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Behind the Scenes: The Making of "Skinwalker Island" in Citrus County

Skinwalker emerging from the swamps of Citrus County.  Filmaker Nick Tamposie films in Citrus County.
New Film Skinwalker Island set in Citrus county

Lights, camera, action! Production is well underway for "Skinwalker Island," the latest feature film being crafted right here in the heart of Citrus County by Dragonville Studios. Spearheaded by the dynamic duo Marianne and Nick Tamposi Jr., the same creative minds behind the acclaimed "Feral State," this new cinematic endeavor promises to captivate audiences with its gripping storyline and stunning visuals. But what goes on behind the scenes? Let's take a closer look at the dedicated individuals and the passion driving this local filmmaking journey.

Dragonville Studios: A Hub of Creativity

Dragonville Studios stands as a beacon of creativity and innovation in Citrus County, helmed by Marianne and Nick Tamposi Jr. Beyond their filmmaking ventures, the Tamposis also operate a modeling and talent agency, bridging the gap between Citrus County and the bustling streets of New York City. However, at the core of Dragonville Studios lies a noble mission: to provide employment opportunities for the talented individuals residing in Citrus County and its neighboring areas.

The Faces Behind the Scenes

Meet Sarah Forest, a professional makeup artist with a flair for bringing characters to life on the silver screen. Trained at the prestigious Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Sarah's passion for film led her to join the "Skinwalker Island" team. While she shies away from the spotlight, her artistic talents shine through in every frame of the movie.

Cady Klimas, on the other hand, brings a unique perspective to the set as a horseback rider turned set designer and prop master. Introduced to the world of filmmaking through her passion for equestrian sports, Cady's journey with Dragonville Studios has opened doors to a realm she never imagined. With each meticulously crafted prop and set piece, she adds her own touch of magic to the film.

The Journey of John Carlo: From Hollywood Actor to Citrus County Director

John Carlo's path to Citrus County is a tale of serendipity and artistic evolution. Starting out as an actor in the glitzy streets of Hollywood, Carlo soon found himself drawn to the art of storytelling. Transitioning from acting to screenwriting, he discovered his true calling behind the camera as a director. Now, as the director of "Skinwalker Island," Carlo's vision brings the film to life against the backdrop of Citrus County's scenic beauty.

Local Flavor: Citrus County as a Character

For the Tamposi duo, authenticity is key. They strive to infuse every frame of their films with the essence of Nature's Coast, showcasing the natural beauty and vibrant community of Citrus County. From sprawling exterior shots to intimate scenes set on their very own horse ranch spanning 32 acres, Citrus County serves as more than just a backdrop—it's a character in its own right.

Looking Ahead: A Grand Premiere in Citrus County

As production for "Skinwalker Island" unfolds, the Tamposis remain committed to their roots in Citrus County. While film festivals may offer global recognition, the duo has chosen to keep the premiere local, with plans for a grand opening right here in Citrus County. It's a testament to their dedication to the community and their belief in the talent it harbors.


As the cameras continue to roll and the cast and crew of "Skinwalker Island" bring their collective vision to life, Citrus County becomes more than just a filming location—it becomes a home for creativity and storytelling. With Dragonville Studios at the helm, the future of filmmaking in Citrus County shines brighter than ever before. So, stay tuned for the premiere, and get ready to embark on a cinematic journey unlike any other, right here in our own backyard.

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