What’s new on tap at Boston Casting, South Shore Casting and C.P? All three offer an ever expanding selection of classes and workshops throughout the year. Grab a pint because these breweries know how to pour a great Octoberfest.
Let’s tap Boston Casting first because they have been intoxicating our inboxes with “extra-extra” work on RIPD. We certainly are thirsty for some Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges so you need to get onthe email list or signup on the home page to submit. It’s easy and free, just upload a shot.
While you get dizzy thinking about getting picked to work on set. How about “Nailing that Audition Workshop” with Boston Casting owner/founder, Angela Peri? Or maybe an evening seminar, “Breaking Into the Buisness” with Casting Director Julie Arvedon? Don’t skip the tip, signup for a chilled October with Boston Casting Media Performance Institute now. Log-on to get the expanded menu.
No matter how you pour your beer you should sip on it at South Shore Casting with Jodi Purdy Quinlan. Jodi is setting up some classes at the Media Performance Center too, along with classes on the South Shore. If you’d like another round, send her an inquiring email at [email protected] Don’t forget to “Join My List” on her FB page. You’ll be sipping on your skills as you learn how to give a perfect on-camera audition, deliver an engaging performance all while maintaining the perfect head on your pint.
As much as we thirst for Boston Casting and South Shore Casting we imbibe with CP Casting too. C.P Casting is another large casting company whose selection speaks for itself having been the agency whose recent work included Academy Award Best picture nominee, The Social Network and The Town with Ben Affleck. C.P Casting offers a number of classes ranging from the Basics of Acting to On-Camera Auditioning and Creative Dramatics for tweens that develops listening, interacting and reacting skills by participating in theater games.
Hollywood East castings continue to be smooth with plenty of hops. It doesn’t matter which agency you brew or what class you enroll in as long as you continue to work on your craft. Falling into a chance of getting that second call back and maybe finally getting those gigs is priceless. Why wouldn’t you want to rub shoulders with all the casting agencies who know what’s happening in Hollywood East all year long?
As Broadway shuts down and Irene steals the show, Hollywood East rolls in a new storm called R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department), starring Ryan Reynolds, it is slated to pound Boston this September. Recently leaked by Colleen Quinn from the State House News Service and floated over from Chuck Slavin’s, New England Talent and Crew, the film promising to be one of the largest productions drawn to Massachusetts since the tax credit came ashore.
The newest twister to the Category 5 storm is Victoria Secret’s model Marisa Miller, who will be making her feature debut, opposite Ryan Reynolds in Universal’s adaption of the Dark Horse comic RIPD.
Robert Schwentke is directing the supernatural flick that follows Reynolds, a murdered cop who is “hired” to work in the Rest in Peace Department, a police force made up of the dead. The recently dead Reynolds and partner, Jeff Bridges, who’s been dead for a hundred plus years, wrestle unsettling spirits. And here’s a tip: Bridges comes back to life as the beautiful ‘angel’ played by Marisa Miller. Now that’s some lighting.
Alert: RIPD CASTING newsfeeds have been pouring out from South Shore Casting.
Massachusetts Film Office officials predict hundreds of jobs to actors, production and construction providing some thunder to the local economy through extended hotel stays and restaurant spending. Go Hollywood Massachusetts!
The future cast is mixed with sunshine Mary Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak and blue skies Kevin Bacon.
Hurricane RIPD is scheduled to hit the big screen in June, 2013. So be part of the storm party and sign up with Boston Casting and South Shore Casting because they know the evacuation route!
Hollywood East is bright with hot to trot Hollywood film crews all over New England. And lucky for us, our inboxes are filled with casting calls, workshops and classes.
We know there can be a lot of dilly dallying between gigs especially with the winter we had, so we thought we would share some hot happenings to keep you in the loop this spring.
Want to be a movie extra? Right now is the time to try it out here in New England. With Ted, Here Comes the Boom and I Hate You, Dad currently shooting and gearing up for shoots, casting companies such as Boston Casting, C.P Casting and South Shore Casting are looking for you.
An extra helps create the reality of the location, making the scene look just right for the main actors. It may not seem like important work, but it’s what makes the flick real. And being an extra isn’t as easy as you might think, with early morning starts, wardrobe changes, waiting in the “holding area,” and possibly working a 12-14 hour day. But over time, these experiences allow you to grow and develop your craft as an actor in the background.
This weekend, Jodi Purdy-Quinlan of South Shore Casting and Sande Alessi Casting — the Los Angeles based casting directors of Pirates of the Caribbean, Social Network — will be holding an open casting call for background extras on May 21st and 22nd at Carson Place (next to the Bay State Expo) South Boston. If you can’t make that event, there will be another casting on May 28th in Cape Cod. These casting calls are for union and nonunion actors. Become fans of South Shore Casting on FB to stay connected!
Boston Casting has sent also out at least a dozen emails announcing casting calls for extra work on Ted and Here Comes the Boom. Most of these castings don’t require a specific type and extra work isn’t the only casting going on at the hip agency. Web videos and commercial opportunities are on the rise.
How do you sign up to be an extra with Boston Casting? They offer a free agency pro tool where you can upload a head shot and resume to their database, and submit yourself for many types of auditions.
Once you’re in the Boston Casting database, they’ll contact you if you’re what they’re looking for, as long as you’re available for the entire day of the shoot. If you like this agency pro tool you can upgrade for a small fee which will give you access to your own website where you can upload more head shots, reels and even look at traffic on your site. But you don’t need to upgrade to get extra work – it’s free! So sign up and start submitting to some of these casting calls.
While your there, check out the Media Performance Center at Boston Casting. They have a fabulous spring line-up that could make any actor blush. Not only will you get the chance to perfect your craft but you can schmooze with some of the agents on site.
One workshop we’d like to spotlight is called Nailing the Audition with the acclaimed casting director, Angela Peri, founder of Boston Casting, on May 28th. With Peri’s fine eye, actors will leave with valuable insight and get connected with one of the busiest casting directors around. Room is still available, but seats are filling up fast.
Right now is the time to be part of the growing TV and Film industry in Hollywood East. Stay tuned for more upcoming casting calls and don’t forget to check out the Hollywood East Connection’s Career Scene page for more work opportunities!
In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, when most people were just starting on their journey to work, a number of local actors anxiously gathered together at the M Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston to watch the Oscar Nominations get announced live from LA (where it was even earlier in the morning). Actresses Melissa McMeekin and Erica McDermott, who played sisters in The Fighter, along with Jodi Purdy-Quinlan of South Shore Casting, and Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, who is currently starring in ArtsEmerson’s presentation of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” spoke live to WCVB’s Bianca de la Garza as the nominations came in about their feelings on the announcements during a “Coffee With Oscar” panel sponsored by the Ellie Fund.
McDermott said of waiting for the nominations, “I’m excited! I feel like a child on Christmas morning at the top of the stairs and I don’t know what Santa has left me.”
The local stars burst into cheers and applause for each nomination that The Fighter garnered.
McDermott, who had to wear prosthetic teeth for her character transformation while filming the movie, began to lose weight after she skipped enough meals during shooting in favor of not having to take them out between takes. After prompting from the wardrobe department, she began to eat more heartily as she was told they could no longer find vintage stone washed Gloria Vanderbilt jeans in smaller sizes for her.
“I just remember sitting in the make-up trailer, eating my BLT and spicy fries, and Christian was just sitting there, eating his handful of peanuts and half of an apple. He was so committed, he never complained,” said McDermott.
“They had a real feeling of company, of a gathered family, which is rare. If there was an Oscar for “Best Ensemble”, this movie would get it,” said Abraham of his thoughts on the movie.
Abraham, who won a Best Actor Oscar in 1984 for Amadeus, has gone on to star in a number of film and theater productions, and will be playing Shylock in ArtsEmerson’s upcoming presentation of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”, which will be running March 29-April 10, 2011.
“Its really one of the best things in this type of career, to be able to balance movies with theater,” said Abraham.
As for whether or not Abraham will be appearing in any future “Made in Massachusetts” films, particularly those that would require a certain sound, when asked if he could do a Boston accent, Abraham replied, “Of course, I’m an actor!”
In total, The Fighter and The Social Network were each nominated for 7 Academy Awards and will compete against each other for the title of “Best Picture” when the Oscars air on February 27th. The Ellie Fund, which provides support to women suffering from breast cancer, also sponsors the only officially sanctioned Oscar party in Boston, and all of New England, the night of the ceremony. For more pics from the Coffee With Oscar event, check out our Facebook page here.
“Made in Massachusetts” films nominated for Oscars:
The Social Network
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Jeremy Renner, The Town
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
The Social Network, Jeff Cronenweth
David Fincher, The Social Network
David O. Russell, The Fighter
The Fighter, Pamela Martin
The Social Network, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
BEST SOUND MIXING
The Social Network, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, and Mark Weingarten
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Moments before the ball dropped in Manhattan, many of us in New England took a deep breath and digested another year gone by. Now that 2011 is underway, it’s time to start making it happen here in Hollywood East and commit to a new year with the hippest casting events around town.
Right now, C.P. Casting, Boston Casting and South Shore Casting are hot to trot and filling up our inboxes with alerts for all ages. Boston Casting is seeking a one year old Hispanic baby for photo shoot taking place Friday, January 21st. The gig pays 600 bucks and the shoot involves a campaign for the Boston Medical Center, email photo to [email protected] for consideration.
South Shore Casting is on the hunt for two young boys between the age of 8-11 for the new feature film Ted gearing up to shoot this February. One of the boys will be playing Mark Wahlberg as a child. To be considered, email [email protected] don’t forget to attach headshot/resume and include TED KID in the subject line. C.P. Casting is looking for HGTV hosts in Beantown. Non Union men and women ages 32-48 need to apply.
Or how about this cool casting event happening Thursday, January 20th at the Estee Lauder counter in the posh Saks Fifth Avenue Boston from 10am until 6pm. Harper’s Bazaar and Estee Lauder have teamed up to find five of America’s chicest women, ages 20-60+, in the second-annual Fabulous at Every Age search. Women of all ages will have the chance to get a makeup touch-up from a Beauty Advisor, try the Fabulous at Every Age lip colors, then pose for a digital photo that will be uploaded immediately to their website. Five finalists, each representing a decade between 20-60+ will receive a 5,000 cash prize and will hang out with Spokesmodel, Elizabeth Hurley in New York City on April 12th. Schedule an appointment now by calling 617-262-8500 x5330.
Let us know if you’re planning on attending any of these open casting calls and don’t forget to check out Hollywood East Connection’s Career Scene page for more help in the biz!
So you want to be an EXTRA? Well, right now is the time to try it out in New England. With three TV pilots, “Boston’s Finest”, “Body of Evidence” and “Quinn Tuplets” currently shooting around Massachusetts and Rhode Island, casting companies such as Boston Casting and C.P. Casting are looking for individuals who are interested in extra work.
An extra helps create the reality of the location, making the scene look just right for the main actors. Being an extra isn’t the most glamorized job and some of the requirements include early morning starts, bringing at least three wardrobe changes, hanging out in the “holding area” and possibly working a 12 hour day. It may not seem like important work but over time, these experiences allow you to grow and develop your craft as an actor in the background. Best of all, you’re on set and that’s better than not being on set.
In the last two weeks, Boston Casting has sent out at least a dozen emails announcing casting calls for extra work on “Boston’s Finest”, the ABC TV pilot being filmed here in the Bay State starring Katee Sackhoff from “Battlestar Galactica”. Most of these casting calls for extras don’t require a specific type, but they have made it clear they don’t want the same extras who have already worked on a shoot, giving someone else a chance on the set.
How do you sign up to be an extra? Boston Casting offers a FREE agency pro tool where you can upload a headshot and resume to their database and submit yourself for not only extra work but other auditions too. Once you’re in the Boston Casting database, they’ll contact you if you’re what they’re looking for in and as long as you’re available for the entire day of the shoot. If you like this agency pro tool you can upgrade for a small fee which will give you access to your own website where you can upload more headshots, reels and even look at traffic on your site, but you don’t need to upgrade to get extra work. It’s free, so sign up and start submitting to some of these casting calls.
C.P. Casting also has been sending out notifications for extra work on another Bay State TV pilot in the making “Quinn Tuplets”, and all you need to do is to subscribe to their email notifications on the C.P. Casting website. South Shore Casting is another reliable casting company who updates their website with current castings such as their recent casting call for “Super Nanny”. Other casting calls taking place locally include “Family Feud” on April 17th and 18th in Boston. You can email them at [email protected] or call them at 323-762-8486. You can also audition online for the hit TV show, “Glee” at their Myspace page.
Right now is the time to be part of the growing TV and Film industry in Hollywood East. Stay tuned for upcoming casting calls and don’t forget to check out the Hollywood East Connection Career Scene page for more work opportunities!
On Wednesday March 3rd, Hollywood East Connection and hundreds of film and television industry professionals joined together on Beacon Hill to testify against the governor’s proposal to cap the state’s film tax credit. The “Rally before the Rally” was short lived due to weather, but as soon as the clock struck 10:30 am, hearing 3854 filled a room full of actors, writers, producers, filmmakers and others who were uniformed with yellow stickers opposing the bill. “I think it was a huge turn out, it made them know who they were dealing with,” Craig Goedecke of Mass Extra 2.com told HEC.
Deval Patrick is asking the Massachusetts legislature to scale back the film tax incentive program by placing a $50 million cap, potentially jeopardizing what is arguably the most successful program responsible for bringing jobs and increasing spending in the Bay State. Hearing 3854 lasted four hours and included many testimonials from both sides of the issue. Voting is expected to occur by next week. Check out Hollywood East Connection’s footage from Hearing 3854:
Want to continue seeing stars and feature filmmakers coming to Massachusetts? Then join actors and other film industry supporters at the Boston Common on the corner of Beacon Street tomorrow morning (Wed) at 9:30am across from the Massachusetts State House for a rally to keep the state film tax credit as is.
On Wednesday, the Committee on Revenue will hear legislation that deals with the state’s tax credit, including the governor’s proposal to cap the state’s total payout at $50 million — a move that his administration says will save the state $75 million annually. To rally against this change, local film industry supporters such Jodi Purdy-Quinlan of South Shore Casting and Craig Goedecke of MassExtra2.com are rounding up actors and anyone who would like to continue seeing feature filmmakers come to Massachusetts and providing individuals and businesses with work. 2009 was arguably the busiest year in feature filmmaking in the Bay State with actors such as Mel Gibson filming Edge of Darkness along the Merrimac River, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz doing their usual stunts in Knight and Day on the Zakim bridge, Brooke Shields making her comeback in Furry Vengeance in Topsfield, and Adam Sandler along with his comedic pals filming Grown Ups in several locations around Boston — just to name a few. For a complete list of every feature film shot in New England, click here.
Watch celebrities shout for Hollywood East and local business owners describe the benefits to them in this video produced by the Massachusetts Film Office:
If you want to a quick update on what’s happening, you can read our summary of the issue here or the call to action by C.P. Casting. We’ll be at the rally with our cameras rolling, so stay tuned for our follow-up coverage.
Tell us whether or not you think state legislators should change what seems a good thing for everyone.
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