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An Interview with Jason M. Koch, Director of Pig Pen

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2014

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Pig Pen is the story of a thirteen year old runaway Zack who is tormented by his mother's abusive boyfriend Wayne, who eventually forces Zack to live in the streets. Until a murder has the two face to face in a tale of bloodshed and revenge.


What were your initial inspirations when coming up with the story for Pig Pen, and what were your collaborations with your co-writer Clint Kelly and scriptwriter Mark Leake like?


I had been thinking about the idea since the beginning of Summer. The thought of a young person alone and facing the dangers of an urban setting is terrifying to me. I want to play with the suspense of those situations. The story also deals with his abusive home life and how it catches up with him. Clint liked the story and we hammered out the first draft, then gave it to Mark Leake. He gave us back one of the best scripts I've read to date. We are lucky to have him back working on this one. I knew I wanted Leake on board to write after 7th Day worked as well as it did. The three of us are currently producing Pig Pen together as well


From what I'm reading, Pig Penmight be quite a bit on the gory side - so what have you planned regarding that aspect of your movie, and is there a line you refuse to cross?


The violence will be realistic and gritty and those details will be a secret. It will be extreme, but story-driven. I don't go into these type of films with any real limitations or rules. It might stifle the creative process and it's possible to never realize some cool idea. If we feel the story needs push an area or taboo we will.


What can you tell us about your film's intended look and feel?


I love the look of Nicolas Refn's films. Steve Rubac is returning to shoot again with John Grove our other film collaborator. We took such a static approach to 7th Day and only used natural lighting techniques. We wanted the audience to feel like they were sitting with Allen. I want Pig Pen to have a much more cinematic feel. But still grounded in the grit and filth of the story.


Do talk about your projected key cast and crew for a bit, and why exactly these people?


Our lead Lucas Koch, who is my son, will be playing Zack the 13 yr old runaway. This isn't lazy casting, the kid is a great natural actor. This will be Lucas' fourth feature but first lead. He is ready. We have Vito Trigo as our lead antagonist. I worked with Vito on Return to Nukem High and Science Team. There isn't a better actor at our level, period. He has amazing range that hasn't been fully explored. Michael Brecher, Josh Davidson and Nicolette Le Faye are all returning from 7th Day. They were all perfect in the roles in 7th Day and are always dedicated. My whole team seems to be returning for Pig Pen. Plus, some new great talents joining us. I am very fortunate.


As far as I know, Pig Pen is presently still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?


We started a campaign like any other film maker. Because we need the extra money. Our script was written to be cost effective. Similar to how we approached 7th Day. Dire Wit Films reinvested any return we made from 7th Day into two new 4K cameras and gear. My company Aftermath FX is covering the effects budget. So we really need extra funds for the cast and crew. With people donating time we definitely need to feed them and cover transportation. So far, the support has been great! It has gotten a couple small private investors talking as well. But we still need more help to make this movie happen.


Once your funds are raised, what's the schedule, and even if it's probably waaay too early to ask, any idea when and where the film will be released onto the general public yet?


We will begin filming early September, before the campaign ends. The main part of filming will be done mid October 2014. Shot over three weeks. We intend to self distribute as before but hope to have the option to push to a larger domestic market.


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Clint and I have been pushing a couple bigger budget projects. That process is way different from what we are used to doing. It takes time and persistence. Pig Pen IS that future project. I'm learning to keep things under wraps a little more than I have in the past. So, everyone will have to wait for details...


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Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


I think we covered it. Thank you so much for another interview! I can't wait to talk to you about Pig Pen once we finish shooting.


Thanks for the interview!


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