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A few serious film students met after graduating from Georgia Film Academy in 2019, and formed a company to help not only create alternative pathways in film and media, but to enable others to achieve their dreams and visions through our resources. And to do this  have higher production quality at lower prices. Our motto is "Off The Rail Pictures--where low budgets meet high standards."

“Unlike all the other art forms, film is able to seize and render the passage of time, to stop it, almost to possess it in infinity. I’d say that film is the sculpting of time.”

– Andrei Tarkovsky

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Ken Merritt received a B.A. in Broadcasting, Drama and Journalism from Carson-Newman University. He married and worked in various jobs outside the film industry until 2019 when he moved from Knoxville to the Atlanta area. He made the move to pursue his career in filmmaking.


Merritt obtained his film production certification from the Georgia Film Academy, and scriptwriting certification from Clayton State University. His second script, Jesse’s Gift, was written and produced as a student short film. The short film received several awards and was subsequently picked up by Indie Gear Solutions to be made into a feature film.


Jesse’s Gift the feature film stars Michael Merritt, Ken’s brother, playing the part of Jesse. Michael has also written and performed all the songs. It also features his son Gabe Merritt playing the college wrestler and Jesse’s younger brother.

Ken feels very fortunate to finally realize his passion as a film maker. After waiting many years to fulfill his dream, things are happening quickly. He is also convinced that the best is yet to come.

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