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Casting Call

S.O.S. Contest

S.O.S. Send Out Screams

Would you be willing to die for the Emperor of Mankind? Are you an unfortunate soul caught by a raiding party of bloodthirsty aliens? Now’s your chance to be annihilated on-air for thousands of others to hear!

In what can only be described as our most unorthodox community-building activity yet, we are launching a 1-week casting call contest for pained yells, panicked rambles, and screams of mercy. Follow the dialogue samples below, or improvise your own!

Deadline for submissions is December 3, 2019 (9pm MST).

Reminder: Your voice is an instrument, and excessive shouting can strain and cause and serious injury. Please be sure to exercise caution when shouting. Additionally, view these resources to help keep your vocal chords in good health and remember to not push yourself to any unhealthy or unsafe levels of strain while recording:

https://www.voices.com/blog/5-ways-to-protect-your-vocal-health/

https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/taking-care-your-voice

How it works

Please ensure that your microphone is capable of recording your performance without picking up overwhelming background noises or excessive peaking/clipping. There are some great tips on how to do this here and here. Roles may contain swearing and shouting in some capacity at some time or another so if you cannot commit to the needs of a given role please do not audition.

The best advice we can provide is that you shouldn’t feel the need to put on “a voice”. Voice acting starts with good acting – clarity, tone, and range.

Imperial Guardsmen: 

  • Let’s go, let’s go! | Scramble! Hurry up! | They’re up there! | Look out! | Die Xenos filth!
  • [Assorted death screams]
  • [Gurgles of being murdered]
  • [Screams of pain from torture]

Imperial Citizen:

  • W-whats going on?! | Emperor protect us! | No, please! 
  • [Frightened shouts]
  • [Yells of being flayed, annihilated, and dismembered]
For our voice acting auditions, we ask you to send a .wav or .mp3 reading the dialogue samples provided above. A monologue from a script, a reading of prose or poetry, or demo reels are also accepted. When you submit your application, please include the following written info about yourself:
 
  • Name:
  • Gender:
  • Spoken English Accents (e.g. American—Boston, British—Welsh):
  • Availability (e.g. turn-around time on recordings: within a day, weekends only, two weeks, etc.):
After receiving a submission we review the application and consider what roles might be a good fit. If you’re not accepted right away, don’t worry. We may have something in the future (we try to tailor our scripts to the strengths of our talent on hand).
 
Submit your complete audition to coldopenstories@gmail.com

There is no payment for these roles. Any participation is strictly voluntary and is intended for people who are fans of Warhammer 40,000 and/or the performing arts. Name credits will be provided in the final episode releases.