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Casting for all roles is open to anyone within the appropriate age range of the character (unless otherwise stated). Since this is a modern short film adaptation of an Indian Hindu epic, please note ethnicity requirements for each role available.
Since, far too often, actors are left asking innumerable questions about a production, we have designed this notice to give you all of the details upfront so you can make an informed decision before submitting.
We will answer every submission we receive. While we are partnering with Joya Joseph to help cast her project, this is a pillar of our company (Skyphire Entertainment) and something we believe very strongly about: everyone deserves a response and basic human respect. We do not believe in the 'turnstile' nature of casting. If you took the time to submit, we will take the time to respond.
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ORIGINS - THE EPIC
The Indian Hindu epic Ramayana narrates the life of Rama, a legendary prince in the kingdom of Kosala. The story follows his exile to the forest urged by his father King, on the request of Rama's stepmother; his travels across forests in India with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, the kidnapping of Sita, and Rama's eventual return to be crowned king amidst jubilation and celebration.
This story is an important part of Hindu culture and is widely known throughout South Asia and the world at large.
A MODERN TALE
This untitled short film follows Sita as she wrestles with a traumatic life event. In trying to deal and cope with her situation, a therapist walks her through her painful ordeal and fears of being continually shamed for something she may or may not have done.
In the end, Sita leaves with more questions than answers, and will leave audiences with their own topics of discussion after viewing.
NOTE FROM JOYA
Hello all! A little about why I wrote this story: I wanted to write about characters I grew up with, but always felt were wronged. I hardly ever see projects that focus on woman of South Asian descent, especially one who processes extreme trauma on screen.
I wanted to start a conversation about shame culture and the part we all tend to play in it, especially in the South Asian community - but also in the world at large.
Reading the entirety of this page is paramount to knowing all we can possibly share about this project. To this point, make sure everything above is understood before you make your submission. Thank you!
> HOW TO SUBMIT FOR ROLES <
We are very excited and look forward to working with highly talented and driven actors who have purpose and know what they want from their pursuits.
We want to be 100% transparent with you about every aspect of this project. As well, we want you engaged every step of the way through this process.
SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to the expected number of applicants, please be patient as it relates to our response times - though every submission will be replied to.
Download this Casting Notice PDF, read the cover page, and the Available Role details.
Download this Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA). We would prefer you print it, complete, sign, and then scan and save as a PDF document. We will accept digitally completed NDA's, as long as your signature is authentic.
Attach the completed NDA to an email, and send it along with the following information, to email@example.com:
Headshots (2-3 preferred)
First and Last Name
City/State of Residence
Demo Reel or Video of Work
Social and/or website link(s)
COVID-19 Vaccination Status*
What attracted you to our project?
*= While proof will be required for on-set personnel, you are not required to show proof in your application. Please include the level of vaccination you have currently (# of shots).
Failure to submit all of the above-requested info may result in a lack of consideration.
Those chosen for consideration will be provided a follow-up email with Audition Instructions where applicable. All submissions will receive a response.
ALL PRODUCTION DETAILS
NOTE: Sustenance (meals, snacks, drinks) will be provided on set for all personnel.
All roles available are unpaid in terms of real-money compensation.
All available cast roles also include other forms of compensation, including demo reel material of their work, production stills (with a 'Grant of Use' document), and a non-public digital copy of the completed pilot. IMDb credit will be provided for all roles as well.
LODGING & TRANSPORT
Unfortunately, lodging, travel, and transport pay are not available for this project.
All cast must sign an Actor Release Agreement and Contract (ARAC) in order to participate in this production. These are fully-binding agreements that guarantee delivery of promised items, as well as to serve to protect the production in case of a breach. Contracts will include language that gives actors and the production company leeway when it comes to the pandemic/COVID-19 or any other instance out of yours and our control.
Filming will take place in the greater Raleigh, NC area. Specific location details will be shared once confirmed.
The current timeframe/window for filming is late March to mid-April of this year. Filming will take approximately two days and will be done over a weekend period. As soon as exact information is known, all prospective applicants will be informed.
This short film is being shot as a non-union production. This means any non-union, SAG-AFTRA-E, and/or FiCore actors are welcome to submit for any role.
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS and VACCINATIONS
All members of the production (cast and crew) must provide proof of vaccination. Testing will not be required. Masks may be required when not actively filming, eating, or drinking - this will be determined closer to the filming dates.
For a complete listing of all roles and details, please download the Casting Notice PDF linked in the submission section.
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