FROM VANESSA AT NCASTING: CASTING CALL: Monday March 3rd, in the BURGAW area… I need men and women 18-55 years old and of all ethnicities that are in good shape as you may be asked to do physical activity in the scene. This role is either “MALE TOWER FOLK”, “FEMALE TOWER FOLK,” or “ETHNIC TOWER FOLK,”

I also need pick up trucks and a car that are NOT red or white. For the truck or car you will get an additional bump $15 if the vehicle is parked in the scene and $25 if the car is driven by you in the scene. “PICK-UP TRUCK” or “CAR”

NOTE*** if you have already been contacted by me for an upcoming scene is episode 1 of season 2 please do not apply.

This is for new extras to the show or people who are have been established as being Inside the Dome. This works 12 or more hours on March 3rd this upcoming Monday and pays 64/8 and time and a half after 10 hours. To submit please email utdbackground@gmail.com subject line “MALE TOWER FOLK”, “FEMALE TOWER FOLK,” “ETHNIC TOWER FOLK,” “PICK-UP TRUCK” or “CAR” based on which role breakdown fits the one you are applying for. Include a head and body shot and the following information:






I decided it would be best to go a head and have the open call for background actors and for stand-ins next Sunday, Feb 23rd. 5:30pm-10pm at 1200 North 23rd street Suite 207.

I am very interested in finding stand-ins for new characters and returning characters. To be considered for a main character’s stand-in you must have full availability. You may not be needed everyday but you could be needed many days a week. The pays is 125 for the 1st 10 hours and time and a half after that. You must be in the Wilmington area as we do not put anyone up or pay for travel. If you would like to be considered for a main character or day playing stand-in and have never worked with me I do encourage you to attend so I can talk to you. I will definitely need female red haired Caucasians that are between 5ft 7 or 5ft 8. To submit for extra work or stand-in work please bring a head shot and a full body shot that are 4×6 in size as we are not taking any photos. 

If you can not make it please know that I will be posting my casting calls on facebook and you can also submit via email.

(I haven’t released the new extras email for season 2 submissions)

I just want everyone to understand if you come to the open call that I will still need you to submit by email to individual casting calls throughout the season. IF YOU CAN NOT ATTEND THIS IN NO WAY KNOCKS YOU OUT OF BEING ABLE TO WORK AS A STAND-IN OR AN EXTRA. I like to have hard copies and virtual copies of people on file. This is all free. Come meet my new assistant Danecka Peyton and my new interns!

Also it will be a good time and we can all get together and talk about how excited we are to get back Under the Dome!

Feature and Pilot coming to NC, Max Steel hires LP, Sleepy Hollow 2, Full Belly Project.

Happy Monday Wilmywood!  Lots of great news this morning!

Max_DoggieWell, it looks like not only will North Carolina see Max Steel, but we will also see, Max! Get ready dog lovers, here comes a family adventure from MGM Studios, Sunswept Entertainment and Picture 8 Productions.  This family adventure film is inspired by true events.

A Belgian Shepard Malinois military working dog returns from active service in Afghanistan traumatized by his handler’s death. Erratic and dangerous, Max is adopted by the bereaved family and bonds with the marine’s troubled 14-year old brother. Together they unravel the secret behind his brother’s death and pull a family together again.

BoazYakinAlthough we cannot confirm if it will shoot in Wilmington, we can say it will be NC proud.  Production begins May 5th and will wrap around June 20th.  Release date is set for 2015. Producing is Karen Rosenfelt (Percy Jackson / Twilight).  Writer/Director/EP is Boaz Yakin. This  is Yakin’s first family film since Remember The Titans. He most recently wrote Now You See Me, which our Sleepy Hollow buddies Kurtzman and Orci produced.

Do we have them to thank for bragging about North Carolina and bringing Max here? If that is the case, Now You See Me 2 begins production in September and we can all hope that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci bring that production here, too.

SEASON2And speaking our buddies, it looks like we can expect to branch out when it comes to the small town of Wilmington, aka Sleepy Hollow.  TV Guide reports that  the producers are ready to get Ichabod Crane out of his comfort  zone in season 2; not that he has been completely comfortable with new technology and Starbucks on every block.  “He’s been in this town the whole time and he’s adapted very well, but I’d like to see his reaction the first time he gets on an airplane,” Orci says. “We were joking that he thinks, ‘Oh, are we driving all the way there in this thing?’ And then the plane takes off. Imagine seeing the White House and all the stuff that he never got to see that are the fruit of his labor and his sacrifice. Things like that will blow his mind.” READ ARTICLE NOW

Continuing with ties and undecided locations, George Parra is working on the feature film Risk that is going to begin production this summer.  It would be nice to see him come back a third time as he produced two films here: A Good Old Fashion Orgy and The Squeeze.


Max-SteelNow onto Max Steel, congrats to David Grace, he has been named Line Producer for Mattel’s flick, produced by Bill O’Dowd and Julia Pistor (Spiderwick Chronicles).  Writer is Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) Director: Stewart Hendler.

The story revolves around 16 year old Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) who discovers that he’s got a strange electric energy that emanates from him when he’s upset or excited, and it’s starts to grow beyond his control. With his scientist father dead and his mom Molly unwilling to talk about what really happened in the accident that killed him, Max is resigned to trying to fit in to yet another new school–where he finds himself attracted to the quirky, independent-minded Sydney (Ana Villafane) and develops a friendship with an old colleague of his dad’s, Miles Edwards. But the most startling thing that happens to Max is the arrival of a small, crab-like alien named Steel, whose memory may be faulty but who knows one thing for certain: he’s there to protect Max, and he’s been sent by Max’s father.

Nikki Toscano

Nikki Toscano

Moving on to another TV pilot.  CBS is bringing another pilot to North Carolina. Currently it is a Untitled Nikki Toscano Project written (and produced) by yes, Nikki Toscano (Revenge). They are currently set to begin production March 17th. Producer will be Kerry Ehrin.  The drama centers on a retired CIA operative who, when a terrorist event rocks Washington, D.C., is pulled back into action, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists are being bred.  No word yet on whether this production will be in Wilmington.

REMINDER: “Hollywood East” panel, hosted by the New Hanover County Public Library is tonight at 6pm Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road.

The panel includesg Bill Vassar (EUE ScreenGems), Johnny Griffin (Wilmington Film Commish),  Vanessa Neimeyer (NCasting),  and Terry Linehan (UNCW).  They will be talkin’ a little about everything.  This is not a rally for the incentives, but it will be a nice chance to chat with everyone.


Plus, our friends from Basecamp Luxe will be on hand with one of the three Vintage Airstream trailers that are available for rent for TV/Film productions.  If you haven’t seen them, here’s your opportunity!  They are AWESOME!

post cardEnjoy a night of international cuisine inspired by the countries in which we work, the world beats of Axiom, and a wide array of both live and silent auction items from all over the world.  See our award-winning inventions, and learn more about our expanding mission to benefit rural communities around the world.

WHEN: Saturday, February 15, 2014 6:00-10:00 p.m.

WHERE: Coastline Conference & Event Center, 501 Nutt St., Wilmington NC

ADMISSION: $50 in advance from http://www.thefullbellyproject.org or 910-452-0975

MORE: The Full Belly Project empowers rural communities by designing and distributing income-generating agricultural devices to improve life. We want to share our efforts in developing local businesses, increasing household incomes, combating hunger, and benefiting the environment.



Headshots 101: Casting Directors’ Pet Peeves

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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

Headshots 101: Casting Directors’ Pet Peeves

emmy young

Belinda Keller Photography

It’s that time and things are gonna get real busy.  So as an actor you really need to make sure you got everything in order.  I spoke with some casting directors and here is what they believe you need to know.

“Headshots need to be shot right, head on and from the shoulders up.  They should look like the person, be interesting and always have a truthful, well organized resume.” ~Jackie Burch

“Look like you, have good energy in the eyes.” ~Marty Siu

Some Casting Directors prefer you have two of them.  One for “commercial” open smile, happy.  The other for “theatrical” closed mouth with some sort of attitude in the eyes.  You always want to submit the theatrical shots for Film and TV.  The commercial, well for commercials.  Always keep at least 5 of them with you at all times.


I also thought it best to widen the spectrum and reach out to some more casting directors in town and find out what their biggest pet peeves were. I spoke with Emmy Young, Susan Cunningham, Missy Rose and Vanessa Neimeyer.  After a round table discussion of sorts, here is the group discussion.

Ladies, what are your biggest pet peeves when it comes to headshots?

EMMY: Too glamourous looking. ALSO…It is a big no-no to send in a headshot and then show up looking nothing like it.

SUSAN: White backgrounds- I really don’t like white backgrounds because it throws off the white balance and therefore skin tone and I agree with Em- a headshot that is too made up, etc is not a true representation of the actor.  I prefer shots in natural light but that’s just a personal preference.

MISSY: Yes, no severe touch ups… We want to see what you actually look like and I can spot altering/photoshop a mile away. If you want to take a pimple off or something, fine, but I want to see your true skin color and overall true complexion.

MISSY: As far as backgrounds go, I don’t mind white backgrounds as long as it is done naturally and correctly… Like David Pascua does white backdrops sometimes but he also knows how. As for the other, I agree with Susan, there is a difference of what you are selling when applying for model/print work vs acting… Mostly we are looking for an honest, true image of who you are.   But if we are looking for a “hot waitress” etc… It actually helps to send in an image that fits the part. In general, it depends on what you are applying for… But if you are sending in that kind of shot, always send a headshot, too.

VANESSA: I don’t like when headshots aren’t a good representation of the actor. Meaning the shots are too old or the actor now has red hair and the shot had blond or they had a beard and now the actor doesn’t.  I also personally prefer color to black and white photos that way the Director and the Casting Directors know what you will look like behind a film camera lens. Good lighting is always the key to great headshots!! I love outside and natural lighting. For me the subject pops off the photo.

A good example of a great headshot?  The ladies agreed that Emmy Young’s is perfect (pictured above).

Susan said, “This  is a good example of what I would look for in a good headshot.  For speaking roles for film, TV, etc and Em’s headshot works great for theater too.  It is a true representation of who Emmy is.”

Missy agreed.  “It’s definitely the best I’ve ever seen. It captures her features and emotion, it’s exactly what people are aiming for in their own photo session.”

There ya have it. I hope this was helpful. Got any other questions or comments?  Submit them below.


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