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A horror/comedy about a teenage guy who tries to impress a girl by facing down the Pig Lady – an axe wielding humanoid pig creature. Read more

Brooklyn, NY Shorts
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A horror/comedy about a teenage guy who tries to impress a girl by facing down the Pig Lady – an axe wielding humanoid pig creature.

Brooklyn, NY Shorts
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*Disclaimer (the actors in the $10 Pig Lady video above are not the actors in the final cast.  They are Steve's brother Jared and his lovely girlfriend Ashley who also happens to be a very talented wedding photographer and lent us the camera for this shoot.  Check out her work at http://ashleyclaytonphotography.com/index2.php)

What is Pig Lady?

Good question.

Pig Lady is based on a New Jersey urban legend of the same name. It's a live action horror/comedy about a teenage guy who tries to impress a girl by agreeing to face down the Pig Lady – an axe wielding humanoid pig creature. All hell breaks loose when they discover that the legend actually exists.

There are a few twists and turns in this short so we’d prefer not to give too much more away.

What are you going to use the funding for?

We mainly need your help to pay for special effects.

Although Pig Lady is a genre short we want it too look as naturalistic as possible.  In order to accomplish this we’ll need the help of some very talented visual effects artists.

We are hiring Brian Schuley of GZFX to help us set a car on fire during the fight against the Pig Lady.  Brian is giving us a great price since we are an indie project, but as you can imagine, safely setting things on fire isn’t cheap.

http://www.gzfxandstunts.com/default.htm

We are also working with Jeremy Selenfriend of Monster in my Closet.  He is making the Pig Lady mask and helping us (realistically) chop some heads off.

http://www.monsterinmycloset.com/

Some of the funding will also go towards paying and feeding our crew while on location in New Jersey.

We are self-financing the bulk of this production so we need all the help we can get so feel free to help us meet and exceed our goal of $7,500.  The more support we get from all of you will lead to an even better final product.

When will this thing be done?

We are shooting Pig Lady in New Jersey over 4 nights in September.  We will immediately begin editing it to submit a rough cut in time for Sundance’s submission deadline.  Steve and Tom are very experienced editors and can have a rough completed in time.

Every shot and all coverage is being storyboarded by Neil Dmonte (the guy who drew our profile image and concept boards from the video) in advance so there will be no time wasted in production or post production.

http://www.neildmonte.com/

The finished product will be ready by mid-late October.  Just in time for Halloween.

Any cool incentives for donating?

Yes, there are many.  Some of our favorites are a hilarious and twisted triptych of the Pig Lady origin story hand drawn and painted by Sanjay Raju.  You can see more of his work at http://bananakitchen.blogspot.com/

If you are feeling particularly generous, and want something awesome/weird to hang on your walls, we suggest the lithograph of the El Fuego bottle logo drawn by famed tattoo artist Dan Santoro and designed by Jeff Ogiba proprietor of Black Gold, the only store we know where you can buy records, antiques and coffee.  Check it out:

http://blackgoldbrooklyn.com/

More on Dan Santoro here:

http://smithstreettattoo.com/
http://www.vbs.tv/watch/tattoo-age--2/tattoo-age-dan-santoro-part-1-of-3

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Thomas De Napoli, Writer/Director - is a Brooklyn based writer, director, producer and editor. His video and interactive video game for rap group Das Racistʼs single “Whoʼs That? Brooown!” was the first ever music video accepted to the US Narrative Shorts Competition at Sundance. It was also ranked one of the Top 10 Videos of 2010 by Rolling Stone, SPIN and Pitchfork. His previous short film, HIPSTER JOB won the Audience Favorite Award on Atom.com and was an official selection of the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival and numerous others. He is currently a producer at MTV Networks.

Steve Makowski, Writer/Director - is a Brooklyn based writer, director, producer and editor. He has produced an award-winning feature film as well as commercials and music videos. Steve also directed, wrote and produced Marketing and DVD Bonus videos for the film ADVENTURELAND. He recently edited the NBC web series F.C.U. Fact Checkers Unit and is developing a TV Series called "H.A.Z.A.R.D. School" which is based on an original screenplay.

Thomas and Steve recently wrote-directed-produced-edited the Immortal ranked Funny or Die Exclusive video "Mideast Regime Change: The Game!"

You can see our work here: www.enterthefancy.com

Chris Goodwin, Producer - is a Los Angeles writer, producer and director. He started his career as a film assistant/book scout at DreamWorks and subsequently Paramount Pictures. He then started working at Watermark Pictures for director Mark Waters and Producer Jessica Tuchinsky. Watermark Pictures was responsible for films of different scopes and sizes such as (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, which was selected for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES which was released in February 2009.
He has written, produced and directed over 20 short films, including Casual Encounters, (with co-writer and director Michael Mohan) which was produced for Atomfilms.com and received over a million hits in its first month. He also produced the short Feedback, which was selected for competition at the 2008 CineVegas Film Festival.

Jordan Foley, Producer - recently completed the feature film, PUNCTURE, starring Chris Evans, which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and will be released theatrically in September. His first feature film, THE OPEN ROAD, starring Jeff Bridges & Justin Timberlake, was released theatrically in August of 2009. Jordan has also consulted on numerous produced features including: SMALL TOWN SATURDAY NIGHT, starring Chris Pine; QUANTUM QUEST,
starring Chris Pine, Samuel L. Jackson and James Earl Jones; SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS, starring Orlando Bloom and Mark Ruffalo; HESHER, starring Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon Levitt; and THE POWER OF FEW, starring Christopher Walken and Christian Slater. Prior to producing, Jordan worked for Miramax & Dimension Films in Business & Legal Affairs and Foreign Sales & Acquisitions. While at Miramax/Dimension, he worked with countless studio execs, agents, managers and filmmakers on multiple award winning films, box
office successes and independent classics. Jordan is currently in different stages of development on over 25 feature films. He received his BA in Liberal Arts from St. Johnʼs University in Collegeville, MN in 2001.

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    You get 3 4x6 prints of the Pig Lady origin story triptych (that’s a 3 panel picture) which were hand drawn and painted by Sanay Raju of Monkey Banana Kitchen. You can see Sanjay's work here to get a sense of what kind of insanity he's capable of: http://bananakitchen.blogspot.com/. Feel free to message us if you'd like to see what they look like!

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    Tom and Steve will Skype you from the set and you will be able to watch the cast and crew during production. You will also be able to call ACTION for one take.

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    A numbered and autographed limited edition 11x17 signed poster of the El Feugo logo designed by the amazing tattoo artist and star of the VBS show Tattoo Age, Dan Santoro and designed by Jeff Ogiba proprietor of Black Gold in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

    *El Fuego is an integral part of the short. It is a recently banned, high proof Mexican alcohol that one of our characters scores from his older brother’s “fireworks guy”. Think of it as Four Loko on steroids.

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    Forget the New York Film Academy. Tom and Steve will meet with you in person in NYC or over Skype and talk to you for an hour. We’ll answer any questions you have about the film business and how to make a successful short/music video/web video.

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