Two Male Actors for a Dialogue-Driven Short Horror Film
After years of living abroad, Jimmy returns to his childhood town and visits his once best friend Terrence at his run-down apartment. As they catch up on old times, Terrence begins to reveal his reason for inviting Jimmy over – and it has to do with their childhood imaginary friend Mr Manning.
About the Production:
The film is a two-hander and is dialogue driven, set in an apartment. Although there is a script, the process encourages improvisation with the script acting as a conceptual and structural template. This will allow a sense of realism.
The film is quite inspired by Richard Linklater films, particularly ‘Tape’ as well as Duplass Brothers short films such as ‘Scrapple’ and ‘Intervention’ for their realism and slow build of tension through dialogue.
The short film grapples with memory, childhood trauma and how it affects us throughout adulthood and yet is suggestively supernatural, particularly at its climax without being overt.
Audition / Rehearsal / Production datesFilming and Schedule:
The film will be filmed over one day and night in early to mid May. Filmed in a slight documentary style to convey a sense of realism (along with partially improvised dialogue), there will be 1 (at most 2) group rehearsals in order to become familiar with the characters and material but maintain a sense of spontaneity. With this sense of realism in mind, there will be minimal film lighting and rely a lot on practicals, though of course there will be film lighting present.
This job is unpaid
Expenses paid - This is an Unpaid role
Terrence still holds the wild, boisterousness of his youth. He drinks too much, can lose his temper. His dad was a drunk and physically abusive. Even when he smiles, there is a sense of something not quite right. He likes to rub you the wrong way and pretend like its all just for a laugh. Even after he loses his temper, he laughs like he’s messing around. He never got out of his dead-beat town, could never let go of his youth and resents those who could. He's had extreme psychological trauma.
Males, aged 25 to 37
He is quiet, soft spoken, introverted, less spontaneous and open than his childhood. There is a quiet sense of sadness in him, perhaps a lot deeper than on the surface. He had a series of abusive step-fathers, including one particularly terrible one who poured boiling water on his mother. He lost touch with Terrence to escape his childhood traumas. Despite some success in life, there is a black cloud that hangs over him. He is polite, kind and excited to see Jimmy even if it will be awkward.
Males, aged 25 to 37
- Located in New South Wales, Australia
- Joined April, 2019