UNCSA SHORT FILM CASTING CALL – “THE MERRY-GO-ROUND”
LOOKING FOR MALE ACTORS 12-15, 30-40, AND 50+
2017 Casting call for the UNCSA short film, “The Merry-Go-Round”
Shoot dates: JANUARY 21-23
Shoot location: Winston-Salem
Here are the breakdowns of the cast we are still looking for:
YOUNG JARED- Male, 12-15
Dark features; hair and eyes. Larger if possible. Sardonic, intelligent, and introverted. AV nerd. (Inspo actors: Finn Wolfhard from “Stranger Things,” Kody Smit-Mcphee from “Let Me In.”)
ADULT JARED- Male, 30-40
Extension of Young Jared. Dark features. Larger. More confident than his younger self. Imagine he works a desk job now and has a cookie cutter lifestyle. Harboring guilt from past. (Inspo actors: Colin Farrell from “The Lobster,” Abe from “Dark Horse.”)
PAUL- Male, 13-16, African American:
A member of a group of bullies called THE TERRIBLE TRINITY that torment our protagonist, YOUNG JARED at school. Brawny. Tall. Atypical meatheads. Insecure with their own lives and feel that their fathers pay less attention to them than Jared’s mother does to him.
OLDER MAN- Male, 50+, any ethnicity:
A client of THE MOTHER (a prostitute). A matter-of-fact man. Crude.
Tells things like they are. He has a sailor’s mouth and a feisty attitude.
If you or someone you know may fit one of the parts listed above, send an email with a headshot/resume to email@example.com for a quick response with further information on the auditions!
“The Merry-Go Round” is a retrospective tale of an adult man recounting how he was bullied as a teenager in 1975. Intercutting between the mid-90s and the mid-70s, the ﬁlm centers on two versions of Jared: young and adult. While adult Jared ﬁnds himself in a therapist oﬃce, lamenting to a cold and aggressive psychiatrist, young Jared ﬁnds himself being tormented by “The Terrible Trinity,” a triage of bullies who chastise him over his mother’s profession: she’s a prostitute. As the story progresses, we discover that Jared’s mother was extremely attentive, complex, and at the end of the day, her job was just that: a job. As the therapist prods adult Jared more and more, young Jared ﬁnds himself at a moral quandary, and must make a bold decision: to exact revenge on the bullies so they will stop torturing him. Adult Jared paints the picture of how he exposed the Trinity’s father’s secrets, the common one among them being that they were all regular customers with Jared’s mother. As adult Jared tells this retrospectively, he and his therapist ﬁnd common ground and together, realize that revenge is indeed a double-edged sword, as ruining their families did nothing to solve his own problems. “The Merry-Go Round” is a dark comedy, rooted in the diﬃculties of growing up diﬀerent, but the liberation of accepting one’s own strangeness.