Clearwater Documentary is producing a three-part television documentary called “Human – The Miracle of a Species”, exploring the origins of our species in Africa and our incredible journey to settle the planet’s five continents. Dramatic recreations of the first modern humans and our close relatives will bring to life the world of our ancestors, from the searing desert heat of Africa to the frigid Ice-Age Arctic. For broadcast around the world in 2015 on major public broadcasters, including the CBC, PBS and Arte.
In September 2013, we will film dramatic recreations depicting the first humans to leave Africa approximately 100,000 years ago and their meeting with Neanderthals in Europe. Clearwater Documentary is looking for non-professional actors of two types:
1. Individuals originating in East Africa (Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia), which is also the likely birthplace of modern human populations. These actors will depict the earliest migrations from Africa, and the way of life of these ancestors. We are looking for fit, slim women, men and children of any age.
2. Two males of Caucasian appearance to depict the Neanderthal inhabitants native to Europe for 400,000, and whom human Africans met after their departure from Africa. These individuals must be extremely muscular, with a compact and powerful build, and red hair/freckles are an asset.
Locations will be remote, ranging from the Alberta Badlands to the Rocky Mountains near Grande Cache, with shooting to stretch over 6 days. Actors will be asked to wear period costumes, to carry the implements of a Stone Age hunter-gather existence, and to engage in activities typical of of hunter-gatherers: gathering berries and herbs, tending fires and making camp, eating meat, and walking through a variety of landscapes. All travel, accommodation and living expenses will be paid, as well as a daily compensation on shooting days. Hours will be unpredictable and possibly long.
Deadline to apply: May 29, 2013.