First time movie maker, writer, director and producer, Diana Riggs, has brought her entrepreneurial and creative skills, love of the beach, talent for writing, art and special effects together to create NOXIOUS.
Riggs has always achieved in the arts. At a young age, she was awarded her high school’s (Brooke High) outstanding art student award. She received her college’s (West Liberty State University, West Liberty, WV) outstanding women in her profession award, graduating with two four-year degrees. (Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Art and a Bachelor of Art Degree in Art education K-12)
In 1985 Received a Master’s in Business Degree (MBA) From the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio) with an emphasis on marketing and management and in 2005, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a PhD in Administrative and Policy Studies focusing on Entrepreneurial studies.
In 2014 Riggs formed limited liability corporation Diana Riggs LLC which developed products, licensed products and publications and expanded her talents to create and license a line of creative Halloween costumes for Forum Novelties in Long Island, New York.
In 2015 she took on the challenge of special effects makeup for her fictitious character, the Blonde Zombie, in the low budget movie, The Zombinator. Her special effects makeup was so outstanding that she was featured by the distributor on one of the DVD covers.
As the movie experience took off for Riggs, in 2012 she was hired as props and set designer where she put her management and construction skills to use for the movie America: Imagine: The World Without Her, a politically controversial film by Dinesh D’Souza. The two-week stint on set was the catalyst for her to create her own movie.
Noxious was filmed primarily at Serendipity on the Shore beachfront vacation home in Redington Shores, Florida that set the perfect back drop for her story.
Her Noxious proves to be an endeavor that was clearly a result of that entrepreneurial spirit that Riggs credits as a basis for her success in managing projects and bring ideas to fruition.
There were many roadblocks for the rookie filmmaker. Left with three huge hard drives of extraneous, unlabeled footage and some poorly shot video, she rose to the challenge by gathering a team of loyal and competent people to complete the movie.
Noxious was a three-year process from start to finish for Riggs. The first-time script writer, Riggs, credits her research ability and creative writing experience for the good results. Taking her cue from the legend George Romero, who always included a message of importance in his films, Riggs follows suit and pokes at important environmental issue in her movie.