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CASTING CALL for AFI THESIS FILM ‘SHADOW MAN’ – Union Status: Non-Union, able to use Union and Non-Union actors

CASTING CALL for AFI THESIS FILM ‘SHADOW MAN’ – Union Status: Non-Union, able to use Union and Non-Union actors

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Project Name: “Shadow Man”
Project Type: AFI Thesis Film
Union Status: Non-Union, able to use Union and Non-Union actors
Project Rate: Copy, Meal, High Resolution Photographs
Run/Usage: Director/Cinematographer/Actor/ Reels as well as Festival Distribution

Audition Information

Audition Dates: TBD
Audition Location
American Film Institute Conservatory
2021 N. Western Blvd.
Warner Building, Room 002A (basement)
Los Angeles CA 90027

Shoot Information
Shoot Dates: 5/27/2009 until 6/3/2009
Shoot Location: Los Angeles, Santa Clarita

Casting Information
Casting Director(s): Nadine Truong
Casting Director Location: American Film Institute Conservatory
Phone: (310) 613-0815
E-mail: ntruong@afifellows.org

Project Notes

As part of the American Film Institute Conservatory’s educational curriculum, six fellows Nadine Truong (Directing), Tal Lazar (Cinematography), Yu Yu Yang (Producer), Toi Whitaker (Production Design), Anna Hauger (Editing), and Michael Pomphrey (Co-Writer), will shoot a dramatic thesis short film. These projects are known for their high technical standard, and are usually made in collaboration with many industry professionals in the fields of design, make up and costume. The project will be shot on 35mm film. Still photographs will be taken for each shot in this film as well, which will be released to all actors as part of their compensation.

Please visit http://www.shadowmanthemovie.com for more information on the filmmakers and the project.

The last collaboration between director Nadine Truong and cinematographer Tal Lazar can be viewed at http://www.talazar.net/noreturn.mov, an MOS silent experimental film.

For more of Tal’s work as a cinematographer and photographer, please visit http://www.talazar.net

Project Synopsis
Lam, a South Vietnamese in his 30’s, leaves his wife and unborn child in the care of his brother Phong, to join the Americans in the fight against the Communists. Confronted with gruesome and horrific images of war, he returns to his family five years later, only to discover that nothing feels like home anymore. During the course of one evening his paranoia turns into jealousy and his loneliness into aggression, leading to tragic results… all based his son’s imagination: The Shadow Man.

Roles

Lam
Lead/Male/Vietnamese speaking/30 – 40 years
Description: A man of ethics and values, Lam leaves his pregnant wife to fight the war against the Communists, joining the Americans. He changes into a jaded and violent man, unable to communicate with his family, and makes a big mistake which he will regret for the rest of his life.

Kieu
Lead/Female/Vietnamese speaking/ 20 – 30 years
Description: Lam’s wife, beautiful, a woman of strength and perseverance. During her husband’s absence, she tells her son the story of the shadow man, providing him with a surrogate father. She is loyal, hardworking, a good mother and a good wife.

Phong
Lead/Male/Vietnamese speaking/ 20- 30 years
Description: Lam’s younger brother, easy going, unselfish for most of the time, takes care of his brother’s wife and helps raise her son

Dan
Lead/Male/Vietnamese speaking/ 4 – 7 years
Description: Lam’s and Kieu’s little son, grows up in a small hut during the entire course of the war, and thrives on his mother’s stories about the Shadow Man. He’s not scared to speak his mind, but is intimidated by the new man in his house…Lam.

Veronique
Lead/Female/Vietnamese speaking/ 18 – 30 years
Description: Prostitute at a high class bar, which caters to American GI’s. She is more sophisticated than other girls around her, and tries to make a connection to Lam on a personal level. As he treats her condescendingly, she turns aggressive. She too is jaded from the war.

Supporting:

Little Girl
Supporting/Female/Vietnamese speaking/ 6 – 10 years
Description: Village girl, who is caught off guard while playing by Americans raiding her village. She is terrified, and watches her father being gunned down, and her mother dragged away.

Man
Supporting/Male/Vietnamese speaking/ 30 – 40 years
Description: Father of the little girl, he is held at gunpoint by the Americans. He is a regular uneducated peasant, who only joined the Communist cause, because his family was given food and medicine. He is eventually shot.

Woman
Supporting/Female/Vietnamese speaking/ 20 – 40 years
Description: Mother of the little girl, uneducated peasant, she is held at gunpoint by the Americans. After witnessing her husband’s murder, she is dragged into a hut by an American to be raped, but is rescued by Lam just in time.

American GI #1
Supporting/Male/Caucasian/ 30’s
Description: Overeager GI, who is jaded from the war himself, his rage at the situation manifest itself in his hate for the Vietnamese and his need to want to rape a village woman.

American GI #2 and #3
Supporting/Male/Caucasian or African-American/ 20’s
Description: Eager, cautious, fighting this war for the right cause, protective of their own units. . Note: Additionally to principal photography for the film, high resolution photographs will be taken on set by a professional photographer (different for behind the scene stills photography) of all featured talent and will be released to them as part of compensation.

Bar Girls
Featured Supporting/Female/all Asian ethnicities/ 18 – 40
Description: NO NUDITY, will require bikini tops (selected to wear bottoms), skirts, dresses, etc., These girls set the tone of the film. They are seemingly having fun with the Americans, yet underneath their façade, we spot hurt and despair. Note: Additionally to principal photography for the film, high resolution photographs will be taken on set by a professional photographer (different for behind the scene stills photography) of all featured talent and will be released to them as part of compensation.

Village Women
Featured Supporting/Female/ all Asian ethnicities/ 25 – 70
Description: Inhabitants, whose village is raided by an American troop. Terrified, submission, fearful. Requires improvisation skills. Note: Additionally to principal photography for the film, high resolution photographs will be taken on set by a professional photographer (different for behind the scene stills photography) of all featured talent and will be released to them as part of compensation.

Village Men
Featured Supporting/Male/ all Asian ethnicities/ 25– 70
Description: Inhabitants, whose village is raided by an American troop. Terrified, submission, fearful. Requires improvisation skills. Note: Additionally to principal photography for the film, high resolution photographs will be taken on set by a professional photographer (different for behind the scene stills photography) of all featured talent and will be released to them as part of compensation.

The American Film InstituteAFI is the preeminent organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of film and television. The prestigious AFI Conservatory is world-renowned for the rigorous training its students receive and the extraordinary talent it produces. More than 3,000 aspiring storytellers have graduated from AFI since its founding in 1969, going on to shape both mainstream Hollywood and the independent film industry.
AFI’s graduates include major directors, producers, screenwriters, cinematographers, editors and production designers. The AFI Conservatory is dedicated to identifying and nurturing future leaders of film.
AFI Thesis productions have garnered numerous prestigious awards, including Oscar nominations, the Student Oscar, the DGA Award, ASC awards, and top honors from the ACE. They have screened at festivals around the world, including the Cannes, Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.

Visit AFI’s Website.

Please contact us for any information:Email: info@shadowmanthemovie.com

Production contact:
Yu Yu Yang
Cell: 626.588.8885

American Film Institute:
2021 N. Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: 323.856.7740

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