Covered Sun Films, LLC

About Us

Covered Sun Films was founded in April, 2016 to promote short films and projects written and produced by Wayne Cella and John Manning. The micro-short The Thing in the Basement was shot in June 2016 and A Dime A Dozen in December 2016, which was co-written by Roc Creel.

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. Talisman was completed in April 2019 and was an Official Selection of the STORIES Film Festival in Manhattan, where lead actor James Yoder won Best Performance by a male in a drama at the festival.

Season 1 of Talisman - The Series is currently in pre-production with the cast and crew already set. Production will begin in August.  Stay tuned here for updates and behind-the-scenes footage.

The Team

The People of Talisman

James Yoder


James is 20 years old and has a passion for acting. This is James’ first short film role, but he has previously worked in numerous stage productions including the lead role Katurian in the play “The Pillowman” at Northampton Community College. James also had a lead role in the music video for “Where Would We Be?” by recording artist, Rozes. James resides in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

Collin Roach


A seventeen year old actor from Freehold, New Jersey. Making his first appearance in an on screen production, Collin has worked on stage in productions of A Soldier’s Play and Christmas Carol.

Jack Ligenza


Jack Ligenza is a senior in high school and lives in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Jack is a veteran of a number of stage productions, including Footloose, Orphans and Hello, Dolly. Jack hopes to continue pursuing his dream of acting, including reprising his role as Connor in Talisman - The Series. 

Wayne F. Cella


Wayne has enjoyed writing since he was 15 years old. He has written several short films and web series, and is currently  finishing up pre-production of season 1 of Talisman - The Series. Wayne lives in Williamstown, New Jersey with his amazing husband, Nathan and their pug, Lily. Follow Wayne on Instagram @coveredsunfilms

John Manning


New Jersey born and bred, John Manning has a life long love of storytelling. He has written several short stories, a novel he swears he will one day finish, and a feature length screenplay, Chosen. He is one half of the Exit 4 podcast and takes great pride in collaborating on Talisman-The Series. John is happily married to his fabulous wife Michele.  They reside in Mantua with their dogs, Bruno and The Chief.

Danny Gevirtz

Producer/Director of Photography

Danny has shot numerous music videos including “Where Would We Be?” and “Halfway There” by recording artist Rozes. Danny also spends a lot of time in the athletics world doing work for Lululemon and Nike. Talisman was Danny’s first short film shoot. He resides in the Philadelphia area with his girlfriend and his fox red Labrador, Sansa. Follow Danny on Instagram @dannygevirtz