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Casting "Smile" - A Short Drama Film

Casting "Smile" - A Short Drama Film

California, USA
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“Smile” is a short exploration of the complexity, romanticization, and unresolvable nature of connection.
We follow Francesca—a struggling romantic trying to make sense of the chaos. After a brief family birthday celebration, we learn Francesca likes to live her life in the outfield. Feeling a heightened danger in affection and attachment, she now likes to remain observational. Watching, surveying, and calculating the possibilities from afar. However, repressed thoughts, emotions, and the general sense of distance from her Mother and Sister becomes an inconvenience when she learns she needs a ride home after a major dental procedure. Still feeling exiled from the help of her family, she resorts to asking her ex-boyfriend instead. An awkward car ride home rekindles buried feelings, and all of the things left unsaid make their way to the surface.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Video submissions will close on November 3rd. In-person callback auditions will take place on November 5th. Rehearsing and shooting in early to mid-December.

Job payment

$250 per day

Expenses paid - Meals


Francesca - Lead

When it comes to her feelings, Francesca is a compulsive liar. She'll do just about anything to save face, keeping a comfortable distance between her family and friends. Though timid in presentation, she is quietly unapologetic. She is always two steps ahead in any given conversation, and is not easily thrown. Francesca carries a very strong passion to care and to love, but keeps it under lock and key.

Female, aged 18 to 35

Applications closed 4 November 2021.

Nick - Supporting

Nick has grown comfortable with the way life progresses. He takes the ups and downs in stride, and never seems too jarred by the unexpected. But sometimes his own presumptuous nature betrays him. Nick's relationship with Francesca continues to both surprise and confuse him, to the point where his usual bag of tricks may not suffice.

Male, aged 18 to 35

Applications closed 4 November 2021.

Clare - Supporting

Clare has an advantageous perspective. Battling a distant mother for approval can be a lonely fight, but Clare has always had her little sister at her side. Though she finds solace in that relationship, Clare struggles to keep her sister close as they venture further into adulthood.

Female, aged 18 to 40

Applications closed 4 November 2021.

Mother - Supporting

Mother has always hoped for more. But now her two daughters have made a habit of betraying her guidance, and seem to rally against her at any given chance. Her youngest daughter, Francesca, was always the root of the trouble. Mother makes it a point to put Francesca in her place whenever possible.

Female, aged 50 to 70

Applications closed 4 November 2021.

Receptionist - Supporting

Receptionist is a very bored college intern. Deadpan, soulless, wishing there was something more to this miserable job.

Female, aged 18 to 29

Applications closed 4 November 2021.

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Listing created: 24 October 2021
Applications closed: 4 November 2021
Casting #1150985