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.

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Nathaniel Kendrick is a longtime electrician on film and television sets. He often works as a gafer, which is the head of the electrial department. They are the ones who bring lighting to sets.

Nathaniel says it is important to remember all the unsung heroes who paved the way for other cast and crew members of color. He talked with host Kalena Boller about some of the early African American electricians he’s worked with in Georgia.

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Bolaji Bailey began working on sets in Georgia in the 1980s in the camera and electric departments. His son, Irie, followed in his dad’s footsteps as a grip. A grip is someone who builds and maintains the equipment for cameras. Bolaji and Irie have seen the state's film and teleivision industry change a lot. They talked with host Kalena Boller about how it's becoming more racially diverse.

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Two technical qualities matter most in a movie: how it looks and how it sounds.

Whit Norris has worked for years as a sound mixer in Georgia's film industry. He’s working on the third installment of the "Bad Boys" franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The movie is now shooting in Atlanta. Host Kalena Boller talked with Norris while he had some time off set.

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We start our second season of "The Credits" with an overview of how Georgia’s entertainment industry has become more inclusive.

The day before the Oscars, host Kalena Boller hosted a panel before a live audience at Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta. The timing couldn’t have been better. Georgia was well represented at the awards

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In the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards, predictions about who will win are usually running full tilt. This year, the guesses are about the show itself. The Academy that produces the awards has gone back and forth on a host, what categories will be presented during the live broadcast and whether all the best song nominees will perform.

Beth Ward, the TV, film and book editor for ArtsATL, and Kalena Boller, host of the GPB podcast "The Credits," both joined "On Second Thought" to share their predictions on which films will take home a golden statue this weekend. They also shared their ideas on performances they wish had been nominated, like Emily Blunt's role in the horror film, "A Quiet Place."

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On Sunday, the 2019 Oscars will honor the best films of the past year.

 

Atlanta and Georgia will be well represented in the nominations and on stage, with films like "Black Panther," "The Avengers" and "First Man" all receiving nominations after filming in the state.

 

 


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Location scout Jen Farris of Atlanta has her finger on the pulse of some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. That makes her a valuable addition to any production.

Her credits include HBO's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," BET's "Being Mary Jane," and FX’s "ATLANTA."

Jen told host Kalena Boller that she thinks of her job as a puzzle.


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If you see rows of trucks and traffic cones lining streets, they could signal new productions being filmed in Georgia. These projects, like HBO's upcoming comic book adaptation "Watchmen," contribute to Georgia's multi-billion dollar film industry.

 

Kalena Boller, host of GPB's "The Credits" podcast, joined "On Second Thought" to share her insider knowledge on new movies and television shows filmed in the state.


Terrell Sandefur

Terrell Sandefur has organized film festivals across the state in communities such as Atlanta, Rome, Columbus and Milledgeville. He even helped start the wildly popular Macon Film Festival, where he served as a film commissioner.

Sandefur tells host Kalena Boller about what it takes to make a film festival successful, and he shares his plans for spreading the word about Georgia's film industry at next month's Sundance Film Festival

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Location scout Jen Farris of Atlanta has her finger on the pulse of some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. That makes her a valuable addition to any production.

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On this show, we meet people who are jacks and jills of all trades in y’allywood.

One of those is Greg Waddle. He has several skills: camera operator, set dresser, art director. Being a true Renaissance movie man, he's also a key grip. This is a job many hear about, but barely understand. He talked with host Kalena Boller outside his warehouse in Atlanta.

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Golden Globe nominations have been announced, and several Georgia-based productions are in the running. The list came as a "Boycott Georgia" hashtag is being used by some film industry insiders. Some are protesting the victory of Brian Kemp, while others say they're concerned about the religious freedom bill the governor-elect expressed support for on the campaign trail. Opponents say the proposed legislation would discriminate against the LGBTQ community. 

 

GPB's "The Credits" podcast host Kalena Boller spoke to "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott about the controversial issue. 

 


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Most of the people on this show work behind the scenes, but that doesn't mean we avoid talking to the stars.

 

Nafessa Williams has only been acting a few years, but she’s already made quite a splash with her role in The CW’s "Black Lightning." Her character, Anissa Pierce, is the first black, lesbian superheroine to appear on a network show.

 

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Curtis Bonds Baker is like a fly on the wall in Georgia's film and television industry. He is a still photographer, who takes photos of the cast and crew on set.

 

His credits include a number of TV shows, such as FX’s "Atlanta,” MTV’s "Scream,” and Netflix's "Stranger Things." He told host Kalena Boller that a big part of his job is trying to remain invisible.

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Work on film and television projects come with risk. Stunt coordinators know that risk all too well. Elizabeth Davidovich has worked in stunts for more than a decade. Her credits include AMC's "The Walking Dead," in which she’s played ravenous walkers who have been killed off more times than she can count.

 

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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 Boller 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."

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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.