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'Deadline'

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Company

ZB4Y Productions
Dan Przygoda, dir.

Production Description

Casting "Deadline," a short film about America's most watched and most controversial political news opinion show. The script explores how far each side is willing to go in order to win.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearses Summer 2013 in NYC; shoots Aug.-17-18th and Sept. 7-8 in NYC, and NJ.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Meals and travel provided; hotel lodging also provided if shooting outside NYC.

Auditions

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Ted sides

INT. STUDIO, CHB NEWS
Ted looks up to the camera, clears his throat. We push in on
the camera, it turns RED.
TED
Welcome back to the program, well,
if you calculate fame today solely *
by the number of clicks you get on *
the internet, my guest tonight is *
probably more famous than me, if
you can believe it. He’s the star
of a new political attack ad that’s
gone viral. In it, he accuses the
Republican Presidential candidate,
Govnernor Doherty, of being
responsible for his wife’s
death...which is leading some
people to say that the discourse in
this election has hit an all-time *
low. And I happen to agree with *
them, I’ve been covering
Presidential elections for the last
thirty years, I’ve seen it all.
If, by some chance, you’ve been *
living under a rock, or you just *
don’t have time to waste on all
this internet nonsense, here’s a
quick look to get you up to speed.
_____________________________________________________________
INT. STUDIO, CHB NEWS *
TED
Now, I understand that people
grieve in many different ways, and
no one can understand the pain of
losing someone unless they go
through it themselves. But, *
respectfully, I think your crusade
is a little misguided. And my hope
here tonight is for us to have a
thoughtful, civilized discussion *
and try to come to some kind of
understanding. Do you think we can
do that?
JAMES
I absolutely believe that we can.
TED
Perfect. Now, first off, you’ve
implied that Governor Doherty is
somehow directly responsible for
your wife’s death, explain that to
me.
JAMES
Well Ted, as you know, Governor
Doherty’s company A.C.R. is *
directly responsible for
bankrupting hundreds of companies
over the last decade. They’ll *
acquire a company, promising to
reform it, but instead they’ll
overload it with debt and liquidate
it-- *
TED
-- Now let me stop you right there, *
you’re skipping over a pretty
important point here: your company
was in trouble and was in a *
vulnerable position before A.C.R.
came in to try and save it--
JAMES
--Oh is that what they did?
TED
It’s my turn to talk! Now, you
have to admit whether it was A.C.R.
or some other firm: there was *
nothing anyone could do, everyone *
at your company was going to be out *
of a job eventually. Now, tell me
I’m wrong.
JAMES
We’ll never know, will we? Maybe -- *
TED
-- Maybe. What if? We gotta stick *
to reality here. Now, you also go *
on in the ad to say that Governor *
Doherty allegedly made millions off *
the deal, but do you know how much
your own CEO made? *
JAMES
I understand, his payout was very
generous but--
Blue (mm/dd/yyyy) 2.
TED
--Well there you go! If you’re
going to be mad at someone, why not
him? Isn’t he more directly
responsible for what happened to
you and your family than Governor
Doherty? Or the house Republicans,
or me for that matter? Why didn’t
you go make an ad about him?
JAMES
It’s more complicated than that--
TED
--No I think it’s pretty simple.
You saw this as a financial *
opportunity for yourself, and you
took it. Isn’t that right?
JAMES
No, it’s not.
TED
So are you telling me that you *
didn’t make any money off of this
ad? No one paid you to be in it?
JAMES
Look, I know what you’re trying to
do, it’s not what it looks like --
TED *
-- Just answer the question! -- *
JAMES
Then, out of the blue, I get a call *
from some people who say they’d *
help me out if I share my story, so *
of course I say yes. You’d do the *
same -- *
TED *
(shouting over) *
How much did they pay you!? *
JAMES
A hundred and twenty thousand. *
TED
A hundred and twenty thousand... *

Karen Sides

INT. HALLWAY, CHB NEWS
Back in her blackberry as they walk and talk.
KAREN
We have you in for six right now.
Ted is going to do a small intro, *
then he’s going to toss to a quick
sound-up from the ad, which will *
play for about twelve seconds, then
we’re going to come out right back *
to Ted, where he’ll introduce and
toss to you, ok?
JAMES
Did you get the pictures of my wife
I e-mailed this morning? *
KAREN
Yes, we’ll roll them in during the *
segment. And we have your *
permission to use them online for
up to a year, correct?
JAMES
Yes.
KAREN
Perfect.
INT. STUDIO, CHB NEWS
The FLOOR MANAGER wires James up with a WIRELESS MIC. Ted
stays at his desk in the BG, out of focus.
JAMES *
How many people do you think are *
watching right now? *
KAREN *
We don’t get those figures until *
the following day, but the show *
averages about two million a night. *
O’Connell gets maybe a quarter of *
that if he’s lucky. It’s why we’re *
number one in our time slot and *
he’s stuck in a distant third. I’m *
guessing that fact had at least *
some part in your decision *
making... *
JAMES *
It absolutely did. *
KAREN *
But please don’t let that make you *
nervous, just be yourself, and *
you’ll do fine. *
James smiles and nods. *
KAREN (CONT’D) *
Oh, also, make sure your cell phone *
is turned all the way off. It *
interferes with the sound
otherwise. Or I can hold onto it *
for you if you want. *
JAMES
I don’t have a cell phone.
KAREN
Perfect.

Director Sides

INT. CONTROL ROOM, CHB NEWS
Karen and the Director watch uncomfortably.
DIRECTOR
Come on...this is dead air...
A cell phone starts to RING. Ted looks annoyed.
INT. CONTROL ROOM, CHB NEWS
DIRECTOR
Jesus Karen, you gotta watch them *
turn their cell phones off or *
forcibly take it away from them! *
KAREN
Ugh, he told me he didn’t have one! *
_____________________________________________________________
INT. CONTROL ROOM, CHB NEWS
DIRECTOR
(into Ted’s IFP)
Ted, we’re getting security up *
here. Just sit tight. *
(to Karen)
Karen! Start calling Holly’s cell
phone, make sure she’s ok. Also,
call Brandon’s school. And someone
call the police!
Karen dials her blackberry. It goes straight to voicemail. *
INT. CONTROL ROOM, CHB NEWS
DIRECTOR
Ted, we’re doing everything we can,
I promise. Holly’s not picking up, *
and no one’s at the house. The *
police are on their way...just keep *
him talking. *

Holly Sides

HOLLY (O.S.)
Ugh, we had quite the adventure
today. The lugs on the back tire
nearly fell off as we were driving
back home on twenty-two. And of *
course, there’s no cell phone *
reception. But luckily there was a
nice young couple behind us who
were able to help us out. It took
forever, but the woman was really
good at keeping Brandon occupied. *
TED
Wait, this couple, what did they
look like?
HOLLY (O.S.)
I don’t know, what does that
matter?
TED
Shut up! Did you get their number
or their license plate or anything?
HOLLY (O.S.)
What is your problem? No. Look, *
if you want to get them a gift or
something don’t bother. I tried
giving the guy a fifty, but he said
they were fans of yours and just
happy to help out. Jeeze, you’re
in a mood. Tough day today?
(beat)
Oh that’s right! You had that big
guest on today, I was hoping to get
home in time to see it, but --
HOLLY (O.S.) (CONT’D)
No. How did it go?
TED
(relieved)
It was fine sweetie. There’s just *
something we should talk about when *
I get home, do me a favor -- *
HOLLY (O.S.)
Oh I’m sure it wasn’t that bad. *
Well I set the DVR, so I’ll watch
it as soon as I get back, then we *
can discuss! Oh, someone wants to *
say hi.