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'Transformers 4' open casting calls for actors and extras in Austin, TX and Detroit, MI

Transformers 4 Austin TX Detroit MI Casting Calls

"Transformers 4" will begin filming in April or May 2012.
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Note: Casting call details for Austin, TX and Detroit, MI are listed below.

Di Bonaventura Pictures and DreamWorks SKG in association with Hasbro are set to begin production on the Paramount Pictures science fiction action film "Transformers 4". Casting directors are auditioning actors in Los Angeles, as well as Austin, TX where filming will take place beginning late May, 2013. The extras are now being cast and will continue being hired throughout filming. Additional shooting will take place in various locations including Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, and China. This project is currently being referred to as "Untitled Transformers Sequel," and will the first feature film to be shot using smaller digital IMAX 3D cameras.

Starring in "Transformers 4" is London Critics Circle Film Awards winner Jack Reynor in the starring role of a race car driver. Reynor recently had a supporting role in the DreamWorks SKG feature film "Delivery Man" starring Vince Vaughn. The talented and beautiful Nicola Peltz has been cast in the female lead role of Reynor's girlfriend. Peltz is the daughter of Nelson Peltz, a billionaire businessman who once owned the Snapple brand. She is best known for playing Katara in "The Last Airbender". Two-time Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg has signed on to play Nicola's father Flynn "Ray" Vincent. BAFTA Awards winner Sophia Myles will play a major role as a scientist. Peter Cullen returns as the voice of Optimus Prime, and Glenn Morshower reprises his role as General Morshower. Three-time Golden Globe Award nominee Kelsey Grammer was recently cast as the lead villain named "Harold Attinger".

Directors Guild of America DGA Award winner Michael Bay will return to direct his fourth installment of the film series from a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger, who also wrote "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon". Writer Ehren Kruger's other credits include "Arlington Road," "Scream 3 & 4," "The Ring," "The Skeleton Key," and "The Brothers Grimm". Three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg will again executive produce, along with Mark Vahradian for Di Bonaventura Pictures, and Brian Goldner for Hasbro. Producers are Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, and Academy Award nominee Ian Bryce. Spielberg and Bryce have collaborated on other films including "Saving Private Ryan," for which they both won Golden Globe Awards. Bryce also worked as assistant director on the Spielberg directed film "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", and production manager on Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". More recently Bryce and Michael Bay both produced the Paramount Pictures feature film "Pain & Gain", on which Bay also directed. "Transformers 4" is scheduled to hit theaters on June 27, 2014.

In regards to the China portion of filming Paramount Pictures has entered into a partnership with China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises to help cast Chinese actors in the film, as well as scout filming locations, post-production work, and theatrical promotion of the film in China. China Movie Channel is run by the government's State Administration of Radio Film and Television. A reality show called "Transformers 4 Chinese Actor’s Talent Search" is being used to scout between 50,000 and 80,000 Chinese citizens to be cast in speaking roles. The show's judges will make the final selection of two men and two women, with input from director Michael Bay. One of the men and one of the women will have professional acting experience and the other two will have no professional experience.

Transformers 4 Austin Extras Casting Call

The extras casting director in Austin, TX is seeking local people to work as fully paid background performers. If booked, you must be available during the last of week of May for a wardrobe fitting and available all day/night on Monday, June 3 (tentative shoot date). Minimum pay guarantee for extras is $58 for any shoot up to 8 hours. If past 8 hours, time and a half overtime pay kicks in (example: a 12 hour shoot day would be $101.52)

Here are the current needs:

• Males and females. Ages 35-65, any ethnicity.

• People who can portray ranchers, oil men and women, realtors that could sell Dallas mansions or ranch houses, small town salt of the earth types, and strong southern-looking men & women- folks that have a real local Texas flavor to their look and uniqueness.

Submit the following by email:

• Men: include name, age, phone #, height/weight, jacket size, collar size/sleeve length, pants size (waist/inseam), and shoe size. Attach clear, current photos in high resolution - including a close photo (no professional headshots however) & a full length photo also. Please only casual photos not professionally taken.This Director wants to see your current appearance. But feel free to dress/style yourself more Texas in your photos if it enhances your look.

• Women: include name, age, phone #, height/weight, dress size, bust-waist-hips measurements, & shoe size. Attach clear, current photos in high resolution - including a close photo (no professional headshots however) & a full length photo also. Please only casual photos not professionally taken.This Director wants to see your current appearance. But feel free to dress/style yourself more Texas in your photos if it enhances your look (big hair, etc.)

Thirdcoastextras@gmail.com

Make subject either "Transformers female Realtor" or "Transformers male Realtor"

Must be available to work in Austin, TX. Please don't submit if you're not local to central Texas

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of Texas and in the United States.

The 2013 Austin Actors Resource Guide eBook comes with free quarterly updates and includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Texas and the United States:

• Child Labor Laws in Texas
• Summary of the Texas Child Labor Law
• Texas Child Labor Law FAQ
• Texas Limitations on Employment of Child Actors
• Texas Application for Child Actor - Performer Authorization
• Texas Application Exceptions for Child Extras
• Texas Workforce Commission Teen Application for Certificate of Age
• Texas Child Labor Complaint Form
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

In addition to the following Austin Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Austin Casting Directors List
• Austin Extras Casting Directors List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Austin Talent Agents List
• Austin Acting Coaches, Classes, and Schools List
• Austin Headshot Photographers List
• Headshot Mass Printing Photo Labs
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Austin Resources
• PDF Users Guide

The 2013 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Transformers 4 Detroit Open Casting Call 

The local casting director in Detroit is holding an open casting call for people who would like to work as fully paid extras on Transformers 4. They are seeking males and females at least 18-year-old. Interested talent must be available for filming from June through August.

Here are some of the types being cast:

• Clean-cut business person.
• Military or FBI agent.
• Asian families.

Where:

Somerset Inn
2601 W. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084

When:

Friday May 31, 2013
Saturday June 1, 2013
10:00am - 2:00pm both days.

Dress the part and bring a pen for filling out applications. Photos will be taken at the casting call at no charge.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of Michigan and in the United States.

The 2013 Michigan Resource Guide eBook comes with free quarterly updates and includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Michigan and the United States:m

• Michigan Child Work Permit Fact Sheet
• Michigan Youth Employment Standards Informational Sheet
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• Non-Immigrant USA Visa Application

In addition to the following Michigan Actors Resources:

• Michigan Casting Directors List
• Michigan Extras Casting Directors List
• Michigan Talent Agents List
• Michigan AFTRA SAG Franchised Talent Agents
• General Talent Agent Information
• Michigan Acting Schools and Classes List
• Michigan Headshot Photographers List
• Actors Unions
• Miscellaneous Michigan Resources
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Casting Director and Talent Agents Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides

The 2013 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Denise Chamian Casting
1438 N Gower Stret
Building 35
Suite 270
Hollywood, CA 90028

Austin, TX:

Maryellen Aviano

Extras Casting

Austin, TX:

Beth Sepko
Third Coast Extras
1901 East 51st Street
Austin, TX 78723

Thirdcoastextras@gmail.com

Detroit:

TBA

Film Crew

Michigan

e74michigan@gmail.com

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Transformers 4 Production Office
c/o Raleigh Studios-Playa Vista
5600 Campus Center Drive
Playa Vista, CA 90094

Transformers 4 Production Office
1999 Centerpoint Parkway
Pontiac, MI 48341

Di Bonaventura Pictures
5555 Melrose Avenue
DeMille Building
2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90038

DreamWorks SKG
100 Universal City Plaza
Building 10
Universal City, CA 91608

Hasbro
1027 Newport Avenue
PO Box 1059
Pawtucket, RI 02862-1059

Paramount Pictures
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Executive Producers

Steven Spielberg
Michael Bay
Mark Vahradian
Brian Goldner

Producers:

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura
Ian Bryce
Don Murphy

Director:

Michael Bay

Starring:

Jack Reynor
Mark Wahlberg
Sophia Myles
Nicola Peltz
Peter Cullen
Glenn Morshower
Kelsey Grammer

Story:

Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) returns with a new group of robot characters, and new male and female leads in "Transformers 4". The story will take off where the last film left off in Chicago, and expand on the history of the first three films in the series. "Transformers 4" will take place four years after the events in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues. But it was later to be inaccurate.

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