Book of Mormon


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

POSTED: October 20, 2017
PRODUCTION: Book of Mormon Visual Library— II Nephi through Mosiah
COMPANY: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
UNION STATUS: Non-Union
DISTRIBUTION VENUES: Digital Distribution
SHOOT LOCATIONS: Goshen, Utah and Deseret Ranches of Florida.
SHOOT DATES: April-May and October-November 2018 (subject to change)

LDS: Actors must be active, temple-worthy members of the LDS Church as endorsed by their current ecclesiastical leader.
COMPENSATION: Paid. Rates are commensurate with corporate/educational union scale and position of the role (lead, day, featured, background, etc.). If applicable, agency fees are 10 percent. To be paid, participants must be legally documented to work in the United States. 

LEAD ROLES may apply from any location. If selected, travel, lodging, and per diem will be provided in addition to the day-rate.

NEEDED
The production next year (2018) will portray the peoples of Ancient America between about 560 – 120 B.C. We will need adult male principal actors and background actors of all ages. Applicants may be of any ethnicity who physically resemble Native Americans of North, Central, or South America; or Semites of the Ancient Middle East.

All applicants will be required to have long hair (naturally black, brown, or gray/white/bald due to age), dark eyes, and an olive or brown complexion.

Please note: While we appreciate the inspired work of LDS artist Arnold Frieberg, we will not be casting characters based upon the physical traits portrayed in his art. This is a new project and we are open to possibilities within the confines of historical knowledge and good sense. We wish to base these characters' physical appearance on what we know of the peoples of Ancient America: that they were descended from families who lived in the ancient Middle East and that their modern descendants are the indigenous peoples of North, Central, and South America.

BACKGROUND ACTORS: Male and female, 16 and older. As noted above, an olive or brown complexion is essential. Please note that film-set days can be long, hot, and taxing. Participants should be in good health and ready and able to follow directions.
No Audition Sides required. See below for application details.

ROLES

Following are the principal roles for Year 2 of the Book of Mormon Visual Library. All principal roles from II Nephi through Mosiah are male. We desperately need strong adult male actors of all ages to fill the roles this year and in the years to come. Please help us by honing your acting skills and auditioning as often as possible.

All of the following roles require a strong acting technique.

PERIOD
CHARACTER
AGE
NOTES
About 546 B.C.
NEPHI
60 – 80
Must be 6'0" or taller.
About 540 B.C.
JACOB
40 – 60
May need to be aged.
About 505 B.C.
SHEREM
30 – 50

About 420 B.C.
25 – 40
May need to be aged.
About 150 B.C.
ALMA
25 – 40
May need to be aged.
About 150 B.C.
KING NOAH
25 – 40

About 150 B.C.
ABINADI
50 – 70

About 145 B.C.
AMULON
30 – 50
May need to be aged.
About 124 B.C.
MOSIAH
25 – 40

About 124 B.C.
KING BENJAMIN
50 – 70


This should go without saying, but we have learned from experience that we need to make this note. You are auditioning for a principal role in a professional film production. Please memorize the material completely. Study the history of your character deeply enough to understand and incorporate his character into your performance. Know what the words mean before you speak and remember that some of the best acting is often between the lines. We expect auditions of the highest acting caliber. Thank you.
 

Initial auditions for all of the principal characters listed above will be chosen from any one of four sides. If you wish, you may select two of the sides to perform, although only one is necessary. The choice is yours.

EXAMPLE: Let’s say I’m a 32-year-old male interested in auditioning for the role of Alma. As there is no side marked for Alma, I choose to audition with the side for Jacob. (That’s a good one!) I’m also interested in auditioning for the role of Sherem. So I also choose to perform the side for Sherem. It’s a very different character, so my performance will be markedly different from that of Jacob.

AUDITION SIDES
KING BENJAMIN - https://goo.gl/Krzi3k

**PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS AS OUTLINED**

- If you are auditioning for background or children, you do not need to post a video, but we do need your photos as directed.
- If you are auditioning for a speaking role, choose one (or two) of the sides listed above.
- Please do not submit any videos other than your audition performance.

TO APPLY

STEP ONE:  CURRENT PHOTOS
(1) Please take 4 still photos. A current digital snapshot is preferred. Photos with your camera phone are fine. (Each photo file must not exceed 2MB in order to be uploaded.) 
 - Headshot: from the chest upward. Looking at camera. 
 - Profile: from the chest upward. Facing directly to one side.
 - Full body, facing camera. Wear comfortable clothing that fairly depicts your natural shape. Please include your feet. 
 - Full body, profile.
(2) Photos must be well lit, without obstructing accessories like sunglasses or hats.
(3) IMPORTANT! Photo files must be named with the individual’s FULL NAME.
This is the format: “Smith, John-1.jpg”

For guidelines about photos and video submissions, please visit
http://ldsavdcasting.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_21.html

STEP TWO:  RECORD YOUR AUDITION
This applies only to principal roles. If you are applying as a background actor, skip to STEP 3.

We recommend taking sufficient time to prepare and rehearse the scene(s) adequately. Please memorize your lines. 
1) This may be recorded on a smart phone or similar device. Please attach it to a solid surface or tripod.
2) Wardrobe: Casual, comfortable, earth tones—brown, tan, gray, green. Avoid solid black.
3) Record your performance close enough to see your face clearly (from about your chest, upward).
4) Make sure your video is clear, in focus, and has plenty of light. Natural light — filtered daylight — is often a good choice.
5) Slate: Begin by introducing yourself. State your full name, age, and agency (if applicable).
6) Perform to camera, just barely off to one side as if your scene partner were operating the camera. (Not directly into the lens, but almost.) 
7) If you are submitting more than one side, please submit each one as a separate video.
8) We are looking for natural performances for film. Not theatrical nor overly sensationalized.
9) Check the sound. Make sure it is clear enough to hear without having to turn up the speakers to maximum volume.
10) Please submit one take only of each side.
11) Upload your video(s) to an online site like YouTube or Vimeo. 
IMPORTANT: Set the privacy settings to "Unlisted" (not “Private”) so we will be able to view it without a password. This means that only those with the URL address will be able to access your video.

STEP THREE:  COMPLETE the FORM
Go to this link and complete the application form. You will be able to upload four photo files to your form. (File size must be less than 2MB each.) The form also has two entry spaces where you may post the URL address for your video(s).

PLEASE RESPOND as soon as possible. We recommend not waiting until the due date.

Submission deadline for actors: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Submission deadline for background: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Also, feel free to forward this information to anyone whom you feel fits the criteria and may be interested!

Thank you! We look forward to reviewing your application!

Alisa Anglesey, Hillary Straga, and Ben Cummins
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Publishing Services Department—Casting
LDS Motion Picture Studio
300 West 2230 North | Provo, UT 84604
Main Casting Line 801-240-9300

Submission deadline for actors: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Submission deadline for background: Wednesday, January 31, 2018




NATIVE AMERICAN ACTORS and BACKGROUND ACTORS (Extras)

We will produce portions of this project through 2020. As of 2018, we will be looking for Native Americans to fill various roles, both speaking and non-speaking. These will be PAID positions.

LDS: All talent must be active, temple-worthy members of the LDS Church. (Having a temple-recommend isn't necessary. But participants must be endorsed by their local ecclesiastical leader as being temple-worthy.)


▸ If you are auditioning to be a Background Actor (Extra) or for a Child (under age 16), you do not need to post a video, but we do need your photos (see below).

 If you are auditioning for a speaking role, please prepare one of the sides listed above.
 Do not submit any video other than your performance of the approved side.

TO APPLY, please follow the instructions as noted above.

PLEASE RESPOND as soon as possible. 


Also, feel free to forward this information to anyone whom you feel fits the criteria and may be interested!

Thank you! We look forward to reviewing your application!

Alisa Anglesey, Hillary Straga, and Ben Cummins
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Publishing Services Department—Casting
LDS Motion Picture Studio
300 West 2230 North | Provo, UT 84604
Main Casting Line 801-240-9300

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