A Steampunk Western

The Characters

The casting process for Cowboys & Engines has begun. We are currently looking for actors to fill the roles listed below. Please look over this info, and if you find a part you think you might be right for, click the “SUBMIT” link to email the casting director.

All submissions should include a photo, a resume or short bio, a link to your reel (if you have one), and anything else you think might be pertinent.

Our first round of auditions will be on August 14th & 15th. If you are selected to read, you’ll be contacted by the casting director to schedule an audition. You’ll be sent the sides at that point.

Cowboys & Engines

A steampunk short set in an alternate-history version of the American frontier in 1876.

Cade Ballard, the former ambassador from the nation of Texas, and Guinivere Wheeler, a smart and dangerous con artist, fall in together to protect a scientist whose pet project – the Temporal Engine – threatens to destroy entire cities if stolen by the wrong hands.

We are producing this under the SAG Short Film contract, which means we can use both union and non-union actors. Even though allowed under the contract, base pay will NOT be deferred. Base pay will be $200/day. Rates are negotiable for name talent.

Production is slated to begin in late October. We will be shooting for six days in Los Angeles and Nevada.

Cade Ballard
Male
Lead
35-45
Race Open

Tall, fit and weathered, Cade is a tired old soldier who’s seen too much. Saving US President Abraham Lincoln from assassination by a crazed actor earned Cade worldwide notoriety, and he did everything in his power to hide from this unwanted fame.  Cade is a dangerous man in a changing world, trying to find a direction.

SUBMIT FOR CADE

 

Guinivere Wheeler
Female
Lead
24-32
Race Open

Smart, sexy and tough as nails, Guinivere has been many things in her life; a grifter, a card sharp, a gunfighter, a hooker… whatever time and necessity required. In many ways, Guinivere is the toughest character in the film. When she encounters the familiar face of Dr. Clay, the man who killed her mother, her normal drive for survival becomes a cold need for revenge at any cost.

SUBMIT FOR GUINIVERE

 

Professor Nicholas Timéon
Male
Principal
55-70
Caucasian

A brilliant Southern gentleman from an old Louisiana Huguenot family, Timéon built a machine with amazing potential for good, only to see it perverted into an astonishing weapon. Thin and worn around the edges, Timéon has been on the run for some time, trying to protect himself and Mercy, his only living relative, from the men who want his knowledge, and his head. Southern dialect.

SUBMIT FOR TIMÉON

 

Mercy Timéon
Female
Co-Star
20-25
Caucasian

A no-nonsense Southern girl with a truly old soul, Mercy always seems to know a bit more than she lets on. Small-framed and cheerful, Mercy is far more than she appears to be, and much less fragile than anyone, except Nicholas, her only blood relative, imagines. Mercy is capable, smart and enthusiastic. Southern dialect.

SUBMIT FOR MERCY

 

Dr. Clay
Male
Supporting
40-55
Race Open

Dr. Clay is tall, gaunt, and terrifying. A chunk of his face has been replaced by a mechanical eye, the result of a gunfight with a much younger Guinivere. Clay is cold as the grave, and driven with a lust for conquest. He is power-mad in an intense, understated way.

SUBMIT FOR CLAY

 

Symphony Furst
Female
20-30
Race Open
Day Player

Tall and lither, Symphony is an assassin, and a crack shot. She is from somewhere in Eastern Europe with an accent to match. Slightly sarcastic. Eastern European dialect.

SUBMIT FOR SYMPHONY

 

The Myrmidon
Male
20-40
Caucasian
Supporting

While the Myrmidon does not speak, it is central to the main scene of the short. Akin to a mechanical zombie, this actor will be wearing major makeup and prosthetics. Should be huge – over 6’ at least – and strongly built. Mime and movement experience a plus. Must have a shaved head, or be willing to shave his head. A great part for a stunt performer, dancer or very athletic model looking for an incredibly distinct shoot for their book/reel and an utterly unique experience.

SUBMIT FOR MYRMIDON

 

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