Collin Roach Interview as Blink Twice Trailer Drops

Covered Sun Films and Y.E.S Entertainment teamed up to produce the Collin Roach penned Blink Twice in August. Roach, a long time collaborator with CSF wrote the short in the fall of 2021 and starred in and directed it.

Covered Sun sat down with Roach on the day the trailer for the short film was released. Today, the trailer is released to the general public via YouTube.

What was the inspiration for Blink Twice? The idea of the film really spawned from boredom. I wrote the initial short film script while I was in my hotel room on the set of another film. We were filming in Lancaster, PA so the city really shut down early each day. I’d go back to my hotel room with not much to do, so I just began writing the first idea that came to me. From there, I began to really shape in into something I felt was special, taking inspiration from films like Fincher’s Seven, The Batman, and Euphoria.

What does it mean to you to be a first time director? My passion for acting was really born off of filmmaking. I’ve been writing films since I was 15 years old, so to now be 20 years old and directing my first film brought me right back to the feelings I had as a teenager coming up with film ideas.

Why did you choose this project to be your first? I think this was the first one that made sense to begin with. I have the tendency to just get lost in the art of writing. I write what I think would be the best story, not really thinking about the logistics of making the film. Blink Twice takes place in such a grounded, realistic world, but carries action suspense in a way that can be done reasonably.

Tell us what it was like working with this cast and crew. There were very few people on the set that I haven’t worked with before, so I came in really just excited to make a film with friends, it felt like. Every single person stepped up in ways that I never could’ve imagined, and honestly there is no greater feeling than a group of people working together to create a film that you wrote.

What other projects are working on? I’m currently developing the idea of a Blink Twice mini series that follows the events of this film, as well as drafting a script for a whole new project that I look to make next.

When can we expect to see Blink Twice? The goal is to hold a premiere around the holidays, and try to have the film have a run at the festival Circuit.

Why should people watch it? I like to think of this film as one that’s truly made for the mind. At face value it’s a fun suspenseful action thriller, but the deeper you dive into the film, the more layers you peel open.

Blink Twice stars Collin Roach as Colson Turner, Emily Jayne as Zoey Montebello, Keith Pichardo as Devin Ayton, Emily Hughes as Lily Robbins, Ashley Sites as Becca and Damien Berger as Agent Royce Rollins.

Collin Roach is a writer/director/actor and musician known for his roles in Covered Sun’s series Talisman and insignificant. Roach has also appeared in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and the upcoming film Brave the Dark. Roach has also released several hip-hop and pop albums, with his latest being Back from Forever and Try Again Tomorrow.

To keep up with the latest information about the film and behind the scenes pictures and content, follow the film on Instagram @blinktwicefilm.

Talisman Arrives on Amazon Prime Video

Covered Sun’s award-winning series, Talisman has arrived for rental or purchase on Amazon Prime Video. Click to own or rent the series starring James Yoder, Collin Roach, Jack Ligenza, Matt Ingemi, Dan Berkey and Tricia Sullivan.

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insignificant Brings Home Best Director Honors at NJ Web Fest

Tricia Sullivan, Drew Margolis and Wayne Cella walk the red carpet at the New Jersey Webfest in Montclair, NJ at the World Premiere of insignificant.

For the second straight year, Covered Sun has brought home a Best Director Award from the NJ Web Fest. In 2021, Wayne Cella was honored as Best Director in a Sci-Fi or Fantasy Series. The 2022 edition of the festival saw Cella win for Best Director in a Drama.

“It’s a bit more complicated than that.” Cella said after the win. “Honestly, insignificant wouldn’t be what it is without Asha Brown, my associate director and Mark Nesbitt. So while I was the one nominated, it was definitely more of a team effort.”

Asha Brown, an award-winning Director in her own right, joined Cella as an Associate Director on insignificant episodes 1-6. Brown returned this past August and sat in the director’s chair for episodes 7 and 8, as well as a flashback sequence for the beginning of episode 1. Nesbitt, who headed up the audio department for episodes 1-6, later transitioned to Director of Photography for the same flashback sequence and episodes 7 and 8.

“Mark and Asha brought so much to this story. I couldn’t have asked for a better team. They shared their experience and talent to make insignificant what it is. So they definitely deserve a huge piece of this too!”

The New Jersey Web Fest was insignificant’s first festival selection and to date, is the only festival it’s been submitted to.

“New Jersey is home. And more than that, the New Jersey Web Fest always feels like home. We didn’t want the world premiere to be anywhere but someplace we’ve come to regard as a second home. It was awesome to get to have so many of the cast and crew come out and support the premiere and get to see their work on the big screen at the beautiful Clairidge Theater.” Cella said of the festival.

insignificant is late in post production and is expected to be released by year’s end. “Our hope is to get this story out there soon and then hopefully do the web fest circuit and see how that goes. We were very lucky to have Tanisha Porreca help us with season 1, but we’ll definitely need some additional help to pull off the season 2 we have planned. Hopefully we’ll find some folks who are interested in helping us produce as we move forward and continue to tell this story.”

insignificant to Make World Premiere at New Jersey Web Fest

Covered Sun Film’s latest project, insignificant, will make its world premiere at the 2022 edition of the New Jersey Web Fest.

The New Jersey Web Fest has made a name for itself by being a creator driven showcase of international projects and for its family like atmosphere.

Covered Sun’s previous series, Talisman, screened at the 2021 edition of the festival and was honored with Outstanding Sci-Fi Series and Best Director in a Sci-Fi or Fantasy awards.

“The New Jersey Web Fest is a top notch event put on by top notch people. We had so much fun and met great creators and people from all over the world. It’s definitely one of our favorite festivals.” series creator, Wayne Cella said.

Insignificant will screen among a block of content from creators from around the world at 12:30 PM on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at the Clairidge Theater in Montclair, NJ. Tickets are available for $25 per person.

The new series, which is a teen drama that chronicles the struggles of growing up in the 90s, is nominated for two awards at this year’s festival. Lead actor, Drew Margolis is nominated for Best Actor in a Drama and Wayne Cella is nominated for Best Director of a Drama.

The full season of insignificant is set to premiere later in 2022 or early 2023.

Insignificant Honored with 2 Nominations at NJ Web Fest

Just as the cast and crew were calling wrap on season 1 of insignificant, the pilot episode was honored with 2 major nominations at the New Jersey Web Festival.

Drew Margolis, an 18 year old actor from New Jersey was honored with a Best Actor in a Drama or Suspense nomination for his portrayal of Wes Connelly in Covered Sun’s upcoming series.

“Drew is a hard worker and put a lot into that role. I’m so excited to see him get this recognition for his performance. Of the 62 scenes we shot last year, Drew was in 44 of them. He really did some emotional heavy lifting. He definitely earned this!” Said writer/director Wayne Cella of Margolis.

In addition to the Best Acting nomination, insignificant was also nominated for Best Director for Wayne Cella.

“I have said it before and I’ll say it again: none of this happens without the vision, drive, and determination of Wayne. [He’s] put together an amazing team and made a lot of dreams of being involved in telling stories, including mine, come true.” Covered Sun co-founder, John Manning said recently.

“Making a film or a television show takes a village. None of this would have been possible without Nathan Minter, Tanisha Porreca, Asha Brown, Mark Nesbitt, Collin Roach, John Manning and the rest of the Covered Sun team. This story is very personal for me, so I’m honored to be nominated alongside some incredibly talented people.” Cella said.

The New Jersey Web Fest will take place in Montclair, New Jersey on September 22-25. The festival is among the best reviewed festivals in the world. Last year, Cella picked up Best Director in a Sci-Fi or Fantasy Series and Talisman won for Outstanding Sci-Fi Web Series.

For more information on the festival or how to see the world premiere of insignificant visit https://www.newjerseywebfest.com.

Covered Sun Drops Trailer for New Series, Insignificant

Covered Sun Films will resume production on its new series, Insignificant, in August. In the meantime, they have dropped a sneak peek trailer for the upcoming season of the web series.

Check the trailer out and stay tuned for more news and release information for Insignificant. Insignificant is a teen drama that shows the ups and downs of growing up in the 1990s.

The show is expected to be released in early 2023.

Covered Sun Films Inks Distribution Deal for Talisman

Talisman premiered on the Reveel Network on 5/27/22.

Talisman was released to YouTube in May of 2020, just as the world was settling into a new pandemic-induced normal. Now, the series will be finding a new home thanks to three recently signed distribution deals.

“We had a lot of plans for Talisman that we never really got a chance to follow through on because of the pandemic. We wound up playing 8 film festivals around the world, but only got to attend 3 in person because of restrictions. As our first festival worthy project, it was a bummer.” Talisman creator Wayne Cella said.

Along the festival circuit, Talisman was honored with some awards. James Yoder, who played Ryan Silva won a Best Actor award and the series took home a Finalist Laurel in New York and a Semifinalist Laurel in Los Angeles. Later, Talisman was nominated for 9 awards at the Asia Web Awards and took home the award for Best Science Fiction Series.

However, it was at the New Jersey Webfest, where Talisman took home Outstanding Science Fiction Series and Best Director in a Sci Fi or Fantasy Series awards, that things really took a turn.

“By the time we got to the New Jersey Webfest, Talisman had been out for a year and a half. We figured that would be the last festival we played and we’d go on about our business and onto the next thing.” Cella told us.

Instead, Covered Sun found itself fielding multiple offers to distribute the series.

“The New Jersey Webfest hooked us up with The Fantasy Network, which will be a perfect home for the series since it’s aimed at fantasy/Sci-Fi fans. But then another distribution company reached out to us. And then another. It was a wild turn of events for a series that we thought was in the rear view.”

Talisman debuted on the Reveel network on 5/27/22. Reveel is a free streaming network that can be found on Roku, Amazon FireTV, Apple TV or via app.

The series will next premiere on The Fantasy Network on July 1st with episodes 1-3. on July 8th, episodes 4&5 will debut, followed by episodes 6&7 on July 15th and episodes 8&9 on July 22.

In the meantime, Covered Sun Films continued to work with Select Services Films in Los Angeles to get the show onto other platforms. Talisman is now available for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video with another network on the horizon still. More details will be coming soon.

When asked if there was a possibility of Talisman returning for a second season, Cella said this. “There’s definitely been some interest in revisiting that. We have a couple other projects lined up first, but we have certainly been working on a story for season 2. We’ll have to see what the future holds.”

For now, check out Talisman on the Reveel Network or on Amazon Prime Video.

Production Set to Begin on Season 1 of Insignificant

Cast and crew of Covered Sun Films’ series Insignificant

Covered Sun Films will go ahead with season 1 of the teen drama web series Insignificant created by Wayne Cella and co-written by Cella, Collin Roach and John Manning.

“We filmed the pilot episode in August 2021. Now, we’ll get the family back together to tell more of this important story.” Series creator, Wayne Cella said recently. “We’ve put together an amazing cast and crew, so we’re excited to get back to work. It’ll be like a family reunion. In some cases, we haven’t seen each other since we wrapped last year. It will be special to get everyone back together.”

Insignificant will add some new faces to the story this time around and Covered Sun is currently busy casting those new characters. The series should release to the public sometime in early 2023.

Season 2 of the series has already been written and will film sometime in 2023.

“There is a lot of this story to tell. There was no way we were going to get what we wanted into a single season, so we’ll definitely be doing a second season, at the very least.” Cella said.

Production of Insignificant is set for early August this year.

Talisman Wins 2 Awards at the New Jersey Web Fest

Talisman made its final appearance at the highly regarded New Jersey Web Fest on Saturday, September 18, 2021. The New Jersey Web Fest is a Web Series World Cup Event and one of the best reviewed festivals in the world.

Talisman creator and director, Wayne Cella, addresses the NJ Web Fest where Talisman took home awards for Best Director in a Science Fiction or Fantasy Series and Outstanding Science Fiction Series.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a festival that had so much quality content. Every show was amazing and it was an honor just to be selected.” Talisman creator Wayne Cella said.

In addition to screening at the beautiful Vanguard Theater in Montclair, Talisman was also nominated for three awards at the festival. James Yoder, who played Ryan Silva, was nominated for Best Performance in a Science Fiction Series. Series creator Wayne Cella was nominated for Best Director in Science Fiction or Fantasy Series and finally, Talisman was nominated for Outstanding Science Fiction Series.

On Sunday evening, the New Jersey Web Fest held its annual Awards Gala at The Manor, a stunning venue in beautiful West Orange. Guests were treated to drinks, fine dining and a top notch event put on by the staff of The Manor and the amazing team behind the New Jersey Web Fest.

After dinner, the awards ceremony began, hosted by NJ Web Fest founder, Neem Basha. Talisman took home the award for Outstanding Science Fiction Series and Wayne Cella took home honors for Best Director in a Science Fiction or Fantasy Series.

“I am so lucky to have worked with the people I did. Everyone in this room knows that it takes a village to make anything…” Cella said during his acceptance speech for Outstanding Science Fiction Series. “It takes so much audacity sometimes to even get to a point where we’re able to make something. Congratulations to everyone here because you all had the balls to make something. Whether we win or we did not is of no consequence. Everyone is here because they created. So congratulations to everybody. Thank you so much!”

Talisman concluded its festival run with 8 selections, 20 nominations and 4 awards. The Covered Sun team couldn’t be prouder that the last run of Talisman Season 1 was in their home state of New Jersey at a truly creator focused and exceptional event.

Introducing the Cast of Insignificant

Covered Sun Films has completed casting for its upcoming teen drama pilot Insignificant, which is set to begin production in early August. Insignificant is set in the 90s and revolves around Wes Connelly, a 16 year old, and his friends as they each face their own struggles in dealing with love and friendship.

“At its heart, Insignificant is a story about relationships. More specifically, how those relationships affect and shape you when you’re young.” Wayne Cella, writer and director on the project recently shared.

Actor Drew Margolis will play Wes Connelly. Drew is a New Jersey native with a background in musical theater and a role in the short film There’s Something Wrong with Paul. Drew is excited about the role and can’t wait to tell this story.

Drew Margolis will play Wes Connelly in the forthcoming project Insignificant.

“It’s important to have actors who connect with the character and the story. Drew and I talked about the role before he even read for it, and something told me that he’d be perfect for it. And he is.” Cella said of the Margolis casting.

Playing Wes’s best friend, Miles, will be social media personality Keith Pichardo. Keith comes to Covered Sun all the way from his home state of Arizona. Keith recently wrapped another project and is ready to get to work. “Beautiful things happen when preparation meets opportunity. My role in Insignificant is a perfect example of that.” Keith said recently.

“Keith is an intriguing choice for us. We really felt like the message of Insignificant and the message that Keith puts out to his followers on social media aligned very well. When we learned that Keith wanted to act, it seemed like a perfect match. Keith is a bright and dedicated young man. He is as nice and genuine in real life as he portrays himself on social media. We’re very lucky to have him onboard.” said Wayne Cella of the casting.

Social media personality Keith Pichardo will play Miles.

Emily Jayne is a New Jersey based actress who will play Izzy Isler, another of Wes’s best friends. Emily has appeared in some commercials and has a long list of theatrical productions on her resume.

We asked Emily why she was drawn to Insignificant. “I am beyond excited to be a part of Insignificant, I think the story is really relatable to a lot of teens. Personally, the character of Izzy really speaks to me and I feel a deep connection with her, so getting to portray someone as free spirited and deeply caring as her is super exciting.”

Emily Jayne has been cast as Izzy Isler.

“Emily really seemed to cut through to the heart of Izzy in her audition. It was one of those moments where we knew we’d found the right person for the role.” Cella said of Emily.

Insignificant will also bring back some familiar faces to Covered Sun’s latest production.

“We need to have members of the LGBTQ+ community represented better in TV and movies. The beauty of this story is the authenticity. Having a real story told in a way that makes each character relatable no matter your gender, race, sexuality, or age is a beautiful thing and I’m happy to be apart of it!” Actor and Musician Collin Roach said of the upcoming project. Roach will play the character of Anthony Marshall in Insignificant, but is no stranger to working with Cella and his team. Roach starred as Jimmy Gardner in Covered Sun’s Award Winning web series, Talisman. Roach has also appeared in the book trailer for Kate In Waiting by writer Becky Albertalli and in a safe driving ad campaign for the Delaware Office of Highway Safety.

Collin Roach will star as Anthony Marshall and also helped write the pilot episode.

The cast will be anchored by Tricia Sullivan, who plays main character Wes’s mother. Tricia is another familiar face, having turned in an award nominated performance in Talisman as Virginia Silva. Opposite Tricia will be New York actor Paul Forrest Quinn who plays Wes’s father.

Tricia Sullivan and Paul Forrest Quinn are set to star as Helen and Ray Connelly.

Other cast members include Matt Ingemi, Alex Joseph Theis, Evan McCrane, Trish Leney, Jennifer Micofsky, Kylee Ann Agnello, Erica Soder and Jessica Gollin.

“This is by far the largest cast I’ve ever worked with.” Cella stated recently. “Every person on this cast is very talented and very excited to tell this story. Getting to know some and reconnecting with others has been all my pleasure. We think we have a story that people will connect to and relate to and we can’t wait to get to work.”

Top: Evan McCrane as Kevin, Bottom Left: Alex Joseph Theis as Tyler and Bottom Right: Kylee Ann Agnello as Dana Palmer

Insignificant begins production on a pilot episode on August 8, 2021. The Pilot episode was written by the team of Wayne Cella and John Manning & Collin Roach.

Covered Sun Films Starts Casting Process for Upcoming Project Insignificant

After a year of working on various music videos and community outreach projects, Covered Sun Films has set production dates for its new project, Insignificant.

Insignificant is a teen drama pilot that focuses on the character of Wes Connelly, a 16 year old whose world is about to be completely turned upside down. The series was created by Wayne Cella and the pilot episode was written by Wayne, John Manning and Collin Roach.

“This project will be completely different than Talisman. Insignificant is more of a study in what it’s like to try to find acceptance in your life as a teenager.” Writer and director Wayne Cella said recently. “I think Insignificant will have a little bit of something for everyone. I think just about anyone will be able to relate to at least one of these characters, if not all.”

Insignificant follows Wes, who has endured a trauma, as he navigates the twists and turns of life as a teen. Wes is surrounded by his dysfunctional parents and his best friends, Izzy and Miles.

“Miles is kind of the friend that everyone would want. He’s kind, supportive and funny. Izzy is more of a straight shooter who appears to have it all together, even though she’s got some skeletons in her closet. Much like any teenager, these characters all have something that they’re hiding or trying to work through.” Cella said. “I think as people, we all struggle with feeling like we’re insignificant from time to time.”

Covered Sun Films is in the early stages of casting the project with an eye toward production starting in August of 2021.

Talisman Garners 9 Nominations and Wins Best Science Fiction at the Asia Web Awards

Talisman was released on May 21, 2020 during a global pandemic. Needless to say, it hasn’t been a traditional year or festival season for films and series. Nonetheless, Talisman was announced as an Official Selection of the Asia Web Awards on November 21st.

The nomination ceremony was held on December 7th, and Covered Sun Films and Talisman were honored to pick up a total of 9 Nominations:

Best Special/Visual Effects

Best Editing (Wayne F. Cella)

Best Screenplay in a Sci-Fi, Thriller or Animation (Wayne F. Cella and John Manning)

Best Creator in an Action or Sci-Fi (Wayne F. Cella)

Best Director in a Thriller or Sci-Fi (Wayne F. Cella)

Best Ensemble Cast in a Thriller, Sci-Fi or Horror

Best Actress in an Action, Sci-Fi or Horror (Tricia Sullivan)

Best Science Fiction

Best Series (All Genres)

“Being nominated for anything is always an honor. I’m incredibly proud of the team and couldn’t be happier that their work is being recognized.” Series writer and Director Wayne Cella said of the nominations.

The Awards ceremony took place in Seoul, South Korea on December 12th and Talisman took home the award for Best Science Fiction. Covered Sun and the cast and crew of Talisman were honored to pick up the award.

“It couldn’t be more appropriate that Talisman won a team award.” Cella said after the win. “It literally took a team to make Talisman a reality. There’s no way it would have been possible without the efforts of every person on this incredibly talented cast and crew.”

“Seeing the work that went into this project and the love that everyone put into it, it’s amazing and an honor to see Talisman win an award such as this.” said Talisman star Collin Roach.

In addition to the Asia Web Awards, Talisman was also nominated at the Bilbao SeriesLand event in Bilbao, Spain, and The Web Series Festival Global in Hollywood. Talisman has also been an Official Selection at the Manahttan Rep’s STORIES Film Festival where star, James Yoder picked up Best Actor honors. Talisman has screened at Lift Off Global Network’s Online Extravaganza and is an Official Selection of 2021 New Jersey Web Fest.

Congratulations to the cast and crew!!!

Talisman snags SemiFinalist Laurel in Hollywood!

Talisman Season 1 was selected as a Semifinalist at the Web Series Festival Global in Hollywood, California.

Talisman was named a Semifinalist in the Web Series Festival Global in Hollywood. This is the first selection for Talisman as a series. The Pilot episode of Talisman was selected in a few festivals in 2019, with James Yoder taking home Best Actor Honors at Manhattan Rep’s STORIES Film Festival in Manhattan for his role as Ryan Silva.

The Web Series Festival Global is still planning the final details for their event as we grapple with a health crisis. We will keep you updated with more details as they become available. Hope to see you in Hollywood!

Talisman Season 1 Episode 1 – “Pilot”

Ryan struggles with the loss of his grandfather, while his mother, Virginia, offers him comfort and remembrance by giving Ryan his grandfather’s necklace. While Ryan and his friends Jimmy and Connor gather to watch a meteor shower in Pop’s honor, they venture into the woods to investigate a once in a lifetime occurrence. New enemies, familiar and strange, begin to reveal themselves.

Watch the rest of the series on Amazon Prime Video, The Reveel Network, or The Fantasy Network.

Talisman – The Series Season 1 Trailer and Premiere Date

It’s been a long time coming, but we are proud to announce that Talisman – The Series will premiere on Thursday, May 21, 2020 on the Covered Sun Films YouTube channel. Episodes will debut every Thursday at 8 PM EDT. We hope you enjoy the series and the tale of Ryan and his friends. For now, here is the Season 1 Trailer. Enjoy! See you on 5/21.

 

Talisman – The Series Season 1 Trailer