABIES
FROM WHITE TURTLE CASTING:
If you are having your baby (or twins) between now and 25 December 2014, and would like to have your baby to have a Featured Background role on The Night Shift on Friday, 9 January 2015, email pictures (once your baby is born), parent’s name, contact number, babies’ weight and length to firstname.lastname@example.org
White Turtle Casting needs several Newborns or Twins.
Title your email, “BABY”.
Official trailer for New Mexico Film, “After the Fall”, formerly known as “Things People Do”, starring Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw, Jason Isaacs and Haley Bennett.
Well hell, near’on two years ago this Blogette followed the first tips announcing that TWO huge Westerns would ride in NM – one of which never made it into the saddle. “A Million Ways to Die in the West”, did weather its wild shoot in the Land of Enchantment, but Adam Sandler’s, “Ridiculous Six”, headed into the sunset before the magical light of a New Mexico day fell upon it.
Now, it’s BACK ON!
Sources attached to the production confirm exclusively to OHI, its current New Mexico (re)connection. The project, as formerly dropped by both Sony and Paramount, is likely headed to NM as part of the widely reported Sandler/Netflix, four picture deal!
Midthunder Casting is conducting a talent search for a Warner Brothers feature film which will heavily feature two young boys in SAG principal roles; one Caucasian 12 year old boy (to portray a young Ben Affleck) and one Caucasian 10 year old boy.
Both boys must have extensive WUSHU, KUNG FU, or PENCAK SILAT training and experience; however, they will consider high level (state – world champion) competitors in all martial arts forms.
Those qualified and interested must send photos and video clips of fighting skills, training and competitions, as well as contact info and city/state in which they reside to:
Southwest region preferred – Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah
Deadline to submit:
Monday 12/15/14, 5pm
Pay is $880/day or $3,053/week
Tip: Title your email with child’s age, city and type of Martial Arts practiced.
As mentioned here…the Batman Vs. Superman shoot going down in southern New Mexico was expected to move north within the state for more filming.
As part of their investigations the Taos News includes the official statement from the state Film Office which further confirmed completion of the production in New Mexico, including this delightful bullet:
“The production estimates that they spent more than $13 million in the New Mexico economy, on everything from local construction hires to lumber and catering supplies. The film completed its principal photography in New Mexico, after shooting in Michigan and Illinois. The production company estimates that it hired approximately 200 New Mexico crew members during the course of the production.”
***New Mexico Residents Only***
EG Casting is looking for a 5’4″ Hispanic or Caucasian, 18 – 40 y/o, female stand in, dark hair, size 0/2 to work Dec. 15-19, in northern New Mexico.
Email a photo, your height, weight and sizes to email@example.com. Title your email, “Stand In”.
Don’t forget to include your phone number.
***New Mexico Residents Only***
“I’ve been as low as you can go and as high as you can get” -Johnny Tapia
The Johnny Tapia documentary premieres Dec. 16 on HBO
GETTING INTO IT!
I worked background on THE NIGHT SHIFT w/ PAT, Art, Chris, Heidy, Dawn, Justin, Martin and all sorts of awesome NM Talent cast & crew! Directed by Jason Priestly, Steve and another guy…
There’s still time for YOU to get in on the NBC series (I’m looking at you Mrs. Swami Rob).
Include your height, weight, age, a clear current photo of yourself PLUS the year, make, model of your car. Also include and special skills or training you have, such as police, EMT, Military or Medical training/experience.
“The Casting Coffee Group is an informal group of people in the entertainment industry. We get together every other Saturday to share updates on what we’re working on, experiences and knowledge gained, and support each others’ projects in a spirit of generosity and camaraderie. We meet from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in Albuquerque every other Saturday at The Fans of Film Café, at 504 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM.”
Free Dance Classes – first two Saturdays of each month.
Free Beginner Country Western dance lesson
Saturday Dec 13, 6:30 PM
Auditions for a short film: Overland Casting in Santa Fe Dec. 14
Saturday Longmire & Manhattan Casting + all 13 episodes playing at Jean Cocteau Cinema, Saturday & Sunday. The weekend’s events also include a Casting Panel, a class on, “How blow stuff up & not yourself” -AND- hair & Makeup free pro headshots!
STILL FILMING – Scorch Trials (Gus Fringe), Dig, Night Shift…Messengers wrapping up – Santa Fe about to blow-up!
House of Cards filming NOW
TINA FEY MOVIE Journalist memoir as a fish out of water in Kabul, filing stories about militants, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, dealing with boredom interspersed with dashes of violence, and the promiscuous war-correspondent culture.”
Orion Spacecraft launch at Kennedy Space Center, TODAY, will include a screening of the New Mexico film “Delivery From Earth”, by Santa Fe filmmaker who won just one of the avail. NM Film Foundation grants.
SUPERMAN – Deming/El Paso area, word is he’s heading…North.
Xanthe with actress/acting instructor, Lora Cunningham NEXT week. Big time agents from Mitchell Presley Talent Group the week after that!