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Untitled Experimental/Avant-Garde Project

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Studio E.M.
Christopher Ernst, dir.

Production Description

Studio E.M. is is seeking performers for an avant-garde/art-house style feature film in development. Based loosely on a formal structure influenced by the Surrealist parlor game of "Exquisite Corpse," the film will consist of nine to 13 major “tableau” scenes of roughly ten minutes each, focusing on the performances of one or two lead actors in a single location, interconnected by related actions/dialogue established at the beginning and end of each scene. The project's visual structure and formal approach concept is similar to Roy Andersson's "Songs From the Second Floor" (2000) in terms of being a series of interconnected tableaus depicted primarily through a single, master shot. However, the mood, themes, performances, style, and subject matter of this film will explore very different areas.

The film’s production process will be non-traditional, and this is a non-commercial film. The narrative structure will be built through a collaborative production process between the actors, director, and writer. As such, actor/writers who will take part in cooperatively building their own character(s) and narrative arc are encouraged to apply. Familiarity with certain avant-garde/experimental narrative feature film "looks," practices and philosophies is a definite plus (specifically: Cassavettes, Wim Wenders, Herzog, Lynch, Von Trier, Bergman, etc.).

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Development and rehearsals begin ASAP; project shoots in the summer.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Deferred pay provided. Director states: "Arts grants and other such funding sources are being pursued, but this is currently a no-budget film. Any actors cast in the film will receive a contract for deferred payment, should any profit be made on the film or any grants secured. Due to the collaborative nature of the production process, any actors cast in the film will also receive a co-writer credit and equal points on the back end."


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