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A short film about an NYC dogwalker turned vigilante  starring Ana  Marie Calise and Robert Capron
A short film about an NYC dogwalker turned vigilante starring Ana Marie Calise and Robert Capron
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A Different Kind of Animal: A Short Film

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Story

"A Different Kind of Animal" is a short film about a New York City dog walker who takes action when she realizes one of her clientsa dogcould be in trouble. 

This Blue Slate Films production will star Ana Marie Calise and Robert Capron.

The story follows Maria on her daily routine, which is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of her childhood friend, Owen. As Maria introduces him to the bitch that is New York City, Maria begins to examine her own life and career through a different lens. 

Cast and Crew

Writer and Actor
Writer and Actor

ANA MARIE CALISE (Maria) 

Ana Marie Calise is an actress, singer, writer, and editor. She was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts and grew up in Rhode Island. She recently graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama. Within Tisch, she studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute, The New Studio on Broadway (Musical Theatre), and Stonestreet Studios.

 Ana has done an extensive amount of  film and TV work. Recently, Ana has had leading and supporting roles in a variety of independent films including "That's E", "The Perfect Fit", and "Creatures of the Night". She also starred in an episode of "Grave Mysteries" on Investigation Discovery, which is premiering on February 4th.  Ana wrote the screenplay for "A Different Kind of Animal" in 2018 and is very excited to work with Blue Slate Films in 2019. Ana is also starring as "Maria". 

Actor
Actor

ROBERT CAPRON (Owen) 

Robert is a successful actor and began his acting career when he was eight years old by enrolling in an after school drama program sponsored by Trinity Repertory Company. Robert starred as Rowley in Fox's three-movie franchise "Diary of A Wimpy Kid". He also had roles in "Frankenweenie", "The Three Stooges", and "The Polka King". Robert is currently a returning guest star on CBS's Elementary. Robert is playing "Owen" in "A Different Kind of Animal".

Director
Director

EMORY PARKER (Director) 

Emory is an NYC-based auteur and recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she created and starred in her own series, PANTS ROLE. Emory’s debut short, "Changing of the Leaves," has received several prestigious awards including “Best Director” and "Best Actress.” Emory’s music video project, “Manchild,” premiered on Billboard.com and has acquired over 44,000 views on YouTube.

This year, Emory had the pleasure of working on the Winter Olympic Games at NBC, where she produced and edited six of her own pieces. 

Emory’s narrative short, “The Perfect Fit,” has been named an official selection of several festivals, including ITVFest, Golden Door Film Festival, SOHO International Film Festival, NY Shorts Fest, and many more. The film thrived at Revolution Me Film Festival, winning “Best Musical” and “Best Production,” and at the First Annual Astoria Film Festival, where it took home the Grand Jury Prize. “The Perfect Fit” is now streaming on Amazon.com.

Emory is a recipient of the Horizon Award founded by Cassian Elwes and the Co-Founder of Blue Slate Films, a female-run production company that aims to bring untold stories to the forefront.

Director of Photography
Director of Photography

NATALIA BOUGADELLIS (Director of Photography)  

Natalia is a director and cinematographer from Athens, Greece. She recently graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied film and television production.

Though Natalia has been working in New York these past few years, she is still very connected to her hometown, Athens, where she shot her critically acclaimed directorial debut, “The Owls.” The film has played in eleven countries and over thirty film festivals. Natalia is a strong advocate of gender equality and the promotion of queer narratives in the film industry.

She has received several distinctions and awards for her work. Natalia has also served as one of the Co-directors of the Fusion Film Festival, that celebrates women in film and is part of the Sundance Initiative for Women. She has worked professionally in Dublin, Athens, Abu Dhabi, and in various cities throughout the United States.
 

What We Need

"A Different Kind of Animal" is being produced by Blue Slate Films. A sizable amount of professional-grade equipment is necessary achieve to production value we need. The additional funds production is seeking will be delegated primarily to transportation, props, crew payment, cast payment, crew meals, and lodging. We truly do consider every contributor a part of our team. If you donate to this project, we promise to keep you involved every step of the way.

Impact

"A Different Kind of Animal" addresses numerous themes, but primarily it address animal mistreatment and abuse. We believe that every animal deserves to feel safe and loved. We hope that this film sheds a light on that.

(All photos of Gamble were taken by Cynthia Lee @putawoofovermyhead) 

Risks and challenges

Film productions have obvious risks and challenges. However, by assembling an extremely talented cast and crew, "A Different Kind of Animal" is assured to have extremely high production value. We've set a detailed budget and production schedule. We assure that your investment will be used to create something wonderful!

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