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The Paper Bag Man - Actors for Short Film

The Paper Bag Man - Actors for Short Film

London, UK
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Casting local London area talent for "The Paper Bag Man," a short film by Aaron Bishop. This film is expected to have a festival run in 2021.

Synopsis: A curious wanderer with a paper bag for a head embarks on a colorful journey to bring a lone daisy to a place where it can be amongst it's own. Along the way, Bag Head crosses paths with the mean spirited people that roam this world and challenge the kind-hearted nature he lives by.

This is a student project. Travel to and from London will not be provided. Only apply if you are within the London area. Travel expenses and catering will be provided for local London talent. The majority, if not all, of production will take place within London or nearby Burroughs. For the principal actor, Bag Head, a stipend of approximately £50 will be provided, as it requires the most time and commitment.

Aaron Bishop, dir.; Rio Lidgerding, casting-prod.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Rehearsals and potential planning will be conducted via Zoom; production plans to be completed in August 2020 with a limited number of scenes being completed 30 June (Bag Head and The Daughter).

Job payment

This job is unpaid - Student Film

Expenses paid - Within London, travel and food will be covered. Bag Head will receive a small, additional stipend.

The owner of this listing has agreed to abide by the UK National Minimum Wage Act. Find out more

Bag Head

We are casting the principal actor in our short film "The Paper Bag Man". The character, known as Bag Head, is an entity, the personification of naivety and childishness, with very bombastic almost animated movements. There will be no spoken dialogue, and the face of the actor will be hidden beneath a paper bag. This lends itself to actors who have a background in dance and theater for this type of physical communication, but all will be considered.

Male, aged 18 to 30

Applications closed 3 July 2020.

The Lover

Hair: Short, Brown/Black/mousy blonde A man on his way to see his girlfriend, but when he arrives at the bus stop, the buses are cancelled. Non-speaking, all acting will be physical/body language. Will be needed for 2 days approximately.

Male, aged 23 to 35

Applications closed 3 July 2020.

The Mother

Mother of "The Daughter", you are waiting at the bus stop with Bag Head, your daughter, and several other characters. You are annoyed with Bag Heads presence, as well as the ridiculous scene being made by the Businessman having trouble with his pen. Hairstyle preference is a fringed-bob, but a wig can be worked out if you are the right fit.

Female, aged 30 to 50

Applications closed 3 July 2020.

The Businessman

The Businessman is a non-speaking role, requiring much physical acting, bordering on comedy. He waits for the bus, disliking the presence of Bag Head, and trying to complete his crossword puzzle. He is staunch and relatively unkind in his day to day demeanor. Preferably actor will have a handlebar mustache.

Male, aged 30 to 50

Applications closed 3 July 2020.


A man who has spent his life selling knickknacks from a side of the road vending van. He is overweight, sleep-deprived, middle-aged, and has little motivation. Have you seen Futurama? As close to Sal as possible would be great.

Male, aged 18 and over

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

Applications closed 3 July 2020.


Signmeld is a typical construction worker type, though on the shorter side. He is humorously uncaring about every action that he does, and how it affects those around him.

Anyone, aged 30 to 52

Applications closed 3 July 2020.

The Skater

We are looking for an individual who can ride a skateboard. Might be cool if any tricks can be performed, but if not, it will make little difference to us! The script calls for a male, but a female with the right look would work as well. You are waiting at the bus stop, uncomfortable by the actions of the people around you.

Anyone, aged 18 to 20

Applications closed 3 July 2020.

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Listing created: 28 May 2020
Applications closed: 3 July 2020
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