Hogs Tooth

Sniper's journey begins with a single shot. Help us complete and release our short movie, "Hog's Tooth".
Olek Lyzwanski
San Francisco, California
United States
2 Team Members


What is "Hog's Tooth"?

After 6 months of interviews with Marine Scout Snipers that returned from recent deployments, Ian Schiller and myself wrote "Hog's Tooth". Hog's Tooth is a story about a young Scout Sniper, Andy Weston, on his first combat mission in Iraq. As a new team member, Weston is eager to prove he is ready for the challenges and rigors of extended sniper missions. In an unanticipated turn of events, he finds himself behind the rifle in a compromising position. Under the pressure of the mission and of the military, Weston will make a decision that will forever change his life.

Opening ShotWeston and Seargent in the opening shot of Hog's tooth.

Why We Need Your Help

Initially, I started with the idea of financing the whole movie together with Ian. With overwhelming support and hard work of actors and the film crew, we have managed to film 70% of the movie.  In the meantime, the project received a lot attention from professionals in the movie industry. They expressed their interest in working with us and helping to bring the movie to a higher level. And we want to create the best movie we can. Of course, that means more money is needed. I was briefly considering financing the movie through product placement and sponsors. It would have, possibly, involved making a lot of sacrifices with cast, crew and locations. Ultimately, it would have hurt the film. Signing away our artistic control and compromising our artistic vision was not an option. So where else could I go to ask for help? Is there anybody else who, like me, cares about a movie with good story? "Of course", I thought, those without whom the movie industry would not be able to thrive, Movie Lovers; the Viewers who appreciate a good story with stunning visual effects.  So we are hoping that you will contribute to our Indiegogo campaign and help us to raise a minimum of $20,000 to complete "Hog's Tooth".


What will $20,000 buy?

This will allow us to complete last 30% of the movie and film the elaborate "Desert" sequence.  If we raise 20k, will be able to afford fantastic location, film crew, actors and green screen setups that would allow us to create incredible world beyond what the location can offer.

locationDesert Locaton


LocationDesert Location


HT TeamHog's Tooth Production Team


Gilbert SalasOur extraordinary Director of Photography, Gilbert Salas, at work

Why "Hog's Tooth"?

For over ten years I have been specializing in visual effects for feature films and commercial productions. Bringing visual metaphors to life has been my passion. For some time I have been also dreaming of making a movie with a meaningful story and great visual effects.  Please see some of my work at www.motiondesign-inc.com


The Story

Growing up with my veteran father, I've learnt that life is rarely black and white, especially when it comes to making decisions about taking somebody else's life. And what happens after a trigger is pulled? Is pulling a trigger the very first time different than shooting someone for second, third or fourth time? We hear stories and watch movies about snipers, and we think we know it all: tough guys doing their job, following orders and moving on to the next mission. But is it really that simple? Is it really that easy to move on and leave the last mission behind? Do soldiers ever wonder if they made the right decision? Are they haunted by reoccurring nightmares? Are the rules of engagement helping or making their work more difficult? After 6 months of interviews with Marine Scout Snipers, I found some answers. And this is how the story of "Hog's Tooth" was conceived.

Have a look at our website: http://hogstooth.com

Here are some images from the 70% of the movie we have managed to film so far.

WestonSchuyler Yancey as Andy Weston

sargeChris Conrad as Seargent

BankerJose Rosete as Banker

PettisKyle Clarke as Pettis

LaneGeorge Hellas as David Lane

The Meaning Behind the Title, "Hog's Tooth"

If a sniper finds himself in a duel against another sniper and one of them prevails, the rifle of the fallen sniper is retrieved, the cartridge ejected from the chamber, the bullet removed and put on a string. "This is a bullet that was meant to kill you, but did not". According to Sniper's lore, as long as the sniper wears it, he or she is invincible.

Hog's ToothHog's Tooth

Cast and Crew

Filming of Hog's Tooth was only possible by incredible support of actors, crew members and generous donations of their time and equipment. Please take a look at our cast and crew credentials.

HT TeamHog's Tooth Sniper Team


Schuyler Yancey:  Andy Weston



Chris Conrad:  Sergeant



Antonio Badrani:  Abdullah



Jose Rosete:  Banker



Kyle Clarke:  Anthony Pettis



George Hellas:  David Lane



Ian Schiller:  Screen Play


Gilbert Salas:  Director of Photography



Tom Mich:  Producer


Robert Schafer:  Editor



Motion Design:  Special FX



Olek Lyzwanski:  Director



Indoor location:

70% of already completed scenes were shot on location in San Francisco, at SF Armory building. The incredible sound stage called "the shooting range" was perfect to recreate an abandoned and partially destroyed building in Iraq.

ArmorySan Francisco Armory

ArmoryChris and Schuyler on location

What You Get

We appreciate your support and as a token of our appreciation we have a range of perks you can choose from. They range from digital copy of the movie to an executive tour of SF Armory accompanied by a director and the production crew. Please take a look at the selection of our perks and decide which one works for you best.


Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that times are difficult and not everybody can contribute financially. If you can't afford to contribute or don't have a credit card, you can still help us:

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  • $5USD
    Mission Prep

    Now you are a part of our team and we want you to be well informed about our operations. You will get regular updates about the movie.

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  • $10USD
    On Scope

    You'll get an HD digital copy of the final version of the movie on a day of its official release. You will also receive a special thank you video from director Olek Lyzwanski and the rest of Hog's Tooth team.

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  • $25USD
    On Target

    We are grateful for your support and we will share with you assets of our unit. Besides all the perks listed above, you will also receive a digital version of the movie poster signed by director Olek Lyzwanski. These will be mailed to you on a day of its official release.

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  • $55USD
    Hog's Tooth

    Become a part of Hog's Tooth team and for 55 dollars receive an exact replica of USMC Hog's Tooth necklace. Plus, you will also receive all the perks listed above.

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  • $100USD
    Urban Hide

    Take a look from a concealed position into how Hog's Tooth mission came into life and how intelligence information was gathered and managed from the very early stage of making the movie. You will receive downloadable concept art and story boards. Plus, you will also receive all the perks listed above.

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  • $175USD
    Artillery Support

    Our unit appreciates your support and we have a special token of appreciation for you. You will receive a personalized military ID dog tag with your name and the info about Hog's Tooth team membership. You will also get a PDF version of the script and access to download Hog's Tooth exclusive music. Plus, you will also receive all the perks listed above.

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  • $300USD
    Air Support

    You have shown us tremendous support and we recognize it! We know you operate independently, but we want to let you and the world know that our parent unit is here for you too.Your name will be included in the special Thank You section of the end credits of the movie. Plus, you will also receive all the perks listed above.

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  • $450USD

    Your support and dedication has been noticed by our chief and he wants a word with you. You will get 1hr Skype call with the director, Olek Lyzwanski. Plus, you will also receive all the perks listed above.

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  • $1,500USD
    Sergeant Major

    Even snipers need to take a break to eat. We would like to treat you to dinner. If you live in the Bay Area, Olek Lyzwanski and Ian Schiller would like to invite you to share a meal with them. Time, date and place to be determined. If you don't live in the Bay Area, no problem! We can have food delivered to your home anywhere in the US and Olek and Ian will skype with you from the restaurant. Plus, you will also receive all the perks listed above.

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    Battalion Commander

    Our team cannot wait to meet their Hero. You will meet our whole film crew, get a chance to talk to them and get an executive tour of San Francisco Armory. We are also honored to inform you that you will get an Executive Producer credit on the film. Plus, you will also receive all the perks listed above.

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