Talent Hounds Film
Talent Hounds is a one-hour documentary film being produced by Hop To It Productions Inc and Judith Keenan of BookShorts Inc (the “Producers”). It will be broadcast on The Pet Network in 2013.
The Casting Call is a process to determine the cast of subjects to appear in the film. In this Talent Hounds Casting Call, the Producers are casting for subjects (dogs and people) to appear in the Talent Hounds Film and related Creative Products, and on the Talent Hounds website and in other media. Subjects in a documentary are not generally paid to perform nor are their performances scripted.
The Producers and Casting Director will evaluate auditions submitted, many of which will be displayed on the website www.talenthounds.ca, and decide on those subjects to be included in the film. They may use the audition footage or photos, or film further footage at their discretion. All decisions are final and without appeal.
Casting will be totally at the discretion of the Producers based on the creative vision for the film, the quality of the audition and appeal of the talent and dog, and the fit with the film’s story. Casting is subject to approval by broadcast and funding partners. Geography and availability may be factors for in depth features.
Note the audition tips and the further guidelines below to increase your chances of being selected.
The Producers are looking for all sorts of breeds and talents including but not limited to entertainers, cuties, athletes, working dogs, guide dogs, heroes, service dogs, hunting dogs, pulling dogs, herding dogs, tricksters and fashion models or actors. They are particularly interested in rescue and shelter dogs.
Casting Call Participation
To participate in the Talent Hounds Casting Call, you must:
1) Register yourself on the website www.talenthounds.ca and join the Talent Hounds Community.
Registration is open to people over 18 everywhere subject to Guidelines, Terms and Conditions.
2) Fill in your Dog’s Audition Profile
YOU MUST BE THE OWNER OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DOG FOR WHICH YOU SUBMIT THE PROFILE and any video or photo you submit
There is a LIMIT OF ONE (1) DOG PER DOG PROFILE. If you own more than one Dog and you are welcome to set up multiple Dog Profiles and should do so using the same Owner information for each Dog.
You may be required to enable cookies in your web browser to upload your Dog’s Profile.
3) Submit an actual audition for the Talent Hounds Casting Call:
There are two ways to submit an audition for your Dog:
a) Self-filmed Submission
– Film an awesome video of your talented Dog, upload the video to a video hosting site (like www.YouTube.com or www.Vimeo.com) and copy and paste the URL of the video into the space indicated.
– Take a fabulous photo of your talented Dog and upload to your Dog’s Profile as instructed.
You must click “Agree” to comply with the present Casting Call Guidelines and the Terms and Conditions to submit the audition of your Dog and ‘Agree’ to the Consent Release Form.
Description of Acceptable Photo and Video Media:
- Videos shall be submitted by means of a URL from any video hosting site (such as YouTube or Vimeo) and should not exceed 2 minutes. Ensure that the URL is for one individual video not a playlist and follow the Guidelines and Tips to make sure it is the best video audition possible.
- Photos must be in JPEG, JPG, TIFF or BMP format and shall not exceed 2 MB.
- Photos and Videos must be original and must be your property unless the photo or video was taken at a live Talent Hounds Casting Call.
- Photos must be horizontal shots with clear backgrounds.
- Photos and Videos should include no images of people, other dogs or animals except your Dog (or limited appearance of You/Owner if showing a talent that requires this)
- Photos and Videos must clearly show your Dog (no blurring) without any mechanical or digital alterations
- Photos and Videos must be appropriate for family viewing and present content that, at the sole and entire discretion of the Producers, is suitable for the public at large.
- Photos and Videos must not, at the sole discretion of the Producers, contain scenes of a sexual nature, or scenes that are abusive, discriminatory, defamatory, or in any way inappropriate for family viewing.
- Photos and Videos must not, at the sole discretion of the Producers, contain scenes of a commercial nature that may be considered a product placement or an infringement (e.g. any accessories bearing trade names, marks or logos and which your Dog may be wearing, or branded items visible in the background).
- Photos and Videos must not contain works that are protected by copyright (other than those that belong to you)
- Photos and Videos may be submitted only once.
b) Live Casting Call (Select locations in Ontario Only)
You may be able to attend one of our live Talent Hounds Casting Calls in Toronto and surrounding areas, where the Producers will film or photograph your talented Dog for you.
You must Sign Up yourself, and then set up your Dog’s Profile.
You must sign a release form and click “Agree” online to comply with the present Casting Call Guidelines.
The Producers can add the photo or video to your Dog’s profile once you have confirmed your Profile details. Your photo or video will then automatically be submitted to the Casting Call.
The Casting Calls will be listed in the Events Schedule available at www.talenthounds.ca. You are responsible for any and all costs associated with attending a live Casting Call including but not limited to travel and parking.
Limit of one photo or video session per Dog and limit of one Dog per photo or video unless otherwise approved by Talent Hounds.
The Producers do not guarantee the order in which Auditions will appear on the website.
Once the photo or video of your Dog has been taken, and you have completed the required registrations and releases, the photo or video will be uploaded to appear on the Talent Hounds website www.talenthounds.ca and a notice of its posting will be sent to you by email to the address you provided to the Talent Hounds representative. The Producers are not responsible for any delay in the submission, appearance and/or uploading of any content on the Casting Call Website for any reason including but not limited to volume of content, traffic congestion on the internet or at the Casting Call Website, technical malfunction of any network, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, and/or software.
The Producers shall not be responsible should you provide an erroneous email address, if any spam filter or if any other factor beyond the reasonable control of the Producers is preventing the reception of the email of the posting of the photo or video sent to you by the Producers. There is no obligation to Enter the Casting Call by completing the Audition Profile of your Dog on talenthounds.ca and using the photo or video of your Dog taken at one of the Casting Calls; however, The Producers reserve the rights to use any media under the Terms outlined in the Agreement signed at a Casting Call event.
Due to capacity restrictions at each Live Casting Call location, the taking of the photo or videos of the dogs will be limited to hardware availability, space and time limitations.
You may bring more than one dog to a Live Casting Call if you are the owner of more than one dog. Dogs should be on leashes. You may also bring children. However all dogs and children must be well supervised and behave in a manner that the Producers deem appropriate (no aggression, excessive noise, mess etc). Behavior the Producers deem unacceptable may result in immediate eviction form the Casting Call area.
The Producers will not be responsible namely if weather conditions or any other factor beyond their reasonable control prevent one or all live Casting Calls from being held as planned.
All photos or videos of dogs taken at a Talent Hounds Casting Call remain the property of the Producers and the Producers grant the owner of the dog(s), the limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable right to use the said photo or video(s) for a personal and non-commercial purpose. Any unauthorized use of any photo or videos of dogs taken at a Talent Hounds Casting Call shall constitute an infringement of the rights of the Producers and a breach of the present Casting Call Guidelines and any other applicable conditions.
You acknowledge and agree that the Producers shall not be held responsible and you shall not take any action against the Producers should the photo or video of your Dog(s) taken at a Talent Hounds Casting Call not be to your personal liking. However you do have the option of deleting the URL or photo from your Dog’s Audition Profile.
MODERATION OF PROFILES
The Producers will, but are under no obligation to monitor and to examine all Profiles and photos or videos submitted in the Casting Call.
OPTION TO DELETE YOUR PROFILE
Owners who have submitted and uploaded their Audition Profile on the Talent Hounds Website but who would like, for any reason, to delete it, will have the option to delete their Audition Profile by using the “Delete my Profile” button. Videos may remain displayed on the site independently of the Audition Profile if filmed at a Talent Hounds Casting Call. The Owner whose Dog’s Audition Profile has been deleted may submit a new Audition Profile for that same Dog or for any other dog the Owner owns, provided that the Audition Profile is in compliance with the present Talent Hounds Casting Call Guidelines and with any other applicable Terms and Conditions.
Those selected to be included in the film and other related Creative Product will be notified by e-mail by mid-January. The Producers are not liable for any failures to notify for any reason.
Either audition footage or audition photos will be used, or an appointment to film further footage may be set up (Ontario residents only).
Watch the website for news of broadcasters and airdates for the film.
Subscribe to the Pet Network in Canada to watch the film and see the Talented Dogs showcased.
By Registering a Profile and entering this Talent Hounds Casting Call, Owners consent to the use of their entry, name, city of residence and/or voice, statements, any photographs or other likenesses for publicity, advertising or informational purposes carried out by the Producers and/or its affiliated companies, advertising agencies in any medium or format without further notice or compensation.
By registering and submitting for this Casting Call, Owners release and hold harmless the Producers, the broadcasters, and the Casting Director, their affiliates and respective directors, officers, owners, partners, employees, agents, dealers, representatives, the staff and owners at the Casting Call venues, the videographer(s)/photographer(s), the dog trainer(s) or any other individual taking part in the administration of the Casting Call, and their successors and assigns (collectively the-Releases”) from any liability in connection with this Casting Call or the Creative Product that results. The Producers will also not be held liable or responsible for any injuries or accidents while attending the Talent Hounds Casting Call.
This Casting Call will be run in accordance with these Talent Hounds Casting Call Guidelines, subject to amendment by the Producers. Owners must comply with these Casting Call Guidelines, and will be deemed to have received, understood and agreed to the Casting Call Guidelines by participating in the Casting Call. The terms of this Casting Call, as set out in these Talent Hounds Casting Call Guidelines, are not subject to amendment or counter-offer, except as set out herein.
The Producers assume no responsibility for failure of the internet or the website at any time, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an Owner’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion. The Producers reserve the right to cancel or suspend this Casting Call should a virus, bug or other cause beyond their reasonable control corrupt the security or proper administration of the Casting Call. Any attempt to deliberately damage any web site or to undermine the legitimate operation of this promotion is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, Talent Hounds reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.
You acknowledge having read and understood the Talent Hounds Casting Call Guidelines and, accordingly, you agree to abide by them without limitation, as well as any future modifications that may be made.
These Guidelines may be subject to change, addition or deletion at any time. Please refer to these Guidelines regularly in case any changes are made to them. If you do not agree to be bound by these Guidelines, you should not access or use this Site or Register and/or audition for the Talent hounds Film, your sole recourse is to leave the Website immediately.
If you consider any future amendments made to these Guidelines to be unacceptable, you can cancel your registration at any time, but once you have submitted an audition video or photo, the Producers retain the right to exploit the video or photo without limitation in all media in all territories in perpetuity as per the Consent form and Release.