Emory University

Wei Wei Chen, filmmaker

Production Description

Casting “Short-Term Memory,” a short student film about the delayed acceptance of truth. Synopsis: Two years after his sister Rebecca’s death, Cal and his mom decide to sell her belongings to help them move on. In Cal’s eyes, his mom is at fault for driving Rebecca away the night of her car accident. The more things he sells, however, the more he remembers of Rebecca and of the last conversation they had.

Roles

Cal (Lead): Male, 18-25
to play 17, any ethnicity; an average kid who isn’t the most sensible; he blames his mom for driving Rebecca away, but is uncertain of his belief because he can’t recall the last conversation he had with Rebecca; a bit passive because up until Rebecca died, he’s never had any real responsibility; not open with his emotions, but there is the sense that he is delaying acceptance of grief; seeking an actor who is good with nuanced expressions.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Required Media: Headshot/Photo, Video Reel

Rebecca (Lead): Female, 18-25
to play 18, any ethnicity; Cal’s older sister; she deeply cares for Cal; however, there is layer of resentment that stems from jealousy; because her mom placed all of the home responsibility on her and not on Cal, Rebecca often gets into fights with Cal over little things; she wants to make something of herself, but feels that her mom holds her back for the sake of Cal.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Required Media: Headshot/Photo, Video Reel

Mom (Supporting): Female, 35-50
40-some years old, any ethnicity, overworked single mother of Cal and Rebecca; a very logical woman who may come off as cold in her rationality; she prefers Cal to blame her for Rebecca’s death than for him to remember the fact that he was the one to have said the thing that drove Rebecca away; she, too, is delaying acceptance of a truth.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Required Media: Headshot/Photo, Video Reel

Young Rebecca (Supporting): Female, 10-14
to play 12, any ethnicity; mature for her age, but mischievous; she often fights with Cal but won’t let anyone else mess with him.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Required Media: Headshot/Photo

Young Cal (Supporting): Male, 7-12
to play 8, any ethnicity; an introverted boy who fights viciously with his sister Rebecca, but can’t stand up for himself elsewhere.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Required Media: Headshot/Photo

Woman (Day Player): Female, 25-60
speaks one line about a painting and then turns into Rebecca as per Cal’s delusion.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Required Media: Headshot/Photo

Man (Day Player): Male, 35-60
Shopper (Day Player): Males & Females, 19-70
Extras (Background / Extra): Males & Females, 18+

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearses the last week of February and the first week of March in Atlanta, GA (Druid Hills area); shoots the rest of March in Atlanta, GA (Druid Hills area).

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Film credit and free lunch on full-production days provided. It is a chance to work with budding student filmmakers and musicians.

Key Details

Seeking talent from:

Atlanta, GA

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