I am working on pre-production for my upcoming short film “Ellie“, and I’m looking for two male actors – one adolescent, and one adult. Here are the details:
Needed: ADOLESCENT MALE actor for lead role (STEPHEN), and ADULT MALE actor for supporting role (DAVIS).
Production Title: Ellie
Production Type: Short film
Director: Morgana McKenzie
Producer: Charlene Laporte
Ellie is a short suspense film about an adolescent boy STEPHEN and his concealed fragile plans to escape an isolated country house, it’s owner DAVIS, and the other inhabitants, despite the risks to him and the others in the house.
A BlueCat screenplay competition reviewer said this about the screenplay:
“Ellie is a short film that manages to, in a small amount of time, create such impressively fascinating characters, and atmosphere, that one can’t help but want to know and see more. The mysteries abound in the story – from who Ellie is, to what Stephen might be lying about, to what Davis’ role is in these children’s lives. It is disturbing, but gripping all the same.”
Compensation: Yes. Low pay. Amount tbd.
Other provided: Food and lodging during the production. IMDB credit.
Production location: An isolated, but modern, chalet has been rented for a week in the Quebec countryside, about an hour from Ottawa. The chalet can accommodate up to 10 people, and the small cast and crew will stay at the chalet during the shoot.
Production dates: The production is scheduled for Monday August 24th through Sunday August 30th. However, the actors will only be required on location as follows:
- The adolescent actor for the role of STEPHEN will be required on location for 4 days (Tuesday until Saturday) during the week.
- The adult actor for the role of DAVIS will be required on location for 2-3 days during the week.
Rehearsals: Up to 3 rehearsal sessions (in Ottawa; not on location) planned for late July or early August.
[STEPHEN] – Male; adolescent, looks between age 13-16; light build, possibly small for his age.
Stephen is an adolescent boy attempting to plan his escape from an isolated country home, while concealing those plans from the other inhabitants of the house. After years of coping with his circumstances, Stephen is nearing his mental breaking point, yet he must try to contain his fear and despair a little longer. These are key elements of the required performance: alternating between barely-contained fear, and coldly unemotional.
[DAVIS] – Male; caucasian; looks between ages 30-45; height at least 5’10″; fit build; tidy appearance.
Davis is the charismatic owner of the isolated home, and its inhabitants. Davis long ago chose Stephen to be a permanent resident in his home. Davis is confident in his control over Stephen, but now senses that Stephen may be hiding something.
Please email (see Contact page) with the subject line ELLIE. Include your resume, and a headshot. Please include photos and video clips / acting reel from past work.
Auditions will be scheduled for one or two dates (tbd) in June.
Note that the production dates are firm, as the location is already rented. Do not audition unless you are available for the production dates.
Ellie will be a suspense film in the classic Hitchcock sense, not a horror or thriller.
There will be no scenes of sexuality, explicit violence, or religious themes. Suspense will be generated from the tension created through the performances of the actors, and the viewer’s thoughts/fears about what occurs in the house.
Morgana attempted to shoot Ellie in the summer of 2014 at a filmmaking production camp (see blog post), but was unable to complete it due to scheduling challenges. The screenplay was developed under the mentorship of Emmy award-winning writer/director John Jacobsen.
About the Director: Morgana McKenzie is an award-winning youth filmmaker. In 2015 Morgana was awarded Best Director Under 25 at the inaugural Ottawa Independent Video Awards, and she was named Best Emerging Female Filmmaker in 2014 at NFFTY (the world’s largest film festival for filmmakers under age 24).
Her recently completed short films “We All Go the Same” and “Kurayami no Wa” have won awards for Best Music Video and Best Thriller, respectively. Her 2014 short film “GIFTS” screened at over 25 international film festivals and won over eight awards.
Morgana’s most recent work is not publicly available, due film festival submission requirements. However, we’d be happy to provide password protected links to Morgana’s recent work upon request.