About Us

Root and Branch Films is composed of a group of people who have a strong desire to express their creativity through film. Our team includes writers, cinematographers, editors, composers, graphic designers, actors, and directors. In short, our goal is to make quality films from start to finish.

The Team

Creative Collective

Kyle Marra

Writer, Actor, Producer

Brandon Berlew

Behind the Scenes, Grip

Lief Thomason

Cinematographer, Producer

Michell Hobbs

Cinematographer, Editor

James McTague

Writer

Meredith Hobbs

Composer

Ariel Santerelli

Actress, Makeup Artist, Costumer

Audra Thomason

Graphic Design, 1st Assistant Camera

Cameron Carollo

Boom Operator, Production Assistant

Greg Mys

Graphic Design

Justin Hendrix

Production Assistant

Benjamin Staley

Actor, Production Assistant

The Process

LEARNING BY DOING

THE SCRIPT

A STORY WORTH TELLING

Coming up with the right story can be a challenge.  One that usually requires a coffee shop, brainstorming, writing, and re-writing.  Who is our main character?  What motivates them?  What lesson do we want them to learn?  What trials should they face?  All of these questions get workshopped by our team of writers until we end up with a story that we believe is worth telling.

CASTING

THE EMBODIMENT OF A CHARACTER

Once a script is deemed production worthy, the casting process begins.  Finding the living embodiment of a character that has existed solely on paper can be a daunting task.  There are so many talented people in this world, all with unique take on bringing a character to life.  The search can be difficult, but in the end we get to work with so many amazing people doing what we love most!

Filming

WHERE IMAGINARY MEETS REALITY

Filming is a beautifully chaotic process filled with long days, little sleep, high stress, and loads of fun!  It’s where directors, camera operators, boom operators, set dressers, actors, writers, producers, and countless other people who are masters of their field come together to take the script and turn it into something that will resonate with audiences around the world.

Editing

PIECING TOGETHER THE PUZZLE

After the director yells, “That’s a wrap!”, the baton is then passed to teams of editors who will spend hours in front of a computer fueling themselves with coffee and energy drinks as they pick through countless shots and audio files, experiment with various cuts, and make the film look pretty.  During this process, the composer is also brought in to marry his or her score with the edited film.

Film Premier

THE LABOR OF LOVE

The film making process is a labor of love.  One filled with late nights spent problem solving, long days on set, and hours spent in the editing room.  The film premier is the culmination of that labor where all involved get the opportunity to enjoy the film that they poured so much of themselves into, and share it with audiences for the first time.

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If you’re interested in being involved in one of our future projects, or are looking for information regarding one of our previous releases, feel free to contact us!

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