Catherine Annette.) A rebel faction is bent on toppling the evil power, but this faction is itself so wound up, paranoid and sometimes out-and-out, back-stabbing sleazy that who you can trust becomes the all-important question.
Gregory Lee Kenyon) talks with a half-whispered Clint Eastwood kind of voice that works well because what he has to say is intelligent enough that you don’t worry about the timbre of his voice. Full of careful editing and quick cuts that speed things along, the first episode pulls you in immediately (remember the opening line about suffering at enemy hands as opposed to those of your own: it pays off). The first episode sets things up, the second introduces new characters -- the hunky stranger on horse-back! (below, left, and off the horse) -- but don’t get too attached to anyone, as people die suddenly and quickly here. The catch-as-catch-can costuming, too, seems nicely appropriate and not without some charm. Part three (each episode runs between 12 and 17 minutes) throws a real monkey wrench into the gears -- which makes things more interestingly off-kilter and work ever better.
To answer that question, and to find out more about this new "trilogy," TrustMovies talked with its executive producer, Koren Young (below). In the following conversation, TM appears in boldface and Mr. Young in standard type.
Yes, absolutely. In this case, we didn’t have a whole lot of resources at our disposal. We wanted to create a film that looked professional but didn’t cost a lot. And we did it!
You sure did. Seemed to me, as I was watching, that the film didn’t look cheap at all. I was surprised! I also felt that Swine had this interesting sense of doing stuff that might look typical -- like the usual apocalyptic scenario, coupled to a bit of a Star Wars kind of feeling -- but smarter, cheaper (of course!) and with a darker mind set.
Drew Hinckley, below) and started writing them as early as 2003 in our first production together, A Damsel in Disguise.
So you’ve worked together before?
Our crew has worked together many times before. We went our separate ways for a while, but reunited for this project.
Santa Clarita, California. We all graduated form the Radio, Television and Film program at College of the Canyons in Southern California. Santa Clarita is within that "30-mile zone" for L.A. film production, where you don’t have to pay for extra mileage for cast and crew, so a lot of projects get shot around here.
How long has your Arcay Studios been around? And where did the name come from?
I started making movies when I was a kid and my brother Ryan was a musician. He started doing post audio for my student films, and he’s since worked on a lot of big films from Invictus to Super 8. He and I founded Arcay Studios together in 2009. The name is a play on the studio's address and our first initials.
Brad Hoffarth (above) works with the San Francisco Art Institute’s film program, and he did all our special effects. Our writer and director, Daniel Levitch (below, center), is an established comic book writer. Our assistant director, Kyle Maki, has been a producer for Time Warner Cable for several years. Our producer, Matthew Chastain Bowers is also a paralegal that drafts our contracts. Really, everyone involved has worked in the industry in different ways, and so each brings to the project his or her own special skills.
It’s hard to say. We’ve shipped out a couple hundred DVDs, and the YouTube Channel we created has gotten around 2,000 hits. Here’s a little secret, which we mention on the web site but which most people wouldn’t necessarily figure out. We started the whole project as just a short single film that we shot for fun. We had such a phenomenal reception at the first preview screening that we decided to make more. The third film in the series is actually the first one that we produced, but because of how it ends, we decided to add two new chapters to the beginning. We’re currently working on an additional prequel, and then we’ll do a continuation that follows chapter three.
How much did the three films cost, so far?
The existing trilogy was made for less than $15,000
We've purposely uploaded the episodes in 3-4 minute chunks to encourage people to buy the DVD.
How much are you charging for the DVD?
We have different levels of contribution (it’s all "contribution" at this point): For $25, you get an autographed DVD. Right now we’re just fund-raising for the upcoming two or three episodes. At that point we would have a feature-length DVD, which would make distribution easier.
Anything else you want to say, while I have you?
And if you want any further information, or to learn how you can best view SWINE, go to our web site www.swinemovie.com
Thanks for your time, Koren, and for this really fun and entertaining series. And good luck in obtaining enough money to make those other two or three episodes. I -- and I’ll bet most of the folk who’ve so far viewed the series -- are very eager to watch some more.