Tuesday, April 20, 2010

updated information for saturday's audition in Little Rock

Final Cast Call / Auditions in Little Rock for sex trafficking movie April 24th 9:30 – 5:30


Open Auditions

Date: April 24th

Time: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Location Arkansas Studies Institute (ROOM 110)

401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR  72201



AMMO: The Arkansas Movie Makers Organization is in development of a sex trafficking movie project.

The new title is HEARTLAND PRICINCT: Missing Girls


The former working titles were "I Was Trafficked" and "Girls for Sale"


A Cody G. Carson film


This movie deals with the tough subject of sex trafficking.


This film is to be shot in HD digital and designed for theatrical release as a crime chiller. It is the first project of AMMO: the Arkansas Movie Makers Organization. AMMO has higher standards of decency than typical Hollywood productions. Although this movie will not be kid-friendly viewing, the movie does contain pro-family values and addresses some of the root causes of Human Trafficking. It also contains information that may help rescue some of the 100,000 sex slaves currently held captive in the United States (average age 11).


Projected Rating

The target rating for this movie is PG-13. There will be no nudity, however it may be implied. Some of the scenes will be very intense and may cause the movie to get an R rating. There is no profanity written in the script, however, if an actor adds mild profanity during filming, it will be the director's discretion if it remains.

To get an idea of the thematic elements, see the movies "Human Trafficking" and" Taken".


Shooting Dates

The planned main shoot is currently scheduled for the last week of July and first week of August including the preceding and following weekends. Second unit shooting will begin as soon as all elements of the project are ready and the locations become available. Local residents will be needed as extras and bit parts for second unit filming. Additional cast calls may be posted in the Arkansas market as needed to fill these roles.



SAG Pay Scale Goal

Because the project started with a zero budget plan, all actor salaries and travel expenses will be deferred until distribution unless a higher budget level is reached. If enough investors come onboard, deals may be made with some or all actors for all or partial front end pay.


Although nothing has been finalized at this time, it is our goal to make this production in accordance with a SAG Ultra Low Budget agreement and at least offer scale (or better) rates to the smaller roles and higher than scale rates to the lead and main supporting roles. However, we are still early in pre-production and these details have not yet been finalized.


Bottom line: If this movie does not sell, then you will not be paid. If the movie sells well, then you will be paid SAG scale as a starting point, and distribution will determine what (if any) extra bonuses are paid.  However, pay should NOT be the issue about working in this movie.  Many have signed onto the project considering it to be a helps ministry for the victims of sex trafficking. 


Shooting Dates

The planned main shoot is currently scheduled for July 24th through August 8th. Second unit shooting may begin as soon as all elements of the project are ready and the locations become available. Quality is the utmost priority for this venture.


SAG and non-SAG actors

The current plan is to make this a SAG ultra low budget project, but nothing has been finalized yet. Our goal is to use SAG and non-SAG actors.


Film Budget

This project first began with a zero budget or ultra low budget plan in mind. The script was being written so that the movie could be made with the voluntary participation of people, cameras, locations, props, equipment, and sweat equity. Many of those elements still exist under the current plan; however, recent financial developments and sponsorship have dramatically increased potential production quality expectations. Police department and hospital sponsorship are still needed to bring the production up to the level it needs to be, but progress is being made. The final product will be of professional grade quality, but will shot for a fraction of the estimated cost.


Other Auditions

Ft. Worth TX auditions are May 1st.

Memphis TN auditions are May 8th

There will be no Tulsa OK auditions (OK residence may attend Dallas or Little Rock auditions or send self-made audition CDs/DVDs. 



If not attending an audition, self-made audition reels must be sent before May 5th. Casting assignments will be made after the May 8th Memphis audition


Updated Principle Casting Breakdown

As of this posting all roles are open.


Lead Characters:


Sheriff Nick Middleton – (Mid to late 40s) White. Tall and tough looking. Does not have to be super handsome, but he is not unattractive. Can be slightly heavy. He is confident, strong, and moral. A family man made serious by his job. Former Military. . He is fast paced, sharp, well educated, serious, and sometimes emotionally distant.  He is an Alpha Male softened by having the compassion of Christ. Nick is NOT country, or cowboy, or redneck. He would only wear a cowboy hat on Halloween. He has no noticeable southern accent.


Mary Montgomery – (17) White. Fashion model or glamour model looks. She is untouched and unkissed. She is a head-strong outspoken conservative Christian activist who runs a home based video pod cast, talk show and blog. She is like a female version of Rush Limbaugh. Mary is no Southern Bell, has no accent. She could easily be a full-time news anchor. Her only local intellectual match is Todd Middleton. Like the "Lion and the Lamb" Mary has the peaceful, gentile compassion of Jesus Christ, but when confronted by enemies she is bold, confrontational, and can be like Jesus when he chased the money changers out of the temple. Bottom-line; she's a head-strong leader. Home schooled and academically ahead of her public school counter parts.


Kaydi Jones – (12) Cute, innocent and naïve in the beginning, but it does not last long. She is kidnapped by sex traffickers and is, raped, beaten, psychologically tortured and is being trained to be an underage hooker. Sometimes, she is "hollow" and distant (in shock). Other times she is very aware and frightened. Not a whole lot of speaking lines, but plenty of screen time all the way through the movie. She must act with her eyes. (Excellent acting skills with a very wide range are mandatory.)


Mike – (40- 50) White. Leader of the small sex trafficker gang. A cunning and forward thinking businesslike entrepreneur building an illegal local sex industry from the ground up. He takes pride in his small operation, Good at delegation. Only mean when needed. He does not think he is evil; he is amoral. Mike is not country, but can have a SLIGHT Southern accent. He is personable and could have been a doctor, lawyer or politician. He is well educated and knows psychology. He is a pick-up artist who uses his skills on the internet to trap underage girls by using fake social network profiles of 15 – 18 year-old guys. He truly thinks that he is the natural result of secular Evolutionary philosophy.


Deputy Holly Vega – (30 – 40) White or Latino. Attractive, tough, moral, adventurous, a Mustang car lover, who is good with computers and guns. Comfortable as a detective or undercover cop. If she was in a Bond movie, she would be the girl that Bond wanted, but couldn't have.  She is strong, single and not looking. She is Sheriff Middleton's tough case partner and a good friend. Holly is outwardly a tomboy, but has a natural sex appeal that attracts younger guys. She hides her inner girly, girl vulnerability from everyone except Sheriff Nick Middleton and Detective Truman Ford.


Detective Truman Ford P.I. (40s) Can be White, Latino, or Asian, He is moral and inwardly attractive. He is a team player. He becomes the unexpected love interest of Detective Holly Vega during the investigation; therefore, physically he needs to be someone that Holly Vega would be interested in. Truman is NOT country, cowboy, or redneck. He would never wear a cowboy hat and has never ridden a horse. He is no alpha-male, but his integrity is rock solid and he is naturally charming & strong. He can talk with a woman openly about his feelings making him irresistible to many contemporary women. He downplays himself with playful non-sincere cockiness. He is a wholesome, open-book, good guy. Friendly, trusted and loyal. However, he is somewhat troubled inside by all of the evil he has seen in this line of work. He is a Corvette fan and former racer. 


Supporting Characters


Derrick – (25 - 38) Black, big, scary and super strong; he could be a lineman on a College football team. He has a loud, deep voice. He is a sex trafficker who enjoys being abusive. He's a loose cannon, rapist, and murderer. He is head-strong and is sometimes a challenge to control. The girls fear him the most; he can unnerve you just by being in the same room with you. Over the top bad guy.


Rodney – (30s) Hispanic or white. Medium to small, thin. A sex trafficker, a follower. Has a soft spot, but it does not keep him from doing his job training the girls through rape and abuse. He offers occasional kind words and what he feels is encouragement.  He is bossed around by Derrick and is often stuck doing the cooking and laundry. He is a creepy, greasy, sleazy, weasel.


Todd Middleton (17) the Sheriff's son and Mary's boyfriend. A handsome, tall, thin, karate geek, science fair winner and inventor. He is fearful of elaborate government and corporate conspiracies. He is Mary's cameraman. A follower. A romantic dreamer. He honors his commitment to not try anything with Mary.


Clare Middleton – (40- 42) White, Asian, or Native American. A bit heavy due to change of life. Intimidated by Agatha's beauty. She's not the insecure jealous type, but suspects her husband's friendship with Holly Vega is a pending affair.


Deputy Sean "Gung Ho" Briggs – (24) A rookie deputy. A former U.S. Marine fresh out of active duty as Corporal in Force Recon. He is a testosterone juiced, macho, jock and ladies' man. He would be a total jerk except for his dedication to his job and hunger to save the world that gives him a likeable hero quality.


Allen Craig – (51) Rough looking truck driver pedophile caught in sting operation who later becomes a witness. A story teller. Can't tell when he is being truthful.


Princeton Montgomery M.D. -(50)  Mary's father and a surgeon. A dedicated family man and strong Christian role model. Confident attractive and wealthy.


Agatha Montgomery -(37- 40) A retired model, Mary's mother and Princeton's wife. She's responsible for Mary's beauty, conservative Christian morals, and home schooled education. 


Pam -(13- 15) White. An innocent girl who is kidnapped by the sex traffickers. The movie's plot has violent intensity in store for this character; the actress must have excellent dramatic skills. However, this role may not be suitable for many young girls to play.  


Jack Jones – (30s) Kaydi's father. A loving parent who has no clue about the world's dangers. Carefree, until his daughter is taken, then he steps into action.


Jenny Jones – (30s) Kaydi's Mother. A loving parent naïve about how fast her daughter is maturing. Feels helpless and lost after her daughter is kidnapped. 


Deputy Lucy Smith – (40+) Any race. Average appearance and build. Not too many speaking lines, but meaningful on camera time throughout the movie.


Minor Supporting Characters


Rachel – (10) A pre teen sex slave. Dramatically intense filming required. Must have excellent acting ability with her eyes and facial expressions. Not a suitable role for everyone to play.


Deputy Jeff "Razorback" Spelling (30-45) A rookie deputy and the side-kick friend of Sean "Gung Ho" Briggs. He is more of a tag-a-long in this movie, but may be developed more in a sequel.  


Karen -(14) The young actress who is used as bait in the opening action sequence sex predator sting operation.


Lance -(50) Any race. Owner of Memphis nightclub/brothel. Has V.I.P. contacts. Upscale businessman. No one would suspect he's involved in the sex industry.


Humphrey – (50-60) Lance's assistant and an auctioneer during slave trading. Heavy, short. Any race. A frustrated blue collar worker turned thug.


Small Parts


Mrs. Woods -(60) Black. Strong. Loud. Richard's grandmother. Opinionated.


Richard Woods (14) Black. He is an angry rebel hooked on porn and alcohol until he gets a surprise wakeup call from the police.


Bobby – (30s) A clean, attractive pedophile caught in opening sting operation.


Officer One (30s) A policeman who makes a traffic stop.


Senator (50 – 60) Male. Any Race. Pedophile. May or may not see his face. He buys an hour with a Rachel. He's Lance's friend visiting the Brothel for pleasure.


Dr. Gray (45 - 60) Any Race. Either gender. The ER doctor who saves Todd


Debbie (12-15) A sex slave delivered to the Memphis brothel. (ad-lib lines only)


Tina (24) Attractive and fully trained sex slave/prostitute at the Memphis Brothel.


Bidder One – (30+) Male; Any race. A brothel owner who buys sex slaves from the Memphis brothel. Should be only a one day filming requirement.


Bidder Two – (40+) Male; Any race. A brothel owner who buys sex slaves from the Memphis brothel. Should be only a one day filming requirement.


Bidder Three – (40+) Female; Any race. A brothel owner who buys sex slaves from the Memphis brothel. Should be only a one day filming requirement.


Bidder Four – (50+) Male; Any race. A brothel owner who buys sex slaves from the Memphis brothel. Should be only a one day filming requirement.


Deputy One – (30ish) a heavy "been there done that" cop at home on the job.


CSI Investigator One (25 – 45) Can be any race and either gender. (one liner)


Mr. Green (ad-lib only) ( 45-55) White. Can be any size. Can be disabled.


Mark Montgomery (10-15) (one liner) White. Mary's Younger brother.


Pete Montgomery (10-15) (one liner) White. Mary's Younger brother.


FBI Agent Marty Wright (ad-lib lines) (30 – 50) Male. Any Race


FBI Agent Jan Fredricks  (ad-lib lines) (30-50) female. Any Race


Body Guard One (ad-lib lines) (25 – 40) Male, Any Race. Senator's Body Guard.


Body Guard Two (ad-lib lines) (25 – 40) Male, Any Race. Senator's Body Guard


Girl One in Club (one liner) (18 – 35) Female. Beautiful, and kisses Lance. 


Girl Two in Club (ad-lib lines) (18 – 35) Female. Beautiful and kisses Lance. 


Voiceover work


Caller One  (20-30) Male. A disgruntled Democrat


Caller Two  (40 – 50 ) Female . A proud Republican


Caller Three (25 – 35 ) Female. A concerned independent


Police Dispatcher (40 – 50) either gender



Note: The status for some of the roles may change as the script is modified for actual shooting.


For script sides, detailed audition information and more, join our AMMO yahoo group at:  http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/AMMO_Arkansas_movie_makers_organization/


We also have a LinkedIN group at: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2709663&trk=anet_ug_grppro


However, the script sides are only available from the yahoo group. Please try to answer your questions at the yahoo group before emailing Candlelight Pictures, we are getting 100 – 300 emails per day about this project and your reply may be delayed several days. Again, join the yahoo group for instructions and materials to read at the audition.


This is the first project of AMMO: the Arkansas Movie Makers. AMMO has a higher standard of decency than typical Hollywood productions. Although this movie will not be kid-friendly viewing, it is a pro-family movie that will help prevent young girls from being kidnapped by sex traffickers.


We are currently seeking sponsorship from Police departments, hospitals, clinics, churches, women's help organizations, human rights organizations, anti-human trafficking organizations, pro-family organizations and private business owners. If you are a potential sponsor or investor, you may contact Cody G. Carson at CandlelightPictures777@gmail.com 


For your convenience, we are now including the same detailed instructions for the Little Rock Audition that you can find in the yahoo group. However, you must join that FREE group to get the script sides. (A note for aspiring actors: Script sides are pages of the script you can read in your audition)



Qualifications for Audition

Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. This is because audition time and space is limited. Minors will not be allowed to participate in this film project without written permission by someone legally responsible for the minor. Therefore we cannot allocate the time needed to audition anyone who will not be given permission to participate in the project. Also, the audition is located in a public place in the downtown area and there will be no AMMO sponsored supervision of minors.


The AMMO organization is NOT responsible for the safety of any person who chooses to attend a public audition, either as a participant or the guest of a participant. The AMMO organization is not responsible for the conduct of anyone at or near the public audition location. The AMMO organization will not be responsible for any loss or theft of private property, or any theft/damage to a motor vehicle parked in public or private parking.

General Safety

As a general safety precaution, we prefer that females of any age not come to any type of audition function alone. If AMMO members identify suspicious or disruptive behavior by anyone attending the audition, such persons will be forced to leave by the off duty police officers attending the event as AMMO members.

Where and When to Arrive

Report to the Arkansas Studies Institute (room 110) any time after 9:15 A.M. Auditions begin at 9:30 sharp. (No one is allowed inside the building before 9 A.M. and it will take us a few minutes to get in and set up.) If you choose to arrive early, you may line up in the main library parking lot. The Arkansas Studies Institute parking lot entrance is close to room 110. Note: You may prefer public parking because the library parking will cost about $2 per hour. For specific directions, go to mapquest, type in your "From" address and the "To" address. This will give you specific directions to the Arkansas Studies Institute, across street from  the River market in Little Rock.


Arkansas Studies Institute

401 President Clinton Ave,

Little Rock, AR 72201         Phone 501-320-5700


First Come First Serve

The audition is first come, first serve. The first 15 people to SIGN THE ROSTER will audition during the first hour; the second fifteen will audition the next hour and so on. This means that only the first 110 people to sign the roster will get a chance to audition before the audition closes. Remember that if you arrive and see 110 or more people in line, it does NOT mean you are too late to get a chance to audition. Many people will attend the event with both parents and other family members. We will announce when the roster is full. In the event of a heavier turnout, remember that we do accept self-made 1 to 4 minute video taped audition reads in DVD, CD and VHS formats, but DVD is preferred.  You may also email your audition. The preferred method of sending audition reels is by yousendit.com. Some other services are blocked by our filters.

With Freedom Comes Responsibility

Once you have signed the roster, you are free to rehearse, network, hangout in the waiting room, leave and return, visit the shops in the River Market or whatever. You must, however, return early enough to be called into the filming room even if we run ahead of schedule. If you miss your turn, you will be placed at the back of the waiting list and may not get a chance to audition before the building closes.

When you are called

When you are called for your turn, you will be escorted to room 132 for your script read. Room 132 is an executive video conferencing room with a glass wall and glass entrance door. You will stop behind the person who is waiting to go next. This will be before you reach the glass wall so that the audition in progress cannot be seen by you. You are not allowed to wave at or otherwise distract the judges through the glass wall. If we have enough script readers, one will be waiting for you outside the room; you will assist them in locating and marking your chosen script sides and that reader will accompany you into the filming room when it is your turn. If no extra reader is there, you will do this function quickly when asked to enter the filming room.  (If we do not have enough script readers, you may be asked to volunteer as a script reader for next person to audition.) 

Your 4 Minutes of Glory

When you are asked to enter, your four minutes has already started. (If you have not yet spoken with a script reader, then you must first discuss your script sides selection with the reader. This will NOT extend your allotted time). You will then stand on the mark in front of the camera. You will be located across from the center of the executive conference table and across from 2 to 8 judges at a fairly close range. You will take your cues from the camera operator who will be video taping your audition read. When the cameraman is ready you will state your name and the character(s) you are reading for while facing the camera. Then you will wait one or two seconds and begin your read(s) WITHOUT looking into the camera. (The only exception to this is when reading for Mary Montgomery while her character is doing the live pod cast scene)

Note 1: In addition to reading script sides, you are allowed to perform a 1 minute (non-comedy) monologue from any movie, stage play or TV show provided it does not contain profanity or vulgarity. Our goal is to see your ability to act and show natural emotions.

Note 2: Reading for a character does not mean that is the only character you will be considered for. Many characters do not have sides to read from. Choose to read from something you can perform well, and the producers' casting committee will match you to the best part available.

Note 3:  Pick the best 4 minutes you can perform. In your read, you can choose to read for MORE THAN ONE character. However, it is your responsibility to make sure the script reader is notified of what sides you are reading from AND that the script reader has found that side before you begin reading.

Note 4: Except for Mary Montgomery, slave girl parts do not have many speaking lines; However, these roles require exceptional acting skills and some of them have a lot of on camera time and facial close-ups. If auditioning for one of these roles, we need to see believable fear, pain, depression, horror, and anger. You may provide your own monologue, or can read a Holly Vega monologue and then to show range, counter that by performing the side titled Mary and Todd together.

Note 5: The script sides provided altered script pages. The action / directions have been removed, so feel free to be creative as long as it is real. Conversations from different parts of the script have been linked together with minimal notification of a scene change. When you transition from scene to scene during your read, try to display emotions appropriate to what is being discussed. Without overacting, try to show some range of emotion.      

When Your Time Is Up

After your four minutes have expired, you will be stopped even if the scene you are reading is not yet finished. At that time, you are excused to return to room 110 to pick up any friends or materials you have left there. There will be no time to visit with the judges. If you have questions, please address them to the host or hostess in room 110. You are welcome to network or visit with the people in room 110 after your read if there are plenty of available chairs. Seating priority is for those who have not read yet and for the two to four friends or family of the person who has not yet auditioned. If the room is crowded, please leave the room; there are plenty of places in the River Market area to network with newfound friends.

 Notes for Building Characters in Your Rehearsal

Holly Vega has 8 pages of sides so that the talent can better understand her complex mix of strength and vulnerability. It is not intended for anyone auditioning to read all 8 pages in their audition. If you audition for Holly Vega, pick one of the two monologues and one or more other scenes to fill your four minute block. Identify the scene you want the script reader to assist you with before you begin your monologue so that the script reader is ready for you when you finish your monologue presentation.

Sheriff Nick Middleton and some other characters have two sets of sides. Anyone auditioning for the Sheriff should read the side titled Nick and Clare together. It is suggested that the "interview with Jenny Jones" sides be used in the audition with the Nick and Clare together sides for a better Sheriff Nick Middleton read.  Be sure to NOT present Sheriff Middleton as country. Country sheriff stereotypes or heavy accents will not be considered. 

Mary Montgomery has two large sides. The one titled Mary and Todd together is a glimpse of Mary as she is filled with high hopes and dreams (the Heartland's sweetheart). The other part of the sides shows Mary in her three needed characteristics. When she talks with Todd, she is Mary, the gentile. When she talks to the callers, she is Mary the fighter as well as Mary the friendly. When she does her pod cast as a reporter, she is looking into the camera and is Mary the Professional.

Call Backs

At this time, there is no scheduled call-back audition. All minor and most supporting roles will be filled with one audition read. If there is difficulty making a decision about one or more of the lead or supporting roles, a small call-back audition might be scheduled.

Casting Priority

Most small roles and bit parts will be reserved for Arkansas residents. This is to ensure that the production does not get delayed by the last minute no show of a small part. The lead and larger supporting roles are open to any U.S. residents.

When You Will Be Contacted

Please understand that the production staff is already overworked. Casting assignments will not be made until after May 8th. The best way to keep track of our progress is to join the AMMO yahoo group. If you are cast, then obviously you will be notified. If you are not cast, we will try to contact you, but cannot guarantee when. For Arkansas residents, there will also be calls for extras as needed during production. These will be posted in the AMMO yahoo group and on the Little Rock craigslist. 

To Get a Copy of the Script Sides

It is YOUR responsibility to print your own copy of the script sides. There are two current ways to get access to them. The most preferred way is to join AMMO's yahoo group. Once approved, you can access the files link located on the left hand side of the home page. There is a folder named "sides for sex trafficking movie". Click that link and download what you want. Here is your link to join:


The alternate method is to email CandlelightPictures777@gmail.com and request script sides. Candlelight Pictures currently receives 100 – 300 emails per day, so response times may be very slow. 

One community use set of sides will be provided for the waiting room to facilitate walk-ins and those who do not have internet access. Those who audition early can choose to leave their copies of sides for others.


The script is a closely guarded document; the complete script is available only to members of the production staff and approved cast members. Segments of the script have been made available to perspective investors, producers, sponsors, and some celebrities who have been invited to participate in the project. Minor cast members may only get a portion of the script that covers the segment they are working on. The best way to get an idea of what the script has in it is to read all sides for all characters and to read the plot synopsis and character descriptions.

Copy of Your Audition

There will be a sign up sheet in the waiting room for people wanting a copy of their audition read. We do not know yet how much this will cost or how long you will have to wait to receive it. Information should be available at the time of the audition.

Cody G. Carson
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