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Pass the Mustard FilmsBy Pass the Mustard Films
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Pass the Mustard FilmsBy Pass the Mustard Films
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About

Gone are the days where I could watch the same movie over and over and over again without getting tired of it.  Nowadays, I always crave something new, I can maybe rewatch a film once a year.  Maybe.  For instance, Pride and Prejudice is on a yearly rotation, but Rookie of the Year is on a every-five-year plan, really just depends on how much I love the movie.  But it's because of this incessant need for new material that my filter for trying out new films--many films I've never even heard of--has grown exponentially.  I'm currently sitting at about a 7% success rate of whether the grab bag movie I gave a try was worth the two hours of my time, or whether I should've just moved up the date for watching the fictional Cubs win the World Series again.   

Please excuse the science analogy here, but I judge films based on their potential energy as it converts to kinetic energy then back to potential.  A film's potential energy:  How's the setup?  Where's the character at in life?  Could they be built up?  Torn down?  Built up to be torn down?  And how is the followthrough with that potential?  How's the kinetic action play out?  Does it earn it's moments, it's ending?  Nothing hurts more than when I follow a story for an hour and forty minutes only to see the character left hanging off the cliff, not quite dead, but not quite alive either.  I am left feeling unsatisfied.  We expect (and need) to leave a film feeling like what happened was exactly what needed to happen, whether we saw it coming or not, whether the result was good or bad.  

I say all this because you've stumbled upon a group of filmmakers who love the story and love the characters.  We don't want to waste your time here, we only want to get our process started.  A Fox & A Squirrel is our first proposal to you.  It's a short film that will serve as a stand alone pitch for a later feature, and it's the first collaboration between a group of mid-Missouri filmmakers with over 15 years of filmmaking experience.  In it's entirety this live action short will be between 10-15 minutes, filmed this fall in and around the Columbia, Missouri area.   

Here's what caught us with this particular story--and it starts with the potential of the main character, Kyle.  Kyle is a single mother who works as a customer service agent for a cable company--headset, helpful attitude, the whole shebang.  However, that's not what she would like to be doing.  She's an artist, a cartoonist rather, at heart, but she's doing what she has to to provide for her son, for her passion for him far outweighs her passion for anything else.  But that doesn't stop that part of her from coming out.  In fact it's that side expressing itself that makes her days in a cubicle tolerable, no, more than tolerable, fun.  As she goes throughout her day, the people in her life become the characters in her bedtime stories to her son, Jay.  She being the squirrel, and her boss the fox.  

On this particular day, in this particular adventure, Mr. Fox has made it impossible for Kyle (the Squirrel) to attend her son's talent show that's supposed to take place that afternoon.  She gets help from some assorted mixed nuts--ehem, I mean friends and coworkers-- who outwit Mr. Fox so that they can get Kyle to that talent show.  It's a wonderful combination of real life and fantastical imagination, as only a mother in need of creative expression can do.  

So that's the story, that's what we're trying to make here.  When you partner with us, it's helping every stage of the process.  From principle photography--hiring crew, actors, equipment rentals-- to the editing room, to festivals.  We give you the promise of our best, as we are highly motivated to not only complete this film, but many others in the future.  So we aim to make a good impression.  Please consider supporting us, and please feel free to ask any questions you may have about us, or about the film.   Please allow us to introduce ourselves...

The Production Team

Jordan Lundy. Director/Producer.  Jordan has been a film industry professional for over ten years. He has worked on a variety of film, commercial, and television productions including projects with Lifetime, History Channel, and the WE tv.  With extensive work in all facets of production, with a large concentration in camera and lighting, Jordan prides himself on his ability to understand what each individual project needs and to apply his talents accordingly. His unique artistic vision and his aptitude to execute that vision makes him a valuable member of the team.

Jordan Lundy
Jordan Lundy

John Ney. Producer.  John loves movies. His degree is in business administration AND accounting AND computer information systems. He’s worked in multiple disciplines over the years, and was business manager for Statler Stitcher which was purchased by Gammill. He’s also been media director for Christian Chapel for the past 2 years. John’s interest in film led him to work here at PTM Films to be able to take part in telling good stories and spreading positive vibes.  

John Ney
John Ney

Erin Heatherman. Producer/Screenwriter.  Erin provides many of the the words behind the vision. Look! Here are her words now! ← words→ She graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in theatre and biology, and has been concentrating her work in screenwriting and producing since 2012. Her last screenplay, Worn Out Souls, was an official selection of the 2015 Garden State Film Festival, as well as the film By Bad Day’s End, which she produced in June of 2014. Erin is thrilled to be working with PTM Films, believes 100% in its vision (probably because she helped write it), and can't wait to see another script spring to life.   She also is apparently one of those people that writes about herself in the 3rd person ;)

Erin Heatherman
Erin Heatherman

___________________A Little About PTM Films___________________

 Pass the Mustard Films (or PTM for verbal efficiency) was started by Jordan, John, and Erin earlier this year.  We’re a group of filmmakers working in the Midwest to create positive stories that you’ll enjoy watching. The twists and turns of life send us down different roads, and our goal is to show the story of the journeys. Not everything always turns out like we think it will, and that's what makes our responses to what life throws at us worth exploration.  By careful selection of character driven projects, we strive to tell stories depicting how individuals grow and change through their encounters with a broken and pain-filled world, creating films with strong messages of hope, love, and redemption.

The three legs on this PTM tripod accidentally met last year, and upon meeting not-so-accidentally started working together.  And it's been a cool team to see come together, because we each have a very different skill set.   We've got film tech master of the universe Jordan, business savvy John, our official  brain behind the operation, and then me, Erin, who likes to just throw ideas into the universe for John and Jordan to make happen.  And while we've been at this awhile individually, it's much more exciting and rewarding to work collectively.

My final thought before I leave you is this:  PTM Films is always looking to connect with people with similar vision.  So if you've learned a little bit about us and you like what we're sayin, please don't hesitate to contact us through our website

All the artwork you see for A Fox & A Squirrel was created by the talented Walker Perkins. A big thanks to him from all of us at PTM Films! 

The First Drawings
The First Drawings
Step 2 to Step 8
Step 2 to Step 8

Risks and challenges

You are seriously witnessing the moment where Jordan, John, and I are running full speed ahead, leaping off a cliff. This is the first of our grand plan, so we're highly motivated to make it count. A Fox and A Squirrel is the execution of our vision: to create well produced films with positive messages while still being grounded in reality. Producing a short film well, namely this short film well, shows what we can achieve on our way to the goal of making feature length films. We want to earn trust and support, and we want to be able to keep making films together. Our team has been preparing for this project for over four months, making sure that though we are base jumping off that aforementioned metaphorical cliff, we are packed with everything we need to nail the landing and start running for the next one.

Read on if you need another jumping analogy.

I think it was Robin Williams's character in the television show "The Crazy Ones" that said 'leap and the net will appear'. What a good way to see life. Take the leap, trust the fall. In PTM's case though, our philosophy has been to carefully spend the time constructing the net, think about every possible kink in the plan, and THEN jump. That's our assurance to you--the hard work behind the vision.
So, in your case, take the leap, trust our net.

Thanks readers!

Erin H.

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