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Nauvoo Historical Film AUDITIONS

PROJECT: Nauvoo Historical Film AUDITIONS

MEMBERSHIP: Applicants must be temple worthy members of the Church.

UNION STATUS: Non-Union

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  Tuesday May 31st for Lead and Supporting Roles; August 31st for Background and Featured Extras

 

The Casting Office of the Publishing Services Department is pleased to announce auditions for a new film that tells the story of the building of the Nauvoo temple through the first-hand accounts of four residents of Nauvoo in the 1840s. The film follows the struggles and triumphs of the Saints through the eyes of Church members who lived the temple-building experience on a daily basis. 

 

We are currently seeking actors to portray lead and supporting roles as well as persons desiring to play background extra roles. Applicants must be temple worthy members of the Church.

 

The film will be shot on location in Nauvoo as a period piece covering the years of 1840-1844. The style will be highly naturalistic and will hope to catch the real feeling of what it would have been like to live in Nauvoo and on the American frontier in the 1840’s. The film will be directed by the filmmaker behind The Hope of God’s Light and Your Great Adventure, which can both be seen at the links below:

 

The Hope of God’s Light: https://youtu.be/2w49_1a9X0Q

 

Your Great Adventure: https://youtu.be/fB0AylSalFs  

 

ROLES - We will be striving for historical accuracy with regard to the appearance of Lead and Supporting roles.

Bithia Fordham - Lead

Female; Caucasian, age range 11-18.

As a young girl/woman, Bithia lived in Nauvoo during the construction of the Nauvoo temple. Her father, Elijah Fordham, was one of the original carvers of the Nauvoo Temple baptismal oxen. She was one of the first church members to receive her endowments in the temple, and eventually moved west to Utah. In the script, she is mature and beyond her years, having lost her mother at a young age.

If applicable, please refrain from shaping eyebrows and/or permanent makeup applications from the time of your audition until casting decisions are made.

William Jones – Lead

Male; Caucasian, age range 35-50.

William was a stonecutter and craftsman who worked on the Nauvoo temple for many years. He carved the first moonstone for the temple and worked on the temple until the exterior work was finished. In the script, he is a contemplative character, weighed down by the sinful world around him and ever waiting for the saving ordinances of the temple.  

If possible, please do not get a haircut from the time of your audition until casting decisions are made.

Elizabeth Jones – Lead

Female; Caucasian, age range 30-45.

Elizabeth was one of the earliest members of the Relief Society and was known for her work supporting the temple builders and their families. She was married to the stonecutter, William Jones and was active in service in Nauvoo for her entire tenure. She is a person who denies herself comfort to serve God, always looking forward to the blessings of the temple being built.

If applicable, please refrain from shaping eyebrows and/or permanent makeup applications from the time of your audition until casting decisions are made.

William Clayton - Lead

Male; Caucasian, age range 25-40.

William emigrated to Nauvoo from England in 1840 and served as a clerk and scribe to Joseph Smith from 1842-1844. His journals and writings were key in documenting the early church in Nauvoo. In this script, he is a thoughtful and contemplative writer, putting into words the great struggle and mission of the Saints, as he shadows Joseph Smith daily.  

If possible, please do not get a haircut from the time of your audition until casting decisions are made.

Elijah Fordham – Supporting

Male; Caucasian, age range 40-55.

Elijah was an early member of the church and member of the Nauvoo Legion. After losing a spouse to disease, he raised his daughter, Bithia, in Nauvoo, while assisting with the construction of the Nauvoo temple.

If possible, please do not get a haircut from the time of your audition until casting decisions are made.

Joseph Smith – Supporting

Male; Caucasian, age range 35-45.

Joseph was the leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1830-1844. He was the mayor of Nauvoo and primary driver of the construction of the Nauvoo temple.

If possible, please do not get a haircut from the time of your audition until casting decisions are made.

Featured and Background Extras

All ages; all ethnicities that were historically represented in the 1840s in frontier America. Men should have shaggy to shoulder length hair and maintain scruff to long beards. Women will need to have natural eyebrows and hair. If applicable, please refrain from shaping eyebrows and/or permanent makeup applications from the time of your application until casting decisions are made. Extras will need to work as locals in Nauvoo, Illinois.

 

WHERE

Filmed entirely on location in Nauvoo, Illinois. Travel will be provided for Lead and Supporting roles. All others must work as locals.

 

WHEN

Unit 1 -10 days to 2 weeks in mid-September to early October.

Unit 2 -3 days to 1 week in January/February.

Leads and Supporting roles will work multiple days and both units. Number of days for each role will vary.

 

RATE

Leads $800/shoot days + 10% agency fee. Travel/rehearsal/hold days – rate TBD. Travel, lodging, meals provided by production.

Supporting $600/shoot days + 10% agency fee. Travel/rehearsal/hold days – rate TBD. Travel, lodging, meals provided by production.

Background Extras: $135/day. Extras must work as locals in Nauvoo.

 

 

TO APPLY

For Lead or Supporting Roles

  1. Select the side for the role you want to audition for here:  Sides for Auditioners
  2. Memorize and prepare your performance as directed on the side.
  3. Record your audition.
    1. Orient your camera horizontally (landscape, not portrait).
    2. Make sure your lighting and sound are good.
    3. Record yourself from waist or chest up.
  4. Upload your video to a filesharing site (YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.)
    1. Make sure your video is viewable by setting it to “Unlisted” or “Anyone with a link can view.” It should not be “Private”or password protected.
    2. Save the link to your video.
  5. Follow this link to fill out the application: https://airtable.com/shrOeqwrwgOGWpKDi
    1. You will be asked to upload current photos (headshot, profile, full body front and fully body profile) and
    2. Acting resume and
    3. Paste your audition video link.
    4. If you want to audition for more than one role, you may add a second audition link.

 

For Featured and Background Extras

  1. Follow this link to fill out the application: https://airtable.com/shrOeqwrwgOGWpKDi . You will be asked to upload current photos
    1. Headshot
    2. Profile
    3. Full body front
    4. Full body profile

 

Thank you for your support of Church media. We look forward to viewing your application!

 

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