"THE MAKING OF" CHARACTER PROFILES
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TOM BANKS Male Age: 18-30 Lines: 225 Main Lead
Protagonist. He is the producer/director of Superhero Complex. Nice guy, motivated, but inexperienced. Down-to-earth, sincere, charismatic. Inspired and inspiring. Full of energy and a deep breath of life! He's very excited about getting the opportunity to pursue his dream! As more and more hurdles are thrown in his way, he does his best to remain calm. Hints of sarcasm and cynicism pop up here and there, until eventually he loses his cool.
NOTE: MUST BE ABLE TO MEMORIZE LONG LINES & IMPROVISE.
JOHN McCLOWSKI Male Age: 24-50 Lines: 89 Lead
John is a method actor, always in full “McClowski mode”= a cranky, pessimistic, shoot-first, hardcore narcotics officer. He never breaks character, and never reveals his real name. His nemesis in Superhero Complex is the villain Tormento, played by pro actor Mathew. John constantly intimidates Mathew on and off the set.
OLIVER Male Age: 30-60 Lines: 32 Lead
The cinematographer/camera operator, and one of the only crew members with any experience and clout. A nice guy, but kinda stuffy. He has a large ego until it's discovered he's a fraud with no experience or clout at all. After that, he's a suck up, very eager to please. He scurries about in fear of getting fired.
MATHEW Male Age: 18-30 Lines: 32 Lead
A talented, professional actor. Very friendly, always on time, a one-take star. He plays Tormento, the villain in Superhero Complex. He does his best to remain calm and collected during John's hostility towards him.
JEFF Male Age: 18-24 Lines: 33 Lead
An introverted prankster who had his role handed to him by the executive producer against his (and Tom's) will. Takes pleasure in the suffering and annoyance of others. Very inexperienced as an actor, and can't perform well during comedic scenes in Superhero Complex, but as soon as the genre changes to drama, he clicks with it and excels.
He plays Justice Man, the beefy class-A hero in Superhero Complex. Ironically, Jeff is not muscular at all (or tall, or old enough).
MEGAN RIKER Female Age: 30-45 Lines: 35 Lead
She's the 1st assistant director and the boom operator. An ex drill-sergeant and a real hardass. She's half deaf and yells constantly. While she comes off as a total asshole, she's very dedicated to the project and efficient in keeping it professional.
BETI Female Age: 50-70 Lines: 35 Lead
A egomaniac narcissistic veteran stage actress. So entrenched in her ways she refuses to take direction of any kind, and often tries to direct other actors herself. Very melodramatic, always overacting. She plays Feminista in Superhero Complex.
KELLY Female Age: 18-30 Lines: 15 Lead
A friendly, optimistic new-age hippie. Tea/tree/yoga lover. A firm believer in reducing stress with breathing exercises. She plays Victory Girl in Superhero Complex. She was trained only in comedy; after the genre change, she can't keep a straight face and is forced to quit.
GAELON Male Age: 20-30 Lines: 25 Supporting
The editor/composer of Superhero Complex. Very talented and creative, but immature and irresponsible. The type to crack jokes at inappropriate moments.
UNCLE MARV Male Age: 40-60 Lines: 24 Supporting
Tom's uncle (and Jeff's father), the single source of financing for Superhero Complex. A hyper-frugal, know-it-all control freak that keeps cutting the budget. While he has the best intentions, his actions end up crippling the movie.
SARAH Female Age: 18-30 Lines: 14 Supporting
Tom's girlfriend, and the documentarian behind The Making Of video. She's slightly sarcastic and cynical. Sharp and witty, but not very warm.
SANDOR Male Age: 25-55 Lines: 15 Supporting
The writer of Superhero Complex. He's sensitive and soft-spoken, but defends his beliefs and opinions firmly. Very eccentric.
GLORIA Female Age: 28-55 Lines: 8 Speaking
The casting director. Very eager to please.
DENTIST 1 Male Age: 40-60 Lines: 5 Speaking
DENTIST 2 Male Age: 40-60 Lines: 4 Speaking
In their scene, the dentists are off the clock, attending Tom's movie pitch, where they may be investing thousands. When Tom accidently insults them, they fume! Prescription glasses and sweaters are encouraged.
FRED Male Age: 40-60 Lines: 5 Speaking
Fred is an “overactor”. He auditions for the role of John McClowski, and reads the same lines the same way every time.
STEVE Male Age: 40-60 Lines: 6 Speaking
Another “overactor” trying out for the part of Justice Man. He uses a heroic “Dudley Do Right” impression.
ELAINE Female Age: 40-60 Lines: 1 Speaking
STUDENT 1 Male Age: 18-30 Lines: 1 Speaking
STUDENT 2 Female Age: 18-30 Lines: 1 Speaking
STUDENT 3 M/F Age: 18-30 Lines: 1 Speaking
POET 1 Female Age: 30-50 Lines: 1 Speaking
POET 2 Male Age: 18-30 Lines: 1 Speaking
Hardcore protesting liberal rebel.
POET 3 Male Age: 18-30 Lines: 1 Speaking
BICYCLIST Male Age: 18-35 Lines: 2 Speaking
An innocent biker, upset and bewildered at the barrage of insults and threats John McClowski throws upon him.
SENSEI WES LEE Male Age: 18-35 Lines: 1 Speaking
A self-made martial arts expert and creator of “Kong Fu”- the true monkey fighting style. A disciplined artist, dedicated to his craft.
NOTE: Martial arts training NOT required.
EXEC Male Age: 28-40 Lines: 3 Speaking
The acquisitions exec, very excited at the chance to become the real hero of the movie... by buying it. This guy really hams it up.
ELDERLY WOMAN Female Age: Any Lines: 0 Extra
Could be anyone in a wig and old clothes. Lie down and writhe a little.