Rob Mason (Combat Mech) - Rob graduated from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso Indiana. He received a BA in Communications and had a four full year scholarship for football. Div II. After his freshman year Rob joined a gym, Flip Over Fitness, and the owner liked his look. The owner encouraged him to do a show and that how Rob won his first bodybuilding competition...the rest is history:
- Natural/Eastern Classic 1993 - 1st Place and Overall
- Philadelphia Classic 1997 - 1St Place and Overall
- 1997 USA - 3rd Place
- Team Universe 1994 - 2nd Place
- 1997 Nationals - 2nd Place
- 1998 NJ Gold's Classic - 1st Place and overall
Einar Gunnar (The Diplomat) After an illustrious career as a Creative Director in advertising, with numerous award-winning TV commercials under his belt, Einar [pronounced: AY-nar] decided to see what life is like on the other side of the auditioning table.
Itï¿½s scary. Yet thrilling.
Einar has acted in several short films so far, ranging from various supporting roles to a lead, and he finds it easy to fit into the filmmaking process, given his experience shooting commercials. Speaking ofï¿½ Einar would love to be cast in a TV spot. Or three.
Q: Any advice for actors when it comes to auditions?
A: So glad you asked!! When a casting director (or in my poor case, director) posts an ad for auditions, their inbox and mailbox can be flooded with hundreds upon hundreds of submissions. In my case I posted online at a couple different sites and got the majority of my submissions via email. The advice I can give is about organizing your email so that it will have the highest chance of being seen.
1) Your headshot photo file and resume file should both be named with your first and last name. Don't send files named, "summer blond hair." That might remind you that the headshot was taken last summer when you had your hair dyed blond, but when it's in my Casting directory, I'll have no idea who you are.
I'm tired! I spent most of the day working on the dropship interior set! Did you know that one of the best traits for a successful independent film producer is being a good carpenter? I took photos for you but probably won't post them yet until the light at the end of the tunnel is much brighter..but actually it was a good day!
I've been posting actor bios in the casting section and that's also been exciting. We have a table read this weekend. That's basically when all the actors get together usually for the first time to meet each other and read through the script out loud. Will try to remember to take photos of that event too!
Dmitry (Daniel Richards-The Programmer) was born January, 18, 1991 in Kiev, Ukraine. He wasn't even a year old when his family moved to New York. From as young as 6 years old he was directing and producing his own shows to entertain his parents and two younger brothers. He started to take part in the local theater productions: Injun Joe in Tom Sawyer, Snow Kid in Carousel, and Jenie of the Lamp in Aladdin. At the age of 13 he got picked for his first film How Things Are Made: A Wooden Bucket - The White Cooper's Craft In 1850 (2004) and that was it for Dmitry, he wouldn't want to do anything else but act.
David (Captain Dack) is originally from Brooklyn, NY. While working for an investment bank, he began performing stand up comedy at nights as well as studying acting. He has performed in numerous clubs through out the city such as, Stand-Up NY, NY Comedy Club, and Gotham Comedy Club. He has also been in numerous films, including "The Hat, A Love Story", "A Dream Deferred", and "My World." He currently resides in New York, continuing to pursue his acting career.
Yo! You may recall the insanely cool work of Brian, our prop master, when I posted pictures of his work on the MultiBodies, the hovering units that provide additional lines of sight and covering fire to the men and women of Division 9. You can now check out his online article of how he made them on his website! Coool stuff!!
We had auditions and casting has been completed!! Thanks to all those who auditioned!!
By now, all actors have been notified and the Deployment Strategy cast has been assembled!
We're really pumped here because we've got a great group of actors and we'll be posting their bios soon!! November's going to be a busy month for us as we ramp up to production. Watch that production meter in the right of the screen..the green arrow will change in December! More soon!
We just finished a long day of auditions...10:30am to 3:30pm with no lunch break!! We had a great group of people come thru our audition room. A couple of no-shows as always, but it was great because it allowed us to spend a bit of extra time with the actors that did!
Everyone was fantastic and even though we're tired, we're VERY happy with the day's events.
We'll be making final decisions this weekend I think and putting calls out to everyone to let them know. Right now, I'm really really psyched! As we packed up and left the studio, I turned to my co-executive producer and said, "I think we have our cast!!"