Behind the Scenes – Within the Shadows

Posted: October 18, 2011 in Student Films

Brandon Stiles as clown mafia leader “Joey Balloons”

Over the past few months, I have had the honor of working as co-producer on an the independent study, Within the Shadows. This film is directed by Grady Mass Media Arts student, Mark Willard, the 2011 Campus Movie Fest winner for UGA. Within the Shadows is an action-packed comedy about two boys who must rescue their friend Emma from the clown mafia using the guidance of a kooky blind ninja master.

This project has been a labor of love to say the least.  Co-Producer Amanda Wade and I spent days of pre-production scheduling, casting, filling out mountains of paperwork and keeping the the production on point. After weeks of planning, the real fun began. Filming began the first week of October.

Like every film, the production has had its challenges. With a shoe string budget, location choices are limited and you have to rely on the goodness of your cast and crew to show up to set everyday for no pay. Despite these obstacles, filming has been a blast. I highly recommend getting out there and working on student films. The more help they have, the better the finished product will be!

Andrea Skellie – Andrea is the Vice President of Filmmaking Union and senior Mass Media Arts major.       

*Edited by Meredith McKay

The clown mob in downtown Athens.

Director Mark Willard goes over lines with the cast.

Director of Photography, Mike Kljucaric, with actor, Cody Sanders.

The crew working hard on the playground!

  1. Jacqueezy says:

    Wow Andrea! This looks so great! Everyone of yall amaze me at what you can do with all this technology. I think it is so amazing to have an idea and then to have actors and a crew that can help make a vision become real. This was a great production, very hilarious, and hope to see more in the future! 🙂

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