Kalena Boller

Host - The Credits

Kalena Boller hosts the GPB podcast, The Credits. In it, she meets the people who work behind the scenes in Georgia's multibillion dollar film industry, which now hosts the most feature-film productions in the world. After graduating from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Kalena moved to Atlanta and jumped right into the industry. Kalena got her first post-graduate on-set opportunity in June 2005 as an unpaid intern for a T-Payne music video. Kalena impressed the production staff so much that her unpaid internship turned into a paid Production Assistant gig on day one. Thirteen years later, Kalena has racked up over 40 credits to her name, and is one of the Southeast’s most trusted Locations Department crew members. Her other credits include AMC's The Walking Dead and FOX's Star. She just completed working on the feature film SEXTUPLETS, set to release on NETFLIX in 2019.

Ways to Connect

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You’ll find many people in the film and television industry who wear many hats. One of them is Taraja Ramsess. He has credits in the art and camera departments, and he does stunt work.

 

He met host Kalena Bioller in his workshop in Atlanta, where he was preparing set pieces for Netflix's "Stanger Things." Taraja discusses his career in Georgia’s diversifying film industry, and he talks about juggling the demands of parenthood and Y’allywood.

"The Credits"

Atlanta is nicknamed the "Hollywood of the South." Kalena Boller is an Atlanta-based location manager on major film and television projects. She decided to launch "The Credits" podcast, now on GPB, to tell the stories of the hardworking people who are are behind the cameras.


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Imagine that you have to be on a film or television set at 4 a.m. It can be grueling after working all day. Stephanie Morales is there to the rescue.

She runs a food truck on set for cast and crew in Georgia. She's being doing it for years. Morales believes in the healing quality of good food, a kind smile and a listening ear. She met host Kalena Boller on her food truck during production of the former ABC television show, "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World."

Qualen Bradley

Host Kalena Boller turns the spotlight on the recognizable but misunderstood job of the stand-in actor.

Two of them are Joel Ray Ishman and Qualen Bradley of Atlanta.

They discuss their experiences working on FX's "Atlanta," and the breakout Marvel Studios' film, "Black Panther." They also provide a glimpse  into the technical side of what being a stand-in actor means. 

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Have you ever watched a movie and wondered how it all comes together?

On my GPB podcast, "The Credits," we'll find out.

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"Black Lightning" follows a retired superhero who gets pulled back into crime fighting to protect his family and community.

Nafessa Williams plays the daughter of the titular superhero. Her character, Anissa Pierce, is the first black lesbian superhero to appear on a network show.

Kalena Boller, host of GPB's upcoming podcast "The Credits," spoke with Williams about her groundbreaking role.

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There are a lot of film and television projects being produced right now in Georgia. We get a rundown of some of what’s in production from Kalena Boller. She works as a location manager in Georgia’s film industry. She also gives us a preview of her upcoming GPB podcast, "The Credits." It focuses on the stories of the people who work behind the scenes.

 

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The Netflix movie "Candy Jar," which premiered last month, was filmed in Georgia. It stars Christina Hendricks and Helen Hunt. Candy Jar follows two high school debate champions focused on getting into college.

 

One person who worked behind the scenes of "Candy Jar" is Curtis Bonds Baker of Atlanta.

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This month, FX premiered the second season of its hit show, Atlanta. The series presents a very authentic and nuanced perspective of Atlanta -- especially its black community. That community is also well represented behind the scenes. The show is set in Atlanta and shot in Atlanta. 

This interview was recorded for the podcast, "The Credits."

Marvel Studios

Marvel’s Black Panther is now showing nationwide. It was partially filmed in Georgia. We met two of the people who worked behind the scenes.

 

These interviews were recorded for the podcast "The Credits." It's produced by Zero Mile Media.

  

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The third and final installment of the Pitch Perfect film series is out now in theaters. Pitch Perfect 3 was produced in Atlanta. On Second Thought regular Kalena Boller goes behind the scenes with Ryan Christopher Taylor of Marietta, who worked as a key assistant location manager on the film. 

This story was recorded for the podcast "The Credits." It's produced by Zero Mile Media.

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The mid-season finale of AMC’s "The Walking Dead" airs this Sunday. For eight seasons, Rick Grimes and his team of zombie hunters have been trying to protect humanity from those ravenous, undead monsters. The show is filmed here in Georgia, and the characters are only one part of the show’s success. Another big part: the props.

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Veterans Day is this weekend. We meet a veteran named Bradley Field, who works in the film industry. Among his credits: "Detroit," "Suicide Squad," and "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." On Second Thought regular Kalena Boller caught up with Bradley just after production wrapped in Atlanta on "Den of Thieves," which is out next year.

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The second season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” drops Friday. The Georgia-filmed show has a massive following, and the people behind the scenes play a vital role in this success. Taraja Ramsess is an on-set dresser for the show. He’s been part of Georgia's film and television industry for years.