Anthem

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Jcarr

Created by John Carr

on 03/19/2012

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An ousted champion speedskater seeks redemption by training an autistic teen struggling to join an elite speedskating program.

BLAKE WILLIAMS is a brash short track speedskater trained at the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC), based on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

Blake’s drive to win the American Cup overpowers his better judgment and he lets his temper get the best of him. The officials disqualify him after a race and the title is handed to his nemesis, STEVE FALCON. In his fury, Blake pushes Steve on the ice as he makes his victory lap. Afterward, Steve finds delight that he took the title and got Blake suspended in the process.

Six months into an indefinite suspension, Blake faces the challenge of how to get U.S. Speedskating, the Olympic Committee, and the USOEC to find an agreement so he can return to competition. Blake reluctantly agrees to train ERIC STOUT, a high-functioning autistic struggling to get into the short track program, as condition to get all parties to agree to let him compete again.

Eric is a high school senior who suffers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He struggles with daily routines such as how to start a conversation, look people in the eye, English homework, relationships, and has a nervous fidget campaign with his fingernails and small objects.

Steve sees Eric as not worthy to be in the USOEC since he's different and was an inline skater. He teases Eric’s short track abilities and taunts his coach, Blake, with challenges as to who’s the better speed skater. Blake grows in frustration with Eric's slow progress and sees him as an obstacle to get back into competition.

After Blake realizes the Olympic Committee won’t accept his training of Eric as condition to let him back into competition, he chooses to give everything he knows to Eric in a selfless act so he could not only qualify for the USOEC, but win an upcoming American Cup circuit race.

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Scripts

  • Anthem - First Act (First 30 Pages)
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  • Uploaded 03/20/2012
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Cast/Crew

CAST POSITIONS
  • Blake Williams
  • Uploaded: 06/27/2012
    • 18 - 24
  • Distinguishing Features: Sandy blonde hair, athletic in build, handsome
    Speedskater: Yes (if you really are one, that's a huge plus!)

    Key Traits: Confident, competitive, impatient, and arrogant at times. Blake does have a sense of humor and compassion at certain times to give him some redeeming values.

    Principal Function: Protagonist


    The candidate must be able to commit to five weeks of filming, on-location.
  • Eric Stout
  • Uploaded: 06/27/2012
    • 18 - 24
  • Distinguishing Features: Dark brown hair in need of a trim, somewhat athletic. Fingers have scar tissue along the quick and other places. Other fingernails bleed a little on the edges too. Sometimes, he gently sways back and forth when standing.

    Speedskater: Yes (If you are one, that's a huge plus!)

    Key Traits: Thoughtful, nervous, naïve, impulsive, can’t look people in the eye for long or not at all and struggles at starting a conversation. Eric is a drummer to. (If you're a drummer, that's another very huge plus!)

    Principal Function: Protagonist

    Must be able to commit to five weeks of filming, on-location.
  • Hanna Stout
  • Uploaded: 06/27/2012
    • 18 - 26
  • Distinguishing Features: Dark brown hair. Plain in appearance. Slender.

    Speedskater: No, but being able to do simple ice skating is required for a few scenes. If you can do a scratch spin. That's all the better! :)


    Key Traits: Grouchy at times, busy, protective, loving on the inside.

    Principal Function: Sister of Eric Stout

    Must be able to commit to five weeks of filming, on-location.
  • Kayla Saint Denis
  • Uploaded: 06/27/2012
    • 18 - 24
  • Distinguishing Features: Breathtaking Blonde who always wears form-fitting clothes.

    Speedskater: No


    Key Traits: Manipulative and cunning. She knows what she wants and always has a plan.

    Principal Function: Eric’s love interest.

    Must be able to commit to three weeks of filming, on-location.
  • Jenna Hale
  • Uploaded: 06/27/2012
    • 18 - 24
  • Distinguishing Features: Athletic in build. Attractive.

    Speedskater: Yes (If you're a speedskater, that's a big plus!)

    Key Traits: Competitive, tomboyish, and wholesome.

    Principal Function: Program skater and close friend to Eric. Later, Eric becomes her love interest.

    Must be able to commit to three weeks of filming, on-location.

  • Steve Falcon
  • Uploaded: 06/27/2012
    • 18 - 24
  • Distinguishing Features: Athletic in build, and handsome
    Speedskater: Yes (If you're a speedskater, that's a huge plus!)

    Character Traits:
    Key Traits: Confident, competitive, a little shallow, and arrogant. He's also a surfer!

    Principal Function: Antagonist

    Must be able to commit to four weeks of filming, on-location.

  • Devin Williams
  • Uploaded: 06/27/2012
    • 20 - 28
  • Distinguishing Features: Athletic in build, clean-cut. Looks like he belongs on GQ. Dresses nice.
    Speedskater: Yes

    Character Traits:
    Key Traits: Confident, competitive, materialistic, and arrogant. This character really has the personality you want to love to hate.

    Principal Function: Antagonist

    Must be able to commit to three weeks of filming, on-location.
  • Rachel Werner
  • Uploaded: 06/27/2012
    • 20 - 28
  • Distinguishing Features: Athletic in build. Slender. Attractive.

    Speedskater: Yes (If you are one, that's a huge plus!)


    Key Traits: Competitive and focused. Really the no-nonsense, big sister of the group.

    Principal Function: Supporting.

    Must be able to commit to three weeks of filming, on-location.
  • Seth Hammond
  • Uploaded: 06/27/2012
    • 18 - 24
  • Distinguishing Features: Athletic in build. Baby-faced redhead.
    Speedskater: Yes (If you are one, all the better! )

    Character Traits:
    Key Traits: Confident on the track, but a little clumsy at times.

    Principal Function: Supporting

    Must be able to commit to two weeks of filming, on-location.
  • Rod Williams
  • Uploaded: 06/27/2012
    • 40 - 55
  • Distinguishing Features: Handsome and looks like a NBA coach.

    Speedskater: No


    Key Traits: Witty, understanding, patient

    Principal Function: Blake and Devin's father

    Must be able to commit to two weeks of filming, on-location.
  • Matt Briggs
  • Uploaded: 06/27/2012
    • 45 - 55
  • Distinguishing Features: Business-like.

    Speedskater: No


    Key Traits: Stern, but fair. No nonsense.

    Principal Function: Director of the USOEC

  • Amy Preacher
  • Uploaded: 06/27/2012
    • 40 - 55
  • Distinguishing Features: Athletic in build
    Speedskater: Yes, though not active. The candidate does need to know how to do regular ice skating.

    Key Traits: Confident, determined, efficient and fair.

    Principal Function: Coach

    Must be able to commit to two weeks of filming, on-location.
CREW POSITIONS
  • Created: 06/26/2012
  • Director for ANTHEM
  • Skills:

    - Minimum 10 years of experience in the feature film industry.

    - Minimum 3 years experience as an editor and demonstrate the skill of wow to tell stories using pictures, words and sounds. Editing of feature films is a plus.

    - Served as a director for at least one feature film.

    - Able to collaborate with a diverse group of people in a creative way (artistic and technical).

    - Experience actually skating (you don't have to be a speedskater) and know how to film scenes in an ice rink is a plus.

    - Experience as a cinematographer is a plus.

    - Experience with coordinating fast-paced action sequences are a plus.

    - Experience with stunt doubles is a plus.

    - Connections with other industries such as music is a plus.


    Intangibles:

    - Grew up around skaters (any sport) to understand what it's like to be in competition.

    - Believe and support the philosophy the three most important parts of telling the story fall to the writer, director and editor (since they'll work very close)

    - Passionate and have knowledge about the sport of short track speedskating is a big plus.

    - Experience with knowing what it's like to be autistic is another big plus.

    - Believe a story like this could be memorable (with some tweaking) and willing to collaborate with the writer to make an unforgettable production. :)

    - Willing to film on-location as far away as Michigan's Upper Peninsula (where the story takes place and the real United States Olympic Education Center and Northern Michigan University is).

    Whew!
  • Created: 06/27/2012
  • Speedskating Facilitator
  • The Speedskating Facilitator should have a knowledge of elite (America's Cup and higher), modern (post-2002) short track speedskating competition, rules, race strategy, equipment maintenance, and technique. This person will be responsible for recruiting and selecting short track speedskaters for the production, and will provide guidance to the crew and to the athletes throughout production.

    The Speedskating Facilitator will oversee the marking of the track and setting up crash pads for the safety of the athletes, and will advise on positioning of the timing system, officials, and referees. This person will be certified in first aid, and will ensure that proper safety equipment (helmets, cut-proof suits, etc) is worn by the athletes. He/she will also act as a liaison between production staff and the athletes' regular coaches to integrate the skaters' responsibilities to Anthem with their regular training programs.
  • Created: 06/27/2012
  • Director of Photography
  • The DP position oversees the camera and lighting crews, and collaborates with the director and other specialists for achieving artistic and technical decisions related to scene visuals. The DP must be able to travel on-location and commit to at least five weeks during the production.

    The ideal candidate has:

    Three or more years experience as a cinematographer for music videos, shorts and feature films.

    Has name credit as cinematographer or DP for at least one feature-length film.

    Able to demonstrate through a reel that they have some experience capturing the emotion of a scene with fast-paced action sequences, or romance, or drama and different lighting techniques.

    Experience filming fast-past action sequences is a plus.

    Experience filming in ice rinks is a plus.

    Experience filming in crowds during events is another plus.

    Experience with filming in low light (candlelight) is another big plus.

    Love for speedskating or having been a speedskater is a big plus. :)
  • Created: 06/27/2012
  • Gaffer
  • What a gaffer does! :)

    Experience with handling electrical elements and lighting decisions within an ice rink is a plus.

  • Created: 06/27/2012
  • Key Grip
  • At least three years experience in the film making industry.

    Experience serving as a Key Grip for one feature-length film or an operator serving under a Key Grip for two feature-length films.

    Experience with working in an ice rink for productions is a plus.

    Experience working around crowds for events is a big plus.

    Willing to commit to on-location filming for at least five weeks.

    Passionate about speedskating and desire to make a memorable film is a huge plus. :)
  • Created: 06/27/2012
  • Composer
  • This position has the responsibility and challenge of creating a unique score that could be considered a harmony "signature" to help make 'Anthem' a memorable, feature-film.

    At least five years in the film industry, serving as part of composer for at least one feature film.

    Able to demonstrate self-composed material that matches with film footage for action, adventure, drama, romance and suspense.

    Passion for telling stories through music is a huge plus! :)
  • Created: 06/27/2012
  • Editor
  • The editor collaborates with the director and writer in post-production to tell the story 'Anthem' in a meaningful way. In a way, the editor is just as crucial to the success of this project as the director and writer are.

    Qualifications:

    At least 5 years experience as a film editor, and have name credit for one feature-lenth film.

    Experience editing fast-paced action sequences and montages.

    A great problem solver.

    Excellent communication skills.

    Passionate about telling a compelling story is a big plus. :)
  • Created: 06/27/2012
  • Speedskating Extras (20 positions - 10 female and 10 male)
  • A Speedskating Extra is a role during production to serve as extras for American Cup race scenes and backdrop characters for ice and dryland training scenes. A Speedskating Extra reports to the Speedskating Choreographer or Speedskating Facilitator (depending on the need) and be able to commit for between 3 and 5 weeks, on-location, during the production. These are non-stunt positions.

    The ideal candidate is at least 18 years old. Ages 27 and up are welcome to apply, too! :)

    Classified as and have at least two years experience as an elite short track speedskater.

    Competed in American Cup or higher competitions.

    Have access to regulation short track gear to bring on-location, if necessary.

    Able to follow instructions for choreography of races.

  • Created: 06/27/2012
  • Speedskating Choreographer
  • The Speedskating Choreographer is responsible for creating the sequences involved to simulate short track races or training maneuvers used during a scene.

    This position is critical to the success of making an audience believe they're really watching a competitive short track race. This position works with the director, speedskating facilitator and stunt coordinator in a creative, collaborative way to design a sequence the Speedskating Extras follow.

    The candidate must be able to commit to a production on-location for three to five weeks.

    The ideal candidate has:

    Two years experience with choreographing scenes for feature film, music videos or television productions.

    Deep knowledge of short track techniques or challenges a short track skater faces during a race (drafting, claiming right of way, deep tracks, boot outs, etc).

    Knowledge of elite (America's Cup and higher) short track competitions is a plus

    Experience as an elite short track speedskater is a plus.

  • Created: 06/27/2012
  • Speedskating Stunt Coordinator
  • This position works closely with the Director, Speedskating Choreographer, and Speedskating Facilitator for sequencing the necessary short track race scene stunts.

    Also, this position works with the Speedskating Facilitator to recruit the necessary stunt people to fulfill the roles.

    The candidate needs to be able to commit for at least three weeks during production.


    The ideal candidate:

    Has experience working with stunt mechanics for feature or television productions.

    Experience as an elite short track speedskater is a huge plus

    Deep knowledge of the mechanics of short track races and how to work with the Speedskating Choreographer to create the illusion of a believable short track race is a huge plus.
  • Created: 06/29/2012
  • Storyboard Artist for Race Scenes
  • This position works closely with the Speedskating Choreographer and Speedskating Stunt Coordinator to create the storyboards or visual blueprints necessary to provide guidance to the Speedskating Extras and Speedskating Stuntpeople.

    The ideal candidate:

    Has at least three years experience as a storyboard artist for television and film, or an illustrator with a portfolio to show how their work was or can be used with action sequences.

    Experience with storyboard work in the film industry is a plus.

    Experience with storyboard work involving the choreography of figureskating, short track speedskating, or any other sport is a huge plus.

  • Created: 07/04/2012
  • Stedicam Operator
  • This position works closely with the DP and Director for setup and execution of shots that require stabilization.

    The ideal candidate has at least two years experience as a Steadicam operator.

    Experience filming in an ice rink with a Steadicam is a plus.
  • Created: 07/04/2012
  • Speedskating Stunt Specialiats (4 positiions - 2 male and 2 female)
  • This position is critical to the success of the film in terms of believability of the unpredictable effects of a short track speedskating race. The stunt specialists work closely with the Speedskating Choreographer and Speedskating Stunt Coordinator to plan, test and execute the necessary stunts. The age range would be 18 and up for any of the positions. The candidates need to commit to two weeks of training and filming for this production.

    The ideal candidate:
    - Has at least 2 years experience as a stuntman in the entertainment industry

    - 2 years experience as an elite short track speedskater is a huge plus
  • Created: 07/06/2012
  • Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist
  • Everything a hair stylist and makeup artist does. :) We'll have some scenes where someone looks beat-up, too. If you have experience with setup of a shot where someone is bleeding, that's all the better.

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