From: Chris [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2013 8:47 PM
Subject: Terms and Conditions
On a daily basis, to gain access to wireless services outside the home or office, we check the box swearing to God and those ill-defined courts with jurisdiction over the internet that we have read the terms and conditions, and that having given it careful consideration, we are agreeing to be bound to each and every term (or condition). Hereinafter “checking the box.”
Most often, we are agreeing not only that we are bound to the terms and conditions, but that our heirs and assigns are bound.
But you can admit it – not only do you not read each and every set of terms and conditions – you never have read the terms and conditions -- even once. Not a single time.
Shame, shame, shame.
So to gain access to something as simple as wireless service, we are potentially binding ourselves and our loved ones to an array of indentured servitudes, cult practices, corporate rituals, and offensively one-sided long term contracts. We check the box. We change lives.
Undoubtedly you have thoughtlessly checked a box through which you have agreed to have a corporate logo tattooed on your buttocks, consented to unfounded shipping and handling charges, pledged to the exclusive use of a particular brand of dental floss for life, or agreed to bear the children of certain corporate executives who by law should be deemed far too ugly to breed – even by surrogate.
You needed to log on. You would have agreed to anything – and well – you did agree to anything. You just didn’t know it.
Terms and Conditions is a short film (a comedy) that in mock documentary format will reveal what you are actually agreeing to when you so cavalierly check the little box acknowledging the Terms and Conditions of this or that -- whatever.
We are looking for actors to play embarrassed and regretful contracting individuals (“Box Checkers”), a social scientist who is studying the effects of checking the box, an assistant social scientist, a hysterical woman, and the lawyer who drafted the terms and conditions for which the film is named and many others (shopping cart chariot racers for instance). The net with which we are fishing for this one is wide (like off of a Japanese fishing trawler) – men, women, white, black, brown, and other tones, tall, short, thin, fat, pretty, and well sort of asymmetrical. There are big roles for actors who know what they are doing and some small roles for people who are new to this, but interested in getting involved. Simply put – if you are interested – bring it on.
We are also looking for production team members who are interested in supporting the production from writers to editors.
This is Virtual Audition. For actors, send in a headshot or a picture. If you have a resume – great. If you don’t, tell me a little bit about who you are and why you are interested in the project.
If you have any special skills (baton twirling, belly dancing, fire eating, roller skating, you can put six ping pong balls in your mouth at the same time, removable teeth, unicycle riding, stilts) . . . all such skills could prove useful here.
There is no monetary compensation, but all will receive title credit and a digital copy of the film.
Download the script: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9iSbuw6KMZlRnlnNlZ2cWg2Vms/edit?usp=sharing
Let me know if you want in.
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