New Ad Promotes Casting Call for New Testament Project
In an effort to attract participants from around the world for the LDS Motion Picture Studio’s New Testament film project, the Church has created a new short video.
The video promotes the Church’s casting website, casting.lds.org, where interested members of the Church can apply to participate as actors or extras in all Church film and video productions, including the New Testament project. The website includes all the information a person needs to apply for such projects, including directions for uploading resumes, headshots, and other information.
A rough breakdown of expected roles for the New Testament project is posted on the website, numbering more than 50 different principal and supporting roles. However, for every speaking role, there are many more “extra” and “featured extra” (nonspeaking) roles in each scene that need to be filled.
The New Testament production will serve many purposes, including providing source material for the Church Educational System, missionary efforts, visitors’ center exhibits, online Mormon Messages, stock footage for general conference broadcasts, and other projects.
Filming will begin in spring 2011 on the Church’s studio backlot near Salt Lake City, Utah, and will continue through the summer. All are encouraged to participate —seasoned actors, amateur performers, even those with no acting experience.
The casting website will be updated periodically with details about current and upcoming productions. Applicants’ information will be retained in a secure database so they can be considered for future productions as well. Applicants may return to the site to make changes to their applications without needing to reapply.
For more information on the New Testament project, see this previously published article or visit the “New Testament Project” section of the casting website. The first installment of the New Testament project, The Parable of the Good Samaritan, is available for viewing.