“The Ride Home” (Feature Film) Sports Drama. A gut-wrenching sports drama about a star high school baseball player, whose love for the game has been tarnished by insurmountable expectations, is sent down a dangerous path to mental destruction with every step on the field. James “Jimmy” Ryan Jr. was born to play baseball. Now a high school senior with a full-ride scholarship to Stanford and the projected first overall pick in the MLB draft, he appears to have it all together. But years of what James would describe as tough love, which usually unfolds during the car ride home, has tarnished Jimmy’s love for the game. To make matters worse, James and his wife, Kirsten, are torn over Jimmy’s future. With the draft around the corner, Mike Carter, a big-time sports agent, offers to represent Jimmy. At his next game, Jimmy spirals out of control after making an error that costs his team the lead. With James watching, thoughts of the ride home take over, culminating in every baseball player’s worst nightmare – the yips. Expected to just “deal with it,” James offers little remorse. Backed into a corner, Jimmy plays the next game and the yips return. Emotionally shattered, Jimmy hits rock bottom where we are left wondering what will come of this detrimental tale.
This casting is subject to consideration of attachment ONLY. We are seeking funding for this project and want to attach key talent in order to package our film. This film is not fully financed at this time. We will be completing a SAG/Indie Low Budget Contract. Thank you for the consideration of this heartfelt and passionate project.
James Ryan Sr. – Father of James ‘Jimmy’ Ryan Jr. (Lead): Male, 40-59. 5’11” or Taller. Former baseball sports player type build. Blue, Green, or hazel, or light brown eyes Eyes. Dirty Blond to Brown hair. Strong personality, hopeful for his son’s success, tough love approach, living his dream of baseball through the success of his own son. Wants Jimmy to go directly to the draft and focus on a professional path, believes Jimmy is so great that school is not necessary and can be a fallback plan, at odds with what his wife wants for Jimmy, which is college. Along with the unwanted pressures surrounding Jimmy, James Sr. is blind to how his action’s affect his son. Ethnicity: White / European Descent. Required Media: Headshot/Photo, Video Reel, Required Skills: Sports/Fitness: Baseball. Sports/Fitness: Football.
Kirsten Ryan – Mother of James ‘Jimmy’ Ryan Jr. (Lead): Female, 40-50. White Female, possible Mixed Ethnicity (Italian, Mediterranean, European, Russian, (e.g.). — 5’6″ to 5’10” tall. Brunette, Blonde, or Reddish Brown hair. Blue, Hazel, Green, Light Brown colored eyes. Full lips. Fair skin. Compassionate, Concerned about the relationship between her eldest son Jimmy and her husband’s relationship, Wants Jimmy to follow the path she wants for him, aware of issues, but feels it not necessary to push trying to find out what’s truly wrong with Jimmy. Believes college is the best option, despite her husband’s desire for Jimmy to go straight to playing professional baseball. They are torn , but their desires are not necessarily what Jimmy wants, nor does anyone care to find out. Spends most her time with her youngest son Max. Ethnicity: White / European Descent. Required Media: Headshot/Photo, Video Reel
Sienna Clark – The Popular Girl at Claremont High (Lead): Female, 17-18. Affluent, confident, popular but kind, Slender, Long hair (any texture welcome). 5’5″ to 5’9″ tall. She’s the most beautiful girl at Claremont High School but she doesn’t let it go to her head. She is a very talented artist and wants to pursue as a career but doubts if she has what it takes. She secretly wants to attend Cal Arts but is afraid to apply out of fear of rejection. In the end, it is Jimmy that convinces her to apply. Besides the obvious physical attraction, she is drawn to Jimmy for his humble demeanor in spite of all the accolades. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Peoples, Latino / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander. Required Media: Headshot/Photo, Video Reel. Required Skills: Fine Arts: Painting. Fine Arts: Drawing. Fine Arts
Mr. Frasier – High School Counselor (Lead): Male, 30-45. 5’9″ and taller, former football player build — all positions can work, so should be fit and in shape, no need for stereotypical giant build, but not opposed to this either. A compassionate, level-headed counselor at Claremont High School that specializes in working with student athletes. He spent his summers in high school volunteering as a football camp instructor for underprivileged youth. It was during this time he realized he had a passion for working with children. He played football for the Alabama Crimson Tide but mainly rode the bench. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social work followed by a master’s degree in school counseling. He and his wife recently tied the knot and had a baby girl. He recognizes immediately the true reason behind Jimmy’s unexplained meltdown and tries to help him confront the root of the problem. Ethnicity: Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander. Required Media: Headshot/Photo, Video Reel. Required Skills: Sports/Fitness: Football
Tentative Shooting Dates: July 12 – August 19th. Rehearsals would begin a month before principle photography.
$2,324 – $5,000/undefined. This is a feature film directed by Michael Vaughn Hernandez. We have an attached talent to this film in the lead role as James ‘Jimmy’ Ryan Jr, for which this 117 page script surrounds. We have an ensemble of characters and are seeking to attach talent for funding. ***This film is not yet fully funding but we are packaging our film and the rates in our budget along with inclusions below were determined utilizing the SAG/Indie ‘Low Budget’ Agreement Weekly Scale Rate. There will also be: Travel, Lodging, Meals, Per Diem, IMDb credit, and Copy of Film.
Seeking talent: Nationwide (United States; United Kingdom; Canada)