Chance for local actors to gain film-making experience

UCS students have an open even ton Friday February 6 to find actors and other volunteers to get invo

UCS students have an open even ton Friday February 6 to find actors and other volunteers to get involved in student film making projects - Credit: Archant

Casting event at UCS by the Waterfront on Friday February 6

Do you think you could be the next Keifer Sutherland or Keira Knightley?

Well, every successful film and TV actor had to start somewhere... and there are opportunities in Ipswich to gain experience in student films.

UCS Ipswich BA (Hons) film students are on the look-out for willing actors to feature in a variety of different types of films, for end of year projects. Tutors and students have come together to plan an open casting event and are calling upon creatives of all ages and abilities to participate. The event will be held at the Waterfront building on Friday 6 February from 2.00 -8.00pm, where the students aim to add to their database of Suffolk filmmaking talent.

The event is open to all, from actors and musicians to artists and designers, who would like to support their local university.


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Current films in pre-production include fiction shorts including Call of Light, Amazing Amy, 9MM Bullet Trilogy and several experimental short films. There will be an opportunity to audition for some of these films at this event.

Current films that need a cast include:

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9MM Bullet Trilogy - A three-part story, in the vein of Pulp Fiction (1994), that centres around several interconnected characters dealing with the aftermath of a bank robbery gone wrong.

Call of Light – A supernatural tale following Sophie as she answers a call of destiny when her partner goes missing.

A Night In - A horror comedy about a group of friends who take an argument to far. And all out breaks out”

Noting Autumn - A coming of age drama that’s tells the story of one girl’s inner turmoil, when she just wants to be normal

A Lonely Voice- A woman struggles with her husband’s locked in syndrome when she is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Poppycocks - there’s a bit of Amélie in all of us (an experimental short)

Film roles at UCS Ipswich are currently unpaid, but do give actors the opportunity to gain some or further experience in front of the camera. For those wishing to pursue professional acting, but have limited or no experience, a UCS student’s film would give them the opportunity to add to their CV/ portfolio or could even be seen as a place to start.

Alexandra Leaney, Course leaded for BA (Hons) Film and BA (Hons) Digital Film Production at UCS Ipswich said: “At the university we always try to encourage links with those who would like to use their acting ability as our students make an average of 3-4 films per year. We had a great response last year and it’s fantastic that tutors and students have been able to come together again to create what is becoming an annual casting event. It is something we hope to continue as our database will allow us to keep in contact with other creatives in the area.”

“As well as their own projects, our students work on professional work experience assignments such as promos or music videos, so their work is seen externally as well as screened at our annual showcase at UCS.”

Anyone with an interest in making costumes, hair and make-up, graphics, set design is also welcome to come along or register their interest via Facebook UCS Film Casting or Twitter @ucs_film.

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