Locomotive (RATE to be discussed)

Locomotive (RATE to be discussed)

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Casting “Locomotive.” Logline: A drama short film about Byron “the Soul Surgeon” trying to find fulfillment in adult life after sacrificing his childhood for stardom.


Byron “The Soul Surgeon” Williams Jr (Young)
Lead. Male. 12-16
A tremendous funk singer, the young prodigy was set up for success by his father even though he’s now been placed in this adult world. His talent and capabilities feed the family at the expense of one thing he will never get back: his childhood. In a world that is both moving too fast and forcing him to grow up too fast, child Byron resorts to the use of over-the-counter cough medicine to deal with the speed of his life. He uses his love of trains to try to keep his innocence.

Production states: “We have no special requirements for the audition. We will require a parent/guardian. The minor won’t work more than 7 hours a day. We will work the hours toward his schedule. We will do everything necessary to have a safe environment. The film is to educate and prevent drug addiction in the entertainment industry and to avoid abuse toward the young artist.”

Ethnicity: Black / African Descent
Required Media: Headshot/Photo, Video Reel

Byron “The Soul Surgeon” Williams Jr (Older)
Lead. Male. 45-65
The once great funk prodigy has now fallen on hard times. The things his father has promised him come up short, and he is left living alone with only his caretaker to help him get through the day. Byron is now a bitter man, not because his funk career fell flat, but because the failure came at the expense of his childhood dream – driving trains.
Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

Byron Williams Sr (Father)
Supporting. Male. 30-40
Byron Sr ( father) knew how to capture lightning in a bottle when he first heard his son sing. He knew this was his ticket out. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Byron Sr lost his job in the automobile factories back in the ’60s. He moved his family all through the Rust Belt until realizing the amount of construction work in the South. He settled with his family in Houston, TX. He loves his son, but his paternal nature of providing for family first gets in the way of it. He doesn’t know how to be a dad, he just knows how to get money.
Ethnicity: Black / African Descent
Required Media: Headshot/Photo, Video Reel

Supporting. Female. 20-30
Someone who just loves doing their job, decides to try to get Byron Jr (old) to open up.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
Required Media: Headshot/Photo, Video Reel

N/A. All Genders. 18-30
Experienced players: Bassist, Saxophonist, Guitarist, Keyboardist, Drummer, Trumpet, and Trombone.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
Required Media: Video Reel

Background / Extra. All Genders. 18-40
Having a good time at a concert.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
Required Media: Headshot/Photo

Dates & Locations
Shoots for 1, 2, or 3 days between Aug. 28 and Sept. 6 in the Miami area, likely at the University of Miami, in Coral Gables.

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