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Crew needed: Award-winning SC filmmaking team wants to introduce your skills to a global audience

COLUMBIA, SC – Award-winning South Carolina film-producing team Daljit Kalsi and Merritt Vann [multiple awards for Harvest Season (2018), BOUND (2017), Triggered (2018), and Bottled Up (2018)] are collaborating for a new feature film to be shot primarily in/around Columbia, SC in the summer and fall of 2019.

“We know the first question is – ‘how much are you paying,'” Kalsi said. “The answer is, not a lot, but we will make the best offer we can for highly-skilled professionals and artists.”

Kalsi and Vann do not have investors or make back-end guarantees. They provide compensation, but are limited in resources because they fund their own projects and film outside of their full-time work obligations.

“We need skilled and dedicated crew members who are willing to invest their talent, tools, and creativity to turn a $10,000 project* into one that looks like a million bucks,” said Kalsi, also the writer and director of the forthcoming project.

*($10,000 is not the actual budget)

“We need people who want to make something special,” Vann added. “We want to make a piece of art that touches people’s lives, but it’s a labor of love for us, and we want to work with like-minded individuals who value artistic collaboration and creation above all else.”

Kalsi and Vann said the goal is to get this film into the hands of a distributor and made available to audiences around the world.

Crew members will be needed for approximately ten, non-sequential shooting days, spread across multiple weekends in summer/fall 2019, dependent on talent/location availability.


  • Assistant Director
  • Cinematographer/Director of Photography (Your own 4K camera or have access to one)
  • Production Designer/ Set Decorator – (a highly organized artist or crafter who can work within tight deadlines and tight budgets.
  • Sound engineer
  • Assistant sound person
  • Assistant camera operators/techs (multiple positions)
  • Hair and make-up artist(s)
  • Production assistants (multiple positions)

Interested parties should e-mail and CC Use the subject line “film crew.”

Guaranteed credit, fuel/travel allowance, catered on-set meals offered in an appreciate, creative work environment.




Casting Call – New feature film from award-winning SC filmmaker

“Rescued” is an upcoming feature film from Daljit Kalsi and Merritt Vann. The film follows a middle-aged man, Tom, who adopts a dog in hopes of filling some of the void in his life wrought by a personal tragedy. After some growing pains, the dog becomes more than a companion, and a springboard for a new chapter in Tom’s life, ultimately setting him on a path toward what could be the best thing he has ever done, or the last thing he will ever do.


rescued cast list

Kalsi and Vann are currently casting a number of roles for the film. The open roles are listed below.

Interested parties should e-mail

ANNE (Open) – a free-spirited woman, late thirties to mid-40s, with an almost spiritual connection with dogs and an easy, but cautious way with people. She is genuinely nice but wary after her own lifetime of heartaches and heartbreaks. She has learned to enjoy temporary happiness while it lasts and to know that another chapter always waits ahead.

CANDACE (Open) – Louisa’s mother, mid-to-late 30s, who is doing her best to stay positive and keep her family together as long as she can, but doing so is becoming increasingly difficult due to her daughter’s declining health and her husband’s inability to maintain his sobriety through the ordeal. She is a boots-on-the-ground fighter, and since doctors tell her chromosomal differences prevent her from being a suitable organ donor for Louisa, she is losing her drive to fight. She’s desperate for any ray of light in her ever-darkening world.

NEWS ANCHOR – Male of female, late 30s and beyond, needed for one short scene, delivering broadcast-style report.

RECEPTIONIST (Open) – A young professional, likely in her late twenties but can be older, who is eager to help, but also wary of bending the rules.

NURSE (Open) – A woman in her 40s of 50s, motherly, and kind, but firm when she needs to be. She doesn’t like to see people suffer and does her best to lift their spirits as part of the care she provides.

DANA (Open) – She was the shining light in Tom’s life before her death. She appears here briefly, a dream or perhaps a vision from beyond, still supporting and encouraging her husband, like she always did in life.

ORDERLY (Open) – A silent, likely male character tasked with wheeling patients out of the hospital after they have been discharged.