Headshot_Dianna Craig 2016 (2)Columbus-based actress and writer Dianna Craig will star in the short film, “Revenge, Inc.,” produced by local company Eleven One Productions. Craig wrote the short, which was purchased by Eleven One in the fall of 2017.

“I started writing this script with a role for myself, so that I wasn’t just sitting around and waiting for other work to fall in my lap,” said Craig, a seasoned actress represented by CAM Talent Agency. “What interests me about this character is how we persist in circumstances that feel overwhelmingly negative. Whether it’s guilt or regret because of past actions, frustrations with current events, or friction within an unsatisfying job situation, there are a lot of ways to be overwhelmed but nevertheless, we persist.”

That persistence in the face of emotional dissatisfaction creates an irony that Craig was drawn to writing, and now portraying, saying “The pain of her regret versus the fact that she works in a business that helps other people ease their own pain, without really seeing how to help herself” is what drew her in.
Craig said the notion of this film being interpreted as an alternate reality or “as a glimpse at our totally real and not-too-distant future,” is what she finds most interesting about the script. As for the character, Dianna is drawn to how “she decides to take responsibility and accept punishment, in a way and within a system that she understands.”
Filming begins in 2018.

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Introducing Columbus-based Brett Hunt in his first role as the guard, “Barrett,” who investigates a suspicious incident during “Nellie.”

“With this being my first role as an actor, I believe it was a perfect fit for me,” said Hunt. “My character is raw and impressionable, has that ‘new to the job’ feel as if he recently joined this (jail). He wants to do his job and do it the right way, but  he also knows where he is and the history of the world he now lives in. And in some places, the world doesn’t always work the way it should. He’s a character that we meet at his most impressionable moment and we get to learn which direction his moral compass points.”

Hunt said the script is what drew him into the role, as well as the depth of the characters.

“As I try to write my own scripts, I’ve developed such an admiration for great shorts that can tell a complete story, and this is one of those,” said Hunt. “In the limited pages and time, you are able to get a real sense that you’ve been with the main characters, in this world, and can easily envision life for them before the events of this story. To have that connection and then experience the events of this story with them is so much fun. The opportunity to be involved with a writer/director who is able to accomplish that is an honor, a blessing, and a great way to start acting.”

Hunt said understanding the morality of his character and why he makes choices the way he does will be integral to playing Barrett well.

“He knows how to do his job. He knows right from wrong. But he also knows that he’s ‘not in Kansas anymore’ and that things aren’t necessarily by the book in this town,” said Hunt. “What he does with that ultimately shapes who this guy is.”

All the characters are uniquely positioned to grow in this short film and they use humor within the darkness to do so. It’s a natural caveat of this particular world, said Hunt, who said he believes the lightness adds to the film.

“I believe it is all in the truth of the character and the world they live in. Knowing (my) character, the world (he’s) lived in, and the experiences in life ultimately help and allow you to play to the humor in situations where society would cringe,” said Hunt. “To the characters in this world though, these situations are ‘just another day’ or maybe just a funny way of life sorting itself out.”

“Nellie” begins production in March 2018.

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Joe Kidd, a Central Ohio-based actor, producer, director, and Marine, joins the cast of “Nellie” as one of its guards, Smitty, a sarcastic, but lovable character that adds lightness to the film.

“It’s an awesome character that adds a little humor to break up some pretty intense moments,” said Kidd, who’s been involved with filmmaking for more than 10 years. “Nellie” will be his 60th project. “I’m excited to be a part of such an amazing cast.”

In fact, Kidd said the tremendous cast is what got him most excited about the short film.

“I’m just honored to be a part of this amazing group.”

The script is dark and many of the characters have ulterior motives and quirky complexities. Kidd said his character, Smitty, is more focused: “My character has a very clear goal he wants to achieve and he is not a very dark character.”

“A big part of my character is to add humor in a pretty tense moment,” said Kidd. “I believe the key will be to keep from going over the top which could easily be done with Smitty.”

Nellie begins filming in March of 2018.

 

 

Eleven One Productions is currently casting for the role of “Receptionist” in its upcoming production “Revenge Inc.” A one day shoot in late February. Union and nonunion actors welcome for this paid role.

RECEPTIONIST DESCRIPTION: Female, 20s, any ethnicity.

Please send resume with subject line “Revenge Inc – Receptionist” to elevenone@elevenoneproductions.com

 

 

Deanna Sherman, and her daughter, Brenna, join the cast of “Nellie,” playing wife and daughter to the lead, John.

“I am always drawn to productions where I can share the screen or film with my own child,” said Deanna, who, herself, has been acting since age 6. Her recent credits includes supporting roles in the 2016 Sundance film, “The Land,” soon to be on Netflix horror film “6,” and Netflix feature, “The Horse Dancer.” She’s also had lead roles on several shows on the Investigation Discovery channel including “Homicide Hunter” and “Evil Twins.”

“I love watching Brenna grow,” said Deanna of her daughter, who’s been acting and modeling since she was 3-years-old. Brenna’s credits include supporting roles in thriller, “Clovehitch” playing Dylan McDermott’s daughter, “A Walk With Grace” with Jason London and Stephen Baldwin and horror film “6,” which has a deal with Netflix.

“This particular project is a challenge for us both because neither of us has had to do an accent yet,” said Deanna. “We have been practicing and it’s nice to be able to learn something new together!”

Nellie begins production in March of 2018.

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Columbus-based Kristina Kopf joins the cast of “Nellie” as the title character’s mother, Clara Belle, a warm-hearted Southern who takes her daughter in after a horrifying incident.

“I’m excited to bring the spirit of the character to life, and to work with some talented actors ~ I love spending time with creative people, bringing stories to life,” said Kopf. “I’m also very excited to work with Steph Greegor, the director and filmmaker, who emphasizes and encourages women in film.”

Kopf’s film experience includes roles in the feature films “Axe Giant,” “Madtown,” “Cleveland Abduction,” “Oracabessa,” “75,” and “Looking for the Jackalope.” Kopf recently starred in the feature film “The Street Where We Live,” currently in festivals.

Kopf’s character, Clara Belle, is the most pure in the script, bringing much-needed light and warmth to a serious drama.

“My character doesn’t hold the darkness of the film,” said Kopf, who will spend time learning the character’s life in preparation for the role. “I like to wear the character around, get into how she moves and speaks, what she thinks of everyday situations, how she feels about the people in her life and in her story. Once all of that is in place (and I’ve memorized the dialogue), all that’s left is to be fully present.”

Clara Belle’s lightness along with some of the script’s dark humor brings a relief for the audience.

“I think humor is generally funniest when it’s delivered sincerely,” said Kopf. “And so the humor comes out of being completely immersed in the moment, even if the moment is dark.”

Nellie begins filming in March of 2018.

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Kentucky native Lucas Bentley is set to play the “joker” role in the upcoming dark short, “Nellie.” His role as a confidant of the title character, Nellie, acts as both an antagonist and an emotional relief for the audience.

“I’m excited to play the role of Harold because, to me, I see him offering some comedic relief at times by way of his truthfulness – albeit blunt and rude,” said Bentley, who’s been a professional actor for over a decade. He was drawn to role initially for its villain character, Grayson, but quickly discovered he enjoyed the script for other reasons.

“I liked it being a Southern Gothic Tale done without mocking the region,” said Bentley, who can be seen in the Cincinnati-shot, Independent Feature Film “Josephine Doe,” as well as “A Kind of Murder,” which stars Patrick Wilson & Eddie Marsan.

For now, Bentley will prepare for the role by getting into the head of Harold and discovering his “wants/needs overall…How he truly thinks of Nellie will go a long way, I think, when he interacts with her and John.”

As for the dark humor within the script, of which Harold is mostly responsible, Bentley said, “It’s not forced. It’s humor that occurs in the moment unbeknownst to the character(s) because of their personality.”

“Nellie” begins production in 2018.

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Dianna Craig, shown here in promotional photos for Eleven One Productions’ upcoming short film, “Nellie,” sold her first script to EOP this month. It was also the first script acquisition for Eleven One.

COLUMBUS ~ Eleven One Productions is pleased to announce its first script acquisition from Dianna Craig, a Columbus-based actress and screenwriter, who spent a decade in New York City before making her way to Columbus.

“Revenge Inc.,” is Craig’s first script sale. The short script, a suspense, will begin production in early 2018. Eleven One Productions owner and director Steph Greegor will helm the film.

“I’ve gotten to know Steph through work on other projects, to the point that I trusted her enough to share the script,” said Craig. “Her creative vision for the project was very much in line with my own…I felt the story was ‘safe’ with her.”

The short film, which examines the “volatile, payback culture” we live in, will feature Craig in its lead role.

“I originally wrote the script as a vehicle for myself as an actress, so the biggest key contract point was that I would be cast in the lead role,” said Craig, who, as a female screenwriter, continues to create work for herself as an actor. “As a FEMALE screenwriter, based on what I’m making me do and say, I’m way more angry than I ever realized, about how difficult it can be for women to safely navigate their own lives.”

“Revenge” looks to answer questions such as “What do we deserve when we make mistakes? And what counts as a redeemable mistake versus intentional damaging behavior?” said Craig. “I’m proud of the concept and the execution of it. I worked hard on this script, went through multiple drafts, and finally arrived at a finished product I’m excited to share.”

Craig is a self-described “Army brat,” whose childhood saw her living in Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, and Kentucky, before she moved to New York and studied acting as an adult. She has earned roles in multiple films and commercial projects and is represented by Heyman Talent. Craig is currently polishing two feature-length scripts and will star in Eleven One’s upcoming short film, “Nellie.”

Eleven One Productions is based in Columbus, Ohio, and has produced two short films with two films in production. The short film “Olsky,” directed by Greegor, is a festival-accepted, Emmy-nominated, short starring Aaron Massey. Learn more at www.elevenoneproductions.com.

 

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Aaron Sinclair

Bowling Green State University alum Aaron Sinclair joins the cast of “Nellie” as its antagonist, Grayson, a disconnected sociopath who sends the short film’s lead characters on Hero Journeys all their own.

“Grayson drew himself to me, versus the other way around,” said Sinclair, who spent time reading multiple roles within the screenplay, but ultimately ended up as the villain. “I’m excited because I don’t get to play the bad guy enough. It’ll be nice to slip into something more menacing…I don’t think of myself as a particularly menacing individual. Though I do hear I have a tremendous case of ‘resting-bitch-face’ so maybe there is something to that.”

Sinclair, a SAG-eligible actor and writer, said it was “the feel” of the script and its “sense of place,” that drew him in.

“I get a strong vibe of deep south, sweaty nights, humidity. Something about the tone or the language exudes imprisonment,” said Sinclair, whose BGSU degree is a BFA in Creative Writing. “I haven’t worked in that ‘space’ before, so I definitely wanted to be a part of that world building.”

It’s a very dark world and a very dark character, one Sinclair said ultimately considers himself the “only ‘human’ in his world.”

“All the other players are simply utilities. I’ll have to click into a frame of reference that delves worse than ‘I don’t care’ when it comes to the other people in the scene. I’ll have to find that place of numb selfishness,” said Sinclair. “Or maybe the same place a gamer goes in a console RPG where you are the only real character and the game characters are just interactive window dressing. They feel nothing, so you can do anything to them.

“I frankly think we all have the proclivity to dehumanize, to some extent or another,” said Sinclair, who’s currently pursuing an MBA in IT Management from Western Governors University. “I just need to be comfortable exploiting mine.”

Sinclair said prepping for the role will start with the script itself.

“What do others say about him, what do I say about others, what do I say about myself? What can I glean about the tone of the character juxtaposed to the script? How does that jack into my own personality?”

And then once he gets “that kernel of an idea locked into my brain, the ‘why’ of the lines, I’ll work dialect to sort out approaches of the ‘how,'” he said. “One thing I have noticed already is an instinctual detachment from Nellie on a pronoun level. My brain doesn’t think ‘her,’ it thinks ‘it’. So, it is super amusing when ‘it’ has a name. Like naming a pair of jeans, it’s absurd.”

And absurdity, as well as some degree of dark humor is threaded throughout the script. Sinclair said the audience will feel a range of emotions, but his focus is on how he wants them to react to Grayson.

“I’d like the audience to bounce between being slightly comfortable with the guy to disturbed,” said Sinclair. “As an actor, I don’t think that he is funny. I don’t think the character himself thinks he is ha-ha funny. I think he uses humor as another tool to project power. Others laugh out of fear, and that is just fine to Grayson. He might entertain himself with others misery, but he is no jokester.”

Sinclair has appeared in SRO Theatre Company’s “The Lion in Winter” as Henry II, Third Lows Productions’ feature film “The Passion of Paul Ross” as Party Man, and commercial work for Kemba Financial Credit Union. He is represented by CAM Talent out of Grandview, Ohio.

Nellie begins filming in March 2018.