Produced and production managed by Lauren McCune. Written and directed by Conor Stratton. Presented by Six Part Productions.
Filmed over a brutally packed two month period, Killing the Dog was made on a super micro-budget of personal savings, private donations and crowd-funding, but every economic challenge was met with resourcefulness and ingenuity. Using guerrilla filmmaking techniques, costumes and locations were begged for, borrowed and stolen. Conor built several pieces of equipment including a Kino flo out of linked kitchen under-cabinet lights and a dolly made with skateboard wheels and a cannibalized tripod head. The fantastical story is audaciously told without CGI. Most effects were done in camera, with interns holding lights on dimmers, sheets of plexi-glass, sparklers and bottles of fake blood and chocolate syrup just off screen.
No one on Killing the Dog did just one job. Lead actress Lauren McCune was also the producer, production manager, and on many days-- the caterer. Paul Szent-Miklosy, who plays Sand, is also a musician and contributed enormously to the soundtrack. The actors who play the Gypsies are members of the band Future in Plastics whose song is playing in the opening bar scene. Everyone involved gave in every way that they could to the making of this film. Pride and personal investment in the project and love of the process fueled a unique group momentum. The film is a testament to the ideal that collaboration is more important than competition, and limitations are only paths to higher roads of creativity.
Killing the Dog premiered in 2013 at the Take Two International Film Festival in New York City, where it won the Manny Award for Outstanding Feature, and has since screened as an Official Selection of the 2013 NewFilmmakers Independent Film Festival, the 2013 New York City Independent Film Festival, and was Runner Up for Best Action Sequence at the 2012 Action on Film Festival.