“Yes, we make horror films,” said co-producer of Big Biting Pig Productions Pj Woodside. “We also do a variety of other things.”
Woodside said that some people are skeptical about the films because they are filmed locally.
“We have won quite a few awards,” said Woodside. “We were named Kentucky Filmmakers of the Year last year by Fright Night Film Festival; we won best screenplay awards; and, I have won a couple of best actress awards, too. We are getting a lot of recognition everywhere.”
“Lucid,” which was filmed last year, was recently placed second in the suspense category in The Indie Gathering Film Festival.
“I wrote and directed ‘Lucid,’” said Woodside. “The Indie Gathering Film Festival is one of the top 25 film festivals in the nation. We have also been accepted into the Louisville International Film Festival, with ‘Lucid.’ We have also been accepted into Gen Con, which has about 50,000 guests.”
Woodside said their fans vary from place to place.
“We have fans as far as Norway to England,” said Woodside. “People buy or movies off our website. We are also starting to be viewed on Amazon Prime and looking into selling our movies locally at The Crowded House. The longer the films are out there, the more the video demand grows.”
Woodside also started her own production company.
“After we started making the movies, I realized I had a unique skill in this area,” said Woodside. “I started my own production company called, ‘Pj’s Productions.’”
Woodside has worked closely with the city of Madisonville with filming community projects.
“I have done quite a few projects locally,” said Woodside. “I have done videos for the city and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. A lot of people don’t know, but the Madisonville America in Bloom video won first place nationally in 2012. We even made a wedding video that won first place in a Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. Even the Hopkins County Fairground website won second place statewide based primarily on the video on their site. ”
Woodside said that she also started another side project with Felicia Stewart.
“We have started this book trailer project,” said Woodside. “Book trailers are a lot like movie trailers, but about a book. A lot of authors promote their books that way, and one of our book trailers won second place in an international competition.”
Woodside said since the video work is being recognized, they are able to highlight Hopkins County, and have received calls from people all around asking for places to film in Kentucky.
“We do a lot of filming in Hopkins County,” said Woodside. “We try to give this area as much exposure as we can, and we also use local talent, local locations and because our videos are being seen all over the place, we are bringing some recognition to this area.”
BBPP latest and eighth featured film, ‘The Caretakers,’ is about an aging caretaker for a powerful vampire, who must help hunt down a rogue half-breed vampire while he trains two apprentices.
“We just had our premiere for our eighth featured film,” said Woodside. “We had around 300 people who came to see the movie. What we are trying to do is make a movie every year, which sounds crazy. The marketing, editing and the making of the movies take some time. We have also found the longer we are in it, the more contacts we make and more offers we get. We also try and have a premiere locally, but we are now running into the problem of not having enough space for everyone, it’s going to be a challenge next year.”
BBPP is already in the process of starting their newest film about a mad scientist.
“The movie is about a mad scientist woman,” said Woodside. “I can’t give out too much information, but it's set in like a research type of institution and one of the scenes will be a group of professors at a cocktail party.”
Woodside said they aren’t able to pay all their actors, but can provide them with experience.
“At this time, we aren’t offering any compensation,” said Woodside. “We do pay some actors, who are better known. For instance, we had brought in Bill Johnson, who played Leatherface in the second ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and Joe Estevez, who is Martin Sheen’s brother. The name recognition is just part of this business and helps you get on those platforms like Amazon Prime.”
Woodside said they are hoping they will be able to offer their actors the chance to make some money someday.
“We are kind of a grassroots,” said Woodside. “We offer the experience of the movie making and we hope to be able to offer what is called ‘points,’ so that whatever we make from the movies down the line, we would be able to share with our actors. Most independent filmmakers never make above what they invested in it.”
“We try to award all our fans and those who are involved,” said Woodside. “We give all the actors a free movie, free entrance to the premiere and regular updates on what is going on in the filming, plus the experience.”For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/bigbitingpigproductions or http://www.bigbitingpigproductions.com/.
SurfKY Lead News Reporter
Photo by Amber Averitt
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