Where all other educational packages offer only the course content, we extend that content with a suite of media tools and hands-on workshops, which result in a much higher chance of success and production value.

The Lot is a full service educational platform for learning the ins and outs of the filmmaking process.

We offer educational filmmaking and media courses but combine them with a powerful suite of tools to maximize quality and production value.

Welcome to Sneak On The Lot

Here at Sneak On The Lot we have created various film courses chock-full of information and interviews with professionals that guide users through the filmmaking process and provide valuable filmmaking tools along the way to ensure the absolute best results from our users. These tools include access to high-quality royalty-free music, sound effects and stock footage as well as script libraries and other amazing resources. Every Sneak On The Lot course includes access to the tools and course content created by industry professionals.

Our instructors have years of experience in the industry working on films like The Sandlot, Small Soldiers, Minority Report, The World’s Fastest Indian and many others. Each course is designed for different levels of experience so there is something for everyone, from the most novice filmmaker to the experienced professional.

Every summer Sneak On The Lot also hosts a filmmaking workshop in Burbank, California for both students and educators to work alongside professionals in the production of a short film. This weeklong workshop includes classes focusing on development, pre-production, production and post-production as well as presentations and QAs with producers, sound designers, composers and editors.

  • Professional Instructors
  • Filmmaking Competitions
  • Exclusive Filmmaking Tools
  • Support Forums
  • Interviews with producers, directors, actors, sound designers, editors and others
  • Special pricing for schools
  • And much more…

Founders and Owners


Darrin Fletcher

Fletch began his film career in high school as a layout artist for XAM Animation Studio, creating layouts for Saturday morning cartoons Spiderman and The Transformers. There he become very familiar with storyboards and telling stories through pictures. He was soon offered a job at Walt Disney Animation Studios but turned it down to follow his long-time dream of live- action filmmaking.
Since that time, Mr. Fletcher has worked as a storyboard artist on more than 65 feature films, including The World’s Fastest Indian, Sandlot, High School Musical 3 and A Life Less Ordinary. He has boarded hundreds of international commercials including the popular Foundation For A Better Life campaigns. He has also had extensive experience with large format IMAX® productions such as, Mysteries of Egypt, Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure and The Witness. Television has also been an large part of Mr. Fletcher’s career, visualizing and storyboarding dozens of various pilots and television series, including Charmed, Touched by an Angel, 7 Days, Extreme Rescue, Crossroads and Everwood.


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Chet Thomas

Before becoming a producing partner with Gerald Molen at WhiteLight Entertainment, Mr. Thomas worked with him on Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report. Prior to that, he worked at DreamWorks for several years, where he first served in the story department, collaborating on such projects as Amistad, Deep Impact and Saving Private Ryan. He quickly moved to feature development, where he played an active role in Meet the Parents, Mouse Hunt, Road to Perdition, Small Soldiers and several other films.
Most recently, Mr. Thomas produced the film TAKE, starring Academy Award®-nominated actors Minnie Driver and Jeremy Renner, which has won many ‘Best of’ categories in festivals around the country. He is also a producer on the film The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, scheduled for Christmas 2018 release by Walden Media.


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Timber Barker

Timber has been in the learning and development field for over 18 years.  He has worked with learning technology for companies such as Ernst & Young, AT&T, Citigroup, Xerox, and USAA.  His expertise revolves around behavior change modification and gaming for learning.  He also has a passion for film production.



Kelly Crabb

Mr. Crabb is an entertainment lawyer practicing in Los Angeles.  He has over 30 years’ experience in the areas of motion pictures, television, music, technology and sports.  He is the author of The Movie Business (published by Simon & Schuster), a standard reference and guide in the filmed entertainment industry and education.  He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was an editor on the Columbia Law Review.  He wrote and produced the PBS special, “All My Friends Are Cowboys,” where his songs were performed by Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Joe Diffie and Roy Rogers, among others.  He is an Executive Producer of the upcoming, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Crabb is an Adjunct Professor at USC School of Law.


Gerald R. Molen

Our Advisory Chair, Mr. Molen is the Academy Award-winning producer of Schindler’s List and producer of other hit titles such as Jurassic Park and Minority Report. Mr. Molen broke into the film business in 1957 at Republic Studios then moved to Universal Studios in 1967 to work on Bound for Glory, Coming Home, Being There, Ordinary People, and Absence of Malice.  As Head of Production at Amblin, he served as Executive Producer on The Flinstones, Little Rascals, Casper, Little Giants, and Twister, among others. He has appeared in front of the camera in Rain Man, Days of Thunder, Jurassic Park, and Amistad.  Mr. Molen holds an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana and an honorary Doctorate of Visual and Performing Arts from Southern Utah University.


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Joe Hart

serves as SVP of Global Digital Cinema Operations for Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema and General Manager for the Deluxe/Echostar joint venture. Mr. Hart has spent the last ten years dedicated to digital cinema and has provided much of the innovation for the industry, including promoting a standard for HDD delivery globally, consolidat- ed weekly delivery of digital trailers to theaters in North America, and managed the establishment of the majority of satellite installations in North America at theaters for digital cinema distribution.
Mr. Hart has worked integrally with every major Hollywood studio, as well as, mini-majors and independent studios and lmmakers in providing methods and servicesto distribute their lms worldwide. Mr. Hart has also established mastering and distribution operations to facilitate Hollywood content in China. In addition to his work in digital cinema, Joe brings twenty years of experience in the information technology industry including establishing installation and operation of one of the largest global high-speed internet access networks for the hospitality industry. Mr. Hart earned an MBA from Brigham Young University and a BA from Weber State University. Other technical certi cations earned include, CCNP, PMP, MCSE, CNE.

Subject Matter Experts and Our Crew


Tim Jones

Tim joins our team and brings a robust musical ear to our group.  He is best known for scoring the popular television series, Chuck.


Steve Christensen

After working on Steven Spieldberg’s “Terminal”, Steve went on to work on 3 more Spieldberg films and now works on huge blockbusters.


Tristan Whitman

An AFI Alumni, Tristan splits his time shooting freelance commercials and features while teaching Cinematography at USC.


Mike Chenoweth

Mike has worked in the industry since 1992 as a screenwriter and editor.  He most recently served as film editor on the feature documentary “The Abolitionists”.

Our Clients