Local actors wanted to audition at UCS by the Waterfront

Film students at UCS in Ipswich.
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Film students at UCS in Ipswich. Auditions are planned for actors to wanting take part in student films - Credit: Archant

Could you take a starring role in a student-produced film?

If you are a keen, amateur actor - or just think you have some acting talent, then film makers at UCS university would like to hear from you.

It is casting season at UCS.

The UCS Ipswich BA (Hons) Digital Film Production students are on the lookout for actors to feature in a variety of films for their end of year projects. Tutors and students have come together to plan an open casting event and are calling upon creatives of all ages and abilities to participate.

The event will be held at the Waterfront building on Thursday February 18, from 3.30-9pm, where the students aim to add to their database of Suffolk filmmaking talent.

The event is open to all, from actors and musicians to artists and designers, who would like to support their local university.

Currently around ten films are in pre-production and they explore a range of styles and genres from romantic comedies to suspenseful thrillers. There will be an opportunity to audition for some of these films at this event.

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Films needing cast include:

Spaghetti Bolognese – A tense comedy involving food and the sudden, unexpected breakdown and renewal of a romantic relationship.

Androgynous Angst – A dramatic tale about young friendship and changing identities.

Nascent– a suspense thriller about a young woman, Deana, who tries to help her friend, Rob, overcome a repressed childhood trauma. But the horror that haunts Rob is very real to him, and it’s up to Deana to try to save him.

Dark Room- A young woman takes photographs at an old ruin, only to find she’s uncovered something best left alone.

The Fix Up – Asking your promiscuous best friend to help you on a date can only end one way, right?

Film roles at UCS Ipswich are unpaid, but give actors the opportunity to gain experience in front of the camera.

For those wishing to pursue professional acting, but have limited or no experience, a UCS student film would give them the opportunity to add to their CV/ portfolio or could even be seen as a place to start.

Alexandra Leaney, course leader for BA (Hons) Digital Film Production at UCS Ipswich said “At the university we always try to encourage links with actors of all ages and experience, as our students make an average of three to four films per year. We had a great response last year and it’s fantastic that tutors and students have been able to come together again to create what is now an annual casting event.

“The students maintain a database of actors, dancers and musicians, which allows us to keep in contact with other creatives in the area. As well as their own projects, our students work on professional work experience assignments such as promotional or music videos for internal and external clients.

“So their portfolio of work is diverse and well developed by the time they graduate.”

Anyone with an interest in hair and make-up, graphics, set design or making costumes is also welcome to attend or register their interest via casting-call@ucs.ac.uk