"THE CREW" Series Character

We are building an ensemble of actors who are helping us

develop the characters and their storylines for the series.

Below are the actors who have been cast,

and the roles we are still auditioning

     Trayce Gardner   "THE CREW" Writer / Showrunner

                        &  Writing Team Contributors 

 WRITING GOALS

 To Build Pitch Package  

.     

  

              Covering Seasons #1 - 5                                      (10) 30 minute Episodes Per Season

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  • Write Episodes #1 - 4, Season #1 

  "THE CREW" SERIES CHARACTERS  

A Series Bible (or Book) includes written Profiles

   for each Character.   Review the Character Profiles

  we have developed (and are still adding to) below.

    CHARACTER PROFILES 

        & WORKSHOP ACTORS

 

   ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE

Born into wealth, doesn’t want money and “success” -- wants to

be “normal”.  Knows his voyage

of self-discovery can only happen 

in worlds far from his Greenwich, Connecticut   upbringing  

.

KAZIA (34)

The new commanding presence

on Anthony's set 

    .

  Attitude Towards Life  

Firing on all cylinders as

she sees opportunities opening

up for women DPs;  easily frustrated with anything (one)

blocking her

.

 Assets 

A visual artist with fashion photography background; organized; thinks about

the bigger picture 

.

 Weaknesses / Obstacles 

Fighting an ulcer; not always realistic about what she can

take on  /  Has an older fiancé

who wants to have a child soon

.

 Identifies With 

 Anthony as an ambitiousness struggling filmmaker trying to

make the project that leaps you

into the big time  (where you

survive full-time as a filmmaker and have paid projects coming

to you).   Genre she wants to

work in -- Action Films! Follows 

Maryse Alberti (DP for CREED);

 big Hillary for President supporter 

.

     Wardrobe / Key Prop  

  On Set: Baggy clothes,

heavy boots, knotted hair

At Play: Fem dresses,

heels, and hair loose  /

Always has chewed on pen that

she uses to sketch on any paper

or surface available 

.

 Favorite Movies 

JURASSIC PARK  (1993)

ALL ABOUT EVE  (1950)

  Quirks  

.

1. Doodles

2. Oral fixation (chews on things) 

3. Boyfriend made her give up              smoking.  If there's a smoker, 

    she'll hang nearby.  Still gets

    comfort from smelling tobacco.

4. Total caffeine addict.  Always

    carries a thermos.  Always wants

    a coffee run.   (Coffee and       

    smoking call up her fashion days)

5. When frustrated she dresses up, goes to the 

    Medieval Hall at the Met, plays

    movie soundtracks in her earbuds

    as she shoot stills of hellscapes          and battle murals.

TOKI (35)

These days Toki strives to be a  warrior through self-sacrifice and humility -- until the "Terrible Temper" overtakes him! 

    .

  Attitude Towards Life  

In rebellion against technology, Silicon Valley, and who he’d been;  in NYC longs to be with creative and instinctual craftspeople as he tries to practice Ho’oponopono 

.

Assets

Honolulu childhood instilled a calming physical laid backness; has savings so he can work unpaid while learning;   extremely organized; discovers he’s a McGiver when it come to trouble shooting physical problems on low budget film sets.   

.

Weaknesses / Obstacles

When he feels out of control of a situation he has a disruptive internal alter ego who emerges.  If his alter ego dislikes someone, it can turn to raging hate; he has been physically violent   /  Trying to undo the rigidity and demands for perfection that his status oriented parents drummed into him as a child 

.

Identifies With

 His dead Grandfather’s celebration

of Japanese culture;  admires the sense of purpose and faith he sees Anthony draw from filmmaking   

.

  Wardrobe / Key Prop 

  Wears as sweaters kimonos passed on from his Grandfather; wears his long black hair up in bun or loose   /  Carries a pencil and  small notebooks he binds himself out of scrap paper;  on set always drinks from the Kintsugi cup he repaired and keeps in a pouch on his belt; avid collector of Manga comics

.

Favorite Movies

SEVEN SAMURAI  (1954)     

2) ?

Excerpts from the profile 'Aina

is developing to help him play 

TOKI

1.  Writes notes to himself on his

     pad when he's thinking

2.

3.

4.

5.

AARON (19)

    .

Wants so badly to fit in!  But  doesn’t know how (or that he’s

on the spectrum)

Attitude Towards Life  

After years of surviving, tight, on his own, filmmaking for him is like he’s stumbled thru a secret portal into a fantastical world full of learning and people who interest him! 

.

Assets

Super enthusiastic;  quick learner, like an autistic savant, absorbs complex details and instructions

.

Weaknesses / Obstacles

Lacks social skills as if raised in isolation; doesn’t know how to talk about himself.  When something he wants is offered he goes at it with a childlike greediness ignoring other people.  If someone praises something he does  he analyzes everything he did so can keep repeating exactly /  His biggest obstacle?  Can't bear to have

others know his story and how

he has lived.   Reluctant to be

touched; never initiates

physically contact himself 

Identifies With

 Sound!  Was teased as a kid

for having big ears.   Has come to

believe he has super-hearing,

and this special skill could make

 him into Someone.    Is in awe of expert craftsmanship -- when people know how to use brains, tools, hands, and each other to

do something amazing 

.

  Wardrobe / Key Prop 

  Wears secondhand jeans, golf shirts and hoodies that are too big for him -- except for camouflage bomber jacket he bought new and is proud of /  He always wears his big professional headphones around his neck like his jewelry

.

Favorite Movies

1) ?      2) ?

Excerpts from the profile Andrew

is developing to help him play 

AARON

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

                 KAZIA

       

      Director of Photography (DP) /

      Ancestry: Mexican-Cherokee  

                  TOKI

    

    Ex-Programmer Becoming a PA /

  Ancestry: Japanese-Portuguese Hapa

       

           AARON         

      

      Newbie Sound Engineer /  

             Ancestry:  Sicilian

 

 ANTHONY (25)

It's not easy being Anthony!

Certain of his own abilities and vision, yet not so sure how to

proceed in the world and

in his relationships

.

    .

  Attitude Towards Life  

Has faith he'll breakthrough and get his feature film project made

if he just works hard enough

.

 Assets 

Passionate, resilient, and kind 

.

 Weaknesses / Obstacles 

Afraid to depend upon others;

hides his vulnerabilities; difficult relationship w/single parent

Mom; major college debt

.

 Identifies With 

Birthplace: Brownsville, Brooklyn; Black Lives Matter; 60's Spy-Cool

.

  Wardrobe / Key Prop 

  Neutral sweaters, jeans, and baseball cap  / Keeps cellphone tripod in pocket to help frame visuals that catch his attention

.

 Favorite Movies 

 .

NEW JACK CITY  (1991)

 SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) 

.  

  Quirks  

.

1. Always the one to try to lighten

    up difficult situations

2. When thinking or feeling,   

    he constantly touches and

    adjusts his cap.

 APRIL (21)

April is a mass of mysterious

contradictions as she becomes

an essential anchor to

Anthony's success.

    .

   Attitude Towards Life  

Excited by all the new experiences possible in NYC having escaped

a threatening past in Alabama

.

 Assets 

Determined, resourceful,

practical, and observant 

.

 Weaknesses / Obstacles 

Haunted by her past; embarrassed by her emotions;  broke, living

in illegal share in Bushwick

with hostile roommates;

has no acting experience

.

 Identifies With 

Spirit of her Grandma; Southern

wit and grit, Dolly Parton and

Reba McEntire; and craftspeople who love what they do 

.

    Wardrobe / Key Prop 

  Plaid shirts, jeans, battered suede boots, baseball cap / "Mabel", a  (1979) Ford Thunderbird passed

on by Grandma, representing    the only family she has left 

.

 Favorite Movies 

TOY STORY 2 (1999) ('cause of Jessie)

& FLASHDANCE  (1983)

.

  Quirks   

1. When emotional taps on any

    and everything

              DANTE      

   Gaffer (Lighting) / Anthony's 

  Best Buddy Since High School /

             Ancestry:   Filipino

 DANTE (25)

In high school Dante was  arrogant because he was "Dante."  Now he's arrogant --

because there is no "Dante."

    .

    Attitude Towards Life  

Alternates from being stuck in cruise control -- to forcefully trying

to bend people to his will

 Assets 

Loyal to Anthony; has a big presence; protective of his Mom

.

 Weaknesses / Obstacles 

Won't admit he's overwhelmed and scared where he's headed; derides his dad,a Vet with PTSD;and twin brother who's sensitive;

drinks and smokes too much;

 aggressive with women

.

 Identifies With 

Hispanic (not Asian) culture;

macho men, sports heroes,

and action figures 

.

    Wardrobe / Key Prop 

  Dark hoodies and leather /

Fidget spinner  

.

 Favorite Movies 

SCARFACE (1983) 

JACKASS (2006)

.

   Quirks   

1. When frustrations spill out he

    breaks and knocks things over

2. Sniffs when doing something he      doesn't want to  (or making

    a point) 

3. Mocks people by imitating them

4. Plays with chin hair when nervous

5. Constantly fixes hair and clothes,

    looks at his reflection

               ANTHONY

                   

        Writer / Director / (Reluctant)

   Producer / Ancestry: Afro-American

       raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn 

                 APRIL

        

      Wannabe Actress / Girl Friday

     Ancestry: Scots-Irish  Alabamian

 
 

 PRESTON (32)

    .

 

Miriam Robertson

BETTY (45 - 50)

Note:  BETTY has not yet been cast.  Miriam is a consultant helping to develop the Character and has

played BETTY in our workshops

    .

  Attitude Towards Life  

Pay your bills before you dream;

stand on your own two feet and

don't look for help from others

.

Assets

Proud she's a single parent who

owns her own house (lives on

first floor and rents second); loves cooking; enterprising with a side hustle of catering small events, working out of her kitchen 

.

Weaknesses / Obstacles

Hard on her son because she fears Anthony will end up being like

"that man", the father Anthony never knew; snuffs her ambitions

by unconsciously believing she's unworthy of success /  Suffered a trauma as a young adult that she

never told anyone about, and it

has kept her from sharing more

of who she is with her son and 

letting other people get close;

doesn't have extended family here 

Identifies With

Though she has Island ancestry

she doesn't identify with anything

laid back, joyful, or musical in life . 

Except she loves (and is privately sentimental about) the old movies

that she saw as a kid growing up

.

  Wardrobe / Key Prop 

  Wears functional, unflattering

clothes, no jewelry / 

Has a large DVD collection 

Favorite Movies

    GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) 

WIZARD OF OZ  (1939)    

When BETTY has been cast,

that Actor will provide info for the Character profile 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

              ADIVA         

     

   Make-Up & Hair, Wardrobe Stylist

  Ancestry:  Pakistani Muslim /

20s-30

             MICHELLE

       

 Anthony's Ex / Social Marketing Wiz

         Ancestry: African-American

      from                            Sugar Hill

MICHELLE (25)

    .

  Attitude Towards Life  

"Can do" attitude  instilled as a member of a well-to-do Harlem Sugar Hill family, and as a socially involved Black Sorority alumnus

.

Assets

Ambitious; quick learner; knows

how to win people over with a genuine manner; loyal

.

Weaknesses / Obstacles

Behaves as Super Woman while hiding uncertainty; believes your first love should be your last love;

addicted to work; after work it's always  time for wine; feels uncomfortable, vulnerable 

without make-up /  Growing

up in a conservative privileged background has in some ways

made her less aware; the only

Black woman in her department

at work; she met Anthony in

college when their differences seemed both exciting and not

so big  but now they are big as 

she makes good money while

Anthony struggles

Identifies With

 Believes Anthony is the one person who can bring out a more intuitive less self-censoring part of herself; her Sorority friends are her social anchor

.

  Wardrobe / Key Prop 

  Always nicely put together with wardrobe and make-up; wears Sorority jewelry and scarves  /

Key Prop is her cell 

Favorite Movies

1) ?      2) ?

 

Excerpts from the profile Shan

is developing to help her play 

MICHELLE

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

                BETTY

       

 Anthony's Mom /

Toll Booth Operator /

    Ancestry:                  Yankee Bajan 

 

   ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE

Born into wealth, doesn’t want money and “success” -- wants to

be “normal”.  Knows his voyage

of self-discovery can only happen 

in worlds far from his Greenwich, Connecticut   upbringing  

.

 

   ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE

Born into wealth, doesn’t want money and “success” -- wants to

be “normal”.  Knows his voyage

of self-discovery can only happen 

in worlds far from his Greenwich, Connecticut   upbringing  

.

 ALISTAIR (24)

Poor Alistair.  The rich guy with no idea why he always feels like the underdog and is frantic to redeem himself

    .

  Attitude Towards Life  

Believes he's destined to make big $$, bitter it isn't happening yet

.

Assets

He's a charmer with lots of energy

.

Weakness

Won't show he feels anything

.

Identifies With

Greenwich, Connecticut wealth

& fraternity brothers

.

  Wardrobe / Key Prop 

  Polo shirts & boat shoes

.

Favorite Movies

Wolf of Wall Street 

& Harry Potter  

 

Aidan shares a profile he's developing as an Actor to help

him play ALISTAIR 

.

1. Never backs down from a dare

2. Gets upset when he can't make

    someone laugh

3. Only feels tired when he's alone

4. Sometimes tells people his Coke

    is spiked when it isn't

5. Wishes he was closer to his

    brother

   FAMOUS ACTOR        

       

           PRESTON

 

        

       

   ALISTAIR 

        

   Preston's Wild Younger Brother

    Works for Their Ruthless Dad 

 PRESTON (32)

    .

 

 

   ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE

Born into wealth, doesn’t want money and “success” -- wants to

be “normal”.  Knows his voyage

of self-discovery can only happen 

in worlds far from his Greenwich, Connecticut   upbringing  

.

 PRESTON (32)

    .

  Attitude Towards Life  

Born into wealth, doesn’t want money and “success” -- wants to

be “normal”.  Knows his voyage

of self-discovery can only happen 

in worlds far from his Greenwich, Connecticut   upbringing  

.

Assets

Great listener, diligent, inspires trust. Has true talent for cooking

delicious food.   His beloved

mother nurtured his spiritual

belief that he must take care of his soul -- while being a trust fund guy with a lot of money.   

.

Weaknesses / Obstacles

 His sense of worth has become

tied to his ability to feed others.  Take away food as part of a social context, he feels exposed and retreats to being  just nervous watcher.   When nervous  tells corny jokes and can come off as peculiar.   Puts himself in new situations, yet

is not spontaneous when in the situation, weary of the unexpected  / Has to hide that he has money because if normal people knew, they wouldn’t treat him normal.   Fears  shadow of mother’s mental illness one day will overtake him  

.

Identifies With

People trying to find their place

in life.  Sees  food as doorway into people’s cultures and stories.   Big Hilary fan – hates Trump who’s pomp and fakeness reminds

him of his father.  Holds to Grandfather's old fashion sense

of dignity and decency 

.

  Wardrobe / Key Prop 

  Simple causal expensive clothes worn so long they seem second- hand; wears rugged country-city boots /  His chef knives; baseball from his Grandfather; worn copy

of "Catcher In The Rye" 

.

Favorite Movies

EAT, DRINK, WOMAN (1994)

THE DEER HUNTER (1978)  

John-Riley shares a profile he's developing as an Actor to help

him play PRESTON 

.

1. Smiles when feeling awkward

2. Obsessed with being the 

    opposite of his father

3. Loves making corny jokes

    because they remind him of his

    Grandfather's laughter

4. Still feels unsettled years after

    leaving home

5. Misses a connection to family

    and a community

                 DEREK    

       Grip (Lifts Equipment on Set) /     Looks Up to Dante / Bullies Anthony

   / Dominican                   / 24 yrs

               SAMEER    

   Reporter / 20s / Adiva's Friend      Immigrant From India 

DEREK

    .

  Attitude Towards Life  

Family honor is most important.  Those who fail deserve it

.

Assets

Strong and a hard worker; loves

his Mami;  gets on well with

Guy-guys which helps him get

work as an apprentice on union shoots; enjoys cooking

.

Weaknesses / Obstacles

Loves his Mami in clinging way; holds on to and won't examine his anger;  stubborn to point of self-destructiveness  /  A childhood illness left him with a slight limp

and self-consiousness; his dead father instilled macho values in him

.

Identifies With

 Recalls the good times he had

with his Mami (before she married Murphy) by making  Pastelillos  

which she taught him to make as

a child; loves Action films and comics;  believes in drawing red lines you don't cross

.

  Wardrobe / Key Prop 

  At Work: hoodies and work boots; At Play: Slacks, leather, polished shoes  /  Key Prop - Pastelillos

.

Favorite Movies

??

Adrian shares from the profile

he's developing to help him

play DEREK:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

               MURPHY    

     Derek's Step-Dad / Ex-Cop      50s / White-Irish 

MURPHY

    .

  Attitude Towards Life  

Family is most important.  Those

who fail can be redeemed ( feels

his own life has been redeemed

after almost going off rails)

.

Assets

Strong, hard worker who feels

made whole by his new wife; 

not one to give up; can be

brought to tears by his emotions

.

Weaknesses / Obstacles

Doesn't like to talk and explain himself; has to fight to keep his

anger and impatience down / Neither his family or Derek

wanted him to cross lines and

marry Derek's mom

.

Identifies With

 Cops; anyone who shows courage, honor, kindness, and sacrifice;

loves movies and wants

to become an actor

.

  Wardrobe / Key Prop 

  Slacks, leather, polished shoes, watch, gold chain around neck / 

Bagpipes 

.

Favorite Movies

SHINDLER'S LIST (1993)

 Saving Private Ryan   (1998)

Patrick shares from the profile

he's developing to help him

play MURPHY:

1. Constantly looking over his shoulder

2. Keeps Hands in pockets (from when he was an undercover with a gun in his pocket)

3.Can be a little touchy feely (from being the “good” cop who’s ready to pat you on shoulder or give a hand up, while also patting you down)

4. Is very punctual.  Looks at watch a lot

5. Puts his tongue between upper lip and teeth (when getting ready to pounce or holding self 

              DMITRI         

      

               TRAVERS

       

       Union Carpentry Grip / 20s           White / New Jersey Guy  

  GEORGE WHITE (GW)

    

    Union Set Dresser  Who Wants

         To Make His Own Films /                Italian /                       NJ Guy / 27

GEORGE WHITE (GW)

    .

  Attitude Towards Life  

Feels trapped having grown up

into a film union that his Great-Great Grandfather was part of;

fears if his creative life doesn’t

open up soon, never will

.

Assets

He's a hard worker who everyone depends upon / Damn proud

to be a New Jersey son /

Pragmatic; wrote a low budget horror script because knows statistically they do biggest

box office

.

Weaknesses / Obstacles

Prone to periods of depression and inertia   / His union family doesn’t have a love of films or patience for the creatives they work under

/ Hates there's no New Jersey

film industry; hates working for

NY companies even when

shooting in Jersey

.

Identifies With

 All things special about New Jersey / Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Whitney  Houston and lyrics you can understand / His 2007 Mustang  

.

  Wardrobe / Key Prop 

  Plaid or striped long-sleeve shirts and khaki pants / His 2007 Mustang

.

Favorite Movies

Dark Knight & Van Wilder 

Matt shares from the profile

he's developing to help him

play GW:

1.

TRAVERS Union Grip Who Wants to Be an Actor / White - What ethnic background) / 27

 Attitude Towards Life    He believes if he’s passionate, surrenders himself to experience and has fun, he’ll eventually be part of the creative world he dreams of

Assets   Born into a union job so has economic base that allows him to take expensive acting classes / Rolls with things / Good at getting people to smile / His friend GW has written a  Heather Ledger Joker – inspired villain part for Travers  in his horror film

Weakness   Often not practical; gets overly enthusiastic to the point where he becomes unfocused and unaware of what’s going on around him

Identifies With

Fanatical about method acting because he feels he grew up around people who didn’t know how to show emotions; Amused by but loyal to his home state New Jersey / All the local sports teams /

Wardrobe / Key Prop 

Old hoodies and t-shirts, van sneakers   /  Key Prop?

 (2) Favorite Movies                               

One should feature famous method acting.  Other one can more reflect his personality or hopes

 Actor on Character profile:

1. Constant playing with long hair (scratching, putting in a bun, etc.)

2. Messing with jewelry on left wrist.  (When? Let it give away a specific mood/emotion)

3. When adamant about a point, sits up with enthusiasm and licks lips. 

4. Hand gestures to illustrate what he's saying.

5. Crossing legs diagonally.   (When? Let it give away a specific mood/emotion)

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