Dead Fish Films and Parlay Pictures are in pre-production on the true story baseball themed independent feature film “Undrafted” starring Chace Crawford. The project is a talent-laden production from top to bottom. The film’s casting directors are accepting audition videos from Los Angeles based talent for starring roles in the film. Both SAG-AFTRA and non-union talent are welcome to submit. An official “Undrafted” casting website has been set up for actors to download the audition sides and then upload a homemade video for consideration. Shooting will begin on September 9, 2013 in Los Angeles. The film’s extras will also be cast in Los Angeles throughout production.
“Undrafted” is based on a true story and centers on a very special day in the life of a promising young baseball player named John “Maz” Mazetti. After he discovers that he was not drafted, Maz has an epiphany one day that changes his life forever. He finds himself playing in a casual intramural summer league baseball game with a group of wacky teammates who feel strongly that Maz has the making of a great ball player. Throughout the day, Maz becomes increasingly sullen and negative especially when he fails to get a hit. Suddenly Maz has a revelation and he finds his purpose. It’s the final inning and Maz is back in the game.
Starring in “Undrafted” is four-time Teen Choice Awards winner Chace Crawford playing the role of Arthur Barone. Crawford will also executive produce. Young Artist Awards winner Joe Mazzello will play the role of Pat Murray. Mazzello will also produce and direct “Undrafted” from an original screenplay that he wrote himself. Crawford and Mazzello are close friends and share the same manager, Eric Podwall of Podwell Entertainment. Also producing is Dead Fish Films president Eric Fischer and head of development Brianna Lee Johnson. In addition to also being a very talented actor, Fisher is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins. Brianna Lee Johnson graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has extensive experience in both music and acting.
“Undrafted” Talent Search Details
Three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated casting director Elizabeth Barnes and four-time Casting Society of America Artios Award nominee Corbin Bronson are conducting a talent search for lead roles in the indie feature film “Undrafted”. Both union and non-union actors can submit an audition video through an official casting website hosted by Cast It Talent. The following role is being cast, among others:
[JOHN “MAZ” MAZETTI} Male, 22. Average height, solid build. The star player. A natural, but reluctant leader. Looked up to by his teammates. Quieter than most. Capable of extreme focus. A clear awareness of right and wrong. We meet him at a very interesting crossroads in his life, which colors his personality. He is conflicted. Angry. Fighting with the father he loves. He is the character most in search of peace, who ultimately finds it.
There are also a number of other roles being cast, baseball player types from 20 – mid 30’s, and also Maz and Pat Murray’s fathers, who are in their 50’s. To be considered for these other roles, the casting directors are asking actors to simply submit an audition video reading for the “Maz” role.
Go to the following Official “Undrafted” Casting Webpage and CAREFULLY follow the video taping and submission details.
This talent search is being hosted by Cast It Talent, which is a subsidiary of Cast It Systems. You can read about Cast It in the following New York Times Article:
Cast It Systems and Cast It Talent are owned by film producer Eric Hayes, who is married to the beautiful and talented actress Robinne Lee.
All talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of California and in the United States.
The 2013 Los Angeles Actors 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 Los Angeles and the United States:
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• California Child Actor Permit Application
• California Minors Summary Chart
• Child Actor Coogan Trust Deposit Instructions
• California Division of Labor Standards Offices
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application
In addition to the following Los Angeles Actors Resources:
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Los Angeles Casting Directors List
• Los Angeles Extras Casting Directors List
• Los Angeles Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Los Angeles Acting Classes List
• Acting Classes for Young Actors in Los Angeles
• Los Angeles Headshot Photographers List
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Los Angeles Resources
• Actors Unions
• 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.
650 N. Bronson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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.
Dead Fish Films
4236 Arch Street
Studio City, CA 91604
Brianna Lee Johnson
Chase Crawford – Arthur Barone
Joe Mazzello – Pat Murray
When a star college baseball player is hit with the sobering news that he hasn’t been drafted, a meaningless intramural baseball game with his wacky teammates turns into the most important game of his life.