“I have my bachelor of science and arts degree in film and television, and my focus has always be in production,” Richards said. “I study a lot about what goes into editing and preparation of special effects. It’s a passion of mine. I love doing it.”
The Thursday night event is a family-friendly teaser of the upcoming third annual Idaho Horror Film Festival. Richards promises attendees will walk away with greater insight into green screen/gray screen technology and how so-called "practical effects" differ from special effects.
“What I really like is getting the chance to explain something to people that don’t have the opportunity to learn about otherwise,” said Richards, adding the demonstrations get under way at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown library.
When she's not sharing secrets or helping to promote IHFF, Richards is writing and/or producing her own films—some of which are showcased at IHFF.
“I love to produce short films," she said. "One was only a minute-and-a-half long called Until Morning, about a guy that can’t get out of bed because he has a childhood fear that something is under his bed.”
The 2016 edition of IHFF is only one week away, running Thursday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 15.