Andrew and Eric and the 10th Anniversary

It was ten years ago today that the very first Two Jackets Production was born: the first episode of our web series, 3rd West Ballard! And like a newborn, "Andrew and Eric and the Drunken Pilot" was loud and messy, with parents who were overly-optimistic about its prospects in the wider world. Today we look back fondly on the web series that we call our second film school, and we are glad that it's fallen into obscurity with no one drawing attention to it. Oh shit! Why did I just link that?

While the show was rough around the edges, we have nothing but great appreciation to everyone who made it with us. Throughout the two seasons of our production we met and worked with some amazingly talented people and discovered life-long friends. To celebrate the anniversary, and ten years of Two Jackets, we put together a little reunion special that we hope you all enjoy! Just don't go back and watch the show... Maybe have someone else tell you about it and write your very own Sham Fiction instead?

Here's to another 10 years!

Your biggest fans,
Andrew, Eric, and Marcus

The Return of Sham Fiction

That’s right, gang! Your favorite sham host and Eric and Marcus are returning! Yes, ‘tis I, Andrew! After a year in the wilderness, sustaining ourselves on a diet of pine needles and tree bark, befriending local hill people and wildlife, the Two Jackets guys are back in civilization and ready to bring you a new season of Sham Fiction! (Hot dang! It’s two words now!)

You remember Sham Fiction, right? It’s our podcast in which we write stories based on films, TV shows, books, and other pop culture sundries that we don’t know much about! Last season—which is still available in your favorite podcatcher—we wrote about such properties as Deadpool, Stranger Things, and The West Wing. This season, we’re bringing you more fun stories on all new stuff!

But hark! A new game is afoot! In this new season, we’re shaking up the show’s format and raising the stakes! Each episode will now feature a head-to-head, no-holds-barred, eat-or-be-eaten DUEL! “But, Andrew,” you say, “that can’t possibly mean…” Mean what? That every new episode of Sham Fiction will have two stories rather than one? Full well it does!

Here’s how it’ll work: The host has only eight minutes to pitch a property of their choosing, after which the two sham-writers each get two minutes to ask questions. After a brief, informative commercial break, the writers return to read their stories, and the host makes their determination as to who loses less! (As you’ll learn, there are no winners in the Sham Fiction arena. It’s pretty brutal.) The trio then takes the remainder of the show to discuss what worked about the stories, what didn’t, and how they compared to the source material.

We’re eager to begin sharing the new season with you, and thankfully there isn’t much time left to wait! The first full episode will drop on Monday, February 5th. From there, we’ll release a new episode every two weeks for the rest of the year.

But hark again! You won’t even have to wait that long! On Monday, January 22nd, we’ll be dropping Episode Zero, in which we discuss the new season and format in detail, as well as three—once again for effect: THREE—demo episodes. These are test ‘casts we recorded last summer to try out the dueling format. The stories in these demos are too good to be stashed away in the sham vault, so we thought we’d share them to give you a preview of what’s to come!

If you haven’t already, go—right cussin’ now!—to your favorite podcatcher and subscribe to the show. That way, you’ll receive the new episodes as they’re released. Get ready to rumble, baby! More Sham Fiction is on the way!

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Meanwhile, at the Citadel... at Comic-Con!

 From Left to Right: Katie Vannelli (Lizzy Lectric), Ted Raimi (Festival Judge), Andrew Neill (Producer/Co-Director)

From Left to Right: Katie Vannelli (Lizzy Lectric), Ted Raimi (Festival Judge), Andrew Neill (Producer/Co-Director)

Hey True Believers!

Two Jackets just got back from our first ever San Diego Comic-Con! We were thrilled to screen our film, "Meanwhile, at the Citadel of Superheroes..." at SDCC's international film festival, and honored to be selected as the Best Comics-Oriented Film!

We met some lovely people at the convention, and saw some excellent films. If you met us at San Diego, please drop us a line in the contact page! While you're here, please check out some of our other films, or give our podcast, Shamfiction, a listen.

In case you weren't at SDCC, or you'd like to see it again, here is our winning film for your viewing pleasure:

Zip Zap Zow!

Marcus

Must Love Grapes is now online!

Hey everyone! Eric here with an exciting announcement: we made a movie and now it's online look look look!

Must Love Grapes was made as part of the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project 2016. I know what you're thinking: "Hey, wasn't the last movie you guys made from the 48HFP last year?" And you'd totally be right! We've been too busy podcasting to make movies, duh!

But in all seriousness, we were super-duper excited to get back into the swing of production, and the 48 is always a fantastic opportunity to try new things. I think new things were tried, don't you? 

Anyway, take a look at Must Love Grapes on our Short Films page along with all of our other short work. Better yet, why not visit our YouTube channel?

Thanks for watching!