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MICROSOFT COMMERCIAL, OPEN CASTING CALL

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CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT
MICROSOFT COMMERCIAL
Shoots in Prague: 24-28 Oct, 2010
Roles:
CLAUDE: Can be any nationality. Comic. Lead Role. 20s or 30s. He is very awkward, and always says or does the wrong thing. He desperately wants to be liked, but people avoid him. Need accomplished, funny actor who is physically and comically talented.
DANA. American. Mid 30s, mid- higher lever Executive. Smart, capable, not afraid to speak her mind.
ROB. American. Mid 30s. He works for Dana. Smart, nice, helpful, honest normal guy.
LIZA. American. Early 20s, study-abroad college student. Pretty, sweet, warm. Not modelly
MOM+ DAN. American. Liza’s parents. 50s. Normal wholesome Americans. Conservative types
ANNA. American. Early mid 20s. Cool and funny. Good looking and funny. Mary-Lynne Rajskub type.
DAVE. American. Her friend and also early 20s. Good looking, stylish, social, likeable.
THIEF. Any nationality. Steals laptop computer. Must have driver’s license and be able to ride Vespa.
*Fee Structure:
CLAUDE, 18,000kc/day + 120,000kc buyout
DANA, ROB, LIZE, MOM, DANA, ANNA: 18,000kc/day + 40,000kc buyout
DAVE, THIEF: 6,000kc/day + 20,000kc
*PLEASE NOTE ALL FEES INCLUDE AGENCY FEE!!!
Casting Info:
Where: Prague Film School Annex Building
Pstrossova 15, Prague 1, 4th floor
Near Narodni Divaldo tram stop or Narodni Trida Metro
Time: 10– 18:00
Date: Monday, 18 Oct
For info please call Misa Formanova: 723 704 659
Callbacks will be: Tuesday, 19 Oct.
To answer the below question: Yes, non-Americans can come if they can do the American accent.

AUDITIONS FOR PRAGUE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

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Prague Shakespeare Festival 2011 Season Artistic Company Auditions

WHERE: Prague Film School, Pstrossova 19, P1
WHEN:Sunday October 10th 2010 (Attic Studio in main building) from 13:00 – 16:30 +
Monday October 11th 2010at the (Acting classroom in annex building) from 17:00 – 20:00 
PRODUCTIONSAs You Like It and King Lear  
PRODUCTION DATESApril 14 – May 1, 2011 in Houston, TX USA and May 11 – 29, 2011 in the Czech Republic.
(Czech actors will be travelled to Texas for rehearsals starting 7 March)
FOR INFORMATION: contact Artistic Director Guy Roberts, 
guy@pragueshakespeare.cz

All actors should bring a photo and resume and present one memorized
Shakespeare monologue, performed in English, not exceeding 2 minutes. Actors
should be prepared to stay immediately following their audition in the event
they are called back for Rehearsals for the production will begin March 7,
2011 in Houston, TX. This project is an international collaboration between
the Prague Shakespeare Festival, located in Prague, Czech Republic and the
Classical Theatre Company, located in Houston, TX.

Callback sides from As You Like It and King Lear will be provided for all
actors who are called back. All auditions will be videotaped. Actors who
have previously worked with PSF or Guy Roberts and who are interested in
casting opportunities may contact Guy Roberts directly, bypassing the
general audition and schedule a callback. All others must come to the
general audition and then be invited to callbacks.

All artists selected for participation in the production will be paid
minimum of 4.000cz per week for a total of ten weeks of work (40.000cz).
Individual artists may be offered higher weekly salary commiserate with
experience and scope of work performed. All housing and transportation
expenses to Houston, TX will be paid for by the producers.

All actors will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. Designers and
Stage Managers may also come to the open call to submit resumes and
portfolios. Designers and Stage Managers must submit a portfolio and/or
resume that can be taken to Houston for consideration by the producers.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Prague Shakespeare Festival presents professional theatre productions,
workshops, classes, lectures and other theatrical events, of the highest
quality, conducted primarily in English by a multinational ensemble of
professional theatre artists, with an emphasis on the plays of William
Shakespeare, bringing to the Czech Republic, European and World audiences
performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking, and
eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges
and possibilities of today.

VISION STATEMENT

Presenting high-caliber, classic yet cutting-edge English-language
performances of Shakespeare’s timeless, cross-culturally relevant work by a
dedicated ensemble of multinational theatre artists is the core of our
artistic mission. The Prague Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to presenting
to the Czech, European and World community a vibrant professional
Shakespeare theatre, essential in shaping Prague’s global culturally dynamic
landscape.

VIDEO OF SAMPLE FILM ACTING CLASS

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Please register for film acting and Meisner class. Early registration gets a discount, please see below blog entry for details.
Here is a sample video of one of my introductory classes:
http://vimeo.com/14698138
Thanks Jean-Christophe Cader for shooting this video, and thanks to Emma Denny, Stewart Moore, Maithili Tideman, Kearstin Plemel, Dharma Khasla, Monika Gutherova, and Elizabeth Russell for being my students.
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Boy Actors needed

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Looking for 8 yr old boy actors for feature film shooting in Prague in oct. BOYS MUST LIVE IN PRAGUE. Please send photos to casting@nancybishopcasting.com no later than 16 Sept, 2010.

FINAL AUDITION BLOOPER WITH CHIP PERSONS- the accent problem

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Another bad casting. What’s wrong with the picture?

THE DIALECT PROBLEM. I see a lot of resumes with several accents listed. I’m always suspicious of actors who have mastered so many dialects (although of course, some have.) The point is, only list the accents that are native to you or that you really have learned, under the direction of a coach. Accents are specific. When you come to the audition, you’ll be expected to know the specified accent on that day.

AUDITION BLOOPER #5, CONFUSION ABOUT THE WHOLE PROCESS

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MORE IN THE SERIES OF INTENTIONALLY BAD AUDITIONS

This type of thing happens with novice actors, new to the process, but even experienced actors need to think about orienting themselves in the audition process before entering the room. No one will do it for you. Figure out where you’ll place the other characters you’re talking to and place them near the lens of the camera so you have a good eye line. There will most definitely be a reader there (either the casting director herself or an assistant.) Some actors prefer to look at the reader, but it’s not necessary as long as you have a good eye line near the lens.

AUDITION BLOOPER #4, Chip Persons messes up again.

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More from the deliberately bad audition series. Taking direction from the director or casting director is one of the most important parts of casting. We are sometimes testing to see if you can take direction, and if the director can work with you. Actors often prepare themselves so much that they go on auto-pilot, unable to let performance breath and grow. Also in this audition… you might be surprised how much he is arguing with the direction. Yes, this sometimes happens. It’s good to come in with your own ideas but they must be a) consistent with the intent of the script and b) abiding my the director’s vision. 

BLOOPER Audition #3

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This is not a blooper. Here Chip is making a correction from his last audition, watch:

Now, while the character of Janis (played by me) is speaking, he is not only listening, but reacting. He has a dynamic inner monologue that changes. He’ll get plenty of screen time now because we can see his thoughts evolving. The camera likes this.

AUDITION BLOOPER #2

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HERE IS ANOTHER FROM THE SERIES OF INTENTIONALLY BAD AUDITIONS, with Chip Persons
In this clip, Chip is making a classic mistake. He’s not listening. He becomes very animated on his own lines, but a zombie while I’m reading. In fact instead of listening and reacting, he is reading his scene partner’s lines. Listening is very important in acting, especially on-screen acting when the camera is often on the listener. Don’t throw these moments away. If you’re good at listening and reacting, you’ll get more screen time. Casting directors are looking for this in the audition process.