SERVICE DISABLED VETERAN OWNED BUSINESS
1775 Pictures, established by Jody Hart and Jonathan M. Ball, is an esteemed production company rooted in the Marine Corps veteran experience. Paying homage to the birth of the United States Marine Corps at Tun Tavern in 1775, the name “1775” embodies the company’s deep appreciation for its military heritage. Specializing in Feature Films, Television, Branded Content, and Government training videos, 1775 Pictures not only creates compelling visual narratives but also provides employment opportunities for military veterans.
Jody Hart, a Marine Corps veteran, is an accomplished producer/director with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. After serving in the US Marine Corps from 1992-1996, Jody transitioned into a successful career in film and television. With a diverse skill set that includes acting, stunt coordination, and military technical advising, he has contributed to numerous notable projects. Jody’s involvement spans feature films like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “J.Edgar,” “G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra,” “Race to Witch Mountain,” and “Transformers,” as well as Tv shows such as “Scandal,” “Justified,” “Grimm,” and “Code Black.”.
Driven by a deep commitment to supporting veterans in the entertainment industry, Jody established Combat Casting, Inc. in 2001- a unique casting company representing real military and law enforcement personnel. Additionally, in 2008, he founded Combat Media Group, LLC, which has earned acclaim for producing interactive training films for the US Army and Air Force, receiving several awards. Jody’s passion for action-oriented projects is informed by his technical background and military experience, allowing him to bring a unique perspective to productions featuring stunts and action sequences.
Jonathan M. Ball, a former Sergeant of the 1st Marine Division, served with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment in deployments to Southeast Asia and the Middle East. In 2012, he ventured into writing with his debut novel, Operation: Jericho, published through Morgan James Publishing, LLC. The novel was driven by Jonathan’s desire to showcase the diversity of American Heroes, emphasizing that they come in all colors. Through his story, he aimed to challenge stereotypes and depict Arab Americans and Muslim Americans as multifaceted individuals, transcending societal divisions and embracing love for their brothers, country, and women.
Jonathan is deeply passionate about telling original narratives from various perspectives, representing diverse walks of life. He firmly believes in the power of individuals to take a stand, shape their own destinies, and contribute to the beauty of life. His dedication to storytelling extends beyond novels, as evidenced by his award-winning short film, “Of a Grateful Nation,” for which he received a Best Screenplay nomination at the Feel the Reel International Film Festival in January 2018. Currently, Jonathan continues to pursue his writing endeavors, working on novels, scripts, and even exploring the realm of country music.