And now … time for some Quarantine Fun!
Carrots is done!
This was the most fun ever, running the casting of this short film as a contest during the 2020 COVID19 quarantine periods.
Over 180 actors entered the contest. We had a hard time judging and (after delays related to COVID19, cranky computers, lack of funds, and the general depression that is 2020) eventually 3 winners were selected.
Janice Lee Horn for the role of "Kim Vinneti"
Tatiana Marie for the role of "Max Whittles"
Nautic Von Horn for the role of "Dr. Jones"
Oh, boy. Running a contest of this sort is exhausting. I sent the script to everyone interested, asked that they self-tape themselves doing one (or more) of the roles, coordinated all of the email responses (hundreds of emails!), gave instructions on how to self-tape, collected footage, edited the film, and then put together my first ever "making of" film to document this wild ride.
As I said all along, I played the doctor. Only one other actor (shout out to Werner Jauch!) was brave enough to attempt the role, but he was clearly at a disadvantage not being able to see the other contestant's work and adapt as necessary. I ended up changing the doctor's scripted lines to fit the best footage we received for Kim and Max. For example, during the footage for Kim the actor's cell phone rang; we needed to either work that into the script or disqualify her entry.
Getting so many responses has been exhilarating. Of course, I saved all the email addresses so that I can contact these actors directly for the next contest! Yes. I definitely want to do this again!
~Brent ("Nautic Von Horn" on IMDb)