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Trilith Studios, Georgia Film Academy help 16-year-old create Make-A-Wish sci-fi film


Zach Breder is missing a right ventricle in his heart. He’s had more than 10 surgeries that have helped keep him alive into his teens, including one just six weeks ago. The 16-year-old Cartersville resident also happens to love filmmaking and had a vision to create a science fiction movie.

Make-A-Wish Georgia provides wishes for critically or chronically ailing children such as sending them to Disney World, providing an emotional support puppy or becoming a zookeeper for a day. But Zach’s wish is one of the most ambitious ones the organization has ever pulled off, working with Trilith Studios in Fayetteville (home to many a Marvel movie) and the Georgia Film Academy to make it happen. About 250 people are taking part in creating this film, which involves a full crew, special effects, sets and location shots, as well as postproduction.

The film, still unnamed, will be 15 minutes long and involves a six-day shoot with three days on the road. Zach shot scenes at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School in Fayetteville, a house on Trilith property and Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome. The other three days were on set at the Georgia Film Academy where full-time professionals worked side by side with students to make the film happen. See more at AJC.


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