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ShootersNYC Feeds the Pig for Financial Literacy

ShootersNYC provided editorial, visual effects and postproduction for a television spot in multiple lengths for the AICPA and Ad Council Campaign, Feed the Pig.

Press release from ShootersNYC:

New York, New York – ShootersNYC, the creative multi-dimensional production and postproduction company, partnered with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Ad Council to contribute editorial, visual effects and postproduction for a television spot in multiple lengths for their national multimedia public service advertising campaign, Feed the Pig. This financial literacy campaign helps 25- to 34-year olds take control of their finances and add saving to their daily lives. The humorous new commercial features an epic chase scene between a man and Benjamin Bankes, the campaign’s iconic “spokespig.” 

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For ShootersNYC Editor Anthony Marinelli, the creative process on the “Chase” spot began early in the pre-production stage with the agency and Director Matt Pittroff of Twist. The Director and Editor had collaborated together earlier last year on an extensive Pepsi Max project, which broke over the summer. 

“Stylistically, we thought that it should feel like a ‘Bourne’ film or ‘Salt, movie’” explains Marinelli. “I scoured through YouTube clips to find different chase scenes in these movies and even found the Peter Bogdonavich film, ‘What's up, Doc?’ as a reference, which has a hilarious climactic chase that relied heavily on sound design.” 

According to Marinelli, it was the combination of music and sound design, which became the template to set the tone for ‘Chase.’ “There's a moment where our hero does a leap-frog over a yoga class in the park, and I just kept hearing the ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ in my head,” he adds. “We grabbed that sound effect and it became one of the funniest moments in the spot.”

In addition to the successful editorial process for the Ad Council campaign, the ShootersNYC team also provided extensive visual effects and postproduction. Although the spot appears completely live-action, almost every scene incorporates a visual effect. 

“One of the challenges for Flame Artist Mark Farkas was to give ‘Benjamin, the spokespig’ a personality,” Marinelli explains. “Because this is an actor in a pig mask, that meant animating eye and mouth movements as well as creating facial expressions. A fair amount of clean-up and touch-up work on the mask needed to be done. For the store scene at the opening of the spot when the lead actor receives his initial message, we also composited the different layers, adding reflections to the window and to the phone’s screen.”

For ShootersNYC Managing Director Jeff Beckerman, this project is representative of the way Shooters works with clients. 

“Ideally, a collaboration begins as this one did at the very start,” Beckerman says. “We approach each project in a big-picture way and provide the talent needed to achieve the clients’ goals. When we have everyone on the same page from the get-go, then our team can make creative decisions throughout the process, as they did on this new spot for AICPA and the Ad Council. Anthony, Mark and the entire ShootersNYC team here were so excited to work with the clients and Director Matt Pittroff. It was a real creative group effort, and the spot reflects that.”

ShootersNYC ( is the New York division of ShootersINC, a multi-dimensional creative production and post house specializing in editorial, visual effects, graphic design, finishing and audio post for advertising, television, feature film and new media. For more information contact Managing Director, Jeff Beckerman at 212-533-9400 or at

ShootersTV ( is a division of Shooters Inc., dedicated to creating programming for reality and non-scripted television. ShootersTV is represented by Peleton Entertainment, the New York-based television agency representing leading producers working in reality and documentary. For more information contact Rob Miller at Peleton Entertainment by email at or phone 212-572-9632; or contact Carrie Spott at ShootersTV by email at or phone 215-861-0100.

ShootersINC ( is a full service production and post house that blends talent, technology and client service to provide a superior level of quality and creativity. Shooters’ client base consists of ad agencies, production companies, political consultants, PR firms, and corporations. For more information contact Shooters’ Anne-Marie Starker ( or phone 215.861.0100.

DIVE ( is the visual effects, DI and film finishing division of ShootersINC, led by veteran Visual Effects Supervisor Mark O. Forker. As one of the east coast’s premier postproduction facilities for film finishing services, DIVE offers filmmakers the opportunity to complete Visual Effects, Digital Intermediates and Titles by coupling creative continuity with an integrated workflow. For more information, contact DIVE VP Business Development, Bob Lowery ( at 267.514.7700.


Client: AICPA Feed the Pig

Title: “Chase” :90/:60/:30/:15

Production Company: Twist, New York & Minneapolis Director: Matt Pittroff Director of Photography: Andy Lilien Owner/Executive Producer: Jim Geib Executive Producer: Amyliz Pera Line Producer: Steve Blair

Editorial, Visual Effects & Post Company: ShootersNYC, New York Editor: Anthony Marinelli Smoke/Flame Artist: Mark Farkas Managing Director/Executive Producer: Jeff Beckerman

Postproduction Company: Company 3, New York Colorist: Tim Masick

Sound Design Companies: ShootersNYC & PirateNY, New York Editor: Anthony Marinelli Sound Designer: Dave Rivera

Music Company: PirateNY, New York Composer: Filip Mitrovic

Audio Post Company: PLUSHNYC, New York Mixer: James Twomey

Advertising Agency: Turbine, Southport, CT Partner, Creative Director: Rob Slosberg Partner, Creative Director: Jeff Vogt Senior Art Director: Matt Songer Producer: Alice Chevalier

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