Note: Although this is not a Disney related project, I have posted it here due to the large number of site followers. I told the casting director that I would help get the word out about this open casting call.
Update 7-26-2013: Now that the open casting call has taken place, the casting director is accepting email submissions for Chicago area extras. Details below.
After Chicago, the next extras open casting calls will be in China. Paramount Pictures has teamed with China Movie Channel for a reality show that will cast China talent for principal acting roles. One of China’s most well-known pop idols, Han Geng, has already signed on for a major role.
Di Bonaventura Pictures and DreamWorks SKG in association with Hasbro are filming the Paramount Pictures science fiction action film “Transformers 4”, and the casting director has scheduled open casting calls in Chicago for people interested in working on the film as fully paid general extras and possible featured background actors. The open casting calls are for people over 18 years of age, however parents/legal guardians can bring photos on their children for submission. Chicago filming will take place from August 18, 2013 through September 27, 2013.
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.
Directors Guild of America DGA Award winner Michael Bay has returned 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”. Bay has said that this will be his final installment in the franchise, however Hasbro has stated that they would like to continue making additional Transformers films with or without Michael Bay. 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 is again executive producing, 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 Extras Chicago Open Casting Calls Details
*** PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING ***
This extras open casting call is for people LOCAL to the greater Chicago area. I do NOT recommend flying in for this casting call. The director Michael Bay often hand picks extras talent from the photos taken at the open call, and that is why Paramount Pictures has hired this particular casting director. She ONLY wants to see people who are available to work in the locations that she is casting. All extras MUST provide their own transportation and accommodations.
The location casting director for the Paramount Pictures feature film “Transformers 4” is holding open casting calls in Chicago, Illinois. She is seeking people who are available to work as fully paid extras and possibly featured background actors in the Chicago area on various dates between August 18, 2013 through September 27, 2013. The following are the casting needs:
• Males and Females, 18 years of age and older.
(Parents/Guardians may bring photos of kids 9-12 years for submission)
• Clean cut FBI types and Military types.
• Age 9 and over Asian Citizens for Hong Kong scene.
Smokey Holiday Inn
Conference Center Entrance
5300 W. Touhy Avenue
Skokie, Il 60077
Free parking is available in the NE lot.
NO PHONE CALLS!
Click here for directions.
Friday July 19, 2013
9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday July 20, 2013
9:00am – Noon.
NO EARLY LINE UPS.
Please come dressed appropriately and bring a pen for application. Your photo will be taken at no charge, headshots/resumes are NOT needed.
Submit current casual pic (no head shots or resumes required)
Name, cell, height, age range, clothes sizes, any scheduling restrictions you may have & any other notes you’d like to add!
Casting call information courtesy of Maryellen Aviano, Paramount Pictures Casting Coordinator.
All talent including minors and foreign actors must be legally eligible to work in the state of Illinois and in the United States.
The 2013 Chicago Resource Guide eBook 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 Illinois and the United States:
• Illinois Child Labor Laws Information Sheet
• Illinois Child Labor Laws Information Sheet 2
• Illinois Child Employment Certificate Application
• Illinois Night Waiver for Child Actors Application
• Illinois Child Statement of Physical Fitness Form
• Illinois Child Labor Complaint Form
• Illinois Teenager Employment Certificate Information
• Parent Guardian Approval Form
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• USA Non-Immigrant Visa Application
In addition to the following Chicago Actors Resources:
• Chicago Casting Directors List
• Chicago Extras Casting Directors List
• Chicago Talent Agents List
• Chicago AFTRA SAG Franchised Talent Agents
• General Talent Agent Information
• Chicago Acting Schools and Classes List
• Chicago Headshot Photographers List
• Actors Unions
• Miscellaneous Chicago Resources
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• The Casting Process
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Casting Director and Talent Agents Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides
The 2013 Chicago Actors Resource Guide eBook is 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.
Denise Chamian Casting
1438 N Gower Stret
Hollywood, CA 90028
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.
Di Bonaventura Pictures
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
1027 Newport Avenue
PO Box 1059
Pawtucket, RI 02862-1059
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
Mark Wahlberg – Flynn Vincent
Jack Reynor – Shane
Nicola Peltz – Tessa
Kelsey Grammer – Harold Attinger
Sophia Myles – Scientist
T. J. Miller – Flynn’s Best Friend
Peter Cullen – Optimus Prime
Han Geng – TBA
Stanley Tucci – TBA
Li Bingbing – TBA
Lucas Black – TBA
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.