Hi Manhattanville Dance and Theater students! My name is Danny Kramer, I'm a Producer and Editor for Film and Television. And more importantly, I'm a Manhattanville Alumni! I studied Communications and Creative Writing from 2008 to 2012 as an Undergrad (and back then, people called me Danny Shaq, lol). But most importantly to you, I'm returning to Manhattanville this March to film a short feature for Peace Outside Campus, The Lindsey M. Bonistall Foundation. It's a video that will be used for teaching incoming high school students across the country about safety tips and guidelines for going to college. And I need some supporting actors! I figured, where better than Manhattanville itself to find those actors? It'll be a fantastic opportunity for any up and coming actors, both for the experience and a professional piece to add to your acting reel. The script is written by 2 time Emmy Award-winning Screenwriter, Ed Schultz. And our Director of Photography is 5 time Emny Award-winning Cinematographer, Sean Wilk. Also, you'll receive a $50 stipend and community service hours.
We have the full permission and support of the school to film on campus. Specifically, we plan to shoot March 18th at 8 AM, on the first floor of Brownson.
The video follows our protagonist (who is unseen, they're "behind the camera") as they meet sophmore Angelica who introduces them to college life and imparts some wisdom to them about living smart and safe on or off campus. While she's educating our protagonist, several students will give testimonials, to the camera, of different bad experiences they had on campus at this fictional college. The purpose of this is for our protagonist to learn from and avoid these situations in the future. You will be auditioning for these 4 testimonial-giving characters.
Be warned, as some of them have some harsh stories.
1. Bonnie, F, college student whose laptop computer was stolen. She angrily accused everyone around her of stealing it until she was told she left her dorm door open.
2. Laurence, M, college student who hung out late at a party. Walked alone back to his dorm where he was attacked and robbed.
3. Sam, M, will be underlit in scene. College student who wanted to party and make friends. However, he ends up getting raped.
4. Megan, F, college student who went back to the dorm of a boy she met at a party. He forced himself on her and she asked him to stop but he wouldn't. She blames herself but Angelica lets her and the audience know that it's not her fault and that no means no.
While their stories are tragic, their overall purpose in the narrative is to educate our protagonist (and the viewers) about how to avoid these tragedies or deal with them should they happen. You have to be authentic and find the truth and reality of these characters under these imaginary circumstances.
The harsh tone of these characters' stories is derived from not only true stories that I'm sure all of us have read or seen at one point or another in the news, but also from the very reason Peace Outside Campus was established in the first place. Founding members Kathleen and Mark Bonistall lost their college aged daughter Lindsey 12 years ago in a terrible murder in her off-campus housing unit. After such a terrible loss, the two of them founded Peace Outside Campus, the Lindsey M. Bonistall Foundation to spread awareness and safety guidelines, so that such a tragedy would never happen to anyone else.
Did you read all that? Are you still here? Thank you. This project is very important to me and to everyone involved in this feature, most especially to Kathleen and Mark Bonistall. If you feel as strongly as we do about college campus safety and want to be a part of this, then please come audition for these characters on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at the Brownson Theater. Kathleen, Sean and myself will be there, conducting the auditions. If you are selected, we will email you and give you further instructions for the upcoming shoot. And, if you're not selected to play one of these 4 characters, you can still be involved in the feature as an extra, if you would like. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at my address below. Likewise, if you're interested in learning more about Peace Outside Campus, then you can visit their website at www.peaceoutsidecampus.org