A I M:
To create a 10minute (approx.) “proof-of-concept” pilot in order to raise attention and funding through crowdfunding and social networking means, and through private investment/sponsorship in order to produce either a 5 to 7-episode web-series of ‘Dark Nights’ or further the concept through other channels.
Dark Nights will be promoted, marketed and publicised through various mediums including websites, forums, social media, viral marketing and industry channels in order to gain as much attention as possible with the end intention being further commissions.
W H Y A PROOF-OF-CONCEPT:
We believe that with the popularity of streaming services overtaking traditional TV viewing in terms of popularity and indeed output of content, creating your own buzz, market and fan base has never been more within reach and achievable. This gives us the potential to create a huge following and gain exposure to a mass audience without relying on any external factors other than our own hard work. This approach doesn’t make the industry any less competitive, indeed it probably makes it more so, however it does make it more accessible. It is imperative to create an audience to gain attention to your product and with such a competitive marketplace to try and break into, having high end visual productions to accompany written outputs is imperative.
P A Y:
There is a LOW-TO-NO BUDGET proof-of-concept project. It is better to be straight forward and upfront of that right from the start. None of the production team will be making any money from this and in fact, it will be costing us out of own personal finances. In an ideal world, we would be able to pay everybody for their time and talent and we realise that this kind of speculative project is not something that everybody is willing to, or is able to commit to, so we completely understand if this is not for you. However, catering will be provided on set and we will endeavour to help out as much as we are able to with cost of travel and to make sure nobody is out of pocket. We do this for the love of it, not to put ourselves on the scrapheap! If we are successful in raising funds to make the series, then deferred-payment for all cast and crew members will be allocated in the budget. Please contact us directly to discuss any concerns you may have.
W H E N:
Each scene in the script stands alone within the context of the story. This means that each scene can be filmed individually without needing to rely on any continuity from one location to the next. Each scene also includes only characters exclusive to that scene. Basically, this means we are able to film whenever we have all the required aspects such as cast, crew, location and equipment in place. With this in mind, we are looking to film all scenes on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th March 2019. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY IF YOU KNOW YOU CANNOT COMMIT TO ANY OF THESE DATES.
W H O:
We are looking for cast members, crew members and anybody who wants to pitch in, gain experience and just lend a hand.
Aside from the main characters, we will also be looking for a number of extras and we are on the lookout for make-up artists, script supervisors, sound recordists and lighting assistants to help us produce. Keep reading to find out who and what we are on the look-out for.
D A R K N I G H T S
B A C K S T O R Y
DARK NIGHTS is a mini-series set in Gotham City 15 years after its Dark Knight, Batman, has left.
15 years ago, what has become known as the ‘Vigilante Wars’ tore the streets of Gotham apart, bringing the city to its knees. A new mayor, former Police Commissioner Jim Gordon carried with him a new hope for the future of the city and with Billionaire Bruce Wayne’s heir apparent Jason Todd, they set in motion the ‘Nightwing’ project designed to offer free and renewable energy to every household in Gotham, creating jobs and stabilising a fragile economy in the process.
Unfortunately, the unscrupulous corporate greed of Lex Luthor’s ‘Lexcorp Industries’ discredited the ‘Nightwing’ programme as an illegal operation that was ciphering money from the public purse for Todd’s own lavish lifestyle. His politically motivated campaign successfully resulted in the removal of Gordon from office and the banishment of Todd from Gotham and all business associated with Gotham City. This plunged the city into further turmoil. With no money, no direction and no leadership, the city became helpless and Luthor gleefully stepped in to the vacuum that he created. He pumped money into the city, and began constructing ‘New Gotham’, a shining collection of gleaming glass and steel, corporate hospitality, entertainment, plush apartment blocks and glitzy shopping malls, attracting the outside investment and spending to create another Metropolis. However, down below the splendid example of bastard capitalism on the hill, Old Gotham was left to decay and rot, with its civilians forgotten about, marginalised and rejected. The old city, ravaged by poverty became a crime ridden danger zone, referred to “No Man’s Lan” by the sneering classes in New Gotham. Feral gangs of young and old rule the streets, fighting each other for control of their own little corner of hell and the forgotten part of Gotham operates under its own juristiction.
With a mayoral election looming, Lex Luthor sees the perfect opportunity to finish the job he started when he removed Gordon and Todd from Gotham’s council. By becoming Mayor he will be able to consolidate power and rule the city outright. But there is still an election to be fought, and Luthor ‘s opponent is one Oswald Cobblepott. Rumour has it that he was once a mob accountant and advisor to some of the most ruthless crime families in Gotham, but since the Vigilante Wars destroyed almost all of Gotham’s criminal records, he has been free to claim that any mention of his so-called criminal past is nothing more than an attempted assassination on his character by Luthor’s spin machine.
This “underdog” image has endeared Cobblepott to many of the forgotten residents of Old Gotham who believe that his policies, especially those connected to the underfunding and operation of Arkham Prison and Asylum, which has become a symbol for the repressed masses in the city, offer them the best chance of stepping out from Luthor’s oppressive shadow. However, not all of Old Gotham is convinced and there is a small, yet effective resistance operating underground, plotting to overthrow Luthor without Cobblepott’s help. They see Luthor’s plans to run what remains of the old city into the ground in order to take over completely, and feel that Cobblepott’s motives are more sinister than he makes out.
Gotham is struggling for identity, it is struggling to recreate itself and take its place back amongst the super cities of the world.
Amongst all of this turmoil, in the middle of all of this rumbling revolution there is one glaring absence…
GOTHAM HAS NO HEROES.
WHO DO WE NEED?
We are looking for various members of cast and crew, experienced or not.
If you feel you could fill any of the roles listed, please get in touch now.
CAST: (In order of appearance)
Cast members with !!!! in front of their names have already been confirmed.
Cast members with an ** next to their name are classified as MAIN characters in this production and so have the most screen time/lines and will be required the most on set.
Cast members with a * next to their name are minor charcters but have significant lines and/or action
Cast members with nothing next to their names have little or no lines, with minimal screen time, but are still important to the story.
PLEASE CONTACT US FOR ANY MORE DETAILS.
NO SCRIPT PAGES WILL BE SHARED BEFORE BEING INVITED TO AUDITIONS.
POOL FRIENDS (x2 Female/x2 Male) Playing age 24-26 Male, 18-22 Female
BARMAN* (Male) Playing age 40-50
JIM GORDON** (White Male) Playing age 50-60
GRAFFITI KIDS (x3) Playing age 13-15
CLUB MALES (Numerous males) Playing age 40-60
CLUB FEMALES (Numerous females) Playing age 21-31
!!!!LEX (White Male) Playing age 30-45
FLLOYD (Black Male) Playing age30-35
PAMELA (White Female, Red/Auburn Hair preferable) Playing age 23-28
!!!!HELENA* (White Female, Dark Hair) Playing age 18-22
MUTANT GANG (x4) Male or Female Playing age 16-25
!!!!HARLEEN** (White Female) Playing age 25-35
ARKHAM DESK OFFICER* (Male) Playing age 35-45
JERIMIAH** (Black Male) Playing age 50-60
ARKHAM GUARDS (Males 6ft +) Playing age 21-41
!!!!WAYLON (Black Male) Playing age 28-38
!!!!JOKER (White Male) Playing age 45-55
HUSH (Male 6ft +) Playing age 30-40
To apply for any of these roles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
stating which role you are interested in and include the following:
•A link to your Spotlight, Mandy, or Starnow or other casting page (if applicable)
•A link to your most applicable and/or recent showreel (if you have one)
•A recent headshot
•An acting CV if you have one
We understand that you may not have any or all of these things at the current stage you are at in your acting career. Please do not let this put you off from applying. Simply include as much detail as you can about yourself and your
acting journey (so far) and a recent picture (one from your mobile is fine) and we will be in touch!