adrenaline film project 2016 – casting complete


Arvold Casting is again collaborating with the Virginia Film Festival for the 2016 Adrenaline Film Project! Adrenaline is a competition that challenges teams of filmmakers to write, cast, shoot, edit, and screen a short film at the Virginia Film Festival in just 72 hours. Each team will be guided and supervised by professional Hollywood mentors and special guests. Actors will be important creative contributors to each team’s project and will be eligible to win the BEST ACTOR AWARD at the screening of the finished films during the festival!

For actors interested in this unique project, there will be a Meet & Greet with filmmaking teams on November 1st. Additionally, there will be a very special opportunity to participate in a class during the Meet & Greet with renowned acting coach Leigh Kilton-Smith (who has supported such television programming as Friends, Shameless, Scandal and Modern Family and worked closely with actors Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, Sam Rockwell, Gabrielle Union, Zac Efron and Diane Lane) and casting director Erica Arvold, CSA. While the Meet & Greet is an optional event, it is highly recommended, not to mention lots of fun!

Interested in having your scene or monologue taped by a member of the Arvold team? Arvold will be offering optional taping sessions for actors who would like to supplement their submission with a one-minute monologue or scene of their choice. Find all the information about this exciting experience below!

Interested in additional filmmaking opportunities? The Adrenaline Film Project is currently seeking directors, writers, composers and more! Please see “Additional Opportunities” below for details.


Mentors: Director Jeff Wadlow, Acting Coach Leigh Kilton-Smith, and Animator Kevin Hart
Potential Shoot Dates: Thursday, November 3rd, Friday, November 4th, & Saturday, November 5th*
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Pay: Volunteer** (see below)
Non-Union & SAG-AFTRA actors are welcome to submit

*Adrenaline is an intense, collaborative (& fun!) three day process. Although filmmaking teams have been known to work around actors’ scheduling conflicts, it is advised to remain fully available during the shoot dates.

Optional Monologue Taping Sessions: October 17th – 21st
Adrenaline Actors Meet & Greet (Highly Recommended): Tuesday, November 1st from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.


Arvold will be offering optional taping sessions for actors who would like to supplement their submission with a one-minute monologue or scene of their choice. These tapes will be viewable by all the filmmaking teams as they make their casting selections. Monologues will be taped on October 17th through 21st in Charlottesville, VA. Additionally, if you have a demo reel, website, or video of your work you would like to submit as part of your audition, please see the instructions in the submission form.


The Actors Meet & Greet will take place on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM in the Robertson Media Center on the third floor of Clemons Library at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Actors will meet with the filmmakers and mentors as well as learn from acting coach Leigh Kilton-Smith and casting director Erica Arvold. Attending this optional Meet and Greet is a great opportunity for actors to sharpen their skills, get to know the filmmaking teams and participate in the early stages of the Adrenaline Film Project!


STEP ONE: Fill out our online submission form: 2016 ADRENALINE FILM PROJECT Actor Submission Form

STEP TWO: Send your headshot and resume in PDF format to [email protected]

Please use the following SUBJECT HEADING for your submission email (personalized to YOU):

YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME, Current Residence (City, State), Adrenaline 2016

For Example:

JOHN SMITH, Charlottesville, VA, Adrenaline 2016

Once you have emailed your headshot & resume AND filled out the online form, your submission is considered complete!

Thank you for following our instructions! Submitting does not automatically guarantee you a role in a festival film, but it does put you in consideration for one. If selected, you will be contacted directly by the filmmakers. Email any questions to [email protected].


There are many exciting ways to participate in the 2016 Adrenaline Film Project! In addition to actors, Adrenaline is accepting applications for filmmakers and composers.

Filmmakers must work in teams of 3 to write, cast, shoot, edit and screen a film – all in under 72 hours! Each team will be assigned a genre, line of dialogue, and prop that they must incorporate into their 3-5 minute film. Each phase of production is closely supervised and advised by distinguished mentors. The process will culminate in a competitive screening of the finished films and an award ceremony in front of a live audience on Saturday, November 5th, 2016. All filmmaker applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Friday, October 14, 2016.

To apply as a filmmaker, please fill out the online submission form: 2016 ADRENALINE FILM PROJECT Filmmaker Submission Form

Composers will work with the filmmakers to compose music that compliments their original work during post-production (November 4th and 5th). In a matter of two days, your music could be heard on the big screen in front of a live audience at a nationally recognized film festival!

To apply as a composer, please fill out the online submission form: 2016 ADRENALINE FILM PROJECT Composer Submission Form

**Volunteering has been proven to have many significant health benefits, including: reducing heart rate and blood pressure, aiding in physical mobility, improving your immune system, lessening the risk of depression, increasing release of endorphins, and reducing stress levels. The Adrenaline Film Project is a great way for actors to gain experience and make new connections. Work with up-and-coming local filmmakers, receive guidance from seasoned Hollywood mentors, and have a wonderful time creating a short film that will premiere in front of a live audience at the Virginia Film Festival!



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