We've had the idea for a sitcom about life in Fort McMurray for quite some time. When Telus held an information session regarding their Storyhive funding program, we knew the time was right to pounce. We assembled our team, created our pitch, built our online presence, engaged the community to drive interest and support for the project with several multimedia elements. We were successful in winning our funding to produce our pilot, then the wild fire forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray.
Being kept from home and having cast/crew scattered across Canada created some serious challenges for our production, but nothing was going to stop us! We moved the production to Edmonton, found new resources and locations and made some new friends along the way. Our desire to make a comedy about Fort McMurray came from a belief that the community needed a more balanced image presented to the world. We feel Rig Pigs accomplishes this and are persuing funding for future episodes.
Partnering with our Social Media guru friend Eden Boutilier, we created an extensive, multi platform social media promotion to drive traffic to our project and earn enough votes to be awarded our budget.
Beyond the pilot script itself, we also wrote outlines for 5 future episodes, 4 promotion shorts and a prologue narrative short.
Due to the wild fire evacuation, we had to make story and characters changes on the fly to suit the recasting of certain characters.
Adding to our challenges, we relocated our production to Edmonton and shot the entire pilot episode over 4 days with a crew of eight.
Below are some stills from the pilot episode, followed by some BTS images.
Eight traveling cast members, a crew of 10 and just over 20 extras. We couldn't have made this show without the selfless dedication and commitment of so many supporters. The wild fire took it's toll on the community but not it's giving spirit!
We are proud to have been officially selected to open the 2016 Edmonton Short Film Festival.