Meet Producer’s Assistant Erica Young! Ms. Young has made a dynamic and impactful career with credits such as the FOX Network series STAR, and the films Dirty Grandpa, and Avengers: Infinity War. She and Kalena talked about her career aspirations, as well as her thoughts on #MeToo and #TimesUp, two movements that have directly impacted many women working in the film and TV industry.
"I’ve worked with butterflies, penguins, dogs, maggots...pro-athletes, strippers, crack addicts...I’ve shot, stabbed and set people on fire...raced a NASCAR car down Peachtree Street, faked a hurricane evacuation in Miami...and taught Himalayan monks and grade-school kids how to make movies. I do film and I love it." - Linda Burns.
Atlanta native Jen Farris, Location Scout, gives us insight into what it means to scout locations for a living. She also talks about translating and materializing the vision of the screenwriter. Some of her latest credits include HBO's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, BET's Being Mary Jane, and ATLANTA, currently airing on FX.
Working Stand-Ins Joel Ray Ishman and Qualen Bradley stop by to discuss their experiences working on ‘Atlanta’ for FX and Marvel Studios' ‘Black Panther’, learning and navigating the set, building relationships and using your gifts to excel in your field. We also get a glimpse into the technical side of being a stand-in.
Kalena learns about the world of unit stills photographer with Curtis Bonds Baker, who has been busy on titles like the Amazon Prime series Lore, The Vault starring James Franco, and Scream: The TV Series...to name a few.
Kalena sat with Location Manager Ryan Taylor (Stan Against Evil: Season 2, Den of Thieves, Pitch Perfect 3) to talk about how he got his start in the business. Being in charge of every film location is pretty tough, but Ryan reveals how he came to love this often thankless position.
Kalena chats with Props Assistant Danny Gorbachov. Danny is most proud of his work when it goes unnoticed. As Props Assistant, his job is to make sure the objects in a movie look so natural, you look at the action, and not the props. His most recent work can be seen on season 2 of STAR and season 8 of The Walking Dead.
Bradley Field is relatively new to the film industry, coming to it after twelve years in the Army. However, his military training has served him well, allowing him to move from Security to Accounting in only a short time. He talks to Kalena about the similarities and difference of movies v. military.
Matthew Kelly Jackson talks about how the film industry is like a big family. And as with any family, it can be both good and bad. He and Kalena also talk about the ways the industry has changed in Atlanta in the past decade. And he reveals the secrets to the many rolls of colored tape the Second Assistant always carries around.
Kalena discusses the intricacies of being an Assistant Director with John Bonaccorse, who has been busy on titles like Stan Against Evil: Season 2, Stranger Things: Season 2 and, Valor for CW all premiering Fall 2017.
About The Credits
Popcorn kernels litter the floor. The lights rise. Moviegoers make their exits, though the screen is not yet dark. It's now a steady scrolling of names making their brief bows in black and white. But, who are they? Veteran location manager and production industry insider Kalena Boller created The Credits to put a face to the names that scroll by after the movies.
Weaving together engaging conversations with intriguing behind-the-scenes stories, The Credits turns the spotlight on each film crew member's pivotal, often thankless, role in creating the magic of on-screen entertainment Tune in for a new episode every other week.
We’ll see you after the movies!
The Credits was a production for Listen Up Audio in Atlanta, GA.
The show is produced by Sean Powers.
About the host
get to know kalena
Recently, Kalena visited the good people of The Atlanta Film Chat Podcast! Check out episode number 188 to hear her story.
Have you ever watched a movie and wondered how it all comes together? Kalena Boller has the answers. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Kalena is a veteran location manager for major motion pictures and TV shows and the host of “The Credits,” a fresh podcast that spotlights film and TV’s most talented production wizards. Kalena’s passion for the fascinating and secretive world of film making has been lifelong and deep-rooted. To Kalena, “making Hollywood magic in Y’allywood” is the stuff of dreams. Now, she’s ready to carry that magic over from the set to our ears. From music videos to feature films, Kalena’s behind-the-scenes stories span nearly 15 years. Lucky for us, she’s tapping into those untold stories on “The Credits.”
Kalena also moderated the podcasting panel at the 2018 Creative Conference of the Atlanta Film Festival. Listen to how Georgia podcasters, including Kalena, are uniquely poised at the intersection of media production and storytelling HERE!