A new type of thriller is coming for you with the release Antidote. Directed and written by Peter Duskloff and produced by Ashwin Yeni, Luis Mandiller and more, the thriller offers a new twist on an overdone trope.
Trapped in an underground medical facility, Sharyn (Yennie) is fighting a freedom struggle as patients are mutated and healed using a new experimental drug: the panacea. Bring thrill and intensity to 11, Antidote There is an experience you cannot miss. Antidote Is being released on 11 May 2021 on VOD & DVD from Un’corked Entertainment.
We talked to Yennie and Daskaloff about the film and their careers in Hollywood.
Ashlin Yeni (Actress / Producer)
Tell us about your filmmaking journey. What did you do before becoming an actor?
I grew up in a small town in Wyoming and originally, always wanted to be an actor. My first play was when I was four years old and I got the bug and it never went away. When I was 19 years old I went to attend NYCDA Conservatory in NYC. Which changed me as a person and an actor. I will always be grateful for the amazing training I have done in NYC, there really is nothing like it.
Which film inspired you to become an actor?
I don’t remember just one film inspiring me to be an actor but I like theater, dance and film from a very young age. I also loved to play. I was a shy kid, but becoming someone else gave me this boom, the belief that I was not normally there and the dance lost me in movement. I just like to dive into the characters and become someone else for a bit.
What are your current influences?
my daughter. She is one and a half years old. It is inspiring to see him grow and grow into a younger person. Everything is new to him, watching him chase a butterfly, picking clover in the grass, tasting something new. He is truly amazing. I really feel that I have become a better actor after giving birth to him. It changed me, I am more connected, more present, more selfless.
What is your experience with mentors? Would you recommend them to up and coming actors?
I had a mentor in NYC and I suggest anyone to know which area you are in. A lot can be said when you connect with yourself and the goals that you see. The guidance presented by him is invaluable.
Would you consider yourself an indie actress? If yes, do you think you will ever stop being an indie actress?
I would most definitely consider myself an indie actress. I love indie films so much, it’s challenging, not engaging or glamorous in any way, but it’s a fun ride to spend a few months with a crew of people and make art together. I will never stop doing indie films, a lot of great stories have been told.
You have been in many types of films. What attracted you AntidoteThe
I came to this project very late in the game. I had previously worked with DP, Lucas Patasi, before he suggested me for the role that his lead actress played the right role before starting the film.
He sent me the script and did not tell me anything about it, I read it blindly. It was intelligent and before it was scary I knew it would have mass audience appeal.
Wore many hats during you Antidote. How was that?
On the first set I was strictly just talent, but as we came forward in filming director Peter and I have a very good relationship and he would ask my opinion on things. I am also a bit mental about the continuity when making the film and I will make mental notes about everything, which came in very handy, especially so we shot this sequence.
I had a small production company a few years ago that made shorts and music videos, so I’m familiar with the production, but after taking on the role of principal we are taking more dive into the role of producer. I have found a new avenue that I really enjoy and I will build more projects in the near future.
What inspired your performance AntidoteThe
story; This is a serious mortality story that pretends to the rights and mistakes we make as a people, even though my character’s heart is in the right place. This is very reliable, because at some point in life almost every one of us is in a situation where our moral compass has failed.
How was your experience on set AntidoteThe
One word: INTENSE. I worked every day and am 90% into film. As an actor, you have to understand the responsibility of playing the lead role in any project. When under pressure, you have to be mentally and physically ready to do your best work as well as be emotionally independent. The film had more than the stunts I did, so it was a fun experience.
Talk us through your creative process.
Every role is different. Sometimes I find the voice of the character easily, because she can’t get away from herself, but sometimes I have to do more work to find her within myself. I am Meisner trained so I use that method while doing the most work.
What is your favorite part of acting?
Creating and viewing a project, moving from paper to screen. Playing with other actors and being inspired by the way they work and how different we all are. I think a crew is made up of artists with a goal, a great final art piece, lighting, shots, costumes, set design, makeup … to do it all. There really is nothing like being on set.
Which great artists inspire you?
Ohhh so many but off the top of my head…. Cate Blanchett, Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman…. The list is truly endless.
What have been your biggest successes and failures in your career?
I have a motto I love: “What you think is going to be your big break probably won’t happen and won’t go anywhere you think, so do your best work in all projects, treat them all Do the same. “
I have had many failures and certain wins, but I like to think of them all, whether good or bad, great experiences I love, building an art and developing as a person Occur.
Should any indie actor or filmmaker be on our radar?
My friend, Sam Gonzalez Jr. He directed me a little last year called Springfield three, Currently making its way around festivals. He is the one to keep an eye on your eyes.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Living in LA, raising my daughter and telling stories, as I am doing right now but with more experience and knowledge.
If any director can direct the story of your life, whom would you choose and why?
Amy Heckerling, because she would be able to capture that small town 90’s teenage girl, that’s what my life was growing up in Wyoming.
Do you have any episodic TV in the works?
I have a new Lifetime movie of the week, Killer cheerleader, Is coming out this summer.
What is coming next for you?
During this time, like most people, I have started making my own projects. My fiancé (Michael Matter) and I are writing together and there are some scripts in development that we hope to film in 2021.
Peter Daskaloff (Director / Writer)
Where was the concept for Antidote Come from?
In May 2018, I received an announcement for a horror screenplay competition, the grand prize was $ 1,000 and the deadline was two weeks. I had nothing better to do, so I wrote a screenplay and sent it.
The title was Bloodstained. It did not win, but I liked the concept of the story and it continued to evolve. Later many people wrote, the title changed. Facility, And then during the shoot, we changed it again Antidote. It is a story of relationships as a horror film.
How was it on set AntidoteThe What did you learn from experience?
This huge facility on our set was supposedly lined with countless rooms along the corridors of dark tunnels. The problem was that we could afford only a 5,000-square-foot warehouse.
So we built a long hallway, and kept remodeling it as actors moved around to make the reality of several different hallways in one big facility. Basically, what we learned on that set was that you don’t need a big budget to make things big.
Where did you start in filmmaking?
In 1993, I titled a low-budget T&A comedy Sex and Single Alien. It is a cheap and campy film that ran on HBO, then USA After Dark.
Talk us through your creative process.
It always starts with the script. I need to know how a story starts, and how it will end for a purpose. Once I have, I start filling in the middle, developing the characters, etc.
I like stories that make us doubt the reality of what is happening and give us insight into other possible places. It is fascinating how the human imagination works, craving symbolism and sometimes finding it under incredible circumstances.
What is the reaction Antidote Like for you?
So far, the response has been amazing. Of course, after the release of the film we will get full scope, but the initial response has been amazing.
What’s next for you on the dock?
As soon as the Kovids allow the situation, I am going to shoot a short film titled The diamond ring And then I have a feature film project titled the signature. This will be a big one. very big.