Kalena talks to Erica Young, Producer's Assistant. Erica details the multifaceted responsibilities that go into her work, charts her career path and future aspirations, and discusses the current industry climate in the wake of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements.
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Producer, Director of the Creative Conference for the Atlanta Film Festival and all around renaissance woman Linda Burns has seen and done it all. Having worked all aspects of production, Linda talks about the transformation from student to teacher and educates us on what it means to be a producer.
Joel and Qualen stop by to discuss their experiences working on ‘Atlanta’ and ‘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. What is the “stand-in back door”? Tune in and find out!
Kalena meets with Curtis Bonds Baker, a unit stills photographer. He documents moments that play out both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Curtis tells us about his career and his love for photography.
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Kalena heads to the workshop of Greg Waddle, a true film industry Renaissance Man. He's done it all. But he's currently working as a Grip, one of those mysterious job titles that rolls past at the end of the film. What does a Grip do? Listen in to find out...
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Locations Manager may not be the most glamorous job in film - the hours are long and the obstacles are many - but for Ryan Taylor, it's never a dull moment. And nothing feels better than turning a sleepy Atlanta suburb into an exact replica of Nice, France.
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Danny Gorbachov 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.
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Jessica Young likes things to be organized. As the APOC (Assistant Production Office Coordinator) that's exactly what she gets to do all day long. Whether it's making sure every aspect of production is prepped and ready to go or documenting every move made on set each day, she's on it. Maybe it's not the most glamorous role, but without it, nothing would get made.
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In honor of the launch of Stranger Things 2, we revisit the premiere episode of The Credits. Kalena meets Set Dresser Taraja Ramsess as he preps to start work on the Stranger Things set. Like many of the interviews you hear on The Credits, we learn that Taraja has more than one talent up his paint-covered sleeves.
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Bradley Field is relatively new to the film industry, coming to it after 12 years in the Army. But 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 differences of movies vs military.
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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.
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Stephanie Morales knows what makes people happy: home made grilled cheese sandwiches. She tells Kalena the secrets of running Craft Service and how to keep everybody on set happy and healthy.
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John explains the importance of "the walkie" to the work of a Second Assistant Director. Plus the value of a quick wit and a sharp brain. And we learn that he's not really anyone's assistant, despite the title. Huh.
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Marcia McIntyre came to Atlanta via Brooklyn. She started her film career as a receptionist at Lorne Michael's Broadway Video production studios. And from there she worked her way to Atlanta and up the production ladder to become travel coordinator. It's may not be where she wants to end up, but for now it suits her no-nonsense personality. Plus she doesn't get star struck - except for one surprising star.
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April Janow didn't go to school for accounting. In fact, she doesn't recommend it for her line of work. Detective school might be more appropriate. In this episode of The Credits podcast, Kalena and April discuss exactly what a production accountant does all day and the winding path that April took to become one of the best in the business.
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In this, the premiere episode of The Credits Podcast, we meet Set Dresser Taraja Ramsess. Like many of the interviews you'll hear on The Credits, we learn that Taraja has more than one talent up his paint-covered sleeves.
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