"We're Here Now" was filmed at a number of Dayton locations including the Dayton Visual Arts Center. CONTRIBUTED

What you should know about this comedy about a ‘nympho,’ writer and socialite filmed in Dayton

The Gem City is “co-star” in a web comedy series.

An original six-episode comedy web series titled “We’re Here Now” is currently being shown at film festivals and is also available on YouTube.

The comedy showcases local talent and businesses, said Chad Wyckoff, the co-owner and president of Sixteen 37 Productions.

South Park filmmaker Chad Wyckoff will begin shooting “We’re Here Now” in Dayton next month. (Contributed photo)

“We are really hoping that people love it,” said Wyckoff, who

also works in marketing/public relations for the Human Race Theatre Company. “We want people to know that there is so much to do here.”

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Everything in the series was filmed in Dayton. Locations include The Cannery, DVAC, Historic South Park, Trolley Stop in the Oregon District, Carillon Park and the Dayton Airport.

The series was filmed out-of-pocket in Dayton for under $15,000 over a 12-day period.

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The plot

Wyckoff stars as 30-something New York columnist and relationship adviser Chad Buchanan.

Buchanan takes a job in Dayton to escape his miserable life in Big Apple after a relationship falls apart on the night he is set to propose.

His two friends, socialite Jen Buckely (actress Caley Rose of Los Angeles) and “NY’s most eligible nympho” Gavin Fairmount (Gavin Eastlack of New York), come to town to rescue him from what they assume must be a nervous breakdown.

“All of these characters have issues that are not on the surface,” said Wyckoff, a South Park resident.

Wyckoff came up for the idea for his new series a few years ago.

“I usually write thrillers or suspense but I was thinking about three good New York friends of mine who are all from different walks of life, and decided to model three characters around them. I thought of what they would do if they were thrown into a Midwestern town, which was 180 degrees different than what they were used to.”

“It’s a little bit based on my experience coming here,” he said. “The other characters around the main character are based on real people, too.”

Originally from Kansas, Wyckoff came to Dayton after being burned out by life working in film in New York. His best friend lived here.

“The longer I stayed, the more I liked it,” he said. “I instantly saw great potential. I ended up falling in love with it.”

New York-based actor Gavin Eastlack will co-star as the “devastatingly handsome” playboy Gavin Fairmount in “We’re Here Now” from Sixteen 37 Productions. (Contributed photo)

New York actor and model Gavin Eastlack was flown in from New York; singer/songwriter/actress Caley Rose came from Los Angeles.

“Caley’s accessories were on loan to us and valued at more than two times what our budget was,” Wyckoff said. “You can see her carrying a $12,000 Hermes Birkin Bag throughout the series, which was on loan to us for the shoot.” 

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Los Angeles-based actress Caley Rose will co-star as Jen Buckely in “We’re Here Now” from Sixteen 37 Productions. (Contributed photo)

The challenge of creating a web series, Wyckoff said, is that “You are swimming in an ocean of competition with hundreds of millions of entertainers online because it’s free, and that makes it difficult.”

The film company Sixteen 37 Productions is based in Dayton.

About Sixteen 37 Productions

The company derives its name from 1637, the year his family came to the United States for the Netherlands.

“I couldn’t think of a name for my production company when I formed it,” he explains. “I went through several different names before I decided to name it after the year my family — the Wyckoff family — came to New York from the Netherlands when New York City was still named New Amsterdam. They came over in 1637. I spelled out “Sixteen” and kept the number 37. Our first home, which is now a museum, is one of the country’s oldest structures.” 

>> PHOTOS: Scenes from this movie being filmed in downtown Dayton 

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