Shooting the Prodigal movie

Casting Call: 8 supporting roles

Anne Chapman Casting is searching for local actors for principal roles in the feature film Shooting the Prodigal. This motion picture is a feature length comedy about a church that makes a movie about the prodigal son. Shooting the Prodigal has over 40 speaking roles. Keep an eye out for further breakdowns in the weeks to come. Pay from $150/day to $250/day depending upon role. We are currently seeking actors for the following 8 roles AUNT JUDITH, FORSYTHIA, SALLIE ANN, MIRANDA MAE, GUY, OLD FRED, HARVEY & TED. Submissions are open for these roles only at present.

Non-Union Low-Budget Feature Film

Director: David Powers

Producers: Ken Roy & Heather Waters

Screenwriters: Deborah Hocutt, David Powers & Greg Womble

Casting Director: Anne Chapman

Casting Assistant: Shannon Laribo

Shoot dates: June 23rd, for 4 weeks

Shoot location: greater Richmond, Virginia area

Audition dates: Wednesday, April 29th, Wednesday, May 6th & Friday, May 8th, 2015

Audition location: Richmond, Virginia

Pay: $150-250/shoot day depending upon role

STORY LINE: SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL is a comedy: a movie about a church making a movie about the Prodigal son. A brash young Jewish filmmaker from New York tries to help an overly zealous Baptist preacher in south Alabama make a movie about the Prodigal Son. In the process they both learn about acceptance, love and grace.

Submission instructions: Submit current headshot and resume at: http://www.annechapmancasting.com/belltowerpictures/

AUNT JUDITH: Caucasian Female, mid-late 60s.  Bold and plainspoken, a real go getter. Grew up in the Bronx and found success in business at an early age. She is good with money but unlucky with husbands. One of 4 Jews living in Homer, Alabama, she doesn’t always feel at home, but loves the rural estate she inherited from her 3rd husband. Has no children of her own, but dotes on her nephew. Always up for an adventure, realizing life is as interesting as you make it. Golf is her passion… golf and margaritas.

SUPPORTING $200/shoot day.  5 days

FORSYTHIA: Caucasian Female, early 80s. Old school church secretary. Crotchety and blunt, but faithful and protective of her boss, pastor Brother Bob Cross. Rules the church office with an iron first and a bullhorn, literally. Her ever present walker is more of a bulldozer than a walking aid.

SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  7 days

SALLIE ANN: Caucasian Female, late teens. Cute and flirtatious, has no qualms about getting her fellow pew mates in trouble passing notes during the Sunday sermon.   Loves being the center of attention, in fact, really loves being the center of attention.

SUPPORTING $200/shoot day.  5 days

MIRANDA MAE: Caucasian Female, 7-9yrs. Prissy and cute as a button. Winner of a scripture memory contest who is invited to share her verse in front of the entire congregation. Very sweet and quite proud of her accomplishment.

PRINCIPAL $150/shoot day.  1 day

GUY: Caucasian Male, mid 60s. Stern and unyielding, this never married CPA is chair of the church board and finance committee. He has a private CPA practice, but the church is his life. His views on how the church should work are not open to interpretation. He seems to always have a scowl on his face. He is a stickler for accountability and following the rules.

SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  11 days

OLD FRED: Caucasian Male, 80 yrs. Always willing to help, no job is too small. He is a man of few, but wise words. Humble yet eccentric. Fred lost the love of his life after 50 years of marriage. Recently his pet goat, Gracie, seems to accompany him everywhere, including church. Fred is so kind and lovable that everyone is willing to put up with Gracie, even when Fred decides to put a bonnet on her, “bless his heart”. Not a mean bone in his body.

SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  6 days

HARVEY: Caucasian Male, 60s. Ever present church board member. Continually brings up the church’s better days under Brother Bob Cross’s father. Harvey is concerned with the direction Brother Bob is taking the church. Conservative fiscally, spiritually and every other way possible.

SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  8 days

TED: Caucasian Male, 70s-80s. Church board member and good buddy to Harvey. They are two peas in a pod. Ted is very concerned with the direction Brother Bob Cross is taking the church and takes every opportunity to express his concern. The opposite of open minded and not likely to ever become open minded. Kind of a stick in the mud.   Suffers from narcolepsy.

SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  8 days

Auditions are by appointment only. We very much appreciate your interest in SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL. Submitting gets you consideration for an audition, but does not guarantee you one. You will be contacted with an invitation to audition if selected. Thank you so much!

Anne Chapman Casting

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Seeking 3 RVA Local Male Principals

Anne Chapman Casting is searching for Richmond, VA local actors for principal roles in the feature film Shooting the Prodigal. This motion picture is a feature length comedy about a church that makes a movie about the prodigal son.  Shooting the Prodigal has over 50 speaking roles.  Keep an eye out for further breakdowns in the weeks to come.  Pay from $150/day to $275/day depending upon role.  We are currently seeking actors for the following Supporting roles: GARTH, NOAH and GEOFFREY.  Submissions are open for those three roles only at present.    

Belltower Pictures

SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL

Non-Union Low-Budget Feature Film

Director: David Powers

Producers: Ken Roy & Heather Waters

Screenwriters: Deborah Hocutt, David Powers & Greg Womble

Casting Director: Anne Chapman

Casting Assistant: Shannon Laribo

Shoot dates: June 23rd, for 4 weeks

Shoot location: greater Richmond, Virginia area

Audition date: Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Audition location: Richmond, Virginia

Pay: $250/shoot day

Submission instructions

Submit current headshot and resume to: http://www.annechapmancasting.com/belltowerpictures/

Seeking:

GARTH: AA Male, mid-late 20s.  Auteur, motorcycle enthusiast, and recent film school graduate.  The most talented film maker in his class.  Working his way up the production ladder but no real big breaks yet, currently bar tending to pay the bills, and letting his good friend JOSH couch surf.   He is bright, has talent, drive, motivation and is a realist.  GARTH has few obligations and fewer possessions, and is able to jump on his bike and travel to where the work is on a moment’s notice.  After heading down to Alabama to help JOSH make a small, faith based indy film, Garth gets a great job offer on the west coast.  This is the chance GARTH has been waiting for, his character and professionalism lead him to a difficult yet rewarding decision.  He is a good friend. SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  11 days

NOAH: Caucasian Male, mid 20s.  Good looking, all American, boy next door, a “winner”.   Serious and enthusiastic as a first impression, yet becomes immature, shallow and jealous when things do not go his way.    A Youth Pastor determined to become Head Pastor, he is Brother Bob Cross’s right hand man and successor at the Eternal Hope Baptist Church, located in small town Homer, Alabama.  NOAH’s plan includes bringing the dwindling, outdated church to a new generation of congregants thru technology, and of course, dating BROTHER BOB’s daughter, EMILY.  This perfect plan becomes his undoing.  Ministry life may not be the best fit for NOAH. SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  14 days

GEOFFREY: AA Male, late 30s.  Charming, well-dressed,confident and openly gay.  Geoffrey is a very talented dressmaker/designer living back in his hometown, after many years away, to care for his elderly mother.  He owns and runs an awesome vintage clothing shop.  It is the coolest store in town, once you enter through his doors you can be anywhere you want to be.   GEOFFREY really has an eye for fashion and if circumstances were different he would be making a name for himself elsewhere.  He has been a longtime friend of ESTHER CROSS, wife of a local pastor and is currently employing her daughter EMILY.  GEOFFREY is aware he is not welcome by many members at their church but is willing to work with them and help them achieve their dream anyway. SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  7 days

Auditions are by appointment only.  

We very much appreciate your interest in SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL.  

Submitting gets you consideration for an audition, but does not guarantee you one.  You will be contacted with an invitation to audition if selected.

Thank you so much!

Anne Chapman Casting

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Casting female supporting roles

Anne Chapman Casting is searching for local and regional actors for principal roles in the feature film Shooting the Prodigal.  This motion picture is a feature length comedy about a church that makes a movie about the prodigal son.  Shooting the Prodigal has over 50 speaking roles.  Keep an eye out for further breakdowns in the weeks to come.  Pay from $150/day to $275/day depending upon role.  We are currently seeking actors for the following Supporting roles EMILY CROSS and ESTHER CROSS.  Submissions are open for those two roles only at present.    

Belltower Pictures
SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL
Non-Union Low-Budget Feature Film
Director: David Powers
Producers: Ken Roy & Heather Waters
Screenwriters: Deborah Hocutt, David Powers & Greg Womble
Casting Director: Anne Chapman
Casting Assistant: Shannon Laribo
Shoot dates: June 23rd, for 4 weeks
Shoot location: greater Richmond, Virginia area
Audition date: Friday, March 20th, 2015
Audition location: Richmond, Virginia
Pay: $250/shoot day

Submission instructions

Submit current headshot and resume to: http://www.annechapmancasting.com/belltowerpictures/

Seeking:

EMILY CROSS: Caucasian Female, early 20’s.  Daughter of BROTHER BOB and ESTHER CROSS, EMILY is the quintessential “PK” or Preacher’s Kid.  An intense and goal driven basketball/volleyball player about to graduate from Junior College.   Smart, naturally athletic, extroverted and completely bored in her small hometown.  EMILY is ready to move on and shed her “PK” role for good. With no real plan in place she is not quite sure where she is going or what she’ll be doing next, but knows that she can’t stay in Homer, Alabama, under her father’s thumb any longer.  BROTHER BOB’s at arm’s length parenting style of Bible verses and mini sermons is missing the mark for a young woman who is craving unconditional support.  JOSH, a newcomer from the big city, is quite interested in EMILY and she is enjoying the attention.  EMILY is on the verge of being lost from the flock, oddly, it might be JOSH and BROTHER BOB working together that changes her perspective.

SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  10 days

ESTHER CROSS: Caucasian Female, mid 50’s.  Beautiful, sweet and calm.  Matriarch of the CROSS family, ESTHER exudes an aura of composed command.  When she puts on Sunday dinner, it looks like a page out of Southern Living magazine. She goes overboard sometimes with the Christian bling. A supportive and insightful woman who cherishes her role as wife and mother. With her gentle manner, ESTHER is always looking for those small opportunities to positively influence the male centered, judgmental atmosphere of her husband’s ministry. ESTHER only feels comfortable showing her true self in the presence of her daughter EMILY and close friend, dress maker, Geoffrey.  Her love of fashion can not be indulged as a traditional pastor’s wife, but it doesn’t stop her from window shopping or appreciating fashion icons. Not a judgmental bone in her body. Esther met her husband while at Bible College and quickly mastered everyone’s expectations of the good pastor’s wife.  She is aware of her husband’s struggles with the role he must constantly play as pastor of Eternal Hope Baptist Church.  She is his best friend and a safe harbor for those few moments when he manages to let loose and be himself.  She wishes there were more of those moments… for her husband and herself.

SUPPORTING:  $250/shoot day.  9 days.

Auditions are by appointment only.  We very much appreciate your interest in SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL.  

Submitting gets you consideration for an audition, but does not guarantee you one.  You will be contacted with an invitation to audition if selected. Thank you so much!  Anne Chapman Casting.

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Casting call for two lead roles

Anne Chapman Casting is searching for local and regional actors to play lead and principal roles in the feature film Shooting the Prodigal.

This motion picture is a feature length comedy about a church that makes a movie about the prodigal son.  Shooting the Prodigal has over 50 speaking roles.  Keep an eye out for further breakdowns in the weeks to come.  Pay from $150/day to $275/day depending upon role.  We are currently seeking actors for the two lead roles JOSH KATZ and BROTHER BOB CROSS.  Submissions are open for those two roles only at present.

Casting Director: Anne Chapman
Casting Assistant: Shannon Laribo
Shoot dates: June 23rd, for 4 weeks
Shoot location: Greater Richmond, Virginia area
Audition date: Saturday, March 7th, 2015
Audition location: Richmond, Virginia
Pay: $275/shoot day (+10% if agent)
Lodging provided if needed

Submission instructions:
Submit current headshot and resume to: http://www.annechapmancasting.com/belltowerpictures/
Make sure to include the following information in the subject line:

Role you are Submitting for & Your Full Name

Please also include –
Name
Height:
Weight:
Age Range:
City, State:
Travel distance to Richmond:
Do you have lodging in Richmond?
Cell phone:
E-mail:
Union Status:
Please confirm you are aware that this is a Non-Union project:

Seeking:

JOSH KATZ: Caucasian Male, mid 20’s.  A bit of a flirt, charming and in a constant state of distraction, this seventh-year film school student becomes the unlikely director of Eternal Hope Baptist Church’s developing film, putting a distinct crimp on time available for his biggest passion, the game of golf.   Orchestrated by his aunt, this production is Josh’s last opportunity to make a thesis film and graduate before his funding is cut off.    He’s had much financial support from his laid-back, doting, wealthy Aunt Judith, but knows he has pushed his luck and the purse strings will be tightened soon.  Jewish-by-blood, he’s a cynic of organized religion but expresses no judgment when it comes to making friends, a trait that many members of the Eternal Hope Baptist Church’s congregation could learn from.  Belatedly realizing the opportunity he’s been afforded, Josh must gather his focus and dedication to finally finish something he’s started.  His growth and maturation during the production process are a surprise even to himself.
LEAD  $275 (+10% if agent)/shoot day.  19 days

BROTHER BOB CROSS: Caucasian Male, mid 50’s. Brother Bob is the pastor of Eternal Hope Baptist Church after the death of his much loved, larger than life, father who founded the church.   A living allusion to the “prodigal son” parable.  In his own right, he is a kind hearted father and husband, filled with good intentions, but seems unable to stop caving under the pressure of his father’s shadow and the church board’s expectations.  Though he feels trapped into playing the role of an over zealous evangelist, he’s really a reggae loving, tender, unrealized treasure.   When given the opportunity to perform, has an undeniable ability to reach even the youngest members of his congregation.  He strikes a mutually beneficial deal with the wealthy Aunt Judith that starts his film producing career.   Even as the film’s completion is in jeopardy, the production process deepens his ability to connect with his wife, daughter and some people that the church board finds unacceptable.
LEAD $275 (+10% if agent)/shoot day.  15 days.

Auditions are by appointment only.  We very much appreciate your interest in SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL.

Submitting gets you consideration for an audition, but does not guarantee you one.  You will be contacted with an invitation to audition if selected.

Thank you so much!

Spring & Summer Internships available

Spring & Summer Internships available

Belltower Pictures invites qualified students to apply for Spring and Summer 2015 internships. Interns will be involved in the production of the feature film, SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL. All internships are unpaid.

The objective of the internship program is to provide students with the opportunity to get hands-on experience and learn from professionals in each department.

Internship applications were due March 6, 2015.

Internships are available in the following departments:

  • Belltower Pictures administrative (spring & summer)
  • Casting (spring & summer)
  • Locations (spring & summer)
  • Marketing/Distribution (spring & summer)
  • Documentary (spring & summer)
  • Production design (summer)
  • Set decoration (summer)
  • Grip/Electric (summer)
  • Wardrobe (summer)
  • Cinematography (summer)
  • Digital imaging (summer)
  • Production sound (summer)
  • Post production (summer)

For more information, contact:

Patty Whitfield (email)
Internship Coordinator
Belltower Pictures
2709 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220

Heather Waters, producer of SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL

Heather Waters joins production team

Heather Waters has joined the production team for Belltower Pictures’ feature film, SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL. She joins Ken Roy as a producer. Ken and Heather will be responsible for all aspects of producing the film. Heather’s responsibilities include Audience Engagement, Marketing and Distribution. She and Ken will work with Director David Powers in providing creative leadership for the project.

“I couldn’t be more excited to work with David, Ken, and the entire Belltower Pictures team. I believe we have a unique opportunity to make history with this film, and I’m looking forward to being part of a team that I know will rise to the occasion and see that through,” Heather said.

A major part of Heather’s work will be developing and implementing a strategy to engage the audience from the early stages of pre-production and continuing through release.

The concept of the Audience Engagement Producer is a relatively new one. “We are on the cutting edge in deploying this strategy by bringing in a seasoned professional as a key member of our filmmaking team,” said David, President of Belltower Pictures. Among other things, Heather will help build strategic plans for long-term audience engagement as a part of the distribution strategy.

Heather has worked in several facets of the entertainment industry for more than 20 years. She is co-founder of Creative World Awards, a screenwriting development company & international competition.

In 2010, Waters founded the Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF). RIFF brings 120+ international film screenings, industry panels, Q&As, live musical performances, red carpet awards, the FLOW Collective, and entertainment mixers that bring the spirit of Hollywood to Richmond at the Virginia Historical Society, Bow Tie Movieland Criterion Cinemas, and the historic Byrd Theatre.  This year’s festival is scheduled for February 26 through March 1.

As a writer, producer, and director, Heather has been instrumental in such film projects as The People v. God; Sleep to Dream; Stillwater Lake; Trading Ages; Strive; and The Youth Roundtable Project, and more. She serves as the President of the Virginia Production Alliance (VPA), the leading advocacy organization responsible for bolstering film and developing crew and talent across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

(photo by Peg Crowder)
Green Light

SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL gets green light

The Belltower Pictures board of directors has given the “green light” to production of their first feature film, SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL.

Principal photography will begin in May or June 2015 with a release date in 2016.

Ken Roy will produce and David Powers will direct the film, from a screenplay by Deborah Hocutt, David Powers and Greg Womble.

Although Belltower had been doing preliminary work on the film for several months, the decision to proceed with production comes at this point following a significant financial commitment last week which completed the first phase of fundraising. As a 501c3 non-profit company, Belltower Pictures has been seeking tax-deductible gifts to fund the film. They will continue to seek additional funds for marketing and promotion. To make a contribution, click the “Donate” link at the top of the page.

Cast and crew calls will begin in January. Location scouting has already begun.

The film will depend on a large number volunteers and interns who will help in all areas of production. To volunteer, email volunteers@Belltowerpictures.com.

How-it-Works

Belltower Pictures launches Live to Serve Campaign

Belltower Pictures has launched a Live to Serve campaign to raise money for our first feature film, SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL – and we need your help! No donations required though!

Live to Serve is a Richmond based ecommerce site where you can shop for vouchers good at local merchants and drive 50-70% of every transaction to Belltower Pictures. Yes, you read that right. 50-70%!

You can purchase all sorts of things: Dinner out, a massage, Mini-Golf, Paint Ball, Bowling, coffee, Segway tours and much more! There’s something for everyone and you can purchase not only for yourself but as gifts.

Live to ServeThe campaign continues through Christmas Day.

This is a great way to do your Christmas shopping and support Belltower Pictures at the same time.

Here’s what to do in 3 Easy Steps:

1. Go to www.livetoserve.com and search for Belltower Pictures. Select our cause.

2. Purchase vouchers for local merchants.

3. Have fun and enjoy knowing that 50-70% of everything you purchased goes back to Belltower Pictures.

When you buy a $30 voucher, you get $30 worth of value, but $15 or more goes back to support the production of SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL! Its a win-win proposition.

Live to serve… and join us through December 25.

Dr. Michael J. Clingenpeel, Senior Pastor of River Road Church, Baptist, talks with Belltower Pictures President David Powers during the clergy gathering October 23.

Richmond-area clergy hear plans for film

Twenty representatives from Richmond, Virginia area congregations and ministries gathered October 23 to hear plans for the production of SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL, the first film from Belltower Pictures.

The gathering, hosted by Bobby and Jeff Ukrop at the Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods headquarters, marked the public kickoff of the production, slated for principal photography in May 2015. The first activities of pre-production include setting up volunteer teams to handle catering, craft services, first aid, transportation, production office coordination, donations, security, interns, and extras. Another team will coordinate the prayer effort throughout pre-production, principal photography and post-production.

Executive Producer David Powers asked the church leaders to pray for the production. “Pray that we will effectively tell God’s story, God’s way. Pray that God will provide all the money, people and resources needed. Pray for the audience. Pray that the cast and crew will become one – modeling the Kingdom of Heaven.”

He also asked them to help spread the word among their congregations and help recruit the hundreds of volunteers needed in all aspects of production.

One of the biggest challenges of the endeavor, David said, and one which he invited the leaders to join in solving, is how to engage the audience. “Most ‘Christian movies’ have a relatively easy-to-reach audience: church members. Obviously, we hope church folks will see the film. But we want to reach those who are turned off from church. Where are they? How do we communicate with them? How do we engage with them before, during and after the movie opens?” He invited the ministry representatives to join the collaboration on how to effectively engage the audience for the film.

Get all the details in the Clergy Gathering handout (downloadable pdf).