writer/director/producer/tech and sound supervisor
Writer/director Sam Kellman has been storytelling for as long as he can remember. Over the years, he has pursued various avenues to tell these stories, mostly leaning into filmmaking and immersive entertainment as preferred mediums. He recently founded his indie production company, Inside the Box, in 2020.
His short films have screened at over 15 film festivals over the course of high school alone (including Seattle International Film Festival, All American High School Film Festival, NFFTY, WestFlix, and more), garnering over 30 individual awards and nominations. In 2021, he was honored to direct a TV bumper for Syfy's CHUCKY series.
He broke into immersive entertainment with his annual Halloween event, The Opechee Haunt, having put on 13 different experiences under the name, including TOUR, The Donnie Darko Experience, and Jack's Halloween JamBOOree. These experiences ranged from your more traditional walkthrough haunted houses to full immersive theatre shows and everything in between. The annual attraction was profiled in the 2018 documentary Epic Home Haunts, and has been covered by a multitude of media outlets, including LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Haunting.net, Westcoaster, and Hollywood Gothique, just to name a few. The event has also received praise from John Murdy and Michael Aiello of Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, and Criminal Minds star Matthew Gray Gubler.
Sam turns 20 this year, and Within Our Walls is his first venture into the "pro" world, orchestrating an event at a truly independent venue. It's extremely exciting, and he cannot wait for you to experience this waking nightmare for yourselves.
Sam Deetjen (He/Him) is a Los Angeles based actor and set designer. He currently attend Fordham Lincoln Center with a double major in acting and set design. He is very excited that he got to be a part of this project and help build and coordinate this amazing set!
art department lead
For better or worse, concept artist and art director Lily Omundson strives to bring audiences a “unique and bizzare experience unlike any other.” Based in Los Angeles, she studies the world of horror and is thrilled to be joining forces with Sam Kellman once again to bring one’s scariest fantasies to life.
Striving to get her hands on any storytelling-based job she can-- may that be art direction, storyboarding, prop designing, or set dressing-- Omundson loves to tell stories and create fantastical worlds through her work.
Besides studying at ArtCenter College of Design, Omundson’s obsession with creating the most bizarre creatures can be traced through her previous works: creating storyboards for a TV bumper-- directed by Sam Kellman-- for Syfy's Chucky series and in her background illustrations for Skye Wingo’s Little Vines Run!!!!
NYC-based multidisciplinary scenic production designer Andrew Morris prides himself in storytelling and artistic expression through the medium of the physical world. Born in Brooklyn to Costa Rican parents, he got into the entertainment industry by exploring technical direction and executing the construction of scenery at the esteemed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Arts. There he worked on technical direction for more than 15 productions, creating professional settings while managing high school curriculum. His associate design credits include productions of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Let The Right One In.
He’s currently two years through studying Scenic Production design in pursuit of a BFA at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. There he has worked creating props as the prop manager on Cinzano and designed The Rocky Horror Picture Show for Scotch n Soda theatre. He also has ventured into the creative development world by writing and directing his short play, Those Who Remain, for the Carnegie Mellon’s Playground original student work festival, in addition to designing an environmental art installation entitled “'Til Trash Do Us Part."