Perfect example of what NOT to do.
Ever since we made the email id for casting, public, we have been flooded with emails and pictures. For the record, it is firstname.lastname@example.org. The absolutely crazy number emails have left us in a tizzy making us wonder whether it was a lapse in creating and giving out the email id? Who does that? Anyway, without getting into the details about the kind of mails that we have been getting, we would like to bring some order to the chaos. We understand that all those who want to act do not have pictures clicked by professionals, but still if we follow the simple guidelines posted below, it will help us deal with your mails better and your chances of getting rejected will be lesser.
- The pictures should be between 800 and 1200 pixels wide.
- The accompanying mail should have between three and seven pictures, though you may send as many as ten, if that pleases you!
- The total size of all the attachments should not be more than 10MB.
- The subject line of the mail should ideally state your sex and age. For example: “Male, 32 years, seeking character role.” ”Please sir give me just one chance” is not the ideal subject line for this kind of mail.
- You should be alone in the picture. All by yourself! While we love dogs, babies and in rare cases, stuffed toys… For this particular picture(s), please leave them out! While we understand that you looked smashing at this cousin’s wedding and you think this is your “bestest” picture – the same applies to your cousin as well.
- You facing forwards, looking straight towards the camera. Your friends might have told you that you resemble Shahrukh Khan or Katrina Kaif when viewed from the side or a certain angle – but we need to see how you look straight on! No really, no kidding… We really do!
- Your eyes open and clearly visible with no sunglasses or heavily tinted glasses, and no hair across your eyes. Stylish as it might look we do want to see what those eyes look like and what beautiful colour they are!
- If you prefer or wear glasses, please make sure there is no reflection or glare on your glasses, and the frames should not cover your eyes. Although, honestly speaking, you may find it easier to just remove your glasses!
- We should see your full head, without any head covering, unless it is worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons. The right to make you look ridiculous rests completely with us. So please throw away that “FRIENDS” cap that you have saved from 1989. It does not make you look like Salman Khan. The same applies to all cowboy hats, baseball caps and that wonderful straw hat from that wonderful vacation.
- Nothing should be covering your face. Please make sure nothing covers the outline of your eyes, nose or mouth. While we do plan to make some shows based on dacoits, bandits and the likes sometime in the future – please let us decide how to cover your face and when.
The body of the mail should have the following:
- Your name – rockstar89 doesn’t tell us your real name.
- Your address – geographical location is very important. We want to know whether you can come for an audition tomorrow or next month, after getting a visa.
- Your phone number – please don’t make us send you another email asking you for a number.
- Acting course undertaken, if any.
- Previous work experience, if any. If not, please state that you are a newcomer.
- Video links, if any
- Website, if any.
Let’s see how well this goes.
In order to reach out to the people who like us and would like to follow what is happening here at 4 Lions, we have decided to unify the communication from our end.
Henceforth, all articles from this website will be pushed simultaneously to all the Facebook pages that we have. We will continue to interact independently as well on all the individual pages. Remember, that even though it might appear as if we do not interact, we read almost everything that is written on the pages.
The reason why we are doing this is because a lot of times our posts and status updates get buried on the Facebook pages due to the high volume of traffic and since we access these pages mostly from our mobile phones, it becomes very difficult to judge the response to a particular post or a status update. Also, a lot of times we have responded to certain things or concerns but our reply gets buried in the traffic and we sense that people are still agitated for not having been responded to.
Hopefully, this website and the posts here will be a more permanent link to what we want to share with you and we hope that people who read our blog or come to our website will point other people as well whenever there is some information or updates to be shared.
For the record, the web address of all our pages is as follows:
4 Lions Films
Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon
Maan,Nissar,Gul, Anand,Rohini and Barun at the IPKKND shoot
As we get ready for the launch off our new show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon, which goes on air on Star plus at 8 PM next Monday, on 6 June 2011, things are really, really hectic on all fronts.
The expectations from this show are very high and due to a series of unfortunate events, we have been under a lot of pressure to deliver the goods. But all in all the show is looking good, the actors and technicians have all done a fabulous job and we hope that it all pays off.
Comparisons to our previous show, GEET are bound to happen but we don’t quite see what the fuss is all about. What is strange is that the very people who loved us for giving them a show like Geet are now somehow feeling very betrayed that we have started producing a new show. People are coming out into the streets claiming that Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon is a copy of Geet, even before it has started. What is the matter? A love story is a love story is a love story. Boy meets girl-boy loses girl-boy gets girl… Isn’t that what all love stories are all about?
Anyway, without spoiling our mood and yours just let us say that Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon is going to be full of surprises for all of you. The hard work, sweat, blood [quite literally] and tears of the past eight months is going to be presented before you on your television screens next Monday at 8 PM. Support us, spread the word and watch it next week and tell us what you think.
The past few weeks have been really crazy considering the news that we were getting from all around – Star One is revamping, Geet is shutting and what not!
Yes, we know that Star One is headed for a revamp in the coming months but what kind? We do not know. We have not been told anything officially and why should they tell us anything? They will communicate with us if there are any decisions are taken regarding our show. Simple. There is really no use speculating at this point of time as it serves no other purpose other than to demotivate the team. The two hundred people that constitute the team suddenly start feeling insecure about their livelihood and it affects the show.
If it indeed is shutting down, then there is no use coming to the Facebook pages of Geet and 4 Lions Films and asking us not to shut the show down. Trust us, we do not want the show to shut – even more than you. It is our source of income and of over two hundred other households. You need to speak to the network about this and one more thing – be nice when you email or call them. Rude outbursts, name calling and threats are usually not accommodated and often the effect is opposite of the one desired.
The truth of the matter is that at the time of writing this, we, as a production house, have no information about Geet shutting down. In this particular case, we will treat this as a case of “no news is good news.”