Independent Films hosting open casting calls


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Angelo Angel

Kent State Independent Films (KSUIF) is holding open casting calls for its upcoming online web series “Mr. Spectacular” on Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m in Franklin Hall, Room 110.

The casting is currently for the show’s four main characters and other characters still under development for the series, which talks about issues that affect relationships, from mental illnesses to happiness versus sustainability.

“Mr. Spectacular” will be a short series consisting of 6-8 episodes that follow the main character of the “dramedy,” named Al. Shooting will take place during this spring semester.

Alex Kamczyc, a junior journalism major as well as the creator and head writer of the series, explained that the story follows how modern day love plays out, and draws inspiration from personal experience.

“Mr.Spectacular” is a modern love story that focuses on the relationship between its two main characters, Al and Coraline,” Kamczyc said. “I wanted the story to feel as close to home as possible, so making them feel real was extremely important to me.”

Hannah Raulston, a senior electronic media major and one of the producers for “Mr. Spectacular,” is excited to see how many people will be interested in the show.

Raulston said that the show is in the pre-production stage and hopes the series would be able to be released somewhere in the middle of the Fall 2016 semester.

“Although most of the department heads for ‘Mr.Spectacular’ are student leaders on the KSUIF board, most of the people involved, cast and crew, are either underclassmen or have never worked with KSUIF before,” Raulston said.

To ensure that everyone involved with the series has an opportunity to showcase their talents, Raulston said that each episode will have a different co-creator so people can add their perspective to the story while maintaining the integrity of the show.

“We feel that ‘Mr. Spectacular’ is competition worthy and has the potential to win some serious recognition,” Raulston said.

Individuals looking to audition for the series should prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue and bring a headshot and resume. Those who are unable to attend auditions can submit online at [email protected]

Callbacks will be held on March 4 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Angelo Angel is an entertainment reporter for The Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].