Hey! Or, should I say...OINK?! Nah, that's the last bad joke. I promise. Don't forget to tip your waitress.
My name's Nick DeMao and I've been a filmmaker since I was a small child. Now at the ripe age of 25, I've taken it upon myself to bullrush the filmmaking industry and instill into it the same passion that I have for the art. During my short life I've been part of some excellent productions and have learned a massive amount that I'm endlessly thankful for.
I absolutely love filmmaking. I live and breathe it and, at times, it can be rough on the lungs. Each of my films I pour my heart and soul into and I like to think that the talent, crew, and producers enjoy working with someone as hungry and passionate as myself.
Pigman is no different. Pigman is a film that's a sort of guilty pleasure - a horror film in the same vein as those campy 80's slashers and exploitative 60's-70's grindhouse films from yesteryear. As an enormous fan of the horror genre, Pigman is a film that I'm most excited to work on. I've been fortunate enough to assemble a top-notch cast and crew and I cannot wait to see the finished product.
What We Need & What You Get
Like any labor of love, it costs money. I've poured my own personal resources into the film, but a little more would help immensely. The cast and crew are awesome enough to work for free, but I'd like to compensate them in some way. With the money I'm seeking ($1300), I would divide it as such:
- $300 - Food for the Cast/Crew. This will provide meals for the days that we're shooting and allow us to treat our cast/crew.
- $500 - Equipment rental. This includes a generator, dolly, camera stabilizer, lighting equipment, and additional lenses.
- $200 - Gas stipend for the cast/crew. I'd like to be able to reimburse our cast/crew for the driving that they've done.
- $200 - Distribution / Festivals. It costs money to get exposure, and this would give us a good start at upcoming horror-based festivals.
- $100 - Donation to Blank Stage. Brent Brooks has been kind enough to offer us the space and only asks for donations in return. This additional $100, though not much, would be a way of saying thank you to him.
I know what you're thinking: "but Nick...won't the film be done by the time your campaign is over?" Yes, but any money raised will go off paying for what's been put on credit. The film will still get made regardless, I'm only coming to you to ask for some assistance.
Now the gears are turning and you're thinking..."but Nick...what if you raise MORE than the $1300?". That's a good question. If it looks like we're skyrocketing to success, I'd obviously rent nicer equipment, get nicer food, and pay the actors/crew/Blank Stage more. Should we get more after filming, I'd enter the film into more festivals, pour the additional funds into distribution, and lastly, give back to the filmmaking community. I'd take whatever money was left and put it towards someone else's film.
Rob West will be Jason, our main lead for the film. Rob comes to the table with numerous acting credits to his name including the recent hit Run.
Sarah Simmons Turner will be Elma, the leading lady in the film. Sarah's an accomplished improvisational actress and has worked with Nick DeMao before in roles in Crucible and Communist Robot Aliens.
Stephanie Stevens as Leslie, the supporting actress in the film. Stephanie too is an accomplished improvisational actress and worked with Rob in Run as well as having the lead role in Communist Robot Aliens.
Devin Miller as Ray, the supporting actor in the film. Devin's starred in numerous horror films and will bring his talent as an actor the Pigman.
Quinterio "Q" Davis as Donte. Q has been practicing acting for several years and has starred as one of the leads in The Desperate Househusbands of Atlanta, Water Run, and Jett Mudd.
Vas Sanchez as Barry. Vas is a practicing comedian, so he'll do excellently as Barry, the film's comic relief.
Pigman is a different kind of horror. At its core it is a parody of the genre and on the surface it's a genuinely terrifying film.
Everyone wants to be scared but, unfortunately, there's a drought in folks who want to take the time to scare people properly.
Horror films, particularly this time of year, are in high demand. People want to be scared, and I can scare them. Simple as that. We already know we'll be screened at the local industry mixer Get Connected. Should you elect to donate a bit more and secure yourself producer rights - well, that means over 1000 people will see your name as PRODUCER for the Pigman.
Other Ways You Can Help
Can't donate? No problem. Your voice is as valuable as your wallet. Simply share this campaign and put a good word in for me and I'll buy you a beer / beverage of your choice.
I love filmmaking and I'm fortunate to finally be in a position to have the people around me to make my passion come to life. I'm merely inviting you along for the ride.