Technical Details | Background | Cast | Crew

Technical Details

Format: Serial

Runtime: 25:28

Genres: Comedy, Satire, Supernatural Fantasy, Science Fiction

 

Background

Created, written, produced, and directed by Paul Nandzik through Dreaming Droids Productions in association with Oh Penny Pictures, and starring Ruthy Stapleton and David Ogrodowski, Forever Young is an irreverent parody of the beloved "ancient vampire enrolls in high school for, like, no reason" trope, made popular by, most notably, Buffy the Vampire SlayerVampire Diaries, and Twilight.

Forever Young's story is set within a rich and expansive universe that interweaves horror with humor, science fiction with fantasy, and the ordinary with the extraordinary.  Aliens, cyborgs, vampires, demons, and high school bullies all coexist through the magic of stunning practical and visual effects from accomplished industry veterans.  The characters themselves are well thought out, dynamic, engaging, and are afforded compelling story arcs and plots that take advantage of social commentary, comedy, and a sense of nostalgic commiseration of the chaos and confusion of high school and puberty.

 

Cast

Victoria D'Abord

(Ruthy Stapleton)

Ruthy joins Forever Young as our enthusiastic lead.  With a background in comedy, drama, stage, and film, she's excited to lend her slight frame, scrappy outlook, and spunky voice to Victoria D'Abord.

Raised in Rockville, Maryland, and having studied Linguistics at Brigham Young University, Ruthy can now be found engaging Pittsburgh audiences on stage, on screen, and on Twitter.

Ghoul Servant

(David Ogrodowski)

David Ogrodowski, winner of several Best Actor awards from Pittsburgh 48-Hour Film Projects, has played leads in numerous films and plays, including the annual Longue Vue Haunted House films and skits, Time OutThe PackageRest StopThe Raven, Point Park University films, and web series that include BeginningsMasonDownsizedThe Professor, and War Streets.

Mr. Cap Keating

(Philip Bower)

Philip is a retired English and Learning Support teacher whose acting career began on stage four decades ago, and has been peppered with all manner of villains.

In recent years, he has transitioned into film, with roles ranging from a psycho dad in Cannes selectee, Dot, to, most recently, Donald "the Plow" Dozer in The Chop.

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Zenniphyr Darga

(Hilary Caldwell)

Hilary Caldwell is a Pittsburgh-based actor, previously seen in: MTAP: Kitty – A New Musical, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center: A Grand Night for Signing, Pennsylvania Centre Stage: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, South Park Theatre: Something's Afoot, The Savoyards: The Mikado.

Love to her Futbahl player.

Johnny Futbahl

(Ryan Patrick Kearney)

Ryan Patrick Kearney is mainly a Pittsburgh-based stage actor who has started to wander into film.  He has been seen on stages for the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret, Prime Stage Theater, Stage 62, The Theater Factory, South Park Theater, Center Theatre Players, The Gemini Theater, and has performed in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.

His film credits include Mason and several commercials.

Matt McPagliacci

(Vincent Bombara)

 

Vincent has performed on stage for Rage of the Stage Players; performed improv for Performance For People, Most Valuable Comedians, Frisky Grandma; appeared in two commercials for The Television Ad Group; acted in independent films, web series and sketches; and has his own sketch comedy YouTube channel and company.

William Ashes

(Larry Ploscowe)

 

Larry is the president of Everyone's Theatre Company in Rochester, NY.

As an actor, he has done dinner theatres such as The Mystery Company; improv such as Nuts & Bolts; musicals such as Titanic and Grease; and straight plays such as 39 Steps Radio PlayThe Desk SetThe PsychicThree Men on a HorseHoliday, and The Curious Savage.

Martian King

(J. Evan Bradbury)

 

After a brooding, decade-long hiatus from acting with lead roles in high school theatre and a short stint of aerial phenomena investigation, Evan is back in the acting saddle…and this time it's for all the marbles.

Venusian Queen

(Serena Burkhart)

 

In Serena's real life, she is a behavioral therapist for kids with special needs.  In her fantasy life, she is a quasi model, spy, and background artist.

Her foray into film began on a whim in 2012, and she has since worked on commercials, training videos, television shows, and feature films.

Shaft (Voice Of)

(Alexander Sloan McBryde)

 

Alexander S. McBryde is an actor based in Buffalo, NY.

Acting has always been a passion for him, but had to take a back seat to an eight year stint in the military.

With a love of performance, he has dabbled in stage, stand-up comedy and improv, but it wasn't until he fell in with a rough crowd (i.e., independent filmmakers) that he really found his niche as a character actor.

Stuffy Winters (Voice Of)

(Kelsey Jamison)

 

Kelsey, a woman of many skills and great enthusiasm, is the lead scenic painter for South Park Theater.  She has worked for Rage of the Stage Players as an actor and an assistant stage manager, and for Friendly Zombie as their Key Production Assistant for the feature film The Chop.

Blood Bib (Voice Of)

(Scott Conner)

 

Scott currently sculpts for Disney and has worked on Deadliest WarriorThe Dark Knight RisesCharlotte's WebSky HighWar of the WorldsThe Last Samurai, and many other projects.

He was also an instructor at the Tom Savini make-up program at the Douglas Education Center, and proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mr. Count Sheep (Voice Of)

Movie Narrator Guy (Voice Of)

(Adam Eastly)

 

Adam is a new kid on the block (pun intended) in the acting world.  Currently he's an academic counselor for a university, but he wants to take the plunge into professional acting/voice acting.

His voice work heralds from years of stage singing and making people laugh with zany accents and characters.  Also, he's a member of the Steel City Harmonizers – a local Barbershop Harmony group.

 

Crew

Paul Nandzik

(Writer/Creator, Producer, Director)

 

Paul is the president and founder of Dreaming Droids Productions, the founder of Steel Legion Stunts, and the former president of Oh Penny Pictures.

He is a published author and a former health and wellness journalist who cut his teeth on screenwriting as well as producing on After the Infection.  He earned his B.A. in English from SUNY College at Fredonia, where his studies focused on Arthurian literature, epics, romances, and poetry.

His guilty pleasure is watching soap operas because anything can and will happen!

Francisco Escobar

(Director of Photography, Co-Executive Producer)

 

Francisco Escobar is the president of Oh Penny Pictures.

He has worked in film and television for more than 20 years, is an instructor at New York University's Film Intensive Workshop and who – as a master photographer – has worked with high profile clients such as Calvin Klein.

John Guinane

(Edtior, Colorist)

 

John is a retired photojournalist who has been twice nominated for an Emmy, and who has recently thrown himself into the world of entertainment.

Eric Koval

(Gaffer, Grip)

 

Based in State College, Pennsylvania, Eric Koval is a freelancer and owner of SEK Media.

Starting his career in 2007 with help from Night of the Living Dead's Russell Streiner and John Russo, Eric quickly found his home in the production world taking on jobs in all areas of the industry.

 

Recently, Eric was employed with Food Network's Carnival Eats.

Ian Altenbaugh

(Key Grip)

 

Ian Altenbaugh is a Pittsburgh area writer, artist, and filmmaker.  He is also a set junkie, and can be found working in various departments, including camera, grip, and electric.

Ian has produced and directed a handful of independent shorts, including Transience and Last Rain.

Joseph Stammerjohn

(First Assistant Director, Visual Effects Editor)

 

Joseph is a Pittsburgh area director, cinematographer, writer, actor, photographer, and musician.

He is the head of production at Eyes to the Sky Films.

As a result of the many hats he has worn, Joseph enjoys his recent work as a First Assistant Director for film and television projects.

Jen Namsick

(Co-Executive Producer, Special Effects Make-Up Artist, Fabricator)

 

Jen has worked under Scott Conner and pursued her own research and development of special effects skills to include creating special effects, prosthetics, props, weapons, and sets.

Jen also has extensive technological experience, having been a career IT professional, including disaster recovery and business continuity/emergency planning, with major corporations.

Chris Bell

(Audio Engineer)

 

Chris Bell is an audio engineer from Pittsburgh, PA.

He has a range of film credits to include location sound mixer, boom operator, re-recording mixer, ADR mixer, sound supervisor, Foley mixer, music editor, and more.

Chris has done audio production work on films starring Alician Silverstone, Tom Sizemore, and Tom Savini, as well as NBC's The Biggest Loser.

Alex Kropinak

(Visual Effects Director, Stop-Motion Animator, Puppeteer, Visual Effects Editor)

 

Alex Kropinak brings stop-motion animated elements (like Cyborg Alien Dinosaurs, for example) as well as puppetry and other visual effects to Forever Young.

Alex began his career at ToyFare Magazine and co-created the stop-motion web series What The–?! for Marvel Entertainment.

Karla Subero

(Concept Artist, Storyboard Artist)

 

Karla is the storyboard artist and character designer for Forever Young.

She graduated with a BFA from the famed Alberta College of Art & Design with a major in Painting.

She's a Trinidadian-Canadian; therefore, she always feels cold, even in summer.

Forever Young is her first foray into storyboarding.

Megan Bonus

(Set Photographer, Script Supervisor)

 

Megan's interest in photography began in high school, where she took an elective class in it.  Since then, she has gone on to use her skills and passion as a still photographer on the set of The Chop and her burgeoning flower business.

Misha Davis

(Associate Producer, Wardrobe Supervisor, Hair Stylist, Make-Up Artist, Social Media Manager)

 

Misha is responsible for making everyone look good!

She is the Vice President and co-founder of Dreaming Droids Productions, and graduated with a BA in English from Glenville State College.

When she's not getting everyone else ready for camera, she can easily be found trying on all the wigs.

Forever Youngis her first adventure behind the screen.

Kelsey Jamison

(Script Supervisor)

 

Kelsey, a woman of many skills and great enthusiasm, is the lead scenic painter for South Park Theater.  She has worked for Rage of the Stage Players as an actor and an assistant stage manager, and for Friendly Zombie as their Key Production Assistant for the feature film The Chop.

Scott Conner

(Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor, Fabricator)

 

Scott currently sculpts for Disney and has worked on Deadliest WarriorThe Dark Knight RisesCharlotte's WebSky HighWar of the WorldsThe Last Samurai, and many other projects.

He was also an instructor at the Tom Savini make-up program at the Douglas Education Center, and proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Kevin Pribulsky

(Musical Composer)

 

Kevin Pribulsky is an experienced music composer and producer from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

In addition to the albums of music he's produced for his post-rock studio project, In Search Of…, Pribulsky has scored for films, television programs, and video games.

Pronouncing his last name is hard.  Enjoying his music is not.

P.J. Gaynard

(Camera Operator)

 

P.J. Gaynard is a Pittsburgh-based nuts and bolts filmmaker with over 20 years of experience.

Recently he was ranked #23 in the book, The Top 100 Indie Filmmakers in the World, Part II.

He has a BFA in Film, Video and Animation from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MA in Humanities/Humanistic Studies from CalState Northridge.

Robert Kuhn

(Special Effects Make-Up Artist)

 

Sara Kuhn

(Special Effects Make-Up Artist)