A place for
Joe and Jason's
creative endeavors.

Screenplays | Video Productions | Probably More

Joseph Craig and Jason Rein have discovered that they make a pretty good creative team so they formed Atypical Tales, a repository to showcase their past, present, and future projects. So far they've knocked out three short videos (one of them award-winning) and two screenplays (both highly-regarded by readers).

Click or tap on the projects below to delve deeper.
(video projects are hosted on YouTube)
CargoA slave, the first mate, and a lone passenger with unscrupulous motives find themselves in deadly and historically-altering circumstances on a slave ship voyage.
Gene and Rodger: An Up Stairs Lounge StoryA chance meeting between a bar owner with ties to the French Quarter mafia and a young transient leads to the tragic fire of a gay night club in 1973 New Orleans.
Untitled Project
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The 78th Street Archaeological SiteOur award-winning video exploring the importance of archaeology within the context of an actual dig in the Mississippi flood plain.
Places for the Perished - A Brief History of
American Cemetery DesignA short video introducing the changing design and planning of American cemeteries over the last 150 years. Grave Situations - Descendants, Meet Your MakersLost cemeteries are found and broken family trees are mended using the expertise of a small group of historians, archaeologists, and scientists.
video video television pitch reel
Joe Craig is a professional archaeologist and historian with a keen interest in turning complicated historical events into interesting and compelling stories. Joe's love for cinema began in his teens as an usher in a Chicago movie house where he would sneak his friends only into those movies that he considered were good movies (apologies to General Cinema Corporation). An award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction stories and articles and a popular public speaker, Joe credits his Irish roots for his love of story-telling and being able to embellish a tale with funny details, poignant circumstances, and memorable characters.
Jason Rein has had a lifelong interest in filmmaking starting with the early discovery of an old Kodak Brownie 8mm movie camera then transitioning to the Super 8mm format where he experimented with various special effects while putting his friends through grueling filming sessions. Jason also enjoys dabbling in other facets of the arts such as animation, music, web, graphic design, and writing. His left noodle interests include computer programming, technology, science, mapping, and solving triangles. Jason later had a small stint as a Production Assistant in Hollywood, getting a feel for the industry and a drive to get projects into production.

Email the authors to inquire about our projects.