Mezza Morta: A Twisted Web Series

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Raised by 6 people in 13 months

Mezza Morta is a horror comedy web series that reflects the state of the Internet (and America) today. Mezza Morta is a Frankenstein-like monster created by two Russian scientists in an attempt to infiltrate YouTube and influence the American public. She is a (literal) hodgepodge of YouTube celebrities molded together into one abomination.

I'm Jo Anna Van Thuyne, an actor, comedian, and filmmaker who has worked in the film industry for over a decade. I've worked as a producer in the Philadelphia area helping to create a number of projects throughout the years. I am ready to take the wheel and pursue my passion for writing and directing.

With $25,000 I can make Mezza Morta the kick ass web series I know it can be. 

Mezza Morta is a reaction to these stressful times. It's a representation of sexism in every industry. It comments on our divided country and even manages to make you laugh every once in awhile. This web series will satisfy feminists and gore enthusiasts alike with its practical effects and sharp political humor.

I have written the first season of this twisted web series, and I am currently in pre-production. I have access to a number of extremely talented professionals, and a special effects team that will satisfy any horror nerd’s gory fantasy.

I can't create this without your help, so please--donate today. Together we can show the world that a woman can create something that is equally terrifying and hilarious.
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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!

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

Thanks again for everything,
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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!

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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I bet you thought I forgot about you devoted GoFundMe contributors--but I have not! Nor have I forgotten my quest to create one of the most twisted web series the intertubes has ever seen!

Rejoice, dear donors, because your money has not gone to waste. Thanks to your generosity I was able to acquire a number of important props for the Mezza Morta web series and prequel. (Yes! We're shooting a prequel!)

Thanks to your initial donations, I was able to get a lab kit off of Amazon. The kit was filled with beakers, test tubes and Erlenmeyer flasks. Best part, it was from Czechoslovakia. Totes approps, right? They're nice and big too--so they're going to look great on camera! All we need is some food coloring and a killer G & E and we're all set.

I was also able to find a very important prop for the prequel. For months, I've been searching for a vintage computer (spoiler alert) that I could destroy. I was starting to lose hope because these computers are now collector's items, and some were selling on eBay for as much as $300!

Well, an Art Department friend of mine suggested I scour Craigslist, and I'm glad he did. I found TWO vintage Macintosh computers for under $100! Now I can set that shot up twice and get double the coverage. Something that I was desperate for, but not expecting to accomplish. Well, I guess when you ask the universe--you receive!

I also found some vintage keyboards and mice (is that the plural for computer mouse?) off of a shady character from Craigslist. As I drove out to the sticks to buy them out of the trunk of her car--I already felt like I was in a horror movie. Which was nice.

But that's independent filmmaking, folks! You gotta find your props where you can, and try to save as much money along the way.

There are still a few props we need before we can get things started with the prequel, so I've created a Mezza Morta Wishlist on Amazon. If you're feeling extra generous--go ahead and buy me some latex gloves. It'll be a big help!

Here's the link:

So thanks for YOUR money, and make sure you share this GoFundMe Campaign with your friends. We have a long way to go, and we're hoping to shoot a teaser soon so we can get even more people excited to bring Mezza Morta to life.

Thanks for all your love and support. It warms my cold black heart.

Make sure you follow me on Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat @JoPincushion for more Mezza Morta updates!

Vintage Macs Ready 4 Smashin'
Lab Equipment From Czechoslovakia
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Hello Indie Film Supporters!

We've been working hard in pre-production for Mezza Morta and have a lot of fun stuff planned for 2018.

Steve Saturn recently completed another makeup test for the character. We even broadcasted it live on Instagram! We're happy with this more realistic decay, and we axed the Wicked Witch green. What do you think?

Make sure you follow me on Instagram @jopincushion to catch more pre-production goodness. We have to test for a final Mezza Morta look soon because we're shooting something in January!

That's right! I've written a prequel to the 4-part web series, and we are going to be shooting it in January. I wanted to give people a taste of the Mezza Morta universe, and I think I did it with this short.

The hope is to submit the prequel to different horror film festivals and spread the word on the web series. It'll also give YOU something cool to show your friends so we can get this made!

Make sure you stick around for more behind the scenes goodness. I'm very thankful for everyone who has donated their time, money, and energy into this project so far. I'm excited about 2018 and you should be too!

Make sure you share this campaign with your horror loving friends!

New look, same gore
Sketch for Mezza Morta Prequel
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Raised by 6 people in 13 months
Cosplay PDF
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Producer credit on IMDB, access to BOS content, access to an exclusive monthly BOS video, and a signed copy of the entire Mezza Morta script. Signed cast photo.
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IMDB credit, BOS content, signed cast photo, an exclusive monthly BOS video, a signed copy of the entire Mezza Morta script, lunch w/ Jo (NYC/Philly area)
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