ABOUT

 

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CRAIG BLAIR

Actor/Producer/Filmmaker/

THE LATEST

     In the last 3 years Craig has Produced, Acted, Stunt Coordinated and/or First Assistant Directed several narrative feature films, TV episodics, as well as a feature documentary, short films, music videos, promo videos, and commercials utilizing his talents both in front of and behind the camera. Some of these projects include; The Duplass Brothers Production, feature film Rainbow Time Written & Directed by Linas Phillips with Craig as the First Assistant Director; Director Dan Ireland’s final film A Most Peculiar Man as First Assistant Director; Writer/Director Carlos Puga’s feature film Full Dress Starring Chris Abbott, Robin Lord Taylor & Lina Esco with Craig playing the role of Larry and also as the First Assistant Director; and the Viaplay Original Series Swedish Dicks Starring Peter Stormare, Johan Glans, & Keanu Reeves with Craig playing the role of Agent Long and also serving as a First Assistant Director and Stunt Coordinator for the series.  His most recent project, upcoming comedy series Shoot Me Nicely, Craig Produced and 1st Assistant Directed, you can read more about below.
   Craig’s other acting credits include; Grey’s Anatomy, Scott Walker’s The Frozen Ground, starring Nic Cage & John Cusack. SyFy network’s Bermuda Tentacles, Lifetime network’s A Snow Globe Christmas. The cult comedy horror feature The Penny Dreadful Picture Show, horror feature Chatter, and feature comedy Thinking With Richard. Craig also had a 4 season run on Cartoon Network and 2 feature films performing over 20 character voices on the hit children’s animated franchise Pokemon.

AWARDS

     In 2008 Craig joined his partner in filmmaking, Writer/Director, Elias Plagianos at  ESP Films LTD.  Craig Co-Produced with Elias,  The Crimson Mask, an award winning feature film which won over 42 festival awards and was screened at Cannes and Toronto Independent Film Festivals. It was purchased and distributed by Invincible Pictures and has since been re-produced as an original series for Hulu & Amazon Prime under the title Curse of the Crimson Mask.  Craig also Produced & 1st Assistant Directed the short film The Man From The City with Elias at ESP Films LTD., which also earned them multiple festival awards. Craig, Elias & their ESP team have recently completed their latest creation, a proof positive for a new comedy series called Shoot Me Nicely, Starring  John Behlmann, Linda Hamilton & William Sadler.  Much more to come on that one…

BACKSTORY

     After receiving a degree in Communications from the State University of Albany NY, Craig worked for Fox Twentieth Television in Midtown Manhattan.  Although he enjoyed the business side of TV, he longed to work on the creative side of narrative entertainment getting back to his roots in acting and creating comedy.

Embarking on this creative journey, Craig began to study acting in NYC at various studios over the span of a decade.  He found a home and a technique at the Neighborhood Playhouse studying under James Brill, whom was a student under the great Sandford Meisner himself and a direct proponent of his famed Meisner technique.  Under James Brill, Craig would lay the foundation for all of his character work both as an actor and as a writer.  Continuing his studies, Craig spent four years under another great teacher and actor role model, the very highly regarded theater actress and teacher Deborah Hedwall.  Deborah also had a huge impact on him and is a tremendous influence on his work.

      During this time while studying drama, Craig also began creating comedy.  Performing his sketches in comedy clubs around NYC and producing comedy videos & content for various comedy websites.  He co-founded the Sketch comedy group Wilt Chamberlain’s Kids with Margaret Champagne and together they Produced a live variety sketch show with guest standup acts at the many famed comedy venues all over NYC.  Wilt’s Kids was respected around town as a very funny show (at least Steven Wright agreed with that notion).
Craig’s goal as a Creator, Producer, and Performer is simply to make great films and television.
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