What goes on during a film audition has always been a mystery. Do the actors just ‘read’ for the part or do they have to have a strong background in theater arts? Should they show up to the audition dressed for the part they are auditioning for or is doing so an absolute no-no? Will they even get to ‘act’ at all when they finally stand before the casting director? The Filmstock Film Festival Actors Showcase unveils the secrets of what goes on in audition and the mystery behind the audition process. The Filmstock Film Festival will begin Friday, December 4th and continue through Sunday, December 6th. The festival takes place at the Valley Art Theater on Mill Avenue in Tempe. The Actors Showcase takes place on Saturday, December 5th at 7 pm. After applying for a slot in the showcase, actors are selected and perform a prepared 2-5 minute piece that can range from dramatic to comedic and classical that they feel will highlight their talent. They then receive a re-direct from special guest and award-winning director Alejandro Montoya Marin to perform the piece a second time, with new adjustments and direction. The results are a sight to be seen, as some actors find new energy and inspiration in the re-direction, while others struggle to break out of the character they so diligently rehearsed.
Filmstock Film Festival director James A Lee had always wanted to incorporate the actors into the film festival; allowing them to not only be present as their films screen, but to also present their acting abilities before a live audience. “I knew it was important to showcase actors in some way shape or form, because they are such an integral part of the film community” Lee said. “(Back in 2013) we were trying to come up with an event that’s fun, but will also showcase acting and will also have a film spin on it. Some of the early ideas were to have a soapbox outside the theater and have an actor performing sonnets and monologues. Then we considered a flash mob of actors doing a scene in the middle of a crowd but logistically there were a lot of things that were really hard to do.” After interviewing several potential candidates, Lee enlisted the help of local actress and acting coach Melissa Farley to come up with an event for the festival. After processing several concepts provided by Lee, Farley came up with the Filmstock Actors Showcase as it is today. “Melissa did a really good job of designing the showcase in such a way that the premise of it is: what does an audition look like? What does an actor go through (to prepare)? It’s also to show the audience just how hard it is for the actors. They’re up there, they’ve got 2 minutes and that’s it! They have to impress the judges and director with their ability to move, adapt and make the proper adjustments.”
The re-directs are often totally unexpected, totally creative and expose a completely different range and ability of the actor. Best of all; it all takes place live on stage in front of an audience and a panel of expert industry judges. If you have ever wanted to see what actors go through behind the closed doors of an audition, or if you are an actor who wants to get seen in front of hundreds of people including directors, filmmakers, casting directors and more, the Filmstock Actors Showcase is just the place to get in on all of the action.
The judges for the evening include Dani Green of Dani’s Agency LLC, Isabella Hibbs of Good Faith Casting, Kevin Phipps of The Artist’s Box, Brian Skiba of Victory Angel Films LLC and Laura Durant of Durant Casting. Performance awards for the evening include Best Abstract, Best Comedic, Best Dramatic. Best Partnership and Audience Choice. The Best Actor and Best Actress selected for the Filmstock Actor’s Showcase will also receive prizes including: Red carpet interview footage to be syndicated to promote Filmstock, full VIP passes to each 2016 Filmstock event, a commemorative Trophy and footage of their performance.
What – 2015 Filmstock Actors Showcase
Where – Valley Art Theatre, Mill Avenue Tempe.
When – Saturday December 5th at 7 pm.
How much – Tickets Tickets are $5 with a student I.D. and $10 at the door.