SYNTH
Independent/Student/Studio: Independent
Union/Non-Union: Non-Union
Production Type: Short Film
Production Format: HD
Production Location: Austin
Production Schedule: 1 Week
Writer(s): Gregory Day
Director(s): Gregory Day
Synopsis: SYNTH is a stylish, pop-art tale of revenge, women’s rights, and warring politics. May is coming for Senator Cray, a conservative extremist politician, for the oppressive laws he propagates against women. In a land populated with government agents and drones at every turn, will she make it into the lion’s den to kill the Senator?
Character Breakdowns:
LEAD ROLE
MAY (FEMALE, 25-35), brunette, between the heights of 5’6” and 5’8” please. The role is very physical and prospective actors must be able to drive a car.
May is hellbent on revenge for the death of Sally due to laws written by Senator Cray. She is frankly liberal, rugged, and uncompromisingly female. She buries her vulnerability behind a tough persona – she’s Peggy Olson pushing herself to be Snake Plissken.
Reference Role: Paula Nelson in Made in USA
SUPPORTING ROLES
SENATOR CRAY (WHITE MALE, 50-55). Must be able to speak in either a Texas or Southern US accent.
Southern politician that wears his Eisenhower-era values on his sleeve. A cowboy at heart and oozing with “good ol’ boy” charm, this lawmaker never misses a beat in propagating his political ideals of diminishing women’s rights.
Reference Style: Ted Cruz, Rick Perry
AGENT (WHITE MALE, 35-45).
A jaded veteran of a government intelligence agency, he is tired and apathetic to the laws he enforces. Like a detective arriving at his 200th career homicide case at 3am, he keeps going because it is all he knows how to do.
SHIVA (BLACK FEMALE, VO only).
Impassioned and embittered “guerrilla newscaster” and radio personality. She carries years of racial and sexual injustice, wit, and bite in her voice as she broadcasts across a pirate radio station no matter the cost.
Reference Role: she’s NPR, Super Soul from Vanishing Point, and the DJ from The Warriors all rolled into one.
SALLY (FEMALE, 17-19)
A middle class teenage girl, executed by the state under Cray’s anti-abortion law. Caught in the tough position of becoming a teenager mother or fulfilling her goals, Sally and her parents paid May to help her obtain an abortion.
Audition Date: 12/04/2014
Audition Start Time: 11:00 am
Audition End Time: 05:00 pm
Audition Location: Space ATX
Audition Address: 7915 Manchaca Road Austin, Texas 78745
Paid / Non-Paid: Paid
Other / Additional Compensation: Film Credit, DVD Copy
Meals / Lodging / Transportation: Meals, Snacks and Beverages, Transporatation, Lodging
Email Address for Cast / Crew Submissions: theclosedstacks@gmail.com