SWINE: A 2011 Indie Science Fiction Film
SwineMovie.com has been restored from the original website for use as supplemental material for Jacob Wells' course "Independent Film I" for first year film majors. Wells is known for his provocative video style and has earned accolades for his work for the digital promotion agency StrapOn. He recently won a Blue Midnight award for his work publicizing the critical work done by medical waste disposal service provider. This is the firm that provided biohazardous disposal services for the national Covid vaccination effort in 2020/21. The viral video "High Risk At Sundown" focuses attention on the urgent need for ethical handling of medical waste generated by the health care research industries. Students can access the complete syllabus and reading list from the film department website.
This was the official website for the indie science fiction film, Swine. With under $15,000 in cash from the producers and in-kind donations, the original short film ultimately became a 45-minute trilogy. Interested visitors were asked to Join the Swine community!
This edited version of the original site was reconstructed from its archived content, supplemented with additional material from outside sources such as film reviews and other media.
Check out the 2013 SWINE Theatrical Trailer on Youtube.
Director: Daniel Levitch
Actors: Osa Wallander, Gregory Lee Kenyon, Kellsy MacKilligan
Studio: Well-Oiled Machine and Arcay Studios
Release Date: December 3, 2011
Run Time: 45 minutes
Swine does a whole lot with very little."
--Dustin Hucks, Metacafe Entertainment Network
"I sure as hell would follow this if it became a feature length film."
--Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"I was very impressed with the look and feel of this series."
--Cary Conley, Rogue Cinema
"Low-budget indie or not, this is one series worth checking out."
--Senseitional, I AM Entertainment Magazine
SWINE began in 2009 as a collaboration between several friends who attended film school together over ten years ago. The filmmakers, who all work regular day jobs, enjoyed reuniting to work together in a creative capacity. They pooled their resources and called in favors to get the project off the ground. Countless hours were dedicated to increasing the production value of the low budget film, from finding incredible locations to creating custom weapons and costumes.
The original short film was shot over two weekends using actors that have previously worked with the filmmakers. Costing less than $5000 in cash and in-kind donations, SWINE was a huge success amongst the cast and crew.
They began pre-production on two more SWINE chapters to create an exciting 45-minute trilogy. For the two additional films, they called on more actors from previous projects and cast fresh talent as well. New locations were explored and new costumes and weapons were crafted. Viewers can't believe they shot the existing 45 minutes for under $15,000 in cash from the producers and in-kind donations.
Our goal is to turn SWINE into a feature-length adventure!
We've raised a few thousand dollars to move forward with the next chapter of SWINE. For the remainder of our budget we are dependent on the support of our fans. To thank you, we're offering some exciting rewards (like hand-crafted prop weapons, autographed posters, invitations to our exclusive premiere and a role in the film). We have been blessed to have received donations from family and friends, including the dedication of our cast and crew who have worked unpaid from day one. Please click here to see the various perks available. Contributions can be made with any major credit card by clicking the link below.
With civilization in ruins, man called upon his primal instincts to survive. Hunters and scavengers alike made their way in this savage land.
But when the Northern Warlords united, skulls cracked and spirits broke, as they conquered everything in their path.
Now, deep in the Outlands, a partisan movement known as Vox Populi stand their ground against an enemy bred for battle.
Chapter I – After discovering a weakness in the Colonial garrison, Vox Populi comes out of hiding to strike at the heart of the Colonial army.
Chapter II – Ready to sell strategic information, three concubines escape their Colonial masters and make their way to a Vox Populi rendezvous.
Chapter III – An unexpected betrayal costs Vox Populi dearly and threatens to destroy the resistance from within.
Originally a Colonial Huntsmen, Erikson was tasked with the duty of tracking down and slaying Vox Populi sympathizers. Eventually switching sides, he finds himself reluctant to send his men on what he deems increasingly futile missions.
Wallace is a survivor through to the bone. Her natural instincts and learned skills make for a formidable combination, but her temper’s as quick as her trigger finger. Wallace is the only surviving member of the original Vox Populi.
Nixon fought along side Wallace during the initial Colonial onslaught. He’s an introverted tinkerer, who loves testing his mechanical wonders. Nixon views Vox Populi as his surrogate family.
Beck was born to a life of privilege. She hasn’t adapted well to her new living situation and has only survived this long thanks to the protection of her half-sister, Wallace. She has forged a bond with Cahill and longs for something more.
Not one to think of the big picture, Cahill is best suited for specific, clear cut objectives. He’s a close combat fighter who’s not afraid to get blood on his hands.
Headstrong and eager for a fight, Hardy aches for the day the Colonial army is made to suffer for the death of her mentor. She is often found betting with the boys and considers herself a future leader of the resistance.
Sold to Hardrada by Outland Traders after her family was ambushed when she was just a child, Mercedes is now a concubine to the Field Marshall of the Colonial Army. She put her neck on the line to establish contact with members of Vox Populi and will do whatever it takes to earn freedom for her and her fellow concubines.
Amelia is the alpha female of Field Marshall Hardada’s concubines. She is cruel, manipulative and focused on doing what’s best for herself. She resents Mercedes’ mothering instincts.
A relatively new concubine, Renn still maintains a sense of child-like optimism despite the horrors she’s witnessed. She is currently Hardrada’s “flavor of the month” and is often made to entertain his company.
Unbeknownst to her fellow concubines, Beauty relishes her role as Hardrada’s personal concubine. She gets preferential treatment and lives in fear of the outside world.
Bounty Hunter… Mercenary… Pirate… You name it and Rockwell’s done it. Known for his rugged good looks and confidant smile, this lone rider shares a past with Wallace that predates the Fall of Civilization.
Field Marshall Hardrada
Field Marshall Hardrada is a man who enjoys life’s simple pleasures. Eating red meat, making love to a woman and drinking wine from the skull of a fallen enemy. Assigned to “civilize the Outlands”, Hardrada projects an air of authority and has a reputation for getting the job done.
As the sadistic godson of Field Marshall Hardrada, Bollinger has been given a squad of bodyguards that allow him to entertain his every whim. Bollinger believes Erikson to be the ultimate trophy and has made it his personal mission to hunt him down.
A stern general with a rigid sense of right and wrong. General Calgrove despises treachery and finds herself unexpectedly holding the reins of the Colonial Army.
Durham is a thinking man who enjoys the strategic chess match required in the pursuit of Vox Populi. Though he grows frustrated with Field Marshall Hardrada’s “vulgar” ways, he remains a loyal Colonial soldier.
Daniel Levitch – Writer/Director
A professional storyteller since 2005, Daniel has created dozens of properties for both film and comics. His passion lies in genre fiction, where he’s free to write about swordfights, gunfights, fistfights, jetpacks, robots, rayguns, rugged men and beautiful women, rogues, scoundrels, bounty hunters, vikings, conquistadors, samurai, amazons, cowboys, detectives, aviators and above all, adventure.
Matt Bowers - Producer
Originally a short story writer from the San Fernando Valley, Matthew Chastain Bowers got his start as a production coordinator on Fox Sports Splatter Factor, and then worked as a camera operator for CNN Headline News. Since then, he has produced several short films and two feature length movies. He also acts as a behind-the-scenes Creative Consultant for most of his cinematic projects.
Matthew recently finished studying entertainment and copyright law at UCLA, and is currently developing several properties for Metaverse Cinema.
Brad Hoffarth - Cinematographer/Editor
Experimenting with images and sound from an early age, Brad has been a DIY filmmaker for the past 15 years. He began to make his own films on S-VHS, Super 8 & 16mm in high school inspired by westerns, film noir, sci-fi and horror. After working as an audio visual technician, production coordinator, editor and cameraman for Comcast, Time Warner and The Walt Disney Company, he relocated to the more indie film friendly San Francisco Bay Area. There he studied under cinematographer Hiro Narita ASC, director Lynn Hershman Leeson and legendary cult/underground filmmaker George Kuchar at the San Francisco Art Institute. Brad continues to shoot documentaries, shorts and music videos in both LA and SF.
Koren Young – Executive Producer
A recent co-founder of Arcay Studios, Koren is not new to post production. He’s been a professional filmmaker for over ten years and loves the opportunity to venture into the world of production. He’s produced dozens of films that have screened at festivals around the world and frequently collaborates with the crew from Well-Oiled Machine. During his career as a DVD & Blu-ray author, he’s had the pleasure of working on hundreds of titles for virtually every major studio.
Ryan Young - Sound Supervisor
Ryan's fascination with sound began as a child when he experimented with audio layers by overdubbing on a dual-cassette deck. Ryan pursued sound in college where he studied radio, television and film. His earliest work was completing sound design for award-winning animated shorts from Disney's Cal Arts in Valencia, CA. Over the past 10 years, Ryan has worked on hundreds of features, video games, and TV shows for studios like THQ, Fox, Paramount, and Warner Brothers. He is a member of Digidesign's elite family of certified Pro Tools Operators and is also a member of the I.A.T.S.E. Motion Picture Editors Guild. He is the recipient of a 2011 Golden Reel Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors for his work on 30 Days of Night: Dark Days.
Ari Levitch - Prop Master
A History Teacher by day and a creative wunderkind by night, Ari has been fighting and writing with his older brother for as long as he (or anyone) cares to remember. On Swine, in addition to script duties, he was called upon to design and construct all kinds of post-apocalyptic/sci-fi goodness, including, but not limited to, ray guns, armor, grenades, Ion Cannons and more. He loves getting a chance to flex his creative muscle and seeing his creations immortalized on celluloid…er…digital media.
Kyle Maki - Assistant Director
Kyle Maki has produced and directed hundreds of video segments in a variety of platforms, including: CNN Headline News, Time Warner Cable Video OnDemand & TWC Channel 101, Los Angeles/Southern California. His work in independent film began in 2005 as an Assistant Editor. He wrote & directed his first independent film in 2006 and has since worked on many short and feature-length films that have been selected to film festivals all over the world. He often finds himself in front of the camera as well; having acted and provided voice-overs in many projects.
He currently has numerous screenplays in development.
Cristine Craig - SFX Make-up
Christine Craig is a professional make-up artist with talents in both SFX make-up and beauty make-up. Her list of credits include CNN HLN, Time Warner Cable Video OnDemand, Fangoria, Playboy and dozens of other print, film & television outlets.
She’s no stranger to the other side of the camera either, modeling for numerous magazines and online print work. Christine's work can be seen on both sides of the camera in Swine.
Ashley Witt - Composer
Ashley started his career working with e-mu systems on the orchestral sample library for the Emulator-IV sampler with Miroslav Vitous (Bass player from Weather Report). In the 1990's, he worked with Danny Elfman on fifteen films from Mission Impossible to Legend of Sleepy Hollow. During that time, he worked with other musicians like James Horner, No Doubt, Fleetwood Mac, Hans Zimmer and Bowling for Soup. He also completed orchestration and sound design on many movies including Titanic, Independance Day, Aliens IV, Air Force One and Sky High. Other notable acheivements including creating the theme song (remixed recently through a contest) for the nationally syndicated 165+ radio talk show “The Tech Guy" and arranging and orchestrating “One World One Dream” sung by Tan Jing for the Bejing Olympics album.
Adam Stacey - Composer
Adam Stacey is a multi-instrumentalist/composer best known for being in the bands, Estradasphere, and Secret Chiefs 3. In addition to touring all over the U.S. and Canada, he has also recorded on several albums with musical genres ranging from gypsy jazz and classical to metal and avant-garde. Currently, he is attending school in Southern California for film scoring. His contribution to Swine is the creation of Wallace's theme.
John Bellas - Additional VFX
John Bellas is a professional Visual Effects Generalist based in Los Angeles, whose 7-year track record ranges from TV & trailers to feature films. He has created animated 3D graphics for A-list DVDs & Blu-rays and single-handedly produced over 100 vfx shots for an upcoming feature film. John's work was recently nominated for a 2011 Golden Trailer award in the "Best Graphics" category. As spectacular as his work can be, his contributions to Swine fall under the category of "Invisible Effects", and go completely unnoticed to the viewer.