Meet the Artist Interviews: Gia Gerardo

Hello JAWT family,

Today begins a series of interviews with the talent involved in bringing Jael: A Western Tale to life.

Meet Gia Gerardo – an Arizona actress, mom and fitness coach who also includes acting in her career choices and goals.

GiaGerardo_JAWT_actress_Myles She has been involved in several productions, including a role in the action movie, Black Widow.


Enjoy the interview and remember to visit JAWT on the Facebook page which is updated daily.

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Poster art is ready & interview with artist Saphyre Fish

Hello JAWT family,

The poster artwork is ready and we are steaming ahead with plans for our Fall production.

The artwork is created by Saphyre Fish who is part artist/part actress and part production assistant on the Jael: A Western Tale set!


This is her poster art featuring 3 of our actresses playing Jael by Stephanie Dostal, Naomi by Stacie Stocker and Leah by Jessica Kinni.


Now, for a few questions with Saphyre Fish.

1) What got you started in art work and drawing?
I’ve been drawing since I was a child, it’s just something that’s always stuck with me. At first, my vent was subconsciously karate when I lived in Washington even though I still drew at the time, just not as much. However, when me and my mother moved to Arizona it was too expensive for us; I got bullied quite a bit at school and it didn’t take long for me to take drawing as a way of taking out my frustrations. I knew better than to start fights, and it didn’t really help stop the harassment but did help keep me level headed. Over time it helped me in other ways like learning.
2) What inspires you?
Mostly music, it helps me get the feeling right in whatever I’m drawing and to keep going when I want to stop. But at the same time I like to draw things that are funny, or new ideas, which can come from anything (recently it’s from the new video game that came out). Sometimes I’d look at a normal, everyday object, and laugh to myself because it’d remind me of something stupid I thought up in the past about it. I guess I just like making people laugh and smile.

3) If you could meet any artist (alive or dead) who would it be and why?
I’m going to be honest here, I don’t really know too much about other artists of any kind. Not out of ignorance, I just don’t really care. I might just be odd but I think it’s a little weird to fawn over people, sometimes it makes me really uncomfortable because those people have their own lives and whatnot, I want to respect their privacy as people. As for appreciation for their works, I just keep it at a distance but if they were there, I’d let them know.

4) Where do you from here-what’s next for you artistically?
Going to be honest again; I have no idea. Mostly I just go with the flow, challenge myself from time to time. Been thinking of taking up animation or 3D modeling on top of what I’m doing now.

Thank you Saphyre! See you on set soon!

Where do I get my steampunk western inspiration?

I get so much of my steampunk western inspiration from Pinterest and Etsy. Or maybe a bit of H.R. Giger.

Oh the talent of the craftsmen!


I love this train and it sparks my ideas for how to dress the train at Old Tucson studios!

Stay tuned for more updates on our Jael: A Western Tale Facebook page here

Steampunk Western wear not so good for summer

Just a quick note to keep you updated on all things Jael A Western Tale.


We are on a pause for production in June and will resume shortly.

This is a blessing in disguise because the entire state of Arizona is in a severe heat wave!

Steampunk western wear is not so good for summer!

Stay tuned for more details.

The Facebook page is updated daily and can be found here:

Film Bloggers wanted


Quick note to extend an invitation to film bloggers to visit the Jael: A Western Tale set in Old Tucson Studios for a review and interviews with our talent.


If you are a film blogger and would like to visit please follow these guidelines:

  1. DO NOT respond here-but do visit our Facebook page and message there:
  2. Please share your links for your film blog, provide your UVM stats, and your top 2 social media profiles.
  3. Be available on a date between June 14-17

Easy peasy! Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you!

Update: 18 days to go til Old Tucson Studios

Hi everyone,

Quick note to let you know our lead roles are cast and now I’m hiring on the background talent.

It’s 2-3 days, paid with meal and credit.



Thank you for supporting Jael: A Western Tale!

Please visit our Facebook page as it is updated daily!


ACTORS! TALENT! Please print and fill out an audition sheet to bring with you to the Saturday May 21 open call! It can be a time saver for you! (…and me!)
See you 10 a.m. at 901 N Hayden Rd Scottsdale 85257



I was trying to add these on the Facebook page and the formatting is so off and it’s not a separate tab, it’s just a note. So to help you be ready , there is an audition form and sides for most of the roles on this page.


A young lady in a desert town  lives by the land and work of her own hands. She cares for her aging mother and sibling since her father died long ago in an accident of il repute. In the small community that she lives in, Jael works hard, keeps her chin up and her life clean while trying to get ahead and provide for her family while also furthering her dreams of leaving to the city. The local sheriff has been rode hard and put away wet though his heart is good and keeps a watchful eye out for Jael and her family, while hiding a secret of his own. Times are hard and when a stranger, new in town, asks Jael for help, she does so, reluctantly, while wanting to go the second mile for someone and uphold her family legacy of charity, commitment, and kindness. Her big heart and good nature take a turn for the worse when the stranger has a deviant plan behind the simple request for help. Her mother is tired and broken while holding on to the dream that Jael will make it out of the one horse town. Jael’s older sister is promiscuous and trying to land a husband from any willing man in town to no avail. She doesn’t believe in Jael and her pure ways of upholding the law, the family name and working.  Will this be the end of Jael and her family? Will she be able to repay the debts of her father while also surviving this new tragedy? The town is divided. The family is breaking apart. The story of Jael is one of personal commitment, courage and the timeless principle of faith.


Sides for Jael, Leah, Naomi

A small wooden table in the center of the kitchen area. Clean, and worn that is set for three places. Modest plates with a touch of crack and wear on them are set with knife and fork.

Small glasses, chipped and used are set next to them and a pitcher of water half way filled rests in the center of the table.

Enter Leah, the older sister of Jael.


LEAH (sarcastically)
Something smells

Thank you. It’s the mesquite bean flower biscuits I made.
No. It’s horse.  (sideways mean glance to Jael)

No, It’s mesquite bean flower with a touch of honey.


No. It’s dirt, sweat, tack, horse,  tack and dirt.

(from off screen)
Does anyone want butter? I made some special last night.

No. It’s opportunity.

(calling out)

Did you wash up?
Off screen


Let’s eat. There is something I want to talk about.
Jael comes from outside to the table and joins her sister and mother. They hold hands and do a moment of silence to bless the food.
Oh what ever could it be, pray tell Mother?  (sarcastically)

Well, I think I may have found a buyer for the back forty of land and with that sale we can pay off your father’s debt and have a little set aside to move.

Pass the water please

Yes. Move


It’ll just follow us where ever we go.


No, it will be a fresh start.


The biscuits are delicious Momma.

How can moving solve anything? Change anything?


I made the butter from the cactus flower. That’s why it’s pink.

Yes honey. You did good. Now about moving


The only person who benefits from moving is you and you want to leave because you are embarrassed and ashamed and have nothing left here, or should I say, no one left here?


Moving could be good. Better soil. Stronger cattle stock. Maybe even office work?


The only way out of this is to leave now, leave it behind, and start again. Maybe even change our names? Sell all of the stock, leave the farm, leave everything. Forget this town. Even if it means a mighty long walk for a short drink of water.

Jael is looking sadly at her plate because leaving means  dreams come true while abandoning her roots.


Sides for Sheriff Jeremiah


Miss Naomi, Jael, this is Mrs Conrad, she is from back East. She and her family are traveling further west and were stopped here for repairs and supplies on their coach.


I know your face.


Jael, calm down

Sides for Myles & Millie

The General Store is a source of pride and hard work for them. A place where strangers can get a helping hand, those in need can get a small advance on goods and sometimes find work.


Did you get the canned goods inventory count? Don’t be sneaking beans!


How can I sneak anything with you always on my back, in my hair?


Kaw, last time I was in your hair it had rats and knots in it!



That’s because you chased me through the barn with a clown doll!

Both ladies laugh out loud as they count the inventory and care for their store.

Sides for Henry

The band changes songs and the new one is slow. Henry’s large hands envelope Jael’s small waist and they begin a clumsy two step.


I saw you riding yesterday. Does your horse need shoes? I can help with that?


Thank you for the offer. No Amos doesn’t.


OH. OK. Umm, do you need help with the fence? I thought I saw a brace down, might need mending.


No. No thank you.

Sides for Mrs Conrad

d, you have the floor


My husband and I were traveling through this town, and while on our way to the train station, we needed to stop for supplies for the journey, and just outside of town, that’s where this (motioning towards Jael) thing attacked us. We’ve missed the train to our future and now have to wait until the next west bound train arrives. The ticket change fee and inconvenience on our family waiting for us is tremendous.

Crowd gasps. Murmurs.

Open Casting Call May 21

Hi everybody,

Quick update to let you know of our upcoming open casting call!

Open Call for Jael: A Western Tale
Steampunk inspired Western film in Tucson Arizona
May 21, 2016 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Appointments are welcome – please DM on the Facebook page
The Office Pile
901 N. Hayden Rd
Scottsdale AZ 85257
Parking is on the north side of the building or adjacent shopping center
SAG and non SAG actors welcome
Horseback riding and marksmanship a plus.
Roles available:
Jael: 20 something+ years old,
Naomi: 55+ years old, Jael’s mother
Leah: 30 something years old, Jael’s sister
Sheriff Jeremiah: 50+ years or older
Mrs Conrad: 45+ years old, the villain
Stranger Man: 40’s, accomplice to Mrs Conrad
Thugs (4 total) the guys who do the dirty work, stunt experience/fight experience a plus
Henry: 25 something years old, interested in Jael, blacksmith in the town, beard a plus
Tobias: 25 something years old, sheriff in training, has crush on Jael
Bart: 30 something male, love interest of Leah
Clementine, Downs Syndrome, teenage girl
Myles, Native American, middle-age to senior
Millie; Native American, Clementine’s Mom, middle aged

My Lyle

Please bring your head shot and resume with you. Appointments are available. Sides will be posted on the events tab on the Facebook page.

Thank you and see you this Saturday!

Which house for Jael: Bunkhouse or Kansas Victorian?


Things are hoppin’ in the Jael camp and it’s time to pick a personal home for Jael!

Should she have the modest bunkhouse or the Kansas City styled Victorian?





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