Tim's Travels: Movie Magic in Madison

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

We're giving you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at a full-length feature film shot right here in Madison. It all started earlier this year when a local woman discovered her calling as a filmmaker.

Corrina Crade founded her own production company (CradeMade Entertainment), enlisted the help of some dedicated films buffs and got to work.

For Crade, making movies can be exhausting.

“This is a crazy schedule usually film productions can take up to three months, we are condensing it into about two weeks,”

She's a Madison native and relatively new to film making.

“Honestly it's been really stressful, it's 18-hour days here,”

NBC 15 is peeling back the exterior on Oranges, Crade's first full-length feature.

“Well it's a mystery drama,”

The film has a lot of local flavor.

“I got an entire local crew, Madison talent, Madison crew,” said Crade.

But it also features several women in prominent roles.

“I'm the writer, producer, and I'm also acting in it,” said Crade.

Elen Santana is the director. She says making movies is her passion.

“The cast is amazing they are so talented,” said Santana. “It gives me goose bumps,”

The cast and crew of about 30 people are filming at a cabin in the woods just outside Madison.

“You just gather people with a lot of heart and passion and we were lucky enough to find the best people,” Crade said of her crew.

“The film has a lot of sort of magical and spiritual qualities,”

Jeanne T. Arrigo is an experienced actress.

“I play a great, earthy, artsy character name Willow,”

She says this script has a unique quality that sets it apart from other films.

“There's a different energy and just the story itself it has a lot of female focus and energy in it,” said Arrigo.

“This is an emotional script, I mean there's scenes that are very heavy and I think you can tell there's a little touch of a woman in some of those,” added Crade.

Under Crade's leadership, sleep may be hard to come by...

“I don't think any of us have slept more than six hours a night,” Crade admits.

But Oranges should flourish!

“This is what we wanna do for the rest of our lives, this is what we love, and we wouldn't wanna be anywhere else,”

Crade expects to enter Oranges into several film festivals next summer.

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