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#CastMeComp and #CastMeCompVO script submission is now open for those who haven't submitted a script in our last call out. Please see below: 

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Frequently asked questions

#CastMeComp submission information


In our recent submission window we received ample soap/kitchen sink drama scripts and now we are reaching out specifically for duologues in the style of films and comedies. What do we mean by this? We already have alot of scripts exploring issues of breakups, family disputes, cheating and friends relationship breakdowns. These work great but may not suit specific judges, eg: A Casting Director of film. We would also like to give actors a wider selection of scripts. Comedy Scripts: Comedies are great! We just don’t see too many submitted. We like to give a selection of comedy and drama in each #CastMeComp, please submit them! The comedies that worked the best came from the characters and their reactions rather than a punch line at the end. Punchlines can illustrate great writting, but we need scripts that allow actors to play the comedy. Keep the actors in mind. Film scripts: The world is your oyster - you have the freedom to be creative. Give the actors an opportunity to imagine a different world around them. Can the scene be set somewhere different than a bedroom, or use a different time period, in a dystopian world, in a ... wizards school? Below is a few examples of TV/Films which have real characters and explore real issues in a unique way:

  • Hidden Figures - Women in Nasa, oppression
  • Whiplash - Drumming, passion, teacher / student relationship
  • Peaky blinders - ‘Gangster’ but gangsters in 1919
  • Harry Potter - Real people who have been placed into a world of magic Hunger Games - Real people, real issues in the setting of a really interesting world and game
  • A few more are The Purge, Hand maid Tale, Ozark, Breaking bad, Vikings. Let’s get creative with the world we are building.
Other requirments are:
  • These scenes must be duologues.

  • If possible write a duologue that could be performed by both American and British actors - this may mean avoiding British slang or terms, or giving an option in your script for actors. (Eg: MIKE: Throw that in the bin/trash will you).

  • Roles should be reasonably balanced in terms of the amount of dialogue.

  • Between 1 minute 30 seconds and 2 minutes ( 2 pages MAX) - anything over this will sadly not be considered.

  • Scenes should be suitable for a self-tape audition scenario - Actors will be filming at home with restricted resources and ability to move.

  • Scenes should be written for screen with minimal stage directions and prop usage.

  • Give your scenes a journey... it's important we allow actors to show range and/or give them something to sink their teeth into.

  • Maximum of 2 scenes per person will be considered.

Feedback from our last submission window:

  • Many scripts were over 2 minutes in length - a rough guide to a 2 minutes scene is about 2 pages of dialogue. Really know what your character's objectives are (What do they want?)

  • #CastMeComp actors only have a few days to learn the text and self-tape. Scripts with complex dialogue or with a lot of long speeches may not be suitable.

  • If you are strictly a writer it would be useful to look into what self tapes are and how actors film them, there are some great videos on YouTube. When actors tape their frame is limited and options for props and movement even more so. Keep this in mind whilst writing a scene for this competition in particular. Even better search the #CastMeComp hashtag, watching previous actors tapes gives you an idea of the scripts that work. However, try to steer clear of reproducing - some scripts were too close in themes/ideas to ones already presented in a #CastMeComp.

  • Try and avoid character stereotypes. People are not defined by one thing. Find the complexity of your characters.

  • Subtext, subtext, subtext - don’t reveal everything, what is bubbling underneath? We found scripts most interesting when they were not expositional.

  • Think about the life of the characters (back story) and the bigger arc of the story, write a plot for the film your scene sits in.

  • Tread carefully with some subjects. It is important that the actors feel like they have depth to play with, however, if a subject is not well researched or if it is flippantly written and without full understanding it may offend others

  • Try to switch up the dynamic of your writing as much as possible - give the characters their own voice, play with their rhythm.

  • Ensure every scene has a purpose - if your scene ends, and your character's story/emotions/feelings, etc. have not developed or changed in some way, ask yourself if the scene is necessary.

  • We are asking for a scene, but think about the film or series this scene fits into, plan it out, write the plot - it will give you a better idea about the characters, their journey, the need for this scene. It will also answer questions of what happened right before this scene you are submitting and what happens right after, this also helps with characters journeys. The above will guide your writing into being really specific and detailed - rather than generalised.

Tips: be inspired by true stories you read, be inspired by the films and TV shows you love and watch - find a scene from them - reimagine these. Don’t plagiarise, be inspired.




#CastMeCompVO submission information


#CastMeCompVO is our new voice tape competition judged by industry professionals. We will recieve scripts and character discriptions from you, the writers. Next, we get our cartoonists and illustators to bring these characters to life in a still digital form which actors will then go on to voice. These scripts must be for a cartoon/animation/gaming audition setting. These scenes must be 90 seconds - 2 minutes long. We also need a detailed character descriptions for the two character in your scene, for this we suggest focusing on the characters personality, temprement, emotions and energy. This will help the actors in creating a voice to match (Example character description below). Please remember that CastMeComp is entered by actors of all ages, genders and demographics. Try to make characters that can be played by a big section of people. If your script is more specific to a demographic, please provide a few other script options that cover other bases. Once submitted we will have a cartoonist/illustrator draw the characters you have created which will be sent to the actors to help them voice the character. Some example of animation scenes can be seen on BBC website here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/childrens Character descriptions example: 'Jase is young, cool, dynamic. He has funny bones and a great hippie outlook on life but he’s also a serious rescue bike. He loves speeds but is always careful. When he isnt racing around the race track himself Jase can be found cooking a big BBQ for his friends and family. This character suits a natural comedic talent ! No need for a macho read.'





#CastMeComp - We received a lot of soap/kitchen sink drama scripts in our last submission period and now we are reaching out for specifically for duologues in the style of films and comedies. 

We are looking for duologues that can be used in both the AMERICAN and BRITISH market.

 

We supply at least FOUR scripts to all actors per competition. TWO that must apply to all genders under the age 35 and TWO for those above the age of 35. If you can make a character suitable for all gender/age ranges then that’s great but don’t let this restrict you too much.

 

'We had a lot of kitchen sink style scripts which are brilliant but remember to not paint the scene with just the one issue/topic you are exploring. Exploring issues is something we want to see, but how can you explore these in a different way? 


The world is your oyster - you have the freedom to be creative. Give the actors an opportunity to imagine a different world around them. Can the scene be set somewhere different than a bedroom, or use a different time period, in a dystopian world, in a ... wizards school? Below is a few examples of TV/Films which have real characters and explore real issues in a unique way/setting:

Hidden Figures - Women in Nasa, oppression
Whiplash - Drumming, passion, teacher / student relationship
Peaky blinders - ‘Gangster’ but gangsters in 1919
Harry Potter - Real people who have been placed into a world of magic Hunger Games - Real people, real issues in the setting of a really interesting world and game
A few more are The Purge, Hand maid Tale, Ozark, Breaking bad, Vikings. Let’s get creative with the world we are building.

#CastMeCompVO - We are looking for duologues for our new castmecomp voice over initiative. Duologue scenes suitable for animation/gaming audition audio tapes. This will include a detailed character descriptions of each character as well as a 2 minute scene maximum. 

Animation scenes give you a lot of free range to be fluid with the characters. If you can pick a character that can be female of any age and the other male of any age or summit one script with 2 female animated characters and another with 2 male animated characters.

For instance a wizard may be played by men of any age and witch by women of any age - in fact either can be played by any and all. 

Once submitted we will have a cartoonist/illustrator draw the characters you have created which will also be sent to the actors. 

Example of character descriptions and a scene can be seen attached here: 

Feedback from our last submission window:

  • These scenes must be duologues

  • If possible write a duologue that could be performed by both American and British actors - this may mean avoiding British slang or terms, or giving an option in your script for actors. (Eg: MIKE: Throw that in the bin/trash will you).

  • Roles should be reasonably balanced in terms of the amount of dialogue.

  • Between 1 minute 30 seconds and 2 minutes ( 2 pages MAX) - anything over this will not be considered.

  • Scenes should be suitable for a self-tape audition scenario - Actors will be filming at home with restricted resources and ability to move.

  • Scenes should be written for screen with minimal stage directions and prop usage.

  • Give your scenes a journey... it's important we allow actors to show range and/or give them something to sink their teeth into.

  • Maximum of 2 scenes per person will be considered.

  • All genres are encouraged! 

Our feedback for the last submission window:

  • Many of the scenes started with ‘Hey, Hi, How are you’ etc which works in a longer scene set up, but in 90 seconds - 2 minutes we suggest jumping straight into the action. Take us right into the heart of the scene. 

  • Really know what your character's objectives are (What do they want?) 

  • CastMeComp actors only have a few days to learn the text and self tape. Scripts with complex dialogue or with a lot of long speeches may not be suitable. 

  • Many of the scenes were based around props or written with the characters in action. As an audience, not being able to see the object or feeling left out of the action tends not to work as well in a self tape scenario. Anything that takes eyeline down isn’t helpful for self tapes either - phones etc.

  • It’s great not to use character stereotypes. People are not defined by one thing. Find the complexity in your characters. 

  • Allow the dynamic of the writing to change. Quick one liners, to a 2/3 line speech.

  • Don't be afraid to use silence but make sure that there's an objective in the silence so the actors can play it.

  • Think about the life of the characters (back story) and the bigger story arc, the film/play the scene might sit in, this gives your scene life rather than write a stand alone with no before or after. 

  • Tread carefully with some subjects. It is important that the actors feel like they have depth to play, however, if a subject is not well researched or if it is flippantly written with no complexity, this could be triggering for some.

  • Remember, to the actor, the subtext is king. Let there be something bubbling under the surface. 

  • It’s interesting to note that we had a lot of scenes submitted that were first dates and couples sat on a hill gazing into the distance. If you chose to set a scene here ask yourself why.

  • Don't be afraid of using different styles or different time periods. 

  • We have a wide age range of actors. So, unless necessary, don't limit your script's potential of being chosen by making a character's age/gender(s) really specific. If character 'A' says 'Grandads eating all the cake' it will only appeal to a younger pool of actors. Try using a sister or friend instead, or give the option in your writing - this opens up your script making it more appealing for us to use in our competitions.

Submitted scripts will go through a panel of 3 people at Do or Die Studios who will independently vote on each script.

 

If successful this will be a paid opportunity at £75 per scene. Successful scripts may also be used in future workshops/events at Do or Die Studios and by entering you agree to this. Writers may also continue to use these scripts for their own purpose but this must be after the CastMeComp winner announcement. Writers may also enter the CastMeComps as actors but won't be able to use their own material 

 

We will be keeping all scripts on file for possible use in future CastMeComps, so although your scripts may not be suitable for our next Castmecomp, they may be right for future ones - if this is the case there will be a fee paid to you per scene. For this reason, we won't be sending out any unsuccessful emails.

 

Please title your script and label your file with your name and the scene name. In your email please also state the suggested gender(s) of each character along with the age range you think is suitable Eg: A = Any gender 35+. These must be emailed in Word/Pages format to Castmecompscript@gmail.com