Mason & Jay Save The World!

Fairway, Kansas | Film Short


John Woosley

1 Campaigns | Kansas, United States

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This short is a sci-fi genre film that tells the story of two young brothers who steal their father’s drone and discover an alien invasion in a neighbor’s backyard. The screenplay was recently named a quarter finalist at the Bluecat Screenplay Contest and we need your help to bring it to life!

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Mission Statement

In addition to having a film about two pre-teens, M&JSTW is proud to feature women in a number of key positions, including Beth Wickman (Producer), Darcy Russel (Costume Design), and Natalie Sutton (makeup).

The Story

Who’s making this film anyway?

Beth Wickman and John Woosley met at Chapman University in 2009. In an odd twist of fate, Beth ended up producing John’s first film there- Loves Fate. Not wanting to just complete a student exercise, John chose to take advantage and make a full fledged short film, and thus a great collaboration was born! Beth produced John’s next film as well - The Land of Snows. In 2017 they collaborated again when Wickman served as a creative consultant on John’s film Alex & The Firefly. In addition, the team has worked on a number of screenplays and are committed to bringing their brand of storytelling to the screen.


Rounding out the team are a number of frequent collaborators including Natalie Sutton (hair/makeup), Darcy Russel (Costumes), and Grant Turner (assistant director) who John has colloborated with his since his 2009 film Angel of Music.


What’s it about?

Two brothers steal their father's drone. As they fly around the neighborhood (chasing a hot chick of course) they alien invasion?? Life and grounding are weighed as they decide between bringing their father's drone home before it runs out of battery or saving the world. Check out some of our concept art below!



Why are you making this?

Simply put- we love making movies. We worked hard to craft a compelling original story,and tested it in the marketplace by submitting to a number of screenplay contests. We received great feedback, and believe its a story worth bringing to the screen. We love the short medium (people have short attention spans these days) and believe this story will both capture people’s attention and imagination, and kindle that child like sense of wonder we still get when we go to the movies.


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Our main cast!

Costs $1,746

Without a great cast, you have no movie and we have some great local talent in KC!

Food for "starving artists"

Costs $580

Filmmaking is hungry work. Don't let us starve!

Costume Design & Makeup

Costs $650

A great science fiction film relies on great costume and makeup work.

Boom Operator

Costs $600

These are talking pictures after all!


Costs $250

An Assistant Director and a PA make a world of difference when it comes to finishing on time.

Original Music

Costs $200

Original music is why the music of Star Wars will always remind you of that great movie.

Visual Effects

Costs $200

This is a science fiction film after all.

Background actors

Costs $250

Our world is populated by aliens, which means we need people to act as them!

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

About This Team

John Woosley (Writer/Director/Cinematographer)

John counts filmmaking as a life long passion, having made films for the last 20 years. During his undergraduate studies at the Unversity of Kansas, John studied with now Academy Award Winning screenwriter Kevin Willmott (Blackkklansman) who mentored him and advised on his first feature Angel of Music. Following undergraduate studies John spent a year studying at Chapman University, where he directed a number of shorts including Loves Fate - currently streaming on Amazon Prime. In 2018, John wrote and directed Alex & The Firefly, which won numerous awards and screened at film festivals in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, California and others. John is thrilled to be bringing Mason & Jay Save The World! to the screen.


Beth Wickman Ekstrand (Producer)

Beth originally hails from Houston, Texas. She holds a dual-Bachelor's degree in Advertising and Film Studies from the University of Oklahoma, and an M.F.A in Film & Television Producing from Chapman University in Orange, CA where she produced a number of short films and TV pilots. Beth has worked for over a decade at multiple media companies, including many in Los Angeles before recently relocating to Dallas, TX where she currently works as a Development Producer on unscripted and documentary TV shows at AMS Pictures. Outside of her day job, Beth dedicates time to developing and producing scripted projects. She also likes to consider herself a television aficionado and currently writes musings in her personal entertainment blog, “TV Junkie Confessions.”


Darcy Russel (Costume Design)

Darcy is a Kansas and Alabama native. She graduated from Queen’s University of Charlotte with a focus in writing and theater performance and tech. After graduation,  she worked in Charlotte and Raleigh on local stage productions as both an actor and a costume designer. Recently she’s moved back to Kansas City and is looking forward to expanding her network. Currently, she can be found working with companies like Radio Free Puppets, Cloud Nine Aerial Arts, and Norwegian Cruise lines.


Natalie Sutton (Hair & Makeup)

Natalie Sutton is a Kansas City based makeup artist with experience in fashion, commercial, corporate, print, and short film work. 

Her short film experience includes makeup and hair work on "Ella" Directed by Dan Chen, "Alex & the Firefly" Directed by John Woosley, "Waffle House" Directed by Caleb Hermann, and on 48HR Film Festival teams.   

For advertising and commercial projects, she has worked with clients such as Shutterstock, Rich Food Products, H&H Color Lab, Ladybird Style Lab, and Health Insurance Innovations.  

Additionally, she is involved with local fashion events including multiple seasons of Kansas City Fashion Week and The West 18th Street Fashion Show, and regularly works with many local fashion and accessory designers. 

Her work has been seen in print with Simply KC Magazine and Vintage KC Magazine, as well as online publications such as Shutter Magazine, StyleCruze, Volant, PUMP, and Elegant.

She also oves to give back by donating her services to charity fundraisers such as Bloom Party KC benefiting KC Care Clinic and The Golden Gala benefiting Rightfully Sewn

Current Team