A Dutch production company is looking to cast dozens of Wyoming actors in an upcoming independent film.
“Sleep” tells the story of a father who takes a trip across the United States as he mourns the loss of his daughter. It’s the work of Amsterdam-based company Propellor Film, in association with Film Kitchen Films.
The film begins in the Netherlands, but much of it will be shot in Fremont County, said Dennis Rollins, the film’s Wyoming casting director. Other parts will be filmed in Utah, Nevada and California.
Producers are expecting more than 40 speaking and non-speaking roles for the film’s Wyoming segment, according to the Sleep Casting Wyoming Facebook page. All positions will be paid, Rollins said.
That makes “Sleep” a rare opportunity for Wyoming actors to make money from a gig, Rollins said. Most films shot in the state are hobby projects with only a few thousand dollars to work with, he explained. Actors in these films are usually unpaid.
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“For every movie that has a real budget, there’s probably 100 or 200 movies made that have next to no budget,” Rollins said.
Pay rates for “Sleep” have yet to be announced, but actors in speaking roles will likely receive upwards of $300 a day, he said. He is unsure about non-speaking roles.
For more information on available roles, visit Sleep Casting Wyoming’s Facebook page.
Anyone interested in participating can send an audition video to Rollins at [email protected]
In the video, listeners can share a little about themselves and talk about an experience that made them happy and made them sad, Rollins said. Videos should be no longer than two minutes.
Rollins said he expects the auditions to wrap up in late June or early July. After collecting all of the audition tapes, the film’s director will choose who gets which role.
Filming is expected to take place in September. Actors won’t have to take a lot of time out of their schedules, Rollins added — most roles will only take a few days to shoot.