Here at the Montana Film Office (MFO), part of helping pictures get made is helping to connect the projects to the right people, locally. With that in mind, we maintain a current listing of projects of all sizes that are hiring around the state. We also have tips on helping you get hired in your first picture, become a production assistant, promote a your location as a filming destination, and much more. Be sure to check back often to see what new and exciting information we’re offering!
NOTE: The information relating to casting calls may include inaccuracies or errors. The Montana Department of Commerce and the Montana Film Office, collectively MFO, does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy or reliability of the information. Your use of the information is at your own risk; MFO is not liable for any harm. MFO recommends getting as much information from the source of the call prior to any auditions or submissions. All posted positions must follow all Federal, State, County, and Municipal labor laws.
The Great Falls Development Authority, Inc. (GFDA) is seeking a firm(s) with video production experience to write, produce, film and edit four short videos promoting living and doing business in the Great Falls trade area — Montana’s Golden Triangle. Learn more HERE.
National Geographic is spotlighting a two-man team of wolf and bear guards from Alaska offering their services in protecting people from potentially dangerous wild animals.
They are looking for businesses where a team (one person or larger) will be working in a remote location and animals present a danger to the project or safety of the team. The episode will focus on the non-lethal steps the guards will take to keep the animals at a distance and allow the folks on the job to work safely.
Nat Geo would like to work with businesses including ranchers, loggers, farmers, surveyors, road or construction crews, scientists, or any other possible professions where contact with potentially dangerous wild animals may occur.
Filming will be taking place in January and February (exact dates forthcoming).
If you or your business comes into contact with potentially dangerous animals on a regular basis and you’re interested in being involved with the filming please contact Donovan Jacobs with “Backwoods Guardians” ASAP.
“The Writer’s Ghost”, a full-length horror film is set to shoot in early 2014. They are looking for full CAST and CREW members to work the duration of the shoot (4 – 6 weeks).
All cast and crew positions are unpaid, non-union, but each will receive a listing on the movie IMDB page, a letter of recommendation from the producers, a copy of the film on DVD, and national distribution.
Roles they are looking to cast are:
– 2 female (1 lead / 1 supporting), 24-34
– 2 male (1 lead / 1 supporting), 24-36
– 1 male supporting, 55-70
– 1 female supporting, 55-70
ACTORS: Interested actors need to bring a resume to the Executive Room of the of Off the Leaf coffee bar (819 Grand Avenue in Billings) on November 24, 2013 between 10 am and 10 pm. Be prepared to perform a casual dialogue scene (all roles). Anyone interested in the male and female lead roles will also need to perform a terror scene and the female lead must be able to cry on cue.
The International Modeling and Talent Association is holding a new model and talent search this Saturday in Billings.
Hosted by Montana talent agent Karla Johnson, the IMTA model search is looking for interested Montanans to join in a search for new faces and talent from the Big Sky State. Karla signed comedian Lukas Seely and Montana IMTA talent Timothy Lofing.
IMTA is an organization that has been working since 1987 to find new people in the areas of modeling, dance, and performance to enter into the many different levels of the entertainment industry today.
The search will take place at the Howard Johnson in Billings (1345 Mullowney Lane) on September 28th at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm.
To secure an audition time or if you have any additional questions about the IMTA search this Saturday, contact Karla at 406.855.2761.
It’s getting to be that time of year again, summer sun baking the pavement, water condensing on the outside of frosty beverages, hordes of the undead waiting for a camera test. Stuff of dreams really.
In fact, it’s exactly what Montana filmmaker Christan Ackerman is dreaming of for the new film “Zombies of the Living Dead”. Christian and Fast Coast Productions are looking for anyone interested in getting some padding added to their zombie resume to join them in Missoula for filming.
They will be shooting:
Friday August 23rd at 6p.m. at 500 N. Higgins Suite 105.
Telepictures and Warner Brothers are looking to cast the second season of their new game show “Let’s Ask America”.
Taking the game show to a different level, “Let’s Ask America” is looking for people who would love a chance to be a contestant from the comfort of your own hope! The half-hour show gets viewers to compete via web-chat for a chance at $50,000.
It’s pretty simple: the show polls America about fun and irreverent topics to find out what people are thinking. Then, four contested a day are chosen to try and correctly predict the answer with prize money increasing with each question up to $50,000!
Missoula-based production company looking to hire Composer (with a solid knowledge of film scores throughout history and genre), Color Correctionist/Grader, and Sound Designer. Enthusiasm and collaborative spirit required. Montana-based crew members preferred. Compensation to be determined. Please send reel, resume, or sample work to Jenni Johnson at email@example.com.
Montana film project “Unsung Heroes” is again looking for volunteer production assistants for their shoot this coming Saturday, June 23rd. The film is shooting in the North Hills located near Helena and would run from 11am until 3pm. The work will be on a voluntary basis and will not be paid, but any interested parties are welcome to join the team as they continue to shoot this summer.
PAs on the film would be helping with audio equipment, camera work (dependent on experience), script work, and working with the cast of the film.
Filmmaker Chris Hoffert and an all-volunteer cast and crew are working on the film to bring awareness to the struggles with PTSD that men and women in uniform face upon returning home.
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) is searching for their new Festival Producer for the 2014 season.
Headed into it’s 11th year, BSDFF is the largest film event in Montana and one of the premiere venue for non-fiction film in the American West. Operating out of downtown Missoula, the 2013 festival drew an audience of 20,000 people and received nearly 1000 film entries from every corner of the globe. BDSFF offers one of the most unique settings for the premiere of new, non-fiction film work. Boasting over a hundred visiting artists, presenting an average of 140 non-fiction films at venues across Missoula, including the Crystal Theater, Top Hat Lounge, and the historic Wilma Theater, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is an event of truly Montanan proportions.
If you’re interested in applying to be the chief of operations and the public “face” of this dynamic gathering of filmmakers and film buffs, apply today!
A journey from darkness to enlightenment is taking place in the basements, hallways and stirring landscapes of Western Montana. Feature-length, independent film “Subterranea” is looking for extras and will hold auditions for young cast members this weekend in Missoula.
An adaptation of the double-album of the same name from British prog-rock band IQ, “Subterranea” tells the story of a man who is emerging into society for the first time after a years of isolation in what he finds was a social experiment. The film is slated to begin shooting in late May in the Missoula, Hamilton and Glacier National Park areas.
Boys and Girls Age 3 through 10
Newborn Infant – Male
Those interested in auditioning may attend the casting call on Saturday, May 11th at McGill Hall, Room 228 on the University of Montana campus. Inquiries about the casting, including availability of/rate of pay, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missoula based BACKTRACK films is producing a short informational video for the U.S. Forest Service’s Missoula Technology & Development Center that will be shot within Missoula County. The video will used online for inter-agency communications. They are currently looking for participants (male or female) that use 4 wheelers and/or dirt bikes on permitted Forest Service trails and use either a Garmin GPS device and/or their smart phone devices for navigation purposes. There currently is no set age requirement. A small on-camera speaking part will be required, but no acting experience is necessary and this is a no-fee job. Shooting will occur in May as soon as the trails are open and dry and 1 shoot day will be required. For more information on BACKTRACK films, please visit http://www.backtrackfilms.com or https://www.facebook.com/BACKTRACKfilms.
To apply, please send an email to email@example.com and include a picture of yourself, a picture of the vehicle you use (either 4 wheeler or dirt bike), what kind of navigation device you use, your first and last name, where you live, your availability during the month of May 2013, and what trails you like to frequent.
Chris Hoffert, a Helena-based filmmaker, is seeking volunteers to assist with his project, “Unsung Heroes”. Chris and an all-volunteer cast and crew are working on the film to bring awareness to the struggles with PTSD that men and women in uniform face upon returning home.
He is looking for volunteer editors, camera operators, sound technicians and production assistants in the Helena area. The estimated shoot length is 12 to 19 days, with a flexible shooting schedule and primarily weekend-based work. He expects to start shooting in late spring and finish at the beginning of the fall with a tentative release date of May 27, 2014.
Independent, feature-length film “The Thin Line” is looking to cast lead, supporting, featured and extra roles now! There is pay available for roles and a limited number of SAG-AFTRA contracts are available. Anyone over the age of 18 is encouraged to submit for a part in this Montana film. Set and filmed on location in Whitefish, MT, the film will begin shooting on April 22, 2013, with principal photography scheduled to conclude on May 10, 2013. Anyone interested can find a break down of the film here or visit the website for the film.
To submit please e-mail a headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name (last, first) as the subject line.
Any questions may be directed to the email provided or to the casting hotline: (406) 209-8449.
Auditions are by invitation. Sides will be provided.
There are plenty of reasons to work behind the scenes, but there are just as many to be in front of the camera! From extra work to leading and supporting roles, there are opportunities just about everywhere on a set. Still, it can be a little intimidating to even start thinking about. Let us provide you a few quick things to keep in mind as you look to get on-screen.
Making the decision to start making films is difficult at the best of times and downright scary at the worst. Still, film-making can be one of the most rewarding experiences and careers out there. So, never be afraid to go for your dreams behind the camera, but make sure to read up on some of our tips for first time filmmakers first!
We should probably be calling Montana the “Ultimate Locations” since we have so many. The Film Office boasts a locations database that houses literally thousands of locations that offer character, breathtaking scenery and ready-to-shoot beauty. Still, we are always looking for that next spot to show Montana off as the best film location it can be. If you think you’ve got that spot, be sure to read through the Location Owner’s Guide and contact us about it.
Finding a new job is always stressful, but breaking in to a high-paced industry like film can be even more so. First you have to find a production company, organize your resources, contact the company, hope they’re hiring, get your résumé to them, wait to hear, ace the interview, land the job, get on a project, and THEN you can start making movie magic. We may not be able to simplify the process too much, but we can definitely give you a hand getting started.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and that somewhere on set is usually as a Production Assistant (PA). The catch-all position on a set, starting work in the film industry as a PA is both rewarding and intimidating. If you think your future lies on a film crew, be sure to check out our introduction to PA work.
Is your blended family driving you insane? Is your stepmother straight out of “Cinderella?” Is your stepfather endlessly embarrassing you and your siblings? Maybe your stepsiblings can be described as a dysfunctional Brady Bunch? Is there not enough space in the house for your family’s huge personalities? If this sounds like your over-the-top stepfamily—MTV wants to hear from you!!! They are looking looking for people from blended families who can’t believe they are living with a crazy stepmother /father/siblings under the same roof! Please email email@example.com your full name, age and contact information (including phone # and email). PLEASE remember to include your phone number when responding to the casting. Tell them briefly about each of your family members and attach 4-5 photos of you and your blended family. Be sure to visit MTV for more information.
This takes you to our Reel-Crew database. Click on SEARCH CREW LISTING.
At the next screen you can search by name, company, keyword, or region (Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, and Missoula). For simplification, there are only 7 regions so choose which region is closest to your area. For example, Livingston would be in the Bozeman region, and Miles City would be in the Billings region.
If you recognize a name on the crew list, it might be a good idea to call and ask questions about their job and the industry in general. You may be able to volunteer your time to help them get ready for their next project (run errands, shop for props, etc.) You never know—they might become a great contact and could lead to your first production assistant position.
Contact Montana’s film schools and volunteer your services.
Film students are always looking for willing and able crew members to work on their projects. Though there is no pay, it’s a good place to get a crash course in filmmaking. And if you are a student, work on as many projects as you can!!! The experiences will prove invaluable when you are on an actual set. Besides, you don’t know where some of those students will end up. The contacts you made with them while film students might lead to some great jobs in the future.
Internships are always a good idea, but they aren’t as readily available in Montana as they are in major production areas. However, internships with professors, local TV stations, or local production companies can certainly lead to a career in the industry. Working for free, or school credit, will provide you with the kind of information that is not available in the classroom.
If you are a student, challenge yourself to produce quality work, which you can enter in film festivals. This is great exposure and can lead to more (paying!) work.
Persistence is essential. You want to get on a film, get to know the people in the production office. If you happen to be “at the right place, at the right time” you might get a job.
Charm is also essential, but do not continually annoy the production office with your requests for a job. Be charming and persistent… that takes a lot of work!
If a production does come to town, volunteer to work for free since you do not have any experience. When a position comes open (and they always do) they will be more likely to hire the hardworking ‘volunteer’ with whom they’ve already established a working relationship.
READ, READ, READ!!! Get your hands on every bit of information about the industry that you can—so when you do get your first break, you’ll know the lingo and it will seem as though you’ve already worked in production before. Book resources/suggestions include:
Internet Movie DataBase www.imdb.com
An online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, and production crews.
Internet Movie DataBase Glossary www.imdb.com/Glossary
Definitions of terms and phrases frequently used in
the world of movies, film, and acting.
Learn basic skills—how to: answer phones, use a computer, type, make coffee, drive a stick shift, etc. This will ensure that once you have a job, you’ll keep the people that hired you happy.
After you’ve worked on a production: Congratulations—you now have experience! Contact the Film Office to ask about getting on the Montana Crew List. The Montana Crew List will make your name available to the worldwide film industry via our website. The Montana crew list is also included in our printed directory, the Montana Production Guide. There is no charge to be on the crew list.
The Montana Film Office JOBS & NOW HIRING pages lists current projects that need crew. Unfortunately, it isn’t always as informative as we’d like since information can only be placed on our hotline after a production company gives permission. Often production companies are reluctant to release information about their project during its early phase. This and other date sensitive information can be found in the BUZZ section.
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