Squarespace

The online presence of Two Jackets Productions has been, in a word, neglected. We've been jumping around from blog to blog, trying out different avenues of hosting, and have been utterly underdeveloped in the website department. Now, however, we may have finally found something that works: SQUARESPACE.

Okay, so we're late to the party here. You've all known about Squarespace forever, and we've finally picked up on the trail. Sorry about that.

Anyway, the site is all here now! All of our old posts will be copied over and backdated onto this newly built site so that you can enjoy all our wisdom and witticisms until the end of time. Enjoy!

With love,

Eric

NOW ONLINE: The Home Office

You thought Keeping Up with the Cloneses was Two Jackets Productions latest 48 Hour Film?  Think again!  Shortly after moving to Ohio, Marcus did a 48 Hour Film solo.  While "The Home Office" features remote performances over the phone and on Skype, everything else was shot by Marcus himself.  There was a lot of setting up a camera and running in front of it, as well as adding shake in post to make it look like he had a camera operator.  It was a fun experiment in a different sort of filmmaking.  See if you can spot Andrew and Eric in the video!

The film has also been selected to screen this Thursday, September 4th at 7:00 PM at Studio 35 in Columbus, as part of the Best of the 48 Hour Film Project showing for the city.  If you're in the area, stop on by!  If not, check out the film above.  Marcus will be back with an update this Friday on how the "Best of" screening went.  He's honored to be a part of it!

Where's Marcus?

This summer I moved to Columbus, Ohio to pursue my dream of writing full-time. 

“That’s great, Marcus!” you say.  “How did you find a full-time job writing?” 

To which I say, “I didn’t!  I’m working on some spec projects and attempting to get into a writing development or graduate program.”

“Oh,” you say, and then avoid eye contact until someone comes by and changes the subject.

So, what am I doing in Columbus?  Is this the end of Two Jackets!? 

I’m writing, of course, and this is far from the end of Two Jackets.  In fact, we’re hard at work preparing another feature film script.  I’ve blocked out most of September to work on the first draft.  Additionally, I’ll be driving up to Minneapolis to work with Andrew on the Minneapolis 48 Hour Horror Project this October.

While we may now be in different time zones, Andrew, Eric, and I have lots of exciting plans for the future of Two Jackets Productions, and we’re excited to share them with you as they come to pass!

Stay tuned!
Marcus

Turn off your buffalo phone!

These immortalized words can only mean one thing: Two Jackets is going back to the South Dakota Film Festival!

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This year's fest will be held September 24-28 in Aberdeen (the Hub City!) Eric and I will be in attendance to support our electrifying superhero comedy, Meanwhile, at the Citadel of Superheroes…! The South Dakota screening is especially exciting because we will be premiering the extended festival cut of the film, which presents Lizzy Lectric’s story as we originally intended. The new material fully develops the soul of the movie, thanks in huge part to the sincerity and hilarity of our cast’s work. Some new music from rhythm-writer Reed Reimer and more post-production wizardry from Master Carlson elevate this new cut into a special experience. We can’t wait to share it with you!

If you’ve never been to SDFF, I highly recommend it. Last year was my first year in attendance, and I had an absolute blast. The fest’s organizers know how to treat their guests right, with entertaining and eclectic programming and plenty of food, beverage, and hootenanny at the after parties (which go until dawn). I love my home state, and I’m incredibly proud that it hosts such a welcoming fest, celebrating the art form I love in its incredibly diverse and fantastically weird glory.

There is indeed something happening in the middle of nowhere, and I’ll see you there!

-Andrew

NOW ONLINE: You Only Die Once!

That’s right! Our horror comedy, You Only Die Once!, is now online, just in time for the spooky/scary Halloween season.

This story of zombie-burdened ex-lovers holds a dear place in the twisted recesses of my heart. With this project, I wanted to experiment with some of the more wild and kinetic cinematic techniques, including split-screen, Dutch angles, and – my personal favorite – ZOOMS! In the projects that followed, Eric and Marcus have tried their damnedest to break me of my zoom addiction. They mostly succeeded, but I've gotten a few in there and yearn for the next opportunity! (Perhaps in our Minneapolis 48 Hour Horror Project entry?! MWAHAHA!!!)

Don't worry. I get it. Zooms don’t belong in everything. We devised YODO’s story as a foundation for such techniques, which is a backwards way of doing things, but hey, it worked! The whole project was an exercise in melodrama, and we had a helluva-lotta fun doing it. 

So if you're in need of a laugh right about now, check it out. The film kills every time we screen it - in more ways than one! (Uh oh, look out!) 

-Andrew

2014 Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project

Folks, we're going to Filmapalooza!

Eric here, and I'm so pumped to announce that our entry into this year's Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project, "Keeping Up with the Cloneses," has been awarded several honors, including Best Sound Design, Best Writing for Marcus Mann's script, Best Actress for Debra Berger's performance, Audience Favorite for our screening group, and BEST FILM overrall! That's right, errbody, we did pretty good this year!

The 48HFP took place the weekend of June 6-8. At 6:30pm Friday Night, Marcus, Andrew, and I hit the Crooked Pint in downtown Minneapolis along with the other 67 teams to draw our genres and get our required elements. We then dashed down to our location, a lovely old house in South Minnie, and started brainstorming! It didn't go well. After two hours our only decent idea had been offered by Marcus who said, "so she's a government cloner, okay?"

A few hours after that, we had a fantastic script, Andrew and Sam Johnson (our Cinematographer (he also shot Boxing with God)) were shotlisting, and our actresses were all lined up to begin shooting in the morning!

Saturday was a long day. We began bright and early, bleary-eyed and un-showered. I sat upstairs editing the footage as it came in, while Andrew directed the action below, and Marcus kept everyone on-track by playing Assistant Director. Our great friend Craig Larson (the titular character in Boxing with God) recorded audio, Sam Johnson ran the BlackMagic Pocket, and we all had the pleasure of working with Katie Vannelli again! Keep an eye out for her in the lead role of the upcoming Meanwhile at the Citadel of Superheroes...! We were also lucky enough to experience the acting talent of Debra Berger for the first time, a relatively new friend of the Jackets who we've been dying to work with!

Despite some last-minute, late-night rewrites, we managed to finish shooting around 1am Sunday morning, catch some Zs, and finish up the edit on Sunday. It was a race against the clock as we rendered the final file, hopped in the car, took some liberties with some Speed Limit signs, and handed the film in with minutes to spare!

The following Wednesday, June 18, "Keeping Up with the Cloneses" debuted in front of a large audience at the Riverview Theatre along with several other films in our screening group. The reaction was spectacular and the following Tuesday we were floored to find out we had made it to the Best Of Fest screening on Thursday, the 26th!

Although Marcus wasn't able to attend (he'd scampered off to Ohio just days before) it was a fantastic night of great movies and bated breath! We swept every award we were nominated for (Best Sound Design, Best Actress, and Best Writing) and were thrilled to receive the Audience Favorite award for our screening group. After "Cloneses" closed the screening portion of the night, the big moment arrived. We all held our collective breath as they counted off the runners-up awards, and we could not believe it when "Keeping Up with the Cloneses" was announced as Best Film of the 2014 Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project. Simply amazing.

Overall, this year's 48 was a challenging one. We pushed ourselves to make a movie the likes of which we've never done before, and ultimately we were rewarded for the effort. We couldn't have done it without our dedicated supporters, amazing crew, and freakishly talented actresses. From myself, Andrew, and the not-so-distant Marcus, we'd like to thank everyone who saw our weird little movie. I'll be posting it online ASAP, so check back here over the weekend!

Left to Right: Debra Berger, Eric Carlson, Andrew Neill, Katie Vannelli, and Craig Larson

Left to Right: Debra Berger, Eric Carlson, Andrew Neill, Katie Vannelli, and Craig Larson

Now on to the worldwide competition.... See you at Filmapalooza 2015!

Overwhelmed,

Eric

The spirit of comic-con!

We are pleased to announce that “Meanwhile, at the Citadel of Superheroes…” was selected as the Spirit of Comic Con winner for the 2014 Wizard World Comic Con in Minneapolis!

This award is given to the film that most represents the passion of the Comic Con culture, and we are very honored to have received it. As a Spirit of Comic Con winner, the film will go on to screen at many of the remaining stops in the 2014 Wizard World Comic Con Film Festival tour. We’ll post updates when we know specifically which cities will be showing the film.

Now that the convention is over, we’re back to working on the extended cut of “Meanwhile, at the Citadel of Superheroes…”, targeting the end of May for completion. It’s coming together nicely, and we’re excited to be able to share it with you all soon!

Zip Zap Zow,

Marcus

The longest update ever! Like, seriously.

Ay caramba! It’s been too long! They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and, oh, how true that is! I’m brimming with excitement to be here once more to catch you up on all the goings-on and what-have-you’s in the world of Two Jackets Productions.

When last we posted, the gang had just wrapped principle photography on Meanwhile, at the Citadel of Superheroes…, our latest short film project and entry into Z-Fest Film Festival V. Eric spent most of late January and early February in front of his computer, editing and whipping up some awesome visual effects. Marcus and I covered most of the sound mix (to varying degrees of success) and provided moral support to Eric, which mostly consisted of Taco Bell offerings. Fueled by Baja Blast and the sheer force of will, Eric wrapped up the cut at about 4 A.M. on the due date and collapsed.

The Z-Fest screenings arrived in March, and we were very pleased with the film’s reception. We received many kind remarks from our friends, family, fellow filmmakers, and combinations of those. The judges enjoyed the film enough to vote it into the Best of Fest screening alongside many other great projects. At the awards ceremony, we were honored to take home awards for Best Hero (for Katie Vannelli’s brilliant performance as Lizzy Lectric), Best Fantasy/SciFi, and Fourth Runner-Up overall!

Suddenly, April. Two Jackets flee to neutral territory and hole up for a full weekend. Three guys. One hotel room. All business. Yeah, it was pretty hott. But we had a future to discuss! And folks, we’re happy to report: the future is bright.

For starters, we’re creating an extended cut of Meanwhile for the festival circuit. We’re proud of the cut we submitted to Z-Fest, but the content we’re adding back into the film will elevate it with more humor and stakes. We’ll have the extended, no-holds-barred cut wrapped up before the Fantastic Fest deadline on May 29th. However, due to some immediate festival deadlines, we’ve been submitting the current cut to a few places, and we’re already seeing results!

Just this week, we were informed that Meanwhile and You Only Die Once! (starring our pal and local wunderkind Tyler Michaels) will be screening at Minneapolis Comic Con on Friday, May 2nd. Our very own Marcus Mann will be in attendance. If you’re at the Con, seek out the Film Festival! You’ll find a bunch of details about the Con on the Wizard World website. Zip Zap Zow!

Aside from finishing up and sending off Meanwhile, Two Jackets Productions will be participating once again in the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project, being held June 6-8 this year. Some may call it masochism; we call it good practice. What’s a little sleep-loss compared to the thrill, creativity, and collaboration that transpires in those mere 48 hours? It’s such a huge weekend for local filmmaking. Totally worth it.

Lastly, before you run off to your next cat video, I have one more little news item. On behalf of Two Jackets Productions, I am pleased to announce that our feature film, Limpwings, will be available on DVD and digital copy via Amazon this fall. You heard that right, folks! After almost three years, we’re finally ready to share the story of Daniel Hall and his nasty case of stigmata with you all. We’re very proud of this project; we learned a lot about ourselves and the art of filmmaking in the process. We’ll announce the exact release date later this summer after all the prep work is wrapped. Until then, God help us.

Look at that! You made it through. How lovely! Thanks for reading and for stopping by the Two Jackets site. Now go watch dem cats!

Andrew