WORK IN PROGRESS: Nellie

The first shoot for Nellie is wrapped. We shot in the Ohio State Reformatory museum, famous for serving as the title location in the movie The Shawshank Redemption.

I play the title character and had the privilege of working with talented cast and crew, including some special effects make-up artists who added significant poundage to my face.

This is it’s own horror movie.

The one thing that disappoints me is that I didn’t see a single ghost.

Nothing. Not even a stray raccoon.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Below the Trees

That’s a wrap! On me at least. I spent two days in a remote and not at all creepy* part of Ohio, where there was no cell service and I had to wait to show everyone what I was doing on Instagram.

I got to drive this vintage vehicle:

And got some early morning shots of this beautiful lake:

See? Not creepy at all.

*It was the answer to “how rural is too rural?”

CASTING NEWS: Below the Trees

I’ll be working on a short film — intended as a precursor to a feature — called Below the Trees.

Filmmaker Parker Brennon will be shooting his third short next month, in Southern Ohio.

I’ll be playing the supporting role of Erin, who suspects there’s more to her almost-mother-in-law’s strange behavior than meets the eye.

I’m excited to work on this project and get reimbursed for mileage. I might wear one of these shirts:

 

 

 

 

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CASTING NEWS: Blue (2018)

I’ll be working on a feature-length film shooting in Cincinnati in August. It’s called Blue, about a young woman trying to rebuild her life after a failed suicide attempt. The shooting schedule is remarkably aggressive: a full feature shoot in 12 days!

I’m going to play a tremendously unhelpful receptionist at an unemployment office who doesn’t actually care about anyone else’s employment. It’s going to be GREAT.

I managed to get the role even though my audition tape was framed like this:

 

 

 

 

 

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WRITING NEWS: Made It to the Top Ten!

All the way back in October 2015, I started the first round of a short screenwriting contest via NYC Midnight.

Each round allowed 48 hours to write a 5-page script based on an assigned genre, location, and object that had to be included at some point in the story.

Here’s a sample of my assignment parameters:

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The competition wrapped up back in January and results were shared recently. I received a 7th place Honorable Mention, placing me in the top ten out of over 600 writers.

I’m proud of this achievement and now have three different short scripts I hope to produce in and around Columbus, OH over the next year. Which is a whole new level of “insane voluntary undertakings that will shorten my life”.

P.S. If you like just HAVE a bunch of extra cash and want to patronize the arts or something, maybe let me know…

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PREMIERE: Finding St. Isabel

Yesterday, I attended the premiere of Finding St. Isabel. The theater was packed and the audience definitely seemed to enjoy the hard work that dozens of talented crew members put into making this film happen. A few lazy actors contributed as well…

Here’s one, on the right:

Dianna Craig and Nikki Rodriguez at Finding St. Isabel Premiere

Forgive the terrible lighting. We are both actually very cute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also pictured on the left is director Nikki Rodriguez, who sacrificed a lot of sleep to bring Suzanne Rivecca’s short story “Look, Ma, I’m Breathing” to vibrant life.

I couldn’t be happier to have been a part of this project. Now, Nikki and her crew are submitting the film to festivals around the country. So excited to see how Finding St. Isabel makes its way through the world!

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Props to the Props Department!

I’m working on a film right now called Finding St. Isabel. My character is an author who has a love-hate relationship with not only her lapsed Catholic faith, but also the book she wrote about her experience.

Here’s the cover:

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Overnight bookstore shoot totally worth my distorted sense of time and date today. I am very excited to see this film come together!

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