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Mezza Morta: A Twisted Web Series

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Raised by 6 people in 13 months
Mezza Morta is a reanimated corpse created by two Russia scientists to infiltrate YouTube and influence the American public. 

Synopsis

Dr. Romanov and Dr. Petrov’s unorganized biohazard of a lab pulsates with electricity in the early hours of the morning. They've been working tirelessly to create the perfect KGBeauty for their manipulative plan--- and they’ve found the ideal specimens for the head of project Mezza Morta.

Tickled with enthusiasm, Dr. Romanov insists that 3 a.m. is the perfect time to conduct a few initial tests. He stands by his vintage technology ready to incorporate various memes into Mezza Morta’s temporal lobe, while Dr. Petrov observes off-camera--filming the experiment.  

For a while, the trial goes swimmingly-- but once political discourse gets thrown into the mix...the real madness starts.

Directors Statement

Mezza Morta is a twisted regurgitation of events in my personal life as well as my reaction to the divided world. It’s a representation of sexism and the #MeToo movement, the viral fads that distract us-- and the collision that brings it all together. This female-led production that pays homage to classic horror ushers in a new error of terror and is sure to inspire young female filmmakers everywhere.

The Mezza Morta prequel is a concept piece for the first season of the Mezza Morta web series. I want Mezza Morta to make you laugh, but more importantly--I want it to scare the shit out of you. This four-part horror comedy will satisfy feminists and gore enthusiasts alike with its sharp political humor and classic practical effects provided by special effects makeup artist, Steve Saturn. The script is written, the show is cast, and the crew is standing by--but we need your help to bring Mezza Morta to life.

With $35,000 I can make Mezza Morta the kick-ass web series I know it can be. 

I can't create this without your help, so please--donate today. 

Follow Us Online:
@MezzaMortaWebSeries on Instagram
@MezzaMortaWebseries on Facebook

Cast

Jo Anna Van Thuyne
Writer, Director, Producer
“Mezza Morta”

Jo Anna Van Thuyne is an actor, comedian, and filmmaker from Philadelphia. She graduated from LaSalle University and is most well-known for her interview series, Creepy Basement on the Scrapple TV YouTube Channel. She is also one of the producers and stars of the horror film, American Exorcist.

Jo Anna produced, wrote, and starred in the comedy news series, Lampoonery News, which was broadcast on the Philadelphia cable access channel, LaSalle TV. She acted as Associate Producer for ShadowBox Pictures where she helped produce a number of television commercials. She also served as a Production Assistant on many independent features including Stuart Connely’s The Suspect. Jo Anna managed and performed in a number of infamous Philadelphia based haunted houses like The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride and Eastern State Pennitetury’s Terror Behind The Walls.

Jo Anna moved to New York in 2016 and completed the core curriculum at the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center in New York City. She was accepted into the Advanced Program and continues to practice improv regularly. She also trains with Penny Templeton of The Penny Templeton Studio.

After two years of inspiration through education, Jo Anna wrote Mezza Morta as a culmination of all of the skills she has learned over the past decade. Mezza Morta, written, produced, and starring Jo Anna Van Thuyne...is also her directorial debut.

Crew

Steve Saturn
Special Effects Makeup, Producer

Steve Saturn is a practical effects makeup artist from New York and a 2006 graduate of the Drexel University School of Media Arts and Design in Philadelphia. Steve specializes in SFX makeup application, prosthetics, mold making, and prop fabrication.

He is the Co-Owner of the Philadelphia based production company, Federal Film Reserve, LLC where he helped produce the film, Birth of Separation. He also designed effects for the shorts, Monster Party, and Whom God Helps. Since November of 2011, Steve has worked with Brian Spears and Pete Gerner, and has assisted on films like We Are What We Are, Condemned, and Cold in July. He also assisted on the film Epidemic with Sara Poskonka.

Steve has also led and designed the SFX for the film American Exorcist, and Matt Braunsdorf’s short, John The Carpenter 

Matt Braunsdorf
Director of Photography, Producer

Matt Braunsdorf is a director, DP, and editor whose body of work includes film, television, Broadway, music videos and web content. His background is in film production and financing, having worked at iDeal Partners Film Fund for 6 years. In his time there he oversaw the production of the films Dirty Girl, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, Pump, and many others.

Since then he has shot and edited TV spots for Broadway shows like Something Rotten, On the 20th Century, Waitress, and many others. He has also edited for television on shows like New York's Funniest and Blissful Thinking. His work in web content includes Saturday Night Live, People Magazine, The Nerdist, Above Average Productions, College Humor, UCBComedy, and Improv Everywhere.

His short film John the Carpenter, which screened at Dances with Films, Hollyshorts, NYC Horror Film Festival, and won awards for best cinematography at the Nightmares Film Festival and best musical score at Other Worlds Austin in 2016, can be seen on Vimeo and YouTube.

Melissa Rodriguez
Producer

Melissa is a passionate and creative director/writer. She received her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College’s Film and Television department. Her feature thesis documentary, The Sambodi Project, was awarded Best Director by the faculty. Her short films have been featured in The 30 Under 30 Film Festival, New Filmmakers New York, & in the Brooklyn College Faculty Select Film Festival. She was awarded a BAFTA scholarship and membership as well as a membership with Film Fatales NYC for her achievements.

Melissa founded and is the director of Riot Girl Productions, a full-service video production and post-production company bringing to life both narrative and documentary content through creative storytelling.


Alexa Rae O’Neill
Costume Designer

Alexa Rae O'Neill is a 28-year-old Costume Designer currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. She originally hails from the suburbs of Philadelphia and has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from Moore College of Art & Design.

Alexa’s design aesthetic relies heavily on color psychology, and real-life situations. She believes the clothes a person wears always tells a story. She worked on costume design for horror films such as A Place in Hell, American Exorcist, and American Gothic. Alexa’s work can also be seen in music videos for Circa Survive’s Premonition of The Hex, and The Wonder Years’ Sister Cities.

Alexa is a member of IATSE United Scenic Artists Local 829, in the Costume Design & Wardrobe Styling category.

She spends her free time designing t-shirts and cosplaying as her favorite anime character.
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Hello contributors, and Happy Halloween month!

We are working hard to get the Mezza Morta prequel in front of as many eyeballs as possible. People seem to like it! We even had a great write up on The Horror Collective. You can read the article here: http://thehorrorsyndicate.com/2018/09/interview-jo-anna-van-thuyne/

Now, down to business!

We have increased the budget goal to $35,000. After filming the prequel and moving some numbers around, we feel that this is a responsible and realistic goal. Jo Anna believes in paying individuals for their time and talent, but she also wrote the first season of Mezza Morta to be budget conscious. This goal will help us successfully shoot, edit, and submit the first season of Mezza Morta to film festivals.

GoFundMe has also made some updates to their platform. They have removed rewards from their campaigns, and that means that rewards will be taken off of this page. Don't worry though! If you contributed to the campaign before this change I have saved your information and you WILL be receiving your rewards once the first season of Mezza Morta is completed filming.

As always, we encourage you to share the Mezza Morta prequel with your horror-loving friends, and encourage them to donate!

You can share the prequel video directly from our Facebook Page at Facebook.com/MezzaMortaWebSeries

Or Follow us on Instagram at @MezzaMortaWebSeries

Thanks! Stay spooky,
Jo
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It's finally here! The Mezza Morta prequel.

I want to thank each and every one of you for donating to this campaign. Your help makes the difference and you can continue to help!

Right now, the prequel is private---but it will launch tomorrow at MezzaMortaWebSeries.com

Here is your private link--before the intertubes sees it!

https://vimeo.com/289956286
pswd: nocollusion

Again, thank you for your help, and you can continue to help me reach my goal by telling your friends. If you love the video--share it!

Make sure to follow @mezzamortawebseries on Instagram and go to Facebook.com/MezzaMortaWebSeries and like the page.

Thanks again!

-Jo
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The Prequel is in The Can!

That's industry speak for "We filmed it, and now it's on my hard drive."

I can't begin to thank you enough for your continued support. Thanks to your various donations, I was able to compile a majority of the props and sets needed to film the Mezza Morta prequel. On Friday, June 22nd, I had a dedicated skeleton crew in my basement filming the madness.

We finished ahead of schedule, got all the footage we needed, and had a great time doing it. The energy on the set was wonderful, and we got a lot done. Granted, I learned a few lessons (like how it's nearly impossible to direct while you're strapped into a table) that I will take with me when I start shooting Season 1 of Mezza Morta.

That reminds me. Some of you asked me if I filmed the whole series on Friday. No way! I'm only giving you a taste. It takes SO MUCH to make something like this happen if you want to do it right. Your donations did help, but I dug into my own moth-filled pockets to get this prequel shot. I had to.

In order to get more people excited about Mezza Morta, I have to show them something. I am so thankful that YOU believe in me enough to donate to this GoFundMe, but there is more that needs to be done in order to get Mezza Morta made. I can't wait to show you the prequel so you can share it with your friends.

My hope is to shoot the first season in September and release it in time for Halloween 2018. Just in time for the midterms, too. Help me make this happen!

Here are some things you can do right now:
Share this GoFundMe page on your social media.
Tell your horror loving friends.
Donate more, or mention it to a friend that supports the arts.
FOLLOW @mezzamortawebseries on Instagram!
https://www.instagram.com/mezzamortawebseries/

Register to vote (not really Mezza Morta related--but it's important!)

Thanks again for everything,
Jo
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Another update! Oh joy!

Things are moving in the world of Mezza Morta. We had our first production meeting a few weeks ago, and we set a date for filming the prequel! We will be filming on June 22nd-- so make sure you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, (@jopincushion) and Facebook for behind the scenes live streams!

Steve Saturn and I did another makeup test last week, and I couldn't be happier with the results. The look still needs some tweaking--but we're headed in the right direction. I love showing you the process of creating the Mezza Morta look. You can already see the progression we've made since the first time you saw the character.

We're going to start building the set for the Mezza Morta prequel this week! While we may not be building the entire set for Mezza Morta.. we will be creating a tiny piece of it. That's the whole point of this shoot. I will be giving you a little glimpse into the Mezza Morta universe. I think you're going to dig it.

Besides Mezza Morta, there are four other characters in this web series. I'm happy to report that the project is halfway cast, and we're still working on some exciting additions. I can't wait to tell you who the people in front of and behind the camera are.

As you can probably tell from my social media activity, I'm fired up and ready to make Mezza Morta happen. I've spent years helping others realize their creative ambitions and educating myself in the craft. Now I'm ready to show you what I got.

Stay tuned!

-Jo
Latest Mezza Morta makeup test w/ wig
Latest Mezza Morta makeup test w/ wig
Latest Mezza Morta makeup test w/ wig
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