While his movie is shown on a big screen at the Gateway Film Center, Meshach Malley might be peeking between his fingers.
“I’m scared,” Malley said. “I’ve been talking to the visual-effect guys, and I think I’m going to see all the flaws. I’m terrified but excited.”
His audience will undoubtedly be understanding — if they even notice anything amiss.
Malley, 16, and his cast of young filmmakers will watch their feature-length film, “The Red Crystal,” on Monday night during a public screening.
The home-schooled 11th-grader, who lives in Columbus and is taking classes at Columbus State Community College, began making films about seven years ago.
“We started out doing stop-motion animation stuff,” Malley said, “then we started doing live-action stuff, like ‘The Red Crystal.’”
He began developing the story for the film in 2013. The plot was based on a novel he had written about a boy on magical journey to save a fantasy land from destruction by an evil dictator.
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