‘The Rah-Rah of it all’
Mr. Garelick sat in American High’s gym near the end of a long day of filming, watching a scene emerge and reflecting on his own high school experience. Unsurprisingly, he adored it. He was a football player, a member of the school’s theater group, and class president while growing up in New City, New York. “I adored the Rah-Rah element of it all,” he explained.
He now gets to relive that sensation on a daily basis.
American High has the resources necessary to produce five films per year. Mr. Garelick and Mr. Phelps have also trained enough crew members to take over control of a production and focus on the next American High picture or other projects. (Mr. Garelick relocated to Hawaii recently to begin preproduction on the follow-up to Netflix’s “Murder Mystery.”)
What is weighing on Mr. Garelick at the moment is the magnitude of the beast he has produced.
“We both feel responsible for a large number of people, and it puts a lot of strain on us,” he explained. “However, it’s also extremely fulfilling.” He noted that things have gotten better over the last year as more production has moved to the area and his crew members have gained sufficient expertise to land positions on non-American High productions.
Additionally, their immersion in the world of R-rated teen comedies has honed their skills.
“We’ve become quite adept at identifying all of the talent in this age range and space,” Mr. Phelps explained. “We are familiar with all of the scripts going around since we have probably read them all.”