(Disclaimer: Before watching this film with your kiddos around, please note that this short film is a romantic comedy, but there is some violence and adult language…oh, and zombies. K? Cool.)
After watching this short film, Justin Jackola (Founder of JJack Productions) stated, “Casting can make or break a project. In this case it helped make it.”
Hi everyone and thanks for joining us here at Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!
For our first post, we are excited to HIGHLIGHT a web series called DoomsDate. This web series is about two survivors who start a new relationship during the zombie apocalypse.
We chose this film in order to EXPOSE the talent behind the casting process.
Casting can be a difficult and long process. If the wrong person is chosen for a role, then the entire film could suffer a severe downfall. However, casting can be a bit easier if you already know great talent. This film is a great example of great talent working together to create something…well, great!
DoomsDate was created by three people who have been working together in the industry for many years. Actors, while auditioning can be an awesome way to showcase your talent, it’s just as important to get to know the talented people behind the camera. Network! Network! Network!
When speaking with Jeff Hadick (Director/Co-Creator), he explained that the series was shot within five days with actors from Second City. No auditions were held for the leading roles because they knew the talent already, and choosing who would play which role was fairly easy. However, when casting some of the other minor roles it was difficult to find the right person for the roles available.
In Episode 4: Meet the Press we are introduced to the character Gretchen Hope. Mr. Hadick stated that this role was originally written as a male priest, but when they found out that Robyn Scott was available he said, “Casting changed the story”.
Thank you for watching this weeks “EXPOSED” short film, and reading our new blog <em>Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-Made Short Films!</em>
See you next Tuesday!