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 »
Short films are all the rage. 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. Allow us to help you out 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.
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 their 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.
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.
JT will teach you everything he's learned from his decade of raising financing for his short films and other projects. He will dive into how you can determine your budget and how you can include that information and other pertinent material in a pitch deck that stands out from the norm and attracts investors. He'll talk about the benefits of private funding vs. crowdfunding (he's done both) and how you can gain support from individuals and the crowd. And he'll dive into distribution strategies and recoupment planning so that you can clearly and concisely explain to your investors your grand vision of how they are not only going to make their money back, but turn a profit!
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
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every industry in the world, but perhaps none as harshly as that of live events. Whether it’s concerts, theaters, conferences, conventions, or anything in between, organizations built around bringing people together are scrambling to adapt in order to survive and continue their missions. Nowhere is this more true or evident than with film festivals. Film fests big and small have been grappling with large existential issues since the outbreak and have needed to find large scale and innovative changes to continue sharing films and championing artists in a now virtual setting. The landscape of film festivals has no doubt changed, but what exactly does this change look like and how permanent will this move to virtual be? How can festivals stay afloat and how should filmmakers be using festivals in this new era? In another FREE Stage 32 COVID-19 webinar, directors and programmers from Tribeca, Hollyshorts, Raindance, and Austin Film Festivals, as well as Stage 32’s very own Managing Director Amanda Toney will come together for an exclusive Q&A session where they’ll answer questions from the Stage 32 community about the state of film festivals and where they believe things are headed. They’ll address platforms and solutions available to film festivals (including Stage 32’s Screenings platform!), and will give their thoughts and advice to filmmakers on how to consider, approach and submit to festivals in this new virtual era. Bring your questions and prepare for a direct, upfront, and honest discussion.
"One of the most informative and educational experiences I have had. Ever." -Nancy G. 4-part class taught by Kenny Chaplin, DGA/DGC Assistant Director who has worked for filmmakers like Terrence Malik, Ang Lee, David Mamet and Ridley Scott! Available On Demand For You To Watch Instantly So you want to make a film but don’t know where to start. You’ve graduated with a film degree, but don’t know how to get your foot in the door. You’ve had the good fortune of being involved in a feature film that came to your community and you now have the ‘bug’. Or maybe you’re making a pivot in your life and want to switch to a more creative and exciting career. The film industry is BIG and there’s so much that goes into it. Without a larger understanding of how it all works, what all the different jobs do, and what sort of entry points you can find to begin your new career, it can naturally feel overwhelming to get started. We’ve luckily brought in the perfect person to assuage your fears and give you the tools you need to take the next step towards your filmmaking dreams. Kenny Chaplin is a long-time filmmaker, DGA & DGC assistant director, and all-around industry veteran with over sixteen years in the trenches of the Hollywood, working hand-in-hand with directors like David Mamet, Terrence Malick, Ang Lee, and Ridley Scott. He has 'wrangled' Dustin Hoffman, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Sean Penn, and Eva Longoria, and has worked on the films END OF DAYS, DUDE WHERE’S MY CAR, BODY OF LIES, RUNAWAY JURY, THE THIN RED LINE, and many more. In addition to his mountain of experience on large film sets, Kenny has also spent the better part of two decades presenting live seminars across North America and helping aspiring filmmakers see their worth and find their way in. Over four jam-packed sessions, Kenny will teach you the culture, protocol, and skills required to work and stand out within the highly competitive “below-the-line” departments of the film industry. He’ll explain how exactly a film is put together from pre-production on, what every role is on set, and how you can best find your way in. He’ll discuss practical and technical film set protocol, etiquette anyone should follow, and safety training you should expect. Through all this and more, Kenny will give you a comprehensive blueprint you can take with you as you begin your career in film. Gain the confidence, inspiration, and peace of mind to walk onto any film set with the know-how of a road weary veteran. Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class.Although Kenny is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all listeners to participate!. "Kenny Chaplin is a sharing and knowledgeable instructor, the blend of local talents with Kenny's direction made this one of the most informative and educational experiences I have had. Ever. The seminar was outstanding, many thanks for all the hard work and passion in creating this successful workshop." - Nancy G. "Although billed as entry level film industry training, it is in fact an excellent overall look at filmmaking on the studio level delivered by an experienced and engaging instructor. It is useful for everyone interested in entering the business in any position. I highly recommend Kenny Chaplin to provide basic training for emerging filmmakers in any jurisdiction." - Peg Owens, Idaho Film Office Commissioner
As a working actor, some of the best roles you can land are guest star roles for TV series. The money is good and it's an opportunity to become much more visible and have a lot more people see what you can do. Plus guest star roles give you invaluable experience working on a large and professional set. And landing guest star roles aren't just a fantasy; it's something you can actually achieve with the right preparation and understanding. You have to prepare quality reels, rehearse auditions and continuously study and improve your craft. Yet this is only half the battle. The second part of the actor’s journey is knowing how to maintain that trajectory of success after you’ve gotten the job. You need to know how to navigate the industry after you've gotten your foot in the door - so that door of opportunity does not close on you. There is a lot of information out there on the audition process for actors, but very little on how to actually do a good job once you're on set. If you're on your first guest star role, there's a lot you need to know to be successful. You want to make sure you perform well and that the cast and crew enjoy working with you so you can build your reputation and discover more roles. You want to make sure that your presence is a present to those around you. It isn't always easy making a good first impression on set but actors who accomplish this are able to secure more longevity in their careers. We’ll show you how to attain this same success. Maddie Corman is an award winning actor and writer who has guest starred on over 35 television series including all three LAW & ORDERs, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, and THE GOOD WIFE and has had recurring roles in recent shows like YOUNGER and MADAME SECRETARY. Maddie has also been featured as a series regular on MR. PRESIDENT, starring George C. Scott, ALL AMERICAN GIRL, and ALMOST THERE. Maddie is also a writer and director. Her short film HOW WAS YOUR DAY was selected by Tribeca Film Festival and her first full length play ACCIDENTLY BRAVE was produced by the Tony Award winning Daryl Roth (KINKY BOOTS, INDECENT), which had a critically acclaimed run and also won the Off Broadway Alliance award for best solo performance. Maddie has decades of experience finding work as a guest star on countless acclaimed series and knows better than most what it takes to find success in this way. Maddie will provide invaluable guidance and tools on how to land guest star roles on TV series and how to make a good impression on set so you can keep on finding more work. Maddie will show you her own reel to use as inspiration and how to properly prepare for a great audition from wardrobe to improvisation to cues. She will also teach you key specifics around auditioning such as what they are looking for, how to continue prepping while you are waiting, and tips on small talk when you first walk into the room. Maddie will also prepare you for all types of auditions whether in-person, over zoom, or self-tapped, provide you with unique advice on how what to do after booking the role, and how to act on set like how to read your call sheet, nail your blocking, and what to do when you’re not needed on set. Maddie is tremendously excited to share her infinite wealth of knowledge and expertise with the Stage 32 community.
While every writer dreams of finding a producer or network to finance his/her episodic series, most of us are not that lucky. However, that does not have to be the end of Your creative journey nor means a story doesn’t have an audience. This webinar will help empower storytellers and give them the knowledge and tools to circumvent the gatekeepers and create a successful short form series that can even make money. Award winning Indie writer/producer Caytha Jentis, the creator of the hit comedy series The Other F Word that stars Judy Gold and Steve Guttenberg and streams on Amazon, will share the secrets of her success on how she took an episodic concept and turned it into a top short form series that has reached over 1M viewers and has generated revenue and work for her. See more of Caytha's journey by clicking here.
This week the Writers' Room welcomes two very special guests into the Pitch Tank! Jason brings in Director of Development Rachel Crouch of Cold Iron Pictures, a production/financing company that most recently produced Being Frank starring comedian Jim Gaffigan and Anna Gunn. Previously Cold Iron produced Swiss Army Man starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, as well as Marielle Heller’s directorial debut The Diary of a Teenage Girl starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård, both of which premiered at Sundance. Previously Cold Iron releases also include Joseph Cedar’s political drama Norman starring Richard Gere which was released by Sony Pictures Classic, Don't Think Twice, and Lake Bell’s second film, I Do...Until I Don't.As a writer, Rachel has had articles published by The Mary Sue, TVGuide.com, EveryGeek.net, and co-founded the geek girl podcast and blog The Babes in the Woods. We are also joined by the Founder and CEO of Stage 32, Rich "RB" Botto. RB is a writer, producer, and actor himself, who is currently writing a biopic with a major company on board! During the Pitch Tank, Rachel, RB, and Jason give feedback on pitches a diverse set of project from members around the world!