"LESSONS IN RED" FRANKLIN, NY
This is a NON-UNION BFA senior thesis short, Emerson College
Shooting in: Franklin, Sidney, Gilbertsville, and Masonville, NY.
Day Rates: Supporting $75/day, Featured $50/day – meals provided
Writer, Director: William Schwartz
Story: When a junior high student in 1963 suspects his teacher of being a communist, he investigates the truth to gain approval from his father.
Ted Langely, 12, (SEEKING OLDER TO PLAY YOUNGER) is a gloomy young man who craves the approval of his unsympathetic father. Despite being intimidated by his father, he doesn’t wear his emotions on his sleeve. When he’s hanging out with his best friend, Cliff, he tends to be more open and excited than at home. Being friends with Cliff gives him real comfort and Cliff is the only person Ted feels as though he can trust. LEAD
Cliff Conrad, 12, (SEEKING OLDER TO PLAY YOUNGER) is an adventurous, funny instigating kid who always seems care free. He’s best friends with Ted not only because they get along, but because Ted’s more rational head sometimes cools down Cliff’s worst impulses. He trusts Ted immensely and also feels somewhat protective of him. LEAD
(man, late 30s-50s, Caucasian) A buttoned up, impatient businessman who never says more than he needs to. As a patriarch, he always expects to have the final word. His sharp tongue is his greatest asset in disciplining his son. As a public figure, his collected demeanor is constantly being tested by a union that is uprooting his business.
FILMING: 3 days – 7/13, 7/14, 7/15 (SUPPORTING) Filming: Franklin, Sidney
(man, late 20s-30s, any ethnicity) Ted and Cliff’s junior high history teacher, and an enigma to his students. He is a husband and father of two who is attempting to adjust to the responsibilities of being a dad in a new, growing family. In school, he is passionate about teaching, but he struggles to expand his students’ perspectives and help their interest. He takes his job seriously and feels as though he has to establish his authority to a group that resists him.
FILMING: 2 days - Thurs. 7/11, Fri. 7/12 (SUPPORTING) Filming in Sidney & Gilbertsville
(woman, mid-30s to 40s, Caucasian) Ted’s mother has given up the dream of a functioning household for a few years now. Her husband and son’s constant disagreements have worn her down, but she still attempts to be the peacemaker in the household. She is protective of her son, while not wanting to anger her husband.
FILMING: 1 day - Sat. 7/13 OR Sun. 7/14 (SUPPORTING) Filming in Franklin
(man, 30s- 40s, any ethnicity) Cliff’s dad is an optimistic unionizer with a kind, lively spirit. His efforts to unionize Pete Langely’s shipping company have made him a person of controversy not only in the Langely household, but around town as well. Terrence wants a happy life for his family, but will continue to stand up for what he believes in.
FILMING: 1 day – Sat. 7/13 (FEATURED) Filming in Franklin
(woman, 30s to 50s, any ethnicity) A substitute teacher at Ted and Cliff’s junior high school; a businesslike instructor who brings a standard teaching experience to her students.
FILMING: 1 day - Fri. 7/12 (FEATURED) Filming in Sidney
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