Exeter filmmaker David Salas, whose last film Uncomfortable won a Best Film Award at Two Short Nights 2009 and was nominated for an independent film and video Plymouth Media Partnership Media Innovation Award, is looking for a male actor for his next project.
David is searching for Michael Simons, a journalist, preferably with an Irish accent and a slight build -check out the synopsis below. The film has been awarded an Exeter Phoenix Digital Short Film Bursary and will be shooting in HD in early August in Devon. It will premier at Two Short Nights 2010 and then go on to the international film festival circuit.
Although this is an expenses only project that will be shooting in Devon, UK, there are loads of benefits, other than working with David, and they include a copy of film; showreel material; food provided; travel provided; accommodation provided; you’d be invited to the screening and the wrap party and receive regular updates as well as getting a contract and insurance.
Mort-gage1 -a story outline
When journalist Michel Simons receives a tip off telling him the current location of ex-IRA man turned informer, Tom Grady, it doesn’t take him long to realise that this might be the break he’s been waiting for. As the bustling streets of Belfast give way to the countryside we follow Michael not just through space but through time, to an elemental world where the Troubles have been recast as the eternal struggle against nature. The small isolated cottage that Grady now inhabits is empty, and Michael, with mounting excitement, takes the opportunity to explore inside.
Grady returns, shotgun over his shoulder, the rabbits he has been hunting in his hand. He stands between Michael and the door which represents his return to civilisation. A dialogue ensues as Michael tries various strategies to earn his freedom and as the tension increases, and the laconic Grady begins to be drawn out of himself the film also becomes a meditation on morality, death, fate and friendship.
Eventually, Michael leaves and walks the long path back to his car, feeling Grady’s eyes upon him the whole time, unable, like Lot, to look back, expecting any second to feel the shotgun blast that will rip the intervening air and his body apart. But it does not come and as he returns to the city he comes increasingly to realise that he has not left Grady behind but, like a splinter, he has brought a piece of that wildness with him and will bear it forever.
Name: Michael Simons
Michael was born in Ireland and educated in Birmingham. He has got a job as a crime reportor on a local Irish paper and has made some useful contacts. He is slight of build, cocky and impulsive.
â€¢ If you think you’re up to the role, contact David Salas on firstname.lastname@example.org