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We are 6 students at The Art Institute of Dallas working on our Senior Project Film. We will be spending the next 9 months (from January to September) together working on our short film about Kent Shannon, a seasoned marine, who is returning home after his last tour in Iraq. He has been officially diagnosed with severe PTSD and now must learn to adjust to life at home with his wife Rachel and their son David. It is obvious that his PTSD is far worse than expected; his flashbacks and hallucinations seem to sink him further into darkness and depression. After lashing out at his son during a hallucination, Kent seeks the help and advice from his father Jasper, a Vietnam Vet, who also struggled with life at home. Jasper is now at peace with his past and has learned to cope through his faith in God. Jasper shares his beliefs with Kent and explains how he must follow God in order to save himself and his relationship with his family.
|Role Name||Gender||Ethnicity||Age Range||Description|
|Kent Shannon||Male||Any Ethnicity||31-40||KENT SHANNON, our main character, is a 37-year-old Marine. We are looking for someone tall and very fit who is willing to smoke as the script requires it. (willing to have Marine haircut)|
|Rachel Shannon||Female||Any Ethnicity||31-40||RACHEL SHANNON, Kent’s wife, is 35-year-old. We are looking for a brunette preferably.|
|David Shannon||Male||Any Ethnicity||11-14||DAVID SHANNON, Kent’s son, is 13-year-old. We are looking for someone tall and skinny who is willing to work with a Tarantula (doesn’t necessarily have to hold it but will get close).|
|LeAnn Shannon||Female||Any Ethnicity||51-60||LEANN SHANNON, Kent’s mother, is 59-year-old. We are looking for a woman with a good southern accent preferably white or peppered hair but not required.|
|Jasper Shannon||Male||Any Ethnicity||>60||JASPER SHANNON, Kent’s father, is a 62-year-old Vietnam Veteran. We are looking for someone with a slightly gruff voice.|
|Pastor||Male||Any Ethnicity||25-30||PASTOR, middle-aged man with a strong voice|
|Soldier||Male||Any Ethnicity||25-30||SOLDIER, about 28 years old with a very athletic build with a Marine’s haircut.|
|Iraqi Boy||Male||Arab||6-10||IRAQI BOY, we also need a small boy to represent the Iraqi boy that haunts Kent’s memory. We are looking for a skinny boy between 8 and 10 years old. This role has no lines but appears often in Kent’s memories. Needs a very expressive face. Middle Eastern and/or Hispanic skin tone preferred.|