" Faster Than Light "

Employer: Sheridan College

Union: ACTRA and non-ACTRA

Type: Short Film

Location: Oakville

Duration: Feb 14th - Feb 15th, starts Feb 14th

Apply to: Sarah Sutherland. Email ( fastlight.production@gmail.com )

Payment is on an unpaid basis.

Director: Mike Richard.


Stricken with grief after the death of his daughter, Allen Traumer, a physics professor, begins work on a scientifically impossible warp-drive engine in his suburban garage. Running from his grief, he devotes himself completely to his work, at the expense of his career and his marriage, until he is fired from the college and his wife leaves him. More alone than ever - in his darkest moment - Allen’s project miraculously shows signs of success.

ALLEN TRAUMER: Male / 31-40 yrs. / Caucasian. Withdrawn, disheveled, manic-depressive. Allen is a university physics professor, in mourning after the death of his daughter. He’s a brilliant man without a purpose, unwilling to deal appropriately with his grief. When he is placed on leave from work, he commits all of his attention to an impossible physics project - putting immense strain on his professional relationships and his marriage.

IDA TRAUMER: Female / 31-40 yrs. /Caucasian. Strong, independent, broken-hearted. Ida is struggling to keep herself and her marriage together after the death of her daughter. She is patient and reasonable when her husband has difficulty coping with his grief, but when he becomes increasingly withdrawn, she can no longer be strong for both of them.

LYRA TRAUMER: Female / 6-11 yrs. / Caucasian. Smart, pretty, full of life. Lyra is warm and loving, quick to laugh. The story takes place after Lyra’s unexpected passing. Appearing only in flashbacks, Lyra is a perfect daughter, because that is how her father remembers her.

VICTOR AMI: Male / 51-60 yrs. / Any Ethnicity. Brilliant, friendly, pragmatic. Victor is the Head of the Department of Physics at a mid-size University. His scientific curiosity is boundless, but Victor is also responsible for the administrative side of his department. When his colleague and protégé experiences a terrible loss, Victor is torn between supporting him, and the reality that his friend is beyond help