JT Mollner is a feature film director with his latest film "Outlaws & Angels" becoming an official 2016 Sundance selection and released theatrically by MGM/Orion. Mollner's Writer/ Director credits include "The Red Room" (2008), "Henry John and the Little Bug" (2009), and "Sugartown" (2011); all 3 award winning shorts that played the festival circuit and have now been acquired by Shorts International for worldwide distribution -- a rarity in the world of short form cinema. JT has directed numerous commercials and music videos, most noteworthy being a spot for Lincoln MKS that aired during the Grammy Awards in 2011. In 2015, Mollner made an impact by presenting screen legend Dee Wallace (America's Mom) in the against-type role of a drug addicted, chain smoking bad girl in his 16mm short film "Flowers in December" - inspired by the gritty, "blue collar dramas" of the 1970's. His debut feature film, "Outlaws and Angels", Produced by Rosanne Korenberg (Half Nelson, Hard Candy) and Chris Ivan Cevic shoot in late 2015 and was based on his own original screenplay. It's has been described as a brutal, ultra-realistic home invasion drama set in the old west: Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs" meets "Lolita".JT is a proponent of celluloid image capture and has partnered with Kodak Motion Picture Film and Panavision on multiple projects.After winning multiple awards at Hollyshorts Film Festival, JT became a Jury member in 2012 and has remained ever since.Mollner's production company, "No Remake Pictures", is committed to injecting original, unique, and sometimes controversial stories into a market saturated with remakes and safe, formula fare. The company (an advocate of real film stock, and not digital) is a proponent of practical effects over CGI and VFX. Full Bio »
Not only are more and more film festivals accepting short films, but festivals dedicated to nothing but short films have become more popular than ever. Additionally, more managers, agents, and producers are looking to short films to find untapped talent and new ideas. So many successful filmmakers today, from Christopher Nolan to Damien Chazelle, have used short films as a calling card to showcase their skills and show the world that they were ready for the big time. But shooting a quality short film means raising some financing.
And for many, this can be challenging.
One thing that many creatives avoid when putting together a short film is everything that goes into the business end. From determining and compiling a true and realistic budget, to being able to tell your creative and financial story within a pitch deck, to thinking about a distribution strategy and recoupment plan well before shooting, there is so much to think about toward getting investors in your corner beyond the creative.
Allow us to help you by showing you everything you need to know so that you can attract investors looking to get behind you, your unique vision and your work.
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JT Molner knows a thing or two about raising funds for shorts and feature films. Although JT is a writer and director, he's been deep in the trenches in raising funds for his projects leaving no stoned unturned and nothing to chance. After raising financing for many successful shorts which caught the eyes of producers and talent, JT rolled up his sleeves and helped his producers raise financing for his first feature film, Outlaws and Angels, which was originally shot as a short film as proof of concept. The feature became an Official Selection at Sundance and was sold to Orion Films. He will teach you everything he's learned from his decade of raising financing for his short films and other projects.
And, as an added Bonus you'll receive a pitch deck from JT's film OUTLAWS AND ANGELS which started as a short film proof of concept, and went on to be made as a feature, being selected as an Official Selection at Sundance and selling to Orion films!
Holy clarity! I've made so many mistakes along the way. Every short film has seemed like a struggle not worth reliving and now I understand why. These wounds were self inflicted. Thank you, JT, for not only (kindly) setting things straight, but for opening my eyes. I can't wait to get started on my next project.
- Manford C.
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"My film was shot under $1MM, premiered at Sundance, sold to a major distributor and had a theatrical release. I will impart the wisdom I acquired along the way." - Writer/Director JT Mollner Testimonials "I loved it!" - Romina Schwedler "It was great to hear many sides of a situation and how to make the most difficult scenarios work. Thanks!" - Sindy Jeffrey "This webinar was a GREAT way to prep me for what's ahead. I have no delusions about the tough road on which I embark, but knowing some of the pitfalls will certainly help avoid them. Thank you for taking the time to share what you've learned." -Arial Burnz
One of the biggest challenges you’ll face as an actor or actress is learning lines for auditions, or even when you get onto set. It can be a real challenge to be among the few who are able to do so quickly. It can be the make or break for a booking, callback or avail. Luckily there are some techniques you can use to make memorizing easier and less daunting. The key to doing this is simple: you don’t have to be memorized 100 percent with the EXACT words on the page, its important to know the story, and the general idea of the script when auditioning for a project. When on set you’ll have to know it word for word. Many actors struggle with memorization due to time constraints, issues with vocabulary, long scripts, and just the general idea that it’s not that simple. However, do not let that stop you! We have amazing techniques to help you remember that script. Rachel Paulson has grown up in a family of Hollywood royalty. She and her sisters, Emmy-winner Sarah Paulson (AMERICAN CRIME STORY, OCEAN'S 8) and Liz Paulson (SVP of Casting for FOX) have worked together for decades to learn every aspect of the entertainment with much success. Rachel is the star of the series "DATING ZOE", the host of the video series Drink Responsibly with Rachel Paulson, and the co-host of the podcast Gay vs. Straight Bitches with One Tree Hill alum, Lindsey McKeon. She stars as the lead "Kate" in the LGBTQ drama film GOOD KISSER on Hulu. Rachel currently has a YA television series in development based on a true story, with Sarah Paulson attached to produce. Rachel specializes in Comedy and Drama Features and Television. Rachel will teach you a new way to think about memorizing lines and techniques and ideas that you can start using today to get off book (or off book enough) in no time. She will walk you through common misconceptions you may have about memorization (do you REALLY need to be 100% off book?) and share multiple approaches she's developed to help her get her lines down more quickly. Rachel will even go deeper by showing how these techniques and the art of memorization can be used to make the script your own. By the end of this webinar, you’ll walk away with more confidence to nail your next audition and your performance on set.
The landscape of distribution has shifted dramatically over recent years and continues to change in this post-pandemic world. While there are more places than ever to go to for distribution, there’s also more competition for your project to be noticed by distributors and, once distributed, for viewers to decide to watch your film over the other thousands at their fingertips. Moreover, with so many companies and services in this space, it can be difficult to determine which companies are actually on the up-and-up and which will treat your film with the respect it deserves. If you’re trying to get your film picked up right now or hope to have your feature project distributed in the future, the most important step is to understand what the landscape looks like today and what your options actually are. Let’s break it down for you. Kristin Harris is a seasoned entertainment executive who has spent the past 15 years in the independent distribution space. She has held key acquisition, development, and production roles at Starz Media, Overture Films, and Cinedigm Entertainment Group. Kristin currently serves as VP, Distribution and Acquisitions at Good Deed Entertainment, where she oversees all aspects of the company's distribution arm and manages the release slate, which includes EXTRA ORDINARY, JOURNEY’S END, Spirit Award Nominee, TO DUST, and the Academy Award nominated LOVING VINCENT. Kristin will teach you how film distribution currently works today, what options are currently available to you and your feature film, and how to best navigate this world to ultimately get people to watch your project. Making decisions regarding distribution for your film can be a daunting task, but Kristin is going to give you the most up-to-date and comprehensive breakdown of what distribution looks like today so you can be armed with facts and strategies when finding the best release strategy for your own film. Praise for Kristin "Very informative and have learned a great deal. Will definitely put to use for our Feature Film Projects. Thank you!" -Haskell A. "Very good practical information detailed enough to get the lay of the land on this topic."-James P. "Great info in a new age." -Mary M.
Learn directly from Heather Hale, Independent Film and TV Producer and Director who is vetted to pitch projects to NBC Universal and whose 50 hours of television have won Emmys, Tellys and Ace Awards as well as "Best New Series Pilot"! Our industry has changed dramatically - and it continues to evolve. This webinar will help you strategize how to find the best points of entry for your projects in the overlapping but distinct media marketplaces. Learn time-proven techniques and new resources to proactively brainstorm the right attachments and elements for your project. Learn how to identify, research and prioritize a finely honed hit list of marquis-value actors appropriate for not only the roles – but your budget and genre; bankable, "gettable" directors that will do justice to your project's sensibilities; legitimate financiers and distributors proficient in your niche and the brands that are eager to hit your target demographics. Figure out how to track them all down, strategize the best approaches to get on their radars and develop the kind of materials and pitches they will most likely respond to. Heather uses in-the-trenches humor, candor and real world examples to illuminate the many paths to getting a project up onto the big (or little) screen.
The Script Supervisor. It's a role not taught in film school, yet it might be the most important job on set. From saving your production days and money, to director's notes, to continuity, and more. Its a a great way for you to break into the industry as there is more opportunity for script supervisors right now all over the world than there are people who know how to do the job. See how you can tackle this vital role! Filmmaking is a collaborative experience. So imagine the incredible frustration of getting to the project's release... and seeing a coffee cup that's not supposed to be in a scene sitting on the screen! Script supervisors keep coffee cups out of shots, as well as ensuring there are no other continuity errors. But this is just the tip of the iceberg of what a script supervisor does. From pre-production through post, the script supervisor can bring clarity and help avoid costly mistakes that will sink your small budget film or incur expensive reshoots to bigger budget ones. But, if this is the job you want, or want to hire, how can you understand its importance without training? Stage 32's exclusive webinar will show you how. Rachel Atkinson has worked on countless film, television, and commercial productions, and she's ready to give you everything you need to learn to be a script supervisor. Her recent credits include Hulu's DOPESICK, Apple TV+'s SWAGGER, Showtime's HOMELAND, AMC's THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND and TURN: WASHINGTON'S SPIES. She's also worked on commercials with brands including Nike, Guitar Hero, and JC Penny. Every format has a nuanced version of script supervising duties, and Rachel will show you how to be a script supervisor in each. With so many years under her belt, there's no one better to teach you how to operate confidently in this role. In addition to her fantastic expertise, Rachel brings sample scripts, forms, and breakdowns for your hands-on practice! She'll also be available live for your questions. Can't make the live? This webinar will be accessible in your account for an entire year so that you can rewatch it to get the most out of this valuable knowledge!
The Stage 32 Writers’ Room has just surpassed a milestone achievement - 100 webcasts! For the last year and a half it has been the honor of Director of Script Services Jason Mirch to act as the humble host, guiding webcasts that include script and screenwriting breakdowns, virtual pitch sessions to industry professionals, one-on-one conversations with some of the biggest names in the business, and writing exercises that challenge our imaginations and sharpen our skills. The goal of the Writers’ Room has always been to give writers all over the world the support, access, and education to thrive in their craft and career. Our recent Writers' Room guests have included Oscar-nominated Pixar writer Meg LeFauve, Billion Dollar Producer Amy Baer, AKEELAH AND THE BEE Filmmaker Doug Atchison, Universal Pictures Executive Ken Korba, A QUIET PLACE development executive Linsday Schwartz, GREEN HORNET producer Bradley Gallo, and many more - all of whom spoke and interacted directly with our members. Several of our members have connected with each other and have swapped scripts, collaborated on projects, produced projects they have written, and writers have even been optioned by producers largely because of the Writers’ Room! The Writers' Room is strong because of the incredible members who are serious about their craft and advancing their careers. So we are turning the spotlight over to some of our talented Writers' Room members who will tell us how they broke out in a highly competitive industry and achieved success during this Stage 32 Writers' Room Member Success Spotlight webcast! During this webcast, Writer, Producer, Actor & Stage 32 CEO Rich "RB" Botto and Writer, Producer, and Director of Script Services Jason Mirch shine some light on members who have utilized the power of Stage 32 and the Writers' Room to achieve tremendous success in the industry and learn the secrets they have discovered for breaking out! During this webcast the panel includes: Screenwriter, Martin Reese, who received a $5,000 option agreement from Glass House Distribution and Trick Candle Productions for a script he developed with the help of the Writers' Room! Screenwriter, Chris Torres, who landed representation with Manager Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment after being a part of the Writers' Room and being connected for a meeting by Stage 32! Author and Screenwriter, Christi Corbett, who developed one of her novels into a screenplay which was then optioned by producer Brad Wilson of Higher Purpose Entertainment!Screenwriter and Filmmaker, Chaun Lee, who used the power of Stage 32 and the Writers' Room to develop a short film which she then produced using local crew and cast in Atlanta just prior to lockdown!