Short Summary(Assuming you've seen the pitch and teaser) Verona will blur the gender barriers together by featuring MMA style fights between men and women. It's a revenge story that subtly plays with various themes and damaged characters.
R Jay Molina – Co-writer/Director
R Jay has been studying film for six years and is currently a senior at Old Dominion University. His past credits include directing three short films. As well as directing he also wrote the scripts for If We’re Lucky, and One Last Moment, and co-wrote Possibilities. Verona will be his first big production style short film.
Emilie Bachmann – Co-writer
Emilie is on her third year studying stage acting at Shenandoah University. In the past she has worked with R Jay - starring in If We’re Lucky. Verona became her first writing project.
Liam Shermeyer - Producer
Liam and R Jay have known each other for four years. Liam has acted as producer for all three of R Jay’s films and played an integral part to R Jay’s creative process, acting as “the glue for it all”. Liam is currently studying at Northern Virginia Community College.
Jonathan Michael Punzi – Associate Producer
Punzi and R Jay have known each other for six years. He is currently studying Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He usually serves as the script doctor for every project and has creative input on the rough cuts of every film.
Joe Pipan - Cinematographer
Joe is studying communications at Mary Washington University. In addition to filming, he also is a photographer. Joe has worked on two short films, Possibilities and One Last Moment, but Verona will be his first big production.
Brandon Frowen - Composer
Brandon has been playing music for most of his life and is currently studying music at Northern Virginia Community College. Though Verona will be the first short film he has composed for, he has spent a few years in a band called Shadow Moses.
James Tonnessen - Composer
Also a part of the band Shadow Moses, James has spent the past few years producing electronic music. Verona will be the first time he has composed for a short film.
Kelsey Moran – Assistant Director
Studying technical theatre at Old Dominion University, this will be Kelsey’s first time working in film. Past projects in theatre have included stage managing, and assistant directing, most recently assistant stage managing for 8.
J.C. Nigh – Sound Designer
J.C. has worked with R Jay in the past, acting as sound designer on Possibilities. Currently studying technical theatre at Old Dominion University, he has recently acted as assistant lighting designer for Theatre Sucks and light board operator for 8.
Mathias Nace – Production Designer
Mathias is currently studying criminology and international studies at Old Dominion University. Though outside of his major, he has enjoyed working on film and worked with R Jay on Possibilities.
What We Need & What You Get
For this project to work we need the best equipment we can get our hands on. Your donation will go directly towards two new DSLRs that will handle our low-light settings. It will also go to a new editing computer that can process our lengthy short film. The rest will go towards craft services, set design, costumes & makeup.
We want you to be a big part of this production, and that means including you in on things that happen behind the scenes and getting exclusive merchandise, such as shirts, DVDs and autographed stills from the main fighters.
If we don't hit our exact mark, we should still have enough for the cameras, at which point we will use our creative guerilla skills to pull the rest off. The main goal behind this project is to give it a level of professionalism that should make more important people notice our work. We want this to be a feature length film someday. This short film is the first step.
The ImpactWhen you're donating to this project what you're really doing is showing an interest in expanding what kind of films you want see. This short film is the first step towards creating a feature film that viewers like you want to see in theatres someday. Your contribution says that you have a love of films, and we do too, and that brings us a little bit closer together.
Other Ways You Can Help
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Motion Art Collective