Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Casting Requirements "Paradise"

Fwd: Anthony Cinco
Casting Requirements for  "PARADISE"


I am a casting director based in Los Angeles. I am looking for actors and models from the Philippines who speak Tagalog for an upcoming feature film, PARADISE, shooting on BANTAM ISLAND, Indonesia. The film, a thriller, is fully improvised. I am looking for actors/models who can be natural, full of life and can improvise.

We also are looking for models/actors who speak English, Spanish & French.

In order to audition, I will need you/your talent to self-submit/self-tape email @

 Everyone who thinks they are right for a role is invited to audition, so please do not send me the auditions, they should all be uploaded to the site. Over 18 only.

Thank you for your interest and time.


Matthew Lessall - Casting Director
PARADISE (shot in English, Spanish, French & Tagalog)

Producers: Oliver Guse, Max Makowski
Director: Max Makowski
Writer: Max Makowski
Casting Director: Matthew Lessall, CSA
Location: Batam Island, Indonesia (

Synopsis: A top fashion-photographer  and music-video DIRECTOR, his PRODUCTION TEAM, and FIVE SUPER MODELS head to a five-star beach hotel to shoot a video diary and commercial spot to promote the resort's grand opening. With the entire place to themselves, the young group live it up like kings and queens. But strange things begin to happen. And what should be the trip of a lifetime becomes a frantic struggle to survive

Rate of Pay & Deal: US $370.00 per day for shooting. Does not include 2 days prep/rehearsal and wardrobe, travel days & hold days. Total time at the resort will be between 5 & 12 days depending on the number of shoot days for the role. No per diem. Actors will share a chalet (see website); three per chalet and each actor will have a private bedroom. Men & women will not share a chalet. Travel is Economy Class. All meals, transportation and cell phone/internet usage is paid for. These deals are non-negotiable.

Shoot Dates:
VERSION #1 Tagalog August 26-September 4
VERSION #2 Spanish September 3-September 12
VERSION #3 English September 11-September 20
VERSION # 4 French September 19-September 28

We are shooting the same film, four separate times, in four languages: English, Spanish, French & Tagalog.  We do not always need native-speakers in each film.  In fact, weʼd prefer having a mix, for example, a German who speaks conversational Spanish or a Brit who is fluent in French.

Passport/Visas/Transfers: You will need a passport valid for at least six months following the date of arrival. Travel will be via Singapore and talent will be escorted from Singapore to the Turi Beach Resort buy production. The resort is a 35- minute ferry ride from Singapore (see resort website for details). Singapore & Indonesian authorities regularly deny entry to all foreigners who arrive with passports expiring in less than six months.  Go to: for more information.

Vaccinations: Please go to to make sure you are up-to-date with your vaccinations.

Directorʼs Note: The film is verite style. No traditional script, but a very, very thorough outline. The actors will be given cues and very clear direction within tight parameters set forth for each scene that they would improvise [so natural performers trump classically-trained thespians]. It will be in the single-shooter style so the key is that the actor has that kind of personality that lends itself to self-filming and a natural desire to comment on things and share their thoughts. Since it is of the found footage genre we actually prefer unknown actors. Think neo-Hitchcockian, not Roger Corman.

Directorʼs Bio: Max Makowski was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began making films when he was eleven. He had made over 23 documentaries as well as one experimental feature-length movie and 18 stage plays by the time he was eighteen. Max attended Brown University and spent his summers working in the film industry in Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Upon graduation, he worked for a year as a music video producer in New York and then moved to Hong Kong as a creative consultant, cameraman, and second unit director for Golden Harvest and then eventually became a director/producer/writer/editor/cameraman for Salon Films as well as CNBC and NBC Asia. Max wrote, produced,
directed & edited the feature film THE PIGEON EGG STRATEGY, which premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Trevor Groth, Sundance Head Programmer, considered the film to be truly one of the most intelligent, humorous and well-crafted films in [his] years of programming for the festival. It was also one of the most well attended films of the festival... creating a buzz around itself as well as a cult following". - Indiewire THE PIGEON EGG STRATEGY was released theatrically in 1998. Max Makowski went on to direct, shoot, and produce a number of Ad campaigns for Nike. In 2001 he directed his second feature film, which premiered at Sundance 2002. The movie was released by Colombia TriStar. In 2004 and 2005, he spent time in New York directing the Emmy-award winning reality TV show QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY. As well as THE AGENCY for VH1. In 2006 his award-winning ONE LAST DANCE,

Paramount Studios based on Max's original idea. He was hired to write/direct the remake of SHINOBI for Universal Studios, which is part of a three-picture deal at the studio. He wrote an adaptation of HAWAII FIVE-O and he wrote the story for the film version of KUNG FU for Legendary Films and Warner Brothers. He was hired to write/direct the remake of LE PROFESSIONNEL  for Studio Canal. He is Executive Producing the remake of Johnny To's THE MISSION, helped develop the live-action version of VOLTRON, he created an action-adventure film for Hugh Jackman, and is writing a live- action remake of one of Japan's most revered Anime feature films which he is slated to direct as well.

How to Audition: Actors must self-tape. With your cell phone cam/Flip Cam/computer camera, etcRecord yourself doing something while talking about things (e.g. one person was trying to build up the courage to eat a deep fried cricket while chatting with his girlfriend about life, another cooked eggs and riffed on how much they hate yoga]. Spend no more then 3 minutes on a scene or various situations.

Each film has the same cast description:


[DIRECTOR] Male, 25-35 years old. The new it guy. The fashion world loves him. So does Hollywood. Extremely talented and he knows it. In other words, heʼs cocky.  For the English version, he could be British or French...LEAD

[DP] Male, 33-43 years old. DIRECTORʼS half-brother; the oldest in the group. Used to be a respected war photographer and documentary cameraman but fell on hard times and now primarily works for DIRECTOR. Very intense. Intellectual. Serious. He gave DIRECTOR his first break on a music video for a then unknown pop group. Once the band hit super-stardom, so did the DIRECTOR. DP thinks DIRECTOR only hires him out of sympathy. For  the English version, he could be British or FrenchLEAD

[MAKE-UP ARTIST] Female, 25-35 years old. DPʼs wife. Down-to-Earth, understated, hip. She doesnʼt have to work at it, sheʼs just naturally cool and fun. Very concerned about DP; he used to drink a lot and do drugs and now that heʼs hitting a career low she worries he may return to the heavy stuffLEAD

[MS. PERFECT] Female, 18-25 years old. A model, she is serious, judgmental, but also a good person. she is a sought-after model, which is a tad ironic since she doesnʼt look at herself as a model, per se. Her goal is to use the money she earns to pay for culinary schoolLEAD

[SASSY] Female, 18-27 years old. A model. Total attitude, street smart. Tough as nails and sexy as hell. If she likes you sheʼll charm the pants off of you. If she doesnʼt, sheʼll rip you to shreds with just a look. Her father was a drunk; her mother raised her and five siblings on a nurseʼs salaryLEAD

[NAIVE] Female, 18-27 years old. A Model. Cute, innocent and funny but incredibly naïve. She comes from a small town where her father is the sheriff, just like his Daddy was, and his Daddyʼs Daddy. Having lost her mother at a young age, she is extremely close to her father. All heart. Because of this, a lot of people think sheʼs dumbLEAD

[TAGALONG] Female, 18-27 years old. A model. Looks up to SASSY; emulates her to the point of letting SASSYʼs opinions supersede her own. She turned to modeling after injuring herself trying out for the Junior Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team, something she wants no one to know about. Hipster, poser, tough-hick-wannabe. THIS ROLE REQUIRES NUDITY breast and back will be shown in a scene in bed and a scene in a hot tub. Please state in your self-taped audition that you are willing to do nudityLEAD

[BRO] Male, 18-27. A Model. Athletic, slick and a pretty boy, he is the only male model in the group. He can be quite the gentleman if he wants to be, when you arenʼt absorbed staring at his perfect body. BRO is very into Zen-living but heʼs such a metro-sexual itʼs hard to take him seriouslyLEAD

[ASSISTANT] Male, 21-35 years old. He can be that fun-loving chubby guy, totally camp fashionista, or just plain hilarious. As long as he embodies the vain sexually charged bisexual jet-set wiseass funnyman. He is the comic relief of this groupLEAD

[OLD DRIVER] Male, 65 years old. A great storyteller and tour guide. Fatherly. Smiling all the time; but also physically and mentally strongSUPPORTING

[MAID] Female, 21-30 years old. Engaged to YOUNG DRIVER. Very provincial and easily impressed by glamour and beautySUPPORTING

[AMERICAN TOURIST] Male, 50 years old. He has a dirty old man vibe to him and also seems slightly on edge, as if always in a hurrySUPPORTING