Nicole Chaffin

Nicole Chaffin is Lauren in Exceptionals web seriesActor. Vocalist.

Multi-talented actress and singer Nicole Chaffin has experience from theatre to film, with a variety of roles including leads in American modern theatre, musical theatre, melodrama and Shakespeare. Her abilities include speaking with an American Southern accent and experience with the Spanish language. She also is an accomplished professional singer (belt) and even has proficiency in fencing. Her training includes a master class with Tony-nominated writer and lyricist, Bill Russell.

Nicole stars as Lauren Canella in the web series, Exceptionals.

You can find her resume here.

You can follow Nicole’s performing career at


Final Reading of Future Certain

We are looking for volunteers, some to read and some to listen, to an informal reading of the latest version of the screenplay, Future Certain, prior to this Web series moving to pre-production and casting.

Seating is limited, so please reserve a space.

Please use the contact form when submitting your interest in a role or to be a guest. The subject would be: Future Certain Table Reading

Table Reading Info

What: This is a table reading of a new and original screenplay, Future Certain. The roles available are listed below.

When: Tuesday, August 6 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Where: 12375 Mt Jefferson Terrace, Lake Oswego. About 5 minutes from Portland Community College Sylvania Campus. (A map is on the Contact page.)


Brynne Vaness (read by Mariessa Portelance) can see the future, or so she says. And those that believe and those that do not believe will go to any lengths to prove it. What begins as a spiritual quest to understand her ability, quickly turns into a struggle for her life, pitting Brynne against organized criminals, terrorists and even Homeland Security.

As she learns more about her visions, both their power and limits become increasingly apparent, and Brynne finds that her own future – her own survival – is anything but certain.


  • This is a table reading, so memorization and movement is not required.
  • You will be provided a printed copy of the screenplay at the time of the rehearsal if you need one.
  • There is power available for several laptops or tablets if you prefer.
  • Iced tea and lemonade will be provided.

Roles Still Available

Sandesh, man 50+
Assistant Director Grant, woman 40+
Radha, woman 30+
Stephen Bascomb, man 40+
Tessa Alvarado, woman 25-35
Billy, man 35+
Agent Juarez, man 30+
Smaller Woman Roles, woman
Smaller Man Roles, man
Narrator (for action lines, descriptions and sluglines), any age or gender

Note: ideal age ranges are listed above, though anyone will be considered.

Visit this link for more information and a character sketch of some of the characters listed above:

How to Submit Your Interest

Use the contact form on our Contact page.

You should provide the following:

  1. The subject would be: Future Certain Table Reading – Character Name*
  2. What role or roles you are interested in of those above. (It may be possible to double up and receive commensurate pay for more than one role.)
  3. A recent headshot (an image of yourself in a Web-friendly file size format).
  4. A link to an online resume or information you can paste into a message field. Or alternately, you can attach a Word document or PDF with the attach button.
  5. A link to a reel of your work.**

* This is the name of the character/role you are interested in reading.

** This one greatly helps in the decision-making process on who to hire. If you do not have some acting or related work you can reference on another website (like YouTube or Vimeo or your own site) you will likely be rejected.

If you have any difficulty with attachments, please use the form without attachments and mention that in your message. We’ll provide a direct email address to send to.

David Chaney

David Chaney reading a scriptProject Consultant. Planner.

David Chaney leads a double life. He loves his job as co-owner of Accent Business Services, Inc. He also loves filmmaking and he has been working on film projects for many years.

His love of film has placed him in the role of Jack-of-All-Trades on the film and video projects he’s supported and he’s had jobs as varied as pre-production planner, location scout, sound recorder, script reader, actor, and even singer (though he may be mortified if those scenes ever became known to the general public!). His wise counsel and planning expertise ensures that all FBF projects get an exceptional head start.

His company can be found at

Michael Kerr

mike-facebookWriter. Researcher.

Award-winning Portland, Oregon writer Michael Kerr has written stories and articles for dozens of publications including Portland Business Journal, SF Gate and the popular Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series of trivia books, among many other magazines, websites and anthologies.

He’s currently working on his first book.

Future Certain Reading

Our reading of the screenplay Future Certain on July 19, 2013. Photographs by Thao Pham.

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Thao Pham

Thao Pham, photographer, Web designer, and graphic designerGraphic Designer. Photographer. Web Designer.

Originally from Vietnam, Thao has been in Portland for the past two years obtaining a degree in Web and Graphic Design.

She has created many projects for the Web and full websites using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, WordPress, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and other related Web and graphic design technologies.

Her Web address is

Actors Confirmed for Future Certain Reading

The following actors have been confirmed for the roles listed below for the Future Certain reading on July 19, 2013. Other names will be included as those roles are filled.

Role Reader
Brynne Vaness Mariessa Portelance
Lauren Canella Nicole Chaffin
A.D. Grant Marcella Laasch
Sandesh David Loftus
Radha Chethana Pandit
The Moroccan David Loftus
Narrator Jennifer Rogers
Mardav Misra Vetri Jayaprakasan
Tessa Alvarado Sara J. Pittock
Television Interviewer Sara J. Pittock
Radio Interviewer Dave Chaney
Psychic Monthly Caller Sara J. Pittock
Talk Show Host Dave Chaney
Indian Traveler Vetri Jayaprakasan
Fahad Mahmood  n/a
German Intelligence Agent  n/a
German Interrogator  n/a
Doctor Vetri Jayaprakasan
Agent Juarez Dave Chaney
CIA Interrogator Dave Chaney
Agent Haley Dave Chaney
Agent Jackson Dave Chaney
Dr. Jenkins Sara J. Pittock
Indian Man Vetri Jayaprakasan
Male Announcer Dave Chaney
Female Announcer Sara J. Pittock
Joe Dave Chaney
Hotel Clerk Dave Chaney
Bail Bonds Agent Dave Chaney
Billy Dave Chaney
Airline Attendant Sara J. Pittock
Hotel Clerk Dave Chaney
Travel Agent Sara J. Pittock
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Portland Dom

An original screenplay written by Greg Kerr.

Current Status

Awaiting Development


Feature (approx. 95 to 100 minutes)


Action, Dark Comedy


Quirky Indie, Over-the-Top Action


A dark action-comedy not for the submissive.

Tagline (Portland-focused)

An Amnesiac, a Dominatrix and Rose – together they help keep Portland weird.


Suffering from partial amnesia, Danny tries to make his way through Portland to find his long lost father. But he’s not alone. His new companion, Rose, a compliant woman with a talent for submission, is at his side. Trailing them both are a gang of sadists, two enigmatic and well armed agents in black, and a serial killer. When Rose and Danny enlist the aid of the dominatrix Lia, this threesome attempts to navigate a free-for-all gauntlet of the bizarre and baffling in this over-the-top action-dark comedy. Eventually they all learn just what keeps Portland weird.


Violence, Adult situations, Adult language



A young woman who makes a living out of being submissive, but who yearns for more and to rise in the ranks of her profession. But can a submissive become a dominatrix?


A young man with a serious head injury who comes to Portland seeking his long-lost father. Little does he know, he is being followed.


Rose’s 30-something boss and frequent handler, Lia is a high-ranked dominatrix who has a soft spot for Rose and is a natural rescuer at heart. She also enjoys a bit of the weird herself.

Barrett and Combs

A pair of “agents” who follow Danny in hopes he’ll lead them to his father. They are the classic odd couple, but both very good at what they do.

Mistress Katrine

The top boss and owner of the Ace of Spades Club. Katrine has a dream – a twisted, dangerous fantasy to make the most extreme feature film imaginable. And she’ll destroy anyone who tries to get in her way.


Also known as The Head Hunter, he’s a fan of Rose’s. A BIG fan. And when Rose tries to leave the Ace of Spades, it makes him very angry.


Conceptual short film for movie Portland Dom
Conceptual short film for movie Portland Dom
Conceptual short film for movie Portland Dom
Conceptual short film for movie Portland Dom

Carinne’s Story

An original screenplay written by Greg Kerr.

Current Status

Awaiting Development


Feature (approx. 80 to 90 minutes)




Dark Romanticism

Tagline (if indie produced)

Two characters, one story. Two people, one film.

Tagline (short)

In the story of their relationship, love and death embrace.

Tagline (alternate)

He hides in the beginning. She races toward the ending. In their story, nothing is ever as it seems.

Tagline (Poe referenced)

A darkly romantic tale inspired by the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe.

Synopsis (short)

Inspired by the poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Carinne’s Story is a dark romantic story within a story.

As writing instructor David Parker becomes captivated by Carinne, his most gifted student, they become each other’s muses, and enter into a relationship that unfolds like their dark writing. But true to their stories, it’s a relationship that cannot last.

Synopsis (prose and poetry)

David is a writing professor with a tragic life narrative. Stuck in a lonely existence, with no faith for a happy ending, his days are endless reruns. Until Carinne, that is–a woman fascinated with history and an even greater obsession with endings. As romance develops between them, their stories intertwine and their plots thicken. Will love be strong enough to overcome the tides of fate that seem chosen for them? Or are their destinies completely out of their hands?


Adult situations



She is a woman, 25 to 35, and a writing student who has become attracted to her writing instructor, David. She is a gifted writer who tends toward dark material drawn from her past — she’s an orphan who was in and out of foster homes as a child until she finally ran away.

She suffers from bi-polar disorder and has medication. She knows that the medication dulls her senses and adversely affects her ability to write, so she stops taking it.


He is a man in his 40s who is a popular writing instructor at a local community college. Outside of his professional world, he is very much living a solitary life. He suffers with depression and attention deficit disorder which leave him isolated from others and without the ability to complete his own stories. He has difficulty being in crowds: ironic for a person who’s profession is teaching.

He’s also very lonely and when Carinne comes into his life, he is swept away by her vibrant personality and brilliant prose.


She is a woman in her 40s and a colleague in David’s writing department. She likes David very much, but finds him difficult to get to know. She is also very competitve with David in their professional relationship. She’s the level-headed friend with whom David shares his problems.

It Is and It Isn’t

An original screenplay written by Greg Kerr

Current Status

Awaiting Development


Feature (approx. 80-90 minutes)




Erotic, Feminist, Gay/Lesbian


Two couples. One love.

Tagline (with title)

It’s about sex. It’s about love. Well, it is and it isn’t.

Synopsis (short)

Amy and Marty are having an affair. Their spouses, Dera and Ben, are also having an affair — with each other. When their secret relationships are exposed and their complicated double affairs become an even more complicated four-way relationship, Amy gets increasingly confused. She wonders if it’s possible to be in love with more than one person at the same time. She eventually learns the complicated truth: it is and it isn’t.

Synopsis (descriptive, short)

An affair and the retribution that follows leads two couples to examine their relationships and embark on an alternative, polyamorous relationship. As the four-way relationship unfolds, the lines between sex and love become blurred, and the balance becomes increasingly difficult to maintain.

Synopsis (marketing, short)

Amy wants Marty. Dera wants Ben. Amy is married to Ben. Dera is married to Marty. So the solution: they swap. But now Dera wants Amy and Ben wants Marty. Some of them are in it for sex, but some of them are in it for love… sometimes. It is about sex and it is about love. Well, it is and it isn’t.


Mature themes, adult language, complex relationships, gay/lesbian themes

Characters (lead)


She is a woman in her 40s who has been married to Ben for several years. They do not have children. They live in a nice apartment in an upscale building in Portland. She is a professional woman and works as a manager at an unnamed office in Portland.

For the first time in her marriage, Amy has become attracted to another man, Marty, and while Ben has been away on several lengthy trips, she’s been spending time with Marty. And she’s been feeling very guilty about how she’s feeling, but she isn’t stopping.

Amy is in a state of sexual dormancy (which might seem like naivete on the surface) at the beginning of the story. Her and Ben have been stuck in a routine and her affair with Marty is a way to break out of that. The affair, and its consequences, move Amy from sexual dormancy into sexual awakening, and then into two different alternative relationships.

Amy’s emotional journey is the core of this story.


She is a woman in her late 30s who has been married to Marty for a few years. They do not have children. She is a freelance marketer who works long hours. Her work schedule has become difficult to coordinate with Marty’s. Their relationship has become strained.
When she discovers that Marty is having an affair, she decides not to confront him, but instead, confront the other woman.

Dera provides the counter-point to Amy. Dera is very willing to embrace the alternative relationships, and is the first to take advantage of the sexual experimentation this provides.

Themes by Greg Kerr

Polyamory and Sex

It Is and It Isn’t is based on two true stories about couples who engage in alternative lifestyles and relationships. These types of polyamorous lifestyles have often been explored (mostly indirectly) in fictional films, and almost always in the context of religious beliefs, as an oddity, or for sexual exploitation. This script deviates from the norm in two fundamental ways.

First, it doesn’t portray polyamorous lifestyles as that far out of the norm — scratch the surface of many relationships, and you’ll see a desire or an active interest in these lifestyles.

Second, although this is very much an erotic story, the eroticism comes from what we don’t see and hear. There is no nudity and little profanity, although it’s very clear what is happening out-of-the-shot. Movies that show the graphic sex lose most of their audience because they either offend or they disregard the nature of erotic fantasies: fantasies can only exist in the imagination and not in reality. Nothing extinguishes the fantasy faster than replacing a thought about what it might be like with the actual sight of what it is like. True, enduring fantasies are about the possibility of what might happen.

When the actors vividly describe what’s happened, or we see or hear them reacting to what’s happening, but not in the whole context, our imaginations fill in the details with much more elaborate and personal fantasies. If you want to see sex, there’s plenty of porn on the Internet. If you want to be titillated, see a well-crafted, well-acted erotic story that allows the audience to become personally involved in the fantasy.

Moral Ambiguity

There is no good and bad, right and wrong discussed here. The characters acknowledge that their polyamorous relationship is potentially scandalous, however, that doesn’t impede their interest in exploring it.

Most of the characters I write aren’t black and white types. Black and white characters, for the most part, don’t really exist in the real world (although fanatics and irrationalists try to push extreme ideas, they are very much in the minority). Competing objectives are what drive our perception that some people are good or bad — if we can agree with their motives and methods, then we sympathize. It’s very easy to sympathize with both Amy and Dera in the script, though not at the same time, and often not in the same scene.

Moral ambiguity is very thought-provoking. The situations that Amy and Dera go through and the ambiguity that surrounds their competing motivations will give audiences plenty to discuss after the movie with both women having their supporters and detractors switching sides.


I frequently write scripts and stories that contrast two similar characters who have different, competing motivations — it’s almost like seeing a mirror image of the other. I often put these two characters in the same dilemma so the audience can get two views of how each of them handle that scenario.

I love to explore competing facets of human behavior. To that end, I’ve often written two different characters in two different scenes in the same script, each of the characters having the same movements, same dilemma, or in some cases, the exact same lines of dialogue as the other, then letting the scenes evolve differently based on the character’s objectives.

Power/Cultural Relationships

In my writing, I often explore alternative power/cultural relationships from the perspective of different characters, and those relationships will change over the course of the script. In It Is and It Isn’t, the following relationships are explored:

  • Amy (older woman) initiates an affair with Marty (younger man)
  • Dera (younger woman) initiates an affair with Ben (older man)
  • Amy dominates Dera in a physical fight
  • Dera dominates Amy in a corruption fantasy
  • Amy re-dominates Dera in a romantic encounter
  • Dera re-dominates Amy by leaving her
  • The women (particularly Dera) often use the men as sexual props
  • The men take on submissive roles to the women