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We are a creative team producing new and original works for Film, TV, Music Videos, Live Performances and More! Watch the trailer of our newest, award-winning TV pilot SURPRISE!
SURPRISE! TV PILOT PREMIER 2021
Screening privately for film festivals
We present the Silverstein Family who live in Surprise AZ and believe it or not, they are a modern day All in the Family with Archie and Edith Bunker... except Mom is Archie and Dad is Edith. Nancy and Brian are a loving couple who are determined to weather every dark storm that hits their family's eco-system.
This could be complicated but the TV pilot, in its simplicity, gives a rare glimpse of the parents' experience in embracing their child's 'coming out', and in later episodes works through him becoming transgender. There is their rogue son who's troubles are looming and a community that presents a wide range of very relevant social issues. A perfect setting for a sitcom!
Nicole PIcard is the writer/director/producer/lead actress and she is always keeping high standards of creative and technical services. I love what I do, and my passion for film content has shined through in all of my work since I first began my own production company in 2019.
FILMING DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
This production had real challenges. We succeeded through sheer determination, focused on details and filmed 2 hours of great story time in 5 days in 2 different locations. Many scenes had groups of actors working together and with the help of Camille Dupin, our very conscientious Covid Compliance Officer, we were all tested, wore masks and kept our distance as much as possible...even while filming. Aaaah! the magic of camera angles. We had open aired rooms with easy access to great fresh breathing room with multiple open windows and doors for flow.
The actors were very well prepared and everyone handled themselves so professionally. Even though they had to do their own makeup and hair as well as bring their own wardrobe. We managed just fine.
Big thanks go out to the Camera Assistant, Laura Walker and the magnificent Associate Producer, Paula Achter, you were amazing!
The Silversteins posing in their Surprise, AZ backyard. Nancy, the Mom, insists that they have to join in the fun for their holiday card photo.
This is a fictional family, living in the real world of today. David Edelstein is the goofy dad Brian and there's Nicole Picard as his wife Nancy. He's Jewish, she was raised Catholic. That's the easy part. Nancy is the conservative, judgemental but lovable gadfly and Brian is quirky, cute and always accepting.
Let's tell you about the kids young Joey and young Lisa...
David Edelstien as Brian has the best plausible fun and the genuine fatherly presence that brings warmth to the proceedings.
Abigail Thomson as Liam, exudes the perfect combination of sensitivity and defiance as she boldly goes through a difficult transition in her life.
Jason McCrite as Joey is wonderfully smarmy as the womanizing jokester. He lands his jokes with real aplomb!
David Edelstien as Brian the ever so quirky and understanding Dad really keeps the whole family grounded.
Abigaill Thomson as Lisa/Liam is amazing in her transformation and so committed to portraying this character with forthrightness and compassion.
Jason McCrite as Joey has just the right naive snarkiness to pull off all the terribly misogynistic jokes and is still lovable.
Nicole Picard wrote this character with herself in mind and willingly worked on set in the mind boggling roles of director/DP and lead actress. She found herself directing while acting and running the camera and it works...the character of Nancy is just that. A bossy, close-minded matriarch who wants to run the show. "It was a bit disconcerting jumping in and out of roles so I just tried to meld them and often found myself improvising to help find my center."
Additional Cast Members...
Laura Walker as Betty, Miranda Wynne as Vicky, Alaska Jackson as Tanika, Sheila Corsi as Althea, Melody Parra as the Party Popper with Gender Reveal Party Guests: Cat Healey, Piper Major, Kelly McDevitt, Cassie Carpenter and Pretty in Pink Party Guests: Liv Schechter, Willow Hunt, Georgia Arnold, not to forget the ladies at the Inez Cafe: Paula Achter and Ellen Burr with the waitress Melodee Piper.
WOMEN ARE ON THE SET
Both in front and behind the camera
A PRODUCTION STAFF WITH REAL TALENT!
We have an all woman crew!
YOU ARE ALL
Gender Reveal Party
Mr and Mrs Silverstein
Mom with Tanni and Liam
1 MORE FAMILY PHOTO
AWARD WINNING PRODUCTION SERVICES
PICARD PRODUCTIONS TV, Film, Music Videos, Social Media Spots, PSA, Live Performance Productions Services...we are ready to help you make it all happen!
We offer a variety of creative and innovative services, always keeping the client’s vision in mind. Through pioneering technology and tools, I strive to take visual storytelling to the next level. Check out my services below.
Film Festival Regular: Best Directing, Best Soundtrack, Best Lead Actress, Best Original Song, Best Supporting Actress for Lineage Tribe. Best LGBTQ short film for SURPRISE!
Exceeding Expectations with story boarding, screenwriting, production design, location scouting, staffing, brainstorming random original ideas...
Completely Customized to our clients needs. Whatever your vision, we will jump through hoops to give it to you...NO MATTER WHAT!
Give me a call if you have any questions, or need a quote for your next project, thanks!
Nicole Picard, President and Exec Producer
Santa Monica, CA 90405