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Testing Tugg with the Joffrey Movie

Friday, May 18th, 2012

As many of you know, we have been talking with Tugg Inc about getting our past films, Find Me, A Christmas Snow, and The Lamp into their system so that you can demand it at a local theater in your area and have a great event watching inspirational stories on the big screen. We are also hopefully going to be releasing our next film, Letting Go through Tugg as well.

Because of this, I wanted to test out the system first hand before we asked you (our awesome fans, friends, and family) to use it. So this June 19th at 7:30pm I am going to be hosting an event through Tugg to show Joffrey – Mavericks of Dance a documentary about the Joffrey Ballet. I’m still getting all the details set for this event, but I wanted to give those of you in the area a heads up to save the date to help us test out how Tugg works so that we can be all the more prepared for when we put our Trost Moving Pictures films into the system for you.

As soon as I have the event page and all the info where you can share and buy tickets to this event I’ll let you know. Thanks so much for all of your support and your desire to see Trost Moving Pictures films in your favorite theater. This event is the first step for us in that process.

Joe Jestus Producer of Marketing and Distribution at Trost Moving Pictures

Joe Jestus – PMD at Trost Moving Pictures

Bring a TMP Movie to Your Local Theater

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Tugg Inc LogoThere is still nothing like sitting in a dark room with a great story unfolding in front of you on a giant screen with incredible sound. No, not your living room after the kids are in bed. The Cinema, the theater, the Big Screen! As those of you who have followed us at Trost Moving Pictures for a while know, we have chosen not to release our films on the big screen for various reasons, one of them being financial. Many times films find themselves or their investors in a financial hole after trying to make it on the silver screen and we would just rather not do that to ourselves or an investor. But, thankfully with advances in technology and the ability for film studios like ourselves to interact with audiences (that’s you) this is changing.

This week I (Joe Jestus – PMD at TMP) had the privilege to speak with Tugg Inc about their new platform and service that I personally feel is going to be a game changer for independent filmmakers (with good content) and the audiences that love them. I also feel it’s going to be a great service to theaters as well for the reason I am about to tell you.

Tugg works with content providers, theaters, and promoters (this could be you). They take films from content providers and find screens from theater owners, and give promoters the opportunity to bring their favorite film to their favorite screen. So for example you could go on Tugg at some point in the future and find The Lamp or A Christmas Snow because you love them so much and say, “I want to bring A Christmas Snow to a theater in my town this Christmas and invite everyone I know.” So you go on and become a promoter for A Christmas Snow and you pick a theater in your town on a set day and time. Tugg will tell you what amount of tickets at the price you pick you need to sell before the event can happen. If you hit this amount of tickets, usually around 50 at $10 a piece the event is on and everyone’s credit cards are charged on the day of the event and they all get emailed tickets to bring to the event. If you don’t hit the minimum, no event and no one pays. It’s sort of like Kickstarter that way.

So why is it so great for content providers like us and theaters? Because of this minimum, we are both guaranteed a minimum payment from the event. Many times for content providers they are actually losing money when a movie shows and the same for theaters if no one shows up. This changes that. So why is it so great for the audience? Because, you get to see the films you want to see, on the screen you want to see them, when you want to see them. It’s almost as if the local big screen becomes your own personal theater. How cool is that? I think it’s really cool. No more avoiding the theater because the inspirational family friendly movies you want to see aren’t there.

So as you can tell, award-winning director Tracy J Trost and all of us at Trost Moving Pictures are excited about Tugg and the opportunity it provides us. What we need to know now is, who is interested in bringing The Lamp or A Christmas Snow to their local theater? If that’s you, please leave a comment below and let us know what city and state you want to bring it to. If we get enough interest, we’ll move forward on this.

Oh, I almost forgot, to tell you about another benefit for those who become promoters. You can earn 5% of the sales for being a promoter. That’s what I call the icing on the cake.

No matter what we decide to do with A Christmas Snow and The Lamp, we are looking forward to working with Tugg on our next film, Letting Go. So get ready for more information on how you will be able to be a part of that theatrical launch for Letting Go because it’s going to be exciting!

So remember, if you want to bring A Christmas Snow or The Lamp to a theater in your town for your friends and family, business clients, church, or organization, leave a comment below with the city and state you want to bring it to.

With a Great Excitement for the Future,

Joe Jestus Producer of Marketing and Distribution at Trost Moving Pictures

Joe Jestus – PMD at Trost Moving Pictures

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About Trost Moving Pictures: TMP Studios is an independent film production company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have three award winning films including, Find Me, A Christmas Snow, which stars Catherine Mary Stewart (The Last Starfighter), Muse Watson (Prison Break, NCIS), Anthony Tyler Quinn (No Greater Love, Boy Meets Girl), and Cameron ten Napel (Cool Dog, The Lamp), and The Lamp, which stars Jason London (Dazed and Confused), Meredith Salenger (Lake Placid), L Scott Caldwell (Lost), Sarah Brown (Days of Our Lives), Cameron ten Napel (A Christmas Snow), Muse Watson (NCIS), and Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and A Gentleman).

They are actively pursuing exciting projects in the entertainment industry, including their current stage adaption A Christmas Snow LIVE! in Branson, Missouri at the Starlite Theatre and their fourth feature film, Letting Go, the first film in their Raw Talent Project series of films.

What’s Your Perfect Last Day?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

(Photo courtesy of Annie Bannanie 06 on Flickr)

Steve Jobs and Your Last Day

When Steve Jobs passed away last October, I have to admit as an Apple fan boy I was deeply impacted. Not that I had ever met the man but just as my good friend Tracy Trost said in his podcast, The Wisdom of Steve Jobs his vision allowed us to live our dreams.

As I made my way through the various quotes, audio recordings, and videos of Steve that made their way around the internet in the weeks that followed his death, I couldn’t help but be inspired. One quote in particular hit home that I found on author and speaker Chuck Balsamo’s site entitled, Steve Jobs – “If today were the last day of my life…” where he quotes Steve as saying:

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like, “If you live each day as if it were your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.”

It made an impression on me… and since then, for the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today.”

And whenever the answer has been, “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Wow! It begs the question, “Are you doing what you want to do on the last day of your life today?” Better yet, what does your perfect last day look like?

A Word of Caution

I know many of you reading this might find yourselves in jobs or relationships that you would rather not be in on your last day, but I think your perspective on that might change if you truly lived as if it was your last day. Many of the things that seem like big deals in the day to day routine of life seem to shrink away with the thought of our impending demise.

Further, I would venture to say that our lives might be better spent asking ourselves what we can do in these less than desirable situations to make them better. Rather than be victims and blame all of our woes on others, it is always better to look instead at the power that is given to each one of us to make our lives and the lives around us better. What can you do differently today to affect the situations you are in for the better so that maybe someday they would actually become things you would want to do even if it was your last day.

Sometimes Change is Needed

That said, sometimes change is needed. As Steve Jobs said, “whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” If there is something you are passionate about and instead of doing it on a daily basis you are simply working for a paycheck, start making plans now to change that. If you are in a relationship, talk to your spouse or significant other and get their advice, share your passion with them and see what you can do together to make the change possible. Tracy’s co-host on his podcast, Cliff Ravenscraft worked for years in the insurance business, but his passion was quickly being realized to help and inspire people to attain their dreams and he saw the best way of doing that to be through podcasting. While he liked the safety of his job, his passion was calling louder and louder each day. He and his wife made plans so that he could make the change and although it wasn’t always easy, he wouldn’t change a thing.

Who is Influencing You?

Sometimes we need to take a look at who we are spending our time with as well, because you will become like those whom you most closely associate. If you are finding that the people in your life aren’t going the places you are looking to go or doing the things you want to do, it might be time to add some new influences to your life. I’m not saying to go out and cut off all of your current friends, but you might find that they may not want to go where you want to go and there may be a natural progression of your time together growing less and less. In my personal opinion I think it’s best to keep reaching out to those friends you currently have as you never know what the future holds, but just as many of us don’t hang out with our elementary school friends anymore, time and people change and that’s okay.

Will You Serve Yourself or Others

Unfortunately, many people who think about what they will do on their last day picture themselves in various indulgences. But I think there is a big difference between doing things we enjoy and doing things to serve ourselves. I’ve heard it said if you enjoy doing what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. So doing things we enjoy isn’t a problem, but doing those things that we want at the expense of those things that others need is. Do you see your last day by yourself or are you showering your love on those closest to you? Are you looking for sympathy or are you inspiring others? What does your perfect last day look like?

What Will You Commit Too?

It’s one thing to think about today being your last day, it’s quite another to act like it. Here are three things you need to do to take action on this:

  1. Write it down. What do you want to be doing on your last day?
  2. Get together with those who need to be included in your plans and find others who you believe can bring wisdom into your life and get their input as well.
  3. Start taking steps. Wether it be changing you, changing your circumstances, or adding in new influences, start doing it.

As you start transforming your day into a day that you would be satisfied with if it was your last, remember that sooner or later it will be.

Enjoy Life and let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Joe Jestus, Trost Moving Pictures

About Joe Jestus: Joe is the husband of his lovely wife Julie for the past 11 years and the father of 4 amazing children. He also happens to be the Producer of Marketing and Distribution at Trost Moving Pictures (pronounced like “toast” with an “r”) an independent studio based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and dedicated to telling great stories that leave a positive impact through film, books, music, podcasts, shows, and more.

Nine Projects for 2012

Friday, March 9th, 2012
Just Believe

With 9 Projects, We Definitely Believe!

Nine projects including family movies, inspirational books, live events that will change your life, a powerful play on forgiveness, and more is what we have in store for our Trost Moving Pictures family and friends this year. Are you ready?

At Trost Moving Pictures we believe in pushing ourselves and facing our fears, after all we were founded by director Tracy J Trost on a dare to follow his dreams. (You can read that story here.) So this week when I posted that we were working on 6 projects over on our Facebook page, that seemed crazy.

Then I had to update it because I had forgotten one and it looked like we had 7 projects on the stove here and that seemed even crazier. So I guess now that I remembered two more we must be certifiably insane with 9 projects here in the works. As all our fans suggested, we’re doing our best to remember to relax.

So what are all of these projects we are working on? Well, we can’t tell you about all of them, but we can tell you about most of them.


Let’s start with the book director Tracy J Trost is working on. As he mentioned in The Successful Life Mindset Episode 26 he’s had an idea for a 30 day guide to changing your life that focuses on the steps he used to accomplish his dream of becoming a director. He’s currently writing the book now and hopefully we’ll have more info soon. Be sure to follow Tracy on Facebook and Twitter to get updates from him on this and other projects throughout the week.That’s one!

Live Events

Next, let’s look at our live events. In just about a month the Trost Moving Pictures crew is heading to New York City to work with the Center for Creative Media and it’s leader Doug Rittenhouse to broadcast an Acquire the Fire event on to over 200 countries around the world. The great thing about this event is we bring a crew of industry professionals and they work alongside young kids learning the trade from the Center for Creative Media who are getting hands on training in television broadcast. It’s definitely an adventure.

The next live event we are working on is the One Nation One Day event with Dominic Russo ministries for July 2013. Tracy talked about this event a little bit in the Director’s Diary 2012 Episode 9 and you can learn more about it at It’s a monumental event and is going to definitely push us all past our comfort zones, but it could has a huge potential to impact people’s lives positively and as you know, that’s what we are all about here at Trost Moving Pictures.

The final live event we are working on is still in the development stage but we are going to Branson next week to meet with some more people about moving it forward and hopefully we’ll be able to share more with you soon. That’s 2 – 4!

Family Movies

Now lets move on to our inspirational family friendly movie projects. As most of you know we are working on a project called Then & Now, which is a romantic comedy based on a book that is yet to be published by bestselling author Jim Stovall. This is a pretty big project and we are moving forward with hopes to get it into production this year or next year. Tracy talks about in the Director’s Diary 2012 Episode 2.

Our next film project, Tracy mentioned in the Director’s Diary 2012 Episode 8 when he talked about his meeting with New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews. This project is based on Andy’s book The Lost Choice and we are just in the early stages on this one which is sure to be one of the biggest projects Trost Moving Pictures has taken on yet. If you haven’t read Andy’s book The Lost Choice yet, you should get it today so you can see what we’re looking at. It’s on Amazon here The Lost Choice.

The next two family movie projects we are working on are still in the development stage and we can’t share too much about them, but one of them could go into production this year still. That one has to do with adoption again and I am personally really excited about the project and the good that it can be used for. The other project will take some time to develop and Tracy is very excited about this one as well. I can tell you that both of these stories are based on real life events. So that’s 5-8!

The Stage

The final project that we are working on is of course A Christmas Snow Live! which is coming back to the Starlite Theatre for a second season starting November 1st. If you haven’t checked out A Christmas Snow Live! on Facebook you can here ACS Live! on Facebook. Once there you can see the calendar for 2012 and get tickets. This inspirational story has touched so many lives, we can’t wait to hear the great stories that come from this powerful message of forgiveness once again.

Also, we are working on a way for you to officially be a supporter of A Christmas Snow Live! so that you can have a hand in making that impact on people’s lives too! That’s 9!

Wow, nine projects, and that doesn’t include any other projects that spring up in relation to these projects like companion books and things like that. It also doesn’t include The Successful Life Mindset podcast either, that Tracy does on a weekly basis. If you aren’t listening to this podcast, you are really missing out on some amazing discussions with Cliff and Tracy about how to attain true success in life and get inspired. As you can see, we have a lot going on and your prayers and support is greatly appreciated by us all at Trost Moving Pictures.

With hope that you live your life to its greatest potential,

Joe Jestus – PMD at Trost Moving Pictures

The Successful Life Mindset Podcast Summaries

Friday, March 9th, 2012

With almost a thousand people subscribed to the weekly podcast, The Successful Life Mindset is inspiring people to live their lives to its greatest potential each week. But we know not everyone wants to spend thirty minutes listening to Cliff and Tracy each week, no matter how much fun it might be, you just like reading better. We have you covered!

We’re working on getting all the podcasts typed up in summary form and posted here on our website for you to read each week when it’s ready. By the end of today, the first three episodes will be up and we’re hoping to keep releasing an episode a day in this form for you to read until we are caught up to the new shows.

So if you’re the type of person that would rather read than listen, head on over to and check out summaries that we’ve written just for you.

I also want to give a personal thank you to Pat M. an incredible Trost Moving Pictures supporter who has made this possible!

With hope that you will live your life to its greatest potential,

Joe Jestus – PMD at Trost Moving Pictures