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MySpace Casting

Here’s a fun piece of Scott Shaw Zen Filmmaking history…

I was just sent a copy of this Casting Notice I put up on MySpace way back in the way back when. …Back when MySpace had meaning. This made me smile. Being reminded of this Casting Notice I remembered how, at the time, I wanted to move away from the traditional casting sources here in L.A. and find some new and natural talent that perhaps had wanted to be in a movie but didn’t quite know how to get started. As it says in the ad, “Fun is what it’s all about.” Here it is:

Want to be a Movie Star?

I’m going to try something different and attempt to put together some of the cast for my next film here on MySpace.

I will try to answer all of the initial questions you may have right now…

1. If you are a trained actor, that’s great. But, you don’t have to be. I cast people for who they are, not what they can become. So, if you’ve never acted before, don’t let that stop you from contacting me if you want to be in a film.

2. I only pay actors and actresses if their name is internationally recognizable as all of the production budget goes into the expenses of making the movie. But, what you get is to be in a film that has guaranteed international distribution—at least to the Video and DVD market. And, of course, you get a copy of the movie once it is completed, copies of any Production Stills that are taken of you, and your name, in association with this film, will be listed on; that’s a fairly important perk.

3. I won’t take much of your time. You won’t have to sit around waiting for hours to do something. What I do is bring my people in when they are needed, shoot their scenes, and then let them go home.

4. This may sound strange to all of you trained actor types, but I don’t use scripts. So, please don’t ask me for one. I call what I do, Zen Filmmaking. How this works is that I define an overview of the story and tell people what their characters are going to be. Then, once we are on the set, I tell the actors what to talk about and let them have at it. In this way I feel the performances are much more natural. I have done this in a lot of films, so I know it works. If you have a problem with this method, then this project is not for you.

5. This is not a high-budget film. So, don’t expect trailers and a large crew. This is a low-budget Indie shoot. But, I know how to make a small film look very big.

6. This is not a porno or anything like that. If you want to see the kind of films I make, check out my website:

7. I am as real as an Indie Filmmaker gets. You can check me out at all the usually places like This is a no nonsense project. All I ask is that you show up on time; be cool and professional.

8. Finally, I don’t want to talk to your manager or agent, all they do is mess things up. If they call me, that ends the deal right there. My philosophy is, “Fun is what it’s all about.” So, that’s what I’m looking for, people that want to be in a film and have some fun while they’re doing it.

So, if you are interested in being in a film, let me know…