The new horror film Wild Boar should be anything but boring. Oscar-winning make-up effects artist Barney Burman—best known for his work on Star Trek and Grimm—makes his directorial debut with this low-budget indie flick about bloodthirsty wild boars who prey on humans. The movie is in pre-production (“on a wing and a prayer,” Burman says) as he works to raise money.
Burman has launched an Indiegogo campaign with a fundraising target of $50,000 by June 6. (At press time, more than $3,000 had been raised). That initial cash infusion will be designated for principal photography; Burman says the campaign will probably extend beyond that initial deadline to raise funds for postproduction.
Augie Duke (Bad Kids Go to Hell), Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive) and Douglas Tait (Star Trek, Thor) are among the actors cast in the film; producers include Broadway performer Ramona Mallory and Mark Burman (“My brother from another mother and father,” Barney Burman says). Wild Boar will feature cinematography by Andre Welsh and make-up effects by Burman’s B2FX shop supervisor Nick Reisinger, a key player in the plan to make the film with 95-percent practical effects.
In addition to directing the film, Burman wrote the script. “A dear friend, Andrew Page Jones, and I have been wanting to make a movie together for a while,” Burman explained. “He said, ‘How about Planet of the Apes, but with pig people?’ I always wanted to do something that was a little bit Planet of the Apes or Island of Doctor Moreau; even Grimm made me wonder what I would do for animal people.
“I wrote the first draft, realized it was too expensive and pared it down. It’s still expensive, but I think it’s doable.”
Burman is the latest make-up artist to stage a fundraising campaign for an independent film. He was preceded by make-up effects shop Amalgamated Dynamics Inc., which staged a successful Kickstarter campaign to complete its film Harbinger Down, and make-up effects artist Hiroshi Katagiri, who also created a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund his film Gehenna—Where Death Lives.
For more information on Wild Boar, including how to contribute, go to indiegogo.com/projects/wild-boar-the-movie.