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“TWO-HEADED COP”, AN ANIMATED FILM NOIR, BEGINS PRODUCTION
Santa Monica, CA – Monday June 18th, 2012
Production has begun on Two-Headed Cop, an animated short film co-created by animation industry vets Derek Friesenborg and Brian Ormiston. The independently financed project, written and directed by Friesenborg, is being produced through a partnership with online animation studio AnimationRigs.com.
“He’s the toughest cop in Fat City”, says Friesenborg. “He’s also got two heads. One head’s Asian, one’s Caucasian, both answer to Ray. They share a talent for hard-boiled justice and a middle leg. Other than that, they’ve got zip in common!”
Two-Headed Cop follows the gritty story of Ray and Ray as they battle crime and occasionally each other to upend Fat City’s criminal element. Framed for an assault on the town’s most beloved entertainer, Two-Headed Cop becomes a fugitive from the law. To clear their name, they must descend into the seedy underbelly of Fat City on a journey into the dark, tilted world of carnies, goons, grifters, pet markets, fine haberdashery... and a mysterious figure from out of their past.
"Our film is inspired by the styles and palettes of ‘40s-era animation, as well as the dark tones of film noir", says Friesenborg. "Thematically, it’s hard-boiled pulp fiction, taking its cues from classics like Touch of Evil, Raw Deal and Out of the Past, as well as the crime fiction of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane.
“But it’s not just an homage to old films,” continues Friesenborg. “It’s a surreal world where the chief of police walks on his knuckles like an ape. Where the biggest thug in town smashes through buildings like a wrecking-ball on legs. Where a dancing naked fat guy is the hottest show in town. It’s a world where there is no “normal”, but the closest you can get to it is Two-Headed Cop.”
About Derek Friesenborg
Derek Friesenborg is an animation industry veteran with over fifteen years experience as a character animator and supervising animator. Friesenborg has created animation for studios including Walt Disney Feature Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, and Digital Domain
A partial list of Friesenborg’s credits includes Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the Annie Award Winning Surf’s Up, the Academy Award® Winning Spider-Man 2, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions as well as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’ s Stone.
Friesenborg holds a B.F.A in Illustration with an emphasis in Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design.
For more information, visit: www.twoheadedcop.com or interact with him on Twitter @TwoHeadedCop and Facebook at www.facebook.com/twoheadedcop.
About Brian Orimston
Brian Ormiston is a story artist at Laika Inc., an animation studio specializing in feature puppet and computer animated films. Prior to being a story artist Ormiston worked as a stop motion animator, and computer animator for feature films, commercials, television programs and video games.
Orimston holds a B.F.A in Illustration with an emphasis in Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design.
For more information, visit: www.brianormiston.com, follow his blog at www.brianormiston.blogspot.com, or interact with him on Twitter @Roostergator.
AnimationRigs.com provides training, tools, and characters for through their online web platform, for commercial and non-commercial animation production.
For more information, visit: www.animationrigs.com or interact with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/animationrigs.
“TWO-HEADED COP”, AN ANIMATED FILM NOIR,
EXHIBITING AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON, BOOTH #2445
Comic-Con attendees to get first look at unique characters and surreal world of the short film.
Santa Monica, CA – Tuesday July 3rd, 2012
Figment Studios is pleased to announce that Two-Headed Cop, their animated short film currently in production, will be exhibiting at the AnimationRigs.com booth (#2445) of the San Diego Comic-Con, taking place July 11th – 15th, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Co-created by animation industry vets Derek Friesenborg and Brian Ormiston, Two-Headed Cop is a computer-animated short film combining the absurdist humor of classic cartoons with the dark sophistication of film noir. Writer and director Friesenborg is excited to share their two-headed protagonist with the Comic-Con conference goers.
“There’s nothing quite like Two-Headed Cop out there”, says Friesenborg, “and I can't think of a better place to finally share it with the world than at Comic-Con, because the audience there is such a receptive and enthusiastic one. We've been working literally for years on this project, and I'm super excited to see how people react to it.”
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and chat with Friesenborg, Ormiston, and AnimationRigs.com’s founder Kevin Freeman. Concept artwork, character designs, movie clips, and other visual development pieces will be on display, as well as exclusive Two-Headed Cop merchandise and special offers.
Two-Headed Cop follows the gritty story of Ray and Ray as they battle crime and occasionally each other to upend Fat City’s criminal element. Framed for an assault on the town’s most beloved entertainer, Two-Headed Cop becomes a fugitive from the law. To clear their name, they must descend into the seedy underbelly of Fat City on a journey into the dark, tilted world of carnies, goons, grifters, pet markets, fine haberdashery… and a mysterious figure from out of their past.
Two-Headed Cop is being produced through a partnership with online animation studio AnimationRigs.com using their proprietary pipeline and digital character technology.
For more information, visit: http://www.twoheadedcop.com or interact with him on Twitter @TwoHeadedCop and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/twoheadedcop.
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