Covered Sun Films was founded in April, 2016 to produce short films and projects written by Wayne Cella and John Manning. Two short films followed: the micro-short The Thing in the Basement in June 2016 and A Dime A Dozen in December 2016.
In January 2018, John and Wayne collaborated on a short Sci Fi/Action script called Talisman. With script in hand, Covered Sun Films turned their sights toward casting the project and shot the short in August 2018. After completion of filming, it was decided to spin Talisman off into a web series.
The Pilot episode of Talisman made its World Premiere in Manhattan at the STORIES Film Festival where James Yoder, who plays Ryan, took home Best Actor Honors and Talisman was named a Finalist.
In August 2019, the rest of the first season was shot in South Jersey. Philadelphia based Maestro Filmworks came on board to co-produce episodes 2 through 8. The series was released to the public on May 21, 2020 with a total run time 60 minutes.
To date, Talisman has received a total of 7 Festival selections, 16 nominations and 2 Wins (Best Actor – James Yoder and Best Science Fiction).
Covered Sun Films also produced 3 music videos and a series of community outreach videos in 2020/2021. The teen drama pilot Insignificant, was shot in August 2021. Insignificant was written by Wayne Cella, and John Manning & Collin Roach and stars Drew Margolis, Collin Roach, Emily Jayne, Keith Pichardo, Kylee Ann Agnello, Tricia Sullivan and Paul Forrest Quinn.
In August of 2021, writer/actor/musician and frequent collaborator, Collin Roach joined Covered Sun Films full time to help develop and produce projects for the studio. Roach appeared as Jimmy Gardner in Talisman, Anthony Marshall in Insignificant and has appeared in numerous stage productions, advertising campaigns and the trailer for Becky Albertalli’s book Kate in Waiting. Roach is also a musician and owns a record label called Y.E.S. Squad Media. Roach will focus on marketing and developing his own projects.