Production title: Predormitum
Union / Non-Union: Non-Union
Production Type: Independent/Student
Project length: Short Film (22 minutes)
Project format: 16:9 HD
Posted on: Monday, February 2, 2015
Production location: Los Angeles
Company website: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.cooper138
Director: Jennifer Cooper
Producer: Jennifer Cooper/Evan Baker
Casting Director: Jennifer Cooper
Audition Location: TBA
Shooting Location: Los Angeles area
Compensation: Meals/Credit/Eternal Gratitude
PLEASE EMAIL SLATE SHOT AND/OR AN UP-TO-DATE ACTING REEL ALONG WITH HEADSHOTS NO LATER THAN 5PM ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6. NOBODY WILL BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT A SLATE SHOT OR A REEL.
Auditions: Sunday, February 8
Call Backs: Monday, February 9, 2pm-4pm
1st Rehearsal: Thursday, February 12
Off Book Rehearsal: Thursday, February 19
Shooting Starts: Tuesday, February 24
Shooting Ends: Sunday, March 15
Synopsis: Sleep paralysis and horrifying hallucinations blur the line between waking life and dreams for an abused teenaged girl.
Elizabeth is about to turn 18, but she feels 80. She can’t sleep and when she does she suffers from horrible nightmares and sleep paralysis.
She has lived a hard life: her father died in an accident when she was 7, her mother remarried an abusive man and then stabbed him to death. As a result she was sent to live with her aunt in a place where everybody thought she was weird and the only person who would become her friend is a drug addled punker in her mid-twenties named, Ellen.
Elizabeth is weary. She’s bone tired and has little patience for everyone and everything. She’s snappy, sarcastic and at times downright lethargic. She’s also very sad and afraid--at times downright terrified. She needs help, and fast.
[Young Elizabeth] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 10-14]
Elizabeth has a hard life: her father died in an accident when she was 7, her stepfather abuses her, her mother neglects her and on top of it she can’t sleep and when she does she suffers from horrible nightmares and sleep paralysis.
[Dr. Mike] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 30-45]
Dr. Mike is in his 40s and hasn’t quite left disco behind him. He has seen some action in his life and it shows on his face. He is weathered, but warm. Sarcastic, but empathetic. He’s sincere, kind and holds nothing back, because he knows it’s better that way. He is an animated man who speaks a lot with his body. Since he’s been there and back again, he’s cool, even though he looks like a dork.
Personality: think Mr. Rosso from Freaks and Geeks meets Dr. Cohen from Garden State.
[JOAN] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 30-45]
Joan is a widow and has been incarcerated for stabbing her 2nd husband to death because he abused her 12-year-old daughter. She has had a lot of time to think about what she has done and now that she’s dying, all she wants is to spend time with her daughter.
Personality: think Annie from What Dreams May Come meets Laura Brown from The Hours.
[ANNE] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 30-45]
Anne is single and lives alone with her cat. She becomes the foster parent of her niece after her sister becomes incarcerated. She cares for her niece, but she’s not too happy about having to take care of the kid, who runs away, hangs out with older people and does drugs. She’s aggressive and can be mean.
[DARCY] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 25-40]
Darcy is a bitchy bully with murderous tendencies. Hard looking, jealous and mean.
[RAYMOND] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 30-45]
Raymond is a tall, sleazy, abusive alcoholic without an ounce of respect for his family. He may or may not be a child molester.