Call for talent – upcoming feature film

The feature film will be shot over the next 3 months in Australia. It is a period film that depicts the rise of race science, eugenics and social darwinism – ultimately leading to the Nazi ideology. The film uses an underlying theme of dark humour – similar to the Monty Python-style. All the actors need a background as a comic.

All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Payment details: 25-50 ph
Applications to this casting call require:

A phone number
A profile photo

William Jones

Clean shaven. Side-burns. More info on the real character here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Jones_%28philologist%29
Needs to speak with a British English accent.

Males, aged 30 to 45 from New South Wales, Australia

Height: 165 cm / 5ft 5in – 175 cm / 5ft 9in
Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK English
De Nobili – Italian Jesuit missionary

De Nobili – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_de_Nobili
Roberto de Nobili – preferred moustache and beard as in picture.
Speaks English with Italian accent

Males, aged 30 to 45 from New South Wales, Australia

Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: Italian
Padre Goncalo Fernandes – Portuguese missionary

Padre Goncalo Fernandes was a 17th century priest near the Madurai temple, India. He speaks a little Portuguese and English with a Portuguese accent.

Males, aged 40 to 60 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Languages spoken: English
Mrs Jones – mother

Mrs Jones is a mother to a 12 yo child. She is proud of her son, and exaggerates when speaking about him and his achievements.

Females, aged 30 to 40 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK Cockney
Tiny William Jones – 4-6 yo

Tiny William is a little English boy. He has 2 scenes. One where he reads out nursery rhymes. And the other where he has an eyepath due to loss of vision in one eye. A cockney English accent is required.

Males, aged 4 to 6 from New South Wales, Australia

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience
Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK English
Little William Jones 9-12

Little Jones has 2 roles. One as a 9 yo and another as a 12 yo. In one he makes a spitting parody of Arabic, in another he sits on bed while books fall in front of him. In another, he sits with a cast on his thighbone.

Males, aged 10 to 11 from New South Wales, Australia

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience
Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK English
Riding School clerk

A patient though hen-pecked girl, just out of her teens, and in her first job.

Females, aged 18 to 25 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK English
Just Mirza – Persian teacher

Just Mirza is on the streets – down on his luck. He finds comfort in William Jones who lets him move into his apartment, in exchange for Persian tutoring. Just Mirza can be either farsi or an arab muslim.

Males, aged 30 to 40 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: Middle Eastern
Mrs Jones – wife

A prudish Victorian lady.

Females, aged 30 to 40 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK English
Charles Wilkins – printer

Charles Wilkins – printer. Founder of the Asiatick Society. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Wilkins A no-nonsense chap who gets caught up with a lots of bombastic big-mouths.

Males, aged 30 to 40 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK English
Alexander Hamilton (a soldier)

Alexander Hamilton is a soldier under the British Empire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_hamilton

Males, aged 30 to 40 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK Cockney
Henry Thomas Colebrooke (accountant)

Henry Thomas Colebrooke (accountant) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Thomas_Colebrooke

Males, aged 30 to 40 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK English
Dr. Horace Hayman Wilson (blacksmith)

Dr. Horace Hayman Wilson (blacksmith) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Hayman_Wilson

Males, aged 25 to 40 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK English
Louis Langles – French libarian

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis-Mathieu_Langl%C3%A8s

Previously caught for plagiarism – bit of a snake oil salesman.

Males, aged 25 to 35 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: French
Von Schlegel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Wilhelm_Schlegel

Von Schlegel

Males, aged 25 to 40 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: German
De Chezy – Egyptologist

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoine-L%C3%A9onard_de_Ch%C3%A9zy

Males, aged 25 to 35 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: French
Franz Bopp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Bopp

Males, aged 30 to 40 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: German
Gustav Corus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_Carus

Males, aged 30 to 40 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: German
Max Muller

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Mueller

Males, aged 30 to 40 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: German
Little Max Mueller

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Mueller

Males, aged 8 to 12 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Tom Macauley

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Babington_Macaulay,_1st_Baron_Macaulay

Males, aged 40 to 60 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK English
Nilakantha Goreh

nehemiah nilakantha sastri goreh – Indian Christian wrote – Rational refutation of the Hindu philosophical systems

Males, aged 20 to 30 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: East Indian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: Brown
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: Indian
de Gobineau

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_de_Gobineau

Males, aged 40 to 60 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: French
Houston Stewart Chamberlain

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston_Stewart_Chamberlain

Males, aged 40 to 60 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK English
Francis Galton

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Galton

Males, aged 30 to 40 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK English
Albert Edward Wiggam

Albert Edward Wiggam – Eugenicist

Males, aged 30 to 50 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: USA Southern
ACL Carlleyle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.C.L._Carlleyle Khakhi clad explorer

Males, aged 40 to 60 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: White
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: UK English
Shivadharma – South Indian pundit

Shivadharma has either short hair or shaved head. The tilak on the forehead. We also need 2 other pundits to speak with him in tamil. Some Tamil speech is needed.

Males, aged 20 to 60 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: East Indian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: Brown
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: Indian
Shivadharmas Wife

Shivadharma is a pundit from Madurai in the 17th century. Some knowledge of tamil is required.

Females, aged 20 to 40 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: East Indian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: Brown
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: Indian
Farsi Persian teacher

Farsi Persian teacher

Males, aged 40 to 60 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: East Indian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: Brown
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: Indian
Farsi Persian Family

A male and a female member of the farsi community. Look at pics of farsis in mumbai to see what they should be and what we are looking for.

Any gender, aged 18 to 30 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: East Indian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: Brown
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: Indian
Ganpat Rai

A crook who passes off as a Sanskrit teacher and rips off members of the British empire.

Males, aged 20 to 30 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: East Indian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: Brown
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: Indian
Pandit Khan

A paan-chewing Indian muslim who passes off as a Sanskrit teacher and fleeces the British empire.

Males, aged 20 to 30 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: East Indian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: Brown
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: Indian

Pandit Singh

An Indian Sikh who passes off as a Sanskrit teacher and fleeces the British empire.

Males, aged 20 to 30 from New South Wales, Australia

Ethnicity: East Indian
Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles – Previous paid speaking roles
Skin colour: Brown
Languages spoken: English
Accents spoken: Indian

Film Festival status for Romancing Sydney

Second Prize – Long Feature Films – Baghdad Intl Film Festival
Official Selection -
Delhi Intl Film Festival
Kochi Intl Film Festival
Kanyakumari Intl Film Festival
FIC Luanda Intl Film Festival
El Festival Internacional de Cine de No Violencia y Medio Ambiente

Selection for Kanyakumari and Baghdad Film Festival

Two selections this week!
Romancing Sydney is now in the official selection at :-
Kanyakumari Film Festival – http://www.kanyakumarifilmfestival.blogspot.in/
Baghdad Film Festival – http://www.baghdadfilmfest.com/

Romancing Sydney to show at Kochi Film Festival

International Premiere at Kochi Film Festival, India.

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‘Romancing Sydney’, an Australian  film directed  by Anmol Mishra, will have its first Indian screening in Kochi on August 16. The screening will be in the international film festival on Fridays as part of the year-long weekend art programme organised by the district administration.

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Just a clarification. The Press Kit mentioned – “His short film Ron’s Diary was part of Life in a Day at Sydney Film Festival 2011.”

The Press Release above mentioned – “‘Ron’s Diary’, had won rave reviews in the 2011 Sydney film festival.”

Rons Diary has never been shown as a part of any Film Festival. It provided content used for the feature film – Life In A Day.

Life in a Day – available on youtube

For those who missed out on watching this movie – LIAD has been available on youtube for a long time. I filmed a short film – Ron’s Diary that was a part of this project.

The Recycled Filmmaker

Here is a list of items I built using recycled items – some off the street, some bought from Reverse Garbage and the Bower co-op.

These were used in the production of my films – predominantly Romancing Sydney.

5m Camera Crane and Tripod

BMD Shuttle Mod

HVxx Lanc Mod

DIY HDMI Recorder – Blackmagic Intensity

DIY Home Theatre

Timelapse Dolly-Pan Rig

Misc DIY

Fountains is now – Romancing Sydney

Just a heads up that the name of the feature is now Romancing Sydney. We felt that it reflected the film and its story appropriately.

GH1 noise removal techniques

I filmed scenes in most of my indie film using a GH13. There are a lot of outdoor scenes at night. With the resultant issues of fpn/banding/noise.

For a flat response, use smooth film mode. And AdobeRGB.
Press menu, camera icon at top, goto pg4, drop down 1, colourspace , SRGB or AdobeRGB, click on it, AdobeRGB?
I found neat video to be the best option for removing noise.

The only issue is the settings.

I found that it brought out banding in the sky and around light sources.

Here is my workflow.
FCP7 with FCS3
Convert mts files to Cineform.
Set all the quality options in FCP to Best and 10-bit.
For noisy footage. use a round trip to Motion. FCP7 is a 32-bit app and tends to crash using NV. Motion is 64-bit and can use more RAM.

In Motion apply NV first.
There are 2 options for settings
1. Upscaled video

http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/8/1132281

Open scene project in FCP 7
Click File -> Send To -> Compressor

Scene will open in Compressor
Render to 4k with this preset:

Settings Window
Apple -> Formats -> Quicktime -> Uncompressed 10-Bit (drag this setting onto the clip)

Double click the setting while it is on the clip to open it and modify:

Go to:

Encoder Tab:
File Format: Quicktime Movie
Allow Job Segmenting: ON
Video Settings: Prores 4444 (or 422 HQ), Millions of Colors +
Audio: Disabled (or Pass-through)

Frame Controls Tab:

Frame Controls: On
Resize Filter: Best (Statistical Prediction)
Output Fields: Progressive
Deinterlace: Best
Adaptive Details: On
Anti-alias: 100
Details Level: 25
Rate Conversion: Best
Duration: 100% of source

Filter’s tab: Nothing

Geometry tab:

Frame Size: Custom – 4096 by 2304
Pixel Aspect: 1.0000

Click Save (lower right hand corner) and Name “4K Prores 16:9″

Now you will find this preset under Settings -> Custom in the Settings Window

Delete current settings on clip – Add “4K Prores 16:9″ to the clip

Add a Destination (Settings -> Destinations -> Plus Sign to add a local destination -> choose a folder on the external drive)

Drag destination to clip

Hit Submit

Wait for clip to render out. (you can see progress under Window -> History, or in ur system queue)

Adding the Neatvideo Filter in FCP to the 4k clip:

Open up a new project in FCP
Right click on Sequence One and go to Settings

General Tab:

Under Frame Size put Custom and 4096 by 2304
Pixel Aspect: Square
Editing Timebase: 23.98
Compressor: Apple Prores 4444 (or 422 HQ)
Click Advanced: Millions of Colors to Millions of Colors +

Video Processing Tab:

Render 10-Bit material in High-precision YUV
Maximum White as White
Motion Filtering Quality: Best

Leave all other settings.
Save Project as (scene title – 4k)

Load 4k video file by dragging it into Browser Window
Place 4k video into the timeline

Go to Effects in the Browser Window
Video Effects -> Stylize -> Add Noise (drag effect onto clip)

Double click the clip on the timeline to open up the viewer window
go to Filters tab

Change Add Noise settings:
Amount: .05
Type: Gaussian Noise
Monochrome: Off
Blend Mode: Normal
Autoanimate: On
Mix: 100

Go to Effects in the Browser Window
Video Effects -> Neat Video -> Reduce Noise (drag effect onto clip)

Double click the clip on the timeline to open up the viewer window
go to Filters Tab

Set Reduce Noise settings:
Temporal Filter Radius: 5
Temporal Filter Threshold: 50
Adaptive Filtration: ON
Mix: 100

(The Temporal Filter Radius is the super-resolution algorithm and takes data from the previous 5 frames and the subsequent 5 frames to compile a higher-resolution output)

Click Options
In the top left window, click and drag a box around space that has no contrast or color change, but just noise (if you cannot find one, click Auto Profile)

Click Auto Fine Tune

Leave Luma filter at 60% and Chroma at 100%.
Set sharpening to 100%

Effects work is now done. Now we will export through compressor back to 2k resolution for our final print. (or we can leave it at 4k for the final print)

Click File -> Send To -> Compressor

Export in Prores format to 4k or 2k. There you go. Now you have clean, upsampled footage ready for projection.

2. Regular Video

http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?234142-Neat-video-for-GH1

the only things that really helped me personally were upping all the noise reduction amounts to 100%. Then slightly adjusting the noise thresholds (these are the bits that lose image detail if you go too high.)

The best result I could find was upping hight to 35%, mid to 20% and low at 15%.

High quality and resolution boxes ticked. Nil else.
first keep your temporal filter radius at 1. Increasing this usually increases quality at the expense of render time. I was happy to do that – but in fact for banding noise it makes things worse if you crank it up.

Camera and sound sync

My method for capturing sound on set involves micing the actors with lav mics piped to a Hi-md recorder or a Yamaha C24 or a Sony PCM-m10 (or any other recorder for that matter).

There may also be a mic on the camera for capturing ambient sound. All these are mixed in post for a stereo effect.

Sometimes multiple cameras are used i.e. standard 2 shoulder shot setup or a master+closeup shot.

Syncing these are also a problem.

First, make sure that the time on ALL your audio and video equipment is correct to the second. Thus the video and audio can be matched via their timecode.

Then use a combination of this clock and an external camera flash to sync. BTW I opened this clock the same night that it arrived. It uses a very simple diode-resistor combo to ensure that the leds get a constant current. It uses a 6V AC adapter. However it can be easily replaced by a 6V DC adapter with a standard 2.1mm connector. The diodes ensure that the voltage polarity is correct otherwise the leds will not turn on. The camera is available for cheaper if you search on ebay.

I rigged up a dc connector connected to a 9V 600ma rechargeable battery. The battery lasted a day so it would be fine for the field. There is an internal battery that maintains the correct time internally. Hence, if the external battery is discharged, the time is still maintained.

Use this as a clapper for the sound, fire the flash and use the clock as a visual timecode for perfect matching.

The footage can be approximately matched on the timeline using the embedded timecode in the audio and video.

Filmmaker offers free shots for your showreel (like model TFP TFCD)

Hi! I am a filmmaker living near Newtown. I have a film credit for a major release as a co-director and am finishing off another film.

I wanted to film a few different scenes to develop my instincts for blocking and staging. These have minimal dialogue and simply involve taking shots of the talent form different angles. The shoot location will be during day hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) at the old Dunlop warehouse in Mascot/Alexandria. We can do other locations as long as there is no direct sun (hard to get good shots in direct sun).

For the actors, these will be ideal as cutaways for any showreel you are working on.

We can sign a contract which will allow unrestricted use of the footage for both me (the director) and you (the talent). After filming, I can put the raw footage up online for you to download, or I can give it to you on a memory stick. All shots will be full HD at 1080p25 in AVCHD 100mbps format. Please don’t ask me how to edit them or view them – Google is your friend :-)

Send me a message on Facebook (Anmol Mishra) – my profile pic is that of a dancer in a white suit.
Or sms me at 0401910376

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