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Production Overview / Vue d`ensemble de la Production
Production Name / Nom de la Production: The Origin of the French Exit
Union Status / Statut Union: NON-UNION
Media / Média: Short Film
Casting Director / Directeur de Casting: ..
Accepting Submissions From / Acceptons les Soumissions venant: Toronto
Open Call Details / Détails de l`Audition Générale
Open Call Date(s) / Date(s) de L`Audition Générale: July 24th
Open Call Time(s) / Heure de L`Audition Générale: See below for submission instructions
Open Call City/Cities / Ville(s) ou se tiendra l`Audition Générale: Toronto
Shoot Date(s) / Date(s) de tournage: July 30th (one day)
Shoot City/Cities / Ville(s) de tournage: Toronto
Pay Rate / Salaire: $150.00 all in
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Synopsis: At a soiree in the 1950‘s, trailblazer Bentley French discovers a way to leave a party without saying “goodbye”... thus giving birth to the original French Exit. Background: Especially popular among the “hipster” crowd, the commonly used term French Exit refers to disappearing from a party or event without saying goodbye to anyone. This practice has been around for many years and spans world cultures.

Synopsis: Our film begins at a 1950’s chic party. Some of the stylish guests are having a swell time while others, coats in hand, seem as if they’re ready to go. Guests form a line as they politely wait to say goodbye to the hosts and each other. A cool narrator informs us: Until 1954, social graces prohibited leaving an event without saying goodbye to EVERYONE. The camera travels to the end of the line where young BENTLEY stands impatiently. Agitated, he taps his foot and looks at his watch. The narrator continues: One day, one brave man
made a bold decision. Taking a step back, Bentley eases away from the line. A SWEATY MAN who
has said goodbye to the host, works his way saying farewell to all the other guests. He closes in
on Bentley. Bentley’s eyes whip from side to side. The Sweaty Man calls out “Oh Bentley”
Narrator: He would leave, saying goodbye...to no one. The sweaty man closes in on Bentley and
utters “Bentley, my boy” just as a LARGE MAN cuts between them. After he passes, Bentley is gone. The Sweaty Man looks around with concern and astonishment. Unseen by the sweaty man,
Bentley clings to the back of the Large Man as he’s carried through the party. Bentley is abruptly bumped off the Large Man’s back. As he wobbles shakily on the ground, a drink is thrust into his hand by a CHATTERBOX. A crowd forms around them as Bentley looks for an exit. He takes an olive from his drink and flings it at the record player. The record skips... everyone looks over and when they look back Bentley is gone.
Down on the floor, Bentley scoots along. Until...with a THUD he collides with a the leg of a woman. She hoists him up and cling to him as she whispers in his
ear. Another woman sides up to him and does the same on the other side. One starts to dance with him then the other. In one-upsmanship, they get caught up in their dancing and shut their eyes. When they open their eyes Bentley is gone. As various party goers look around... then everyone FREEZES. As the camera drifts by their expressions, our Narrator speaks again: For the
first time, someone had left a party without saying goodbye. Thus, the French Exit was created...
The camera cuts to Bentley standing against a plain background. When he speaks, we realize that
he has been the narrator all along. Bentley/Narrator: ...by me... Bentley French. A true original.
Characters / Personnage
1. BENTLEY FRENCH - Lead - 25 to 40 - Male / Masculin - Caucasian

Caucasian, slender. Clean shaven except for a pencil thin moustache. Bentley is our lead. The role
is physical yet requires a very strong (yet subtle) comedic sense. He’s thin but wily. Suave but on
the silly Jim Carey side crossed with Peter Sellers. He’s willing to contort himself physically to get
out of bad situations then quickly regain his composure. We follow him through various attempts to escape a party.
2. SWEATY MAN - Actor - 30 to 40 - Male / Masculin - Caucasian

Caucasian, balding. messy. A bit of a lout. This is a guy our hero doesn’t want to talk to. He sweats profusely and carries a cloth to wipe his brow. Think of a thinner, balding Chris Farley. He just wants to be loved.
3. LARGE MAN - Actor - 20 to 50 - Male / Masculin - Caucasian

Caucasian, any age. PHYSICALLY MASSIVE. He needs to support out thin hero on his back. Should
be physically big and broad. The kind of man that you say “WOW!” when you see him. Either muscular or big-boned works fine. He should be broad enough that a slender man can disappear behind him when he passes and strong enough that it looks like he can support Bentley if he hitches a ride on his back. *Our large fellow is only needed for a brief time.
4. CHATTERBOX - Actor - 30 to 40 - Male / Masculin - Caucasian

Caucasian, gawky. Can be an odd fellow in the vein of Crispin Glover or Rick Moranis circa
Ghostbusters. Never stops talking. Some dialogue TBD.
5. TALL GIRL - Actor - 20 to 50 - Female / Féminin - Caucasian

Caucasian.Tall girl. The taller the better. Cute. Gawky. It’s open! She is surprised by the hero and
dances with him. Possibly some dialogue TBD.