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Urgent new casting call for local young men and athletes to star in a major feature film in Wiltshire

Wiltshire’s young men, athletes and veterans are invited to star in a major new feature film.

The Casting Collective has launched an “urgent casting” recruitment campaign for extras in a major production set due to start filming in March on locations in Wiltshire and London.

Successful applicants play citizens in the film of the 1930’s for just a day, a few days or more during filming. The dates depend on the respective characters and scenes.

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You can earn up to £100 or more a day for your time and effort and gain real life experience on set.

Anyone who has good availability and lives in the Wiltshire area is welcome to apply – but the casting policy has now issued specific casting calls for a demographic of extras needed ahead of production.

Casting Collective is looking for many young men to play 1930’s YOUNG MEN and also ‘athletic’ young men and women with special athletic abilities.

The Casting Collective has issued separate casting calls for young men aged 17 to 40 of all ethnicities and has stipulated that applicants must not be taller than 6ft 1 to be considered.

The second urgent appeal is for athletes and experienced athletes aged 17-40 to perform in scenes where any of the following athletic ability is required:

  • athletics
  • soccer player
  • swimmer
  • basketball player
  • boxer
  • fencer
  • gymnast
  • weightlifter
  • wrestlers
  • handball

All applicants must have a valid social security number and be legally entitled to work in the UK – click here to apply.

Applications are open until early June as the production requires a constant stream of people to act as extras during filming.

At this early stage, no further information about the filming locations or the cast of the main roles has been released.

Filming is scheduled to take place from March to the end of June 2022 and anyone aged 17 and over is welcome to apply.

Successful applicants must be able to get to Reading for costume fittings before filming days and while owning a car is an advantage, casting officials say it is not essential.

What happens next?

If the casting policy has more detailed requirements and dates for each sequence, email the people they want to propose with dates, locations, travel plans, and payment information.

It is up to the successful applicant to let the team know if they could be free or not. The casting collective then proposes those who are free, and the final decision on who gets chosen for which role rests with the production.

Does appearance matter?

Meanwhile, male applicants are asked to start growing short hair (when nature permits) so that they are able to have the correct 1930’s short back and sides, longer in top style being cut by the production hair and makeup team at her fitting.

Much longer hair for men will also need to be trimmed shorter when fitting, and women ideally have chin- to chest-length hair with no obvious coloring or highlights.

Casting Collective Director Laura Sheppard said: “It’s free to apply so you have nothing to lose at this stage and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

“We want to involve as many people as possible in this project.”

“Shooting will be taking place in the Wiltshire area (as well as some locations in London) so we really want local people in and around the Wiltshire area to sign up to participate.

“Sometimes the days of shooting are very long and start early, so locals can easily get to the right places and locations.

“It’s great when filming is a location in a specific location to include the people who live nearby. It’s exciting for the local community and we can offer the production ‘new faces’ specific to their job and that creates a real freshness and energy within the crowd on set.

“You don’t need any experience to join, The Casting Collective will give you all the information you need to get started.”

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