Senseless Confidential Now Casting


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CASTING CALL!

“Senseless Confidential” now casting in Portland

Portland, Ore.—FauxMeme Productions, LLC, a Clackamas County–based film production company, has announced an open casting call for the feature-length comedy/drama Senseless Confidential, an adaptation of local author Martin Bannon’s neo-noir comedy-drama novel of the same name. The film, to be shot in various Portland Metro locales—primarily on-location in Clackamas County—has just begun preproduction. (See a full list of available roles here.)

Local author and screenwriter Marty Beaudet, founder of FauxMeme Productions, will produce the film; Portland filmmaker Andrew Michael Bray will direct. The lead role will be filled by film, voice, and stage actor Brian Allard.

Allard is the artistic director of Portland’s Original Practice Shakespeare Festival. His recent film credits include “Rodney,” an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD, in Jon Garcia’s The Falls (2012) and the lead role of “John” in Andy Mingo’s Romance (2013), adapted from a short story by Chuck Palahniuk.

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“A laugh-out-loud comedy with a generous sprinkling of mystery and suspense…”

Senseless follows the travails of Nick Prince, a disgruntled and browbeaten employee of the U.S. Census Bureau. Nick is tasked daily with tracking down reluctant respondents in the backwoods of Clackamas County who have failed to return their census survey questionnaires by the appointed deadline.

Comedy and drama ensue as Nick navigates the dilemma of prying information from resistant, gun-toting residents and complying with his sworn duty to keep everything that happens on the job confidential, under penalty of fines and imprisonment. When he stumbles into a polygamist compound in the Mt. Hood National Forest, hilarity—and unexpected romance—ensue. But Nick can tell no one about the trouble that follows.

Headshots and résumés will be accepted for consideration until January 22. (Those received after that date will be kept on file in case of additional casting needs at a later date.) Actors chosen to audition will be contacted within the week to schedule an audition. They will be asked to bring hardcopy headshot and resume to the audition.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, February 2, and on Friday, February 7 at Post5 Theatre in East Portland. Callbacks for qualified actors will be held on February 11.

“Senseless” is a non-union, independent film project. Principal and supporting actors will be paid $100 per day, $50 per half-day, and be provided with craft services.

Principal photography is set to begin on May 17, 2014 and wrap by June 17. Postproduction and ADR will take place throughout the summer.

The film is expected to debut in festivals in late 2014, with wider distribution and DVD availability to follow.

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Interested actors or their agents should view the role sheet to see a full list of the available roles. Those wishing to be considered should email a headshot and résumé to casting@fauxmeme.com, with the title(s) of the desired role(s) in the subject line. Inquiries may be sent to the same address with “Inquiry” in the subject line.

Senseless Confidential: Roles Open for Casting


Senseless Confidential is an adaptation of the neo-noir comedy-drama of the same name by Portland author Martin Bannon. The lead role of Nick Prince will be played by Brian Allard. Two other supporting roles have also been cast (Detective Priebus and Marilee Head, head wife of four).

The following principal and supporting roles in the upcoming feature film production are open for casting as of January 15, 2014. Actors in these roles will be paid $100 per day, $50 per half day, and will be provided with craft services. Transportation from Portland to each day’s set will be available, but NO transportation to Portland or accommodations will be provided for out-of-town talent.

Those interested in auditioning should send headshot (jpeg format) and résumé (pdx or doc/x format) to casting@fauxmeme.com. The title of the role should be in the subject line. (Inquiries may be sent to the same address with the word “inquiry” in the subject line.)

Beth Swenson (17/28) — Principal
She’s the perky, precocious 17-year-old flame of our protagonist, who reappears at age 28, newly divorced with two boys. Now a little more world-weary, she’s more pragmatic and cautious. She’s the once-rebellious daughter of fundamentalist Christian parents, who has fallen back on her parents during hard times and put away her freewheeling ways.

Rebecca Olsen (22/37) — Principal
She’s the eldest, but the most recent, of a polygamist’s four wives. Born into a mainstream (non-polygamist) Mormon family in Scottsdale, she attended a small southern Utah college and married at a young age (shown in flashback montage). When her husband was charged with molesting Cub Scouts, she ran away with her two boys, only to fall asleep at the wheel. She was rescued by a passing motorist, her future polygamist husband, and taken into the fold. She is simple and pragmatic rather than dogmatic. She does what is necessary to care for the needs of everyone, without regard to political or religious disputes.

Tom Olsen (18) — Principal
Tom is the eldest of Rebecca’s boys, and also the eldest of the polygamous clan’s 25 children. As such, he bears a disproportionate amount of responsibility around the compound. But he suffers abuse at the hands of his stepfather, who sees him as a challenger to his own authority and a competitor for the affections of his mother. As a result, Tom is mercurial, at times a sullen loner, at others a defiant rebel. Tom is confused, hurt, and angry; he just wants to be loved, but he doesn’t know how.

Father John Allred (60+) — supporting
He is the nemesis of all. A gruff, old-school (as in 19th century) master of his domain, he believes that women and children should be kept in their place, by force if necessary. He believes in his literally God-given right to preside over his family and to defend all that is his from government intruders and all others. In appearance he emulates Brigham Young (although he is not claimed as a member by the LDS Church); in demeanor he emulates a third-world dictator. He is one of two characters who does not find redemption in the story.

Angie Larsen (50-60) — supporting
She is the Census Bureau supervisor of our protagonist, who describes her as “a middle-aged empty-nester with dyed hair and a smoker’s hack,” and as “a chain smoking shrew,” with a “passive-aggressive relationship with Census Bureau rules.” He also tells us she “is easily the most difficult part of my job, right up there with the gun-toting Type A respondents.” She’s a nag and a scold, who’s clueless that she comes off as a caricature.

Jerry “Rigs” Thomas (32) — supporting
He is the former PSU college roommate of our protagonist. He’s a criminal defense attorney living in Boring, Oregon and is a down-to-earth, level-headed guy who often has to dig his friend out of trouble. He is unassuming, but drives an intimidating monster rig. That he happens to be in a stable, unremarkable same-sex relationship is incidental; he will be played against type.

Laura Jacobsen (30-ish) — supporting
She is a college friend, first of Beth, and by extension, of our protagonist, whom she hasn’t seen since he was arrested ten years earlier. She is outgoing and gregarious, with a laugh too loud by half, and the enthusiasm of a teenager. She lives the hippie lifestyle up in the Villages at Mt. Hood, running a restaurant with her longterm partner, Bruce. She’s always eager to help people out, as she does our protagonist.

Brother Figley (45-55) — supporting
He is a Sunday School teacher at Beth’s family’s church who is just a little too involved in the intimate lives of his fellow parishioners. Once hired by Beth’s father to spy on her and her unsavory boyfriend in college, he relishes the fact that he is responsible for our protagonist’s arrest and conviction for statutory rape. “God’s own sex police.” He overachieves in this role when it is discovered that he took peeping Tom photos of Beth undressing. Confronted, he becomes alternately feisty and pathetic, in a rather Gollum-esk pandering to Beth for forgiveness. He is a creep. He is one of two characters who does not find redemption in the story.

Sal (35-50) — supporting
Our protagonist likes to spend his down time among the regulars at the Safari Club, where he’s surrounded by strippers and drunks who are as down on their luck as he is. This drunk isn’t our protagonist’s friend, but he’s always there to half-listen to his sad stories. (Sides available soon.)

Gretchen (early 20′s) — supporting
She’s a college student trying to earn money for school by showing a little flesh (suggested nudity only; actor will be wearing a bikini) as a part-time stripper at the Safari Club. She’s blasé about the work, but she loves to regale our protagonist with her academic aspirations. (Sides available soon.)

Mrs. X (40-50) — supporting
She is a cougar, who probably doesn’t look as good in her Victoria’s Secret lingerie as she thinks she does. Despite the fact that she is married, she’s a desperately lonely housewife who sees an opportunity to get some much-needed attention by seducing our protagonist when he appears unannounced on her doorstep.

Dr. Savage (30-70) — supporting
He/she conveys the bad news to the family, first, that Father John is in a coma, later that he has died. He/she is also the one to remove the wires from our protagonist’s jaw after his recovery from an accident. This character offers a lot of leeway for the actor and director to create a memorable character, as he/she has no defining traits or behaviors in the script.

The following featured extras may not require auditions if a sufficient acting reel is available. Variable compensation may be offered to actors in these roles, depending on a variety of circumstances; however, contracts fixing the rate of pay will be in place at least one month before shooting begins in May 2014. The featured extras will require at least three days of shooting.

Josiah Swenson (11) — featured extra
He is Beth’s eldest child who, it is revealed, was actually fathered by our protagonist. (His physical appearance must be able to convey this. See Brian Allard’s photo here.) He is sullen and irascible. He has four short lines.

Micah Swenson (9) — featured extra
The younger son of Beth, son of another father, he is the antithesis—both physically and temperamentally—of his brother. He has two lines.

Julie Bateman (25-30) — featured extra
She is one of the four polygamous wives of Father John, the mother of several children. While she has no lines, she is part of the family activities depicted in three scenes, and is featured on bicycle during a chase scene.

Deborah Murdock (25-30) — featured extra
She is one of the four polygamous wives of Father John, the mother of several children. While she has no lines, she is part of the family activities depicted in three scenes, and is featured on bicycle during a chase scene.

Merrill Olsen (early 20′s) — featured extra
He has no lines but is featured as Rebecca’s husband in a flashback montage of courtship and familial scenes that accompany Rebecca’s VO narration.

Luke Olsen (16) — featured extra
Though he has no lines, he will be featured in various scenes, driving, working on the farm, building a deck, and will appear in two additional familial scenes. He should have the build of a farm hand.

A Film Worth Doing Right


On the set of Senseless Confidential

Good filmmaking takes time

By now you may have heard through the grapevine, in an email from me, or on Facebook, that we have made the difficult decision to delay the shoot of Senseless Confidential until summer of 2015. There are a number of reasons for this, largely involving scheduling difficulties and the need for summer weather, but I came across a post from fellow indie author Russell Blake today that summarizes our situation very nicely.

In his post, Russell is addressing the many myths perpetrated online regarding indie publishing. Most are common to indie film producing as well, if not to any self-promoted endeavor. Here is Myth #5 on his list:

The best you can do should suffice.”

Russell’s response: Mmm, not so much. This is a popular refrain from those destined for obscurity. In a highly competitive business, you need every possible edge. Which means, in this one, your cover, your blurb, your concept, your writing, your formatting, [your trailer, your film] and your marketing need to be top shelf, not as good as you can manage given all your issues. Nobody cares about why you can’t produce a product that’s great. Your job is to produce it. Cheap out or try to do it yourself (unless you’re one in a million…)  and you just radically worsened your odds. Why would anyone buy something sub-par? Would you buy a sub-par car, or house, or phone, or anything, because the company producing it found it too hard or expensive to do it right? No. And neither will [your audience]. At least not for long.

I know many of you are disappointed by the delay in our filming schedule. But take Russell’s words to heart and consider the alternative. You’ll come to understand, as I did, that it’s for the best. A film worth making is a film worth taking one’s time with.

Thanks for your continued understanding and support.