"THE CREW" Series Character
'THE CREW' Writer / Showrunner Trayce Gardner & Writing Team Contributors
TO CREATE HER OWN WRITERS ROOM, THE CREW Writer / Showrunner recruited Actors willing to share their own backgrounds, do research, improv, and brainstorm over the Characters. In the workshops everyone was thinking like Writers, and Actors often came up with ideas for Characters other than the ones they themselves were playing.
LOTS OF ACTORS!
During a year and a half of workshops, most of the Actors listed below are the only ones who played their Character.
Four of the Characters (KAZIA, ADIVA, PRESTON, and ALISTAIR) have been played by multiple Actors. Our workshop stand-in for BETTY (ANTHONY's Mom) is the Director of the Brownsville Heritage House, which hosted many of our workshops.
"IT'S NOT EVERY ACTOR
who wants to participate in a unpaid workshoping of a Series still in Story Development -- spread over more than two years !
I'm grateful for all the perspectives and stories that Actors have shared, as well as their often sharp critiques.
Plus I'm grateful to the other people who've been my go-to cultural and artistic consultants. Sometimes for just one encounter ! Minutes on a clock don't measure impact. Even when they didn't know it, I've had a lot of people on my Writing Team !" - Trayce
'The Best Way There is Together'
This dramedy opens in October 2016, on the cusp on the Trump Era that will drive America into a twilight zone. Trump’s place of birth, New York City – a melting pot where not every group wants to blend -- is also home to a rapidly expanding $9 billion a year film industry. But that glamorous industry doesn’t seem to reach into Brownsville Brooklyn, where local filmmakers struggle to keep a roof as they push along their small projects and big dreams………
One of those filmmakers, ANTHONY, is desperate to get ‘MARVIN’ produced -- his 1960s-set action feature project. Normally a do-it-all-himself-kinda-guy, Anthony must now build a crew who’ll stick with him when there’s no money (yet). He attracts an international group of misfits of varying skill levels with their own agendas and problems, but all having a belief in Anthony and wanting to have a belief in themselves.
& WORKSHOP ACTORS
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ANTHONY & HIS CREW
Janki Patel *
Creative and opinionated,
tries to wake others up
but Adiva's own personal
uptightness gets in way.
* Janki was a last minute fill-in for our videotaped workshop. We will be casting again for ADIVA.
It's not easy being Anthony!
Certain of his own abilities and vision, but not so sure how to
proceed in the world and
in his relationships
THE OBJECT OF ANTHONY'S PURSUIT
THE FAMOUS ACTOR (34)
FAMILY, FRIENDS, ENEMY, CREW-TO-BE
Miriam Robertson *
She wants control so never lets go;
afraid all dreams end in disaster.
* Miriam, Director of the Brownsville Heritage House was our stand-in BETTY when we did our workshops at the Heritage House.
Maksym (Max) Druzhynskyi *
Declaring himself over the hill
at 29, he watches and judges.
* Max got us permission to shoot at the cafe he
worked at, and stood-in as our DMITRI in
the workshops. Max is now studying acting.
On the run from family responsibilities back home;
he’s a quick learner
who’s too prideful to admit
when he needs help.
GEORGE WHITE-GW (28)
Travis is constantly
transforming into characters
from beloved films – as he ignores the basics
of everyday life and
his disturbing family history.