Summer Update

To say that this has been a busy summer would be quite the understatement. And the summer isn’t even over yet! In fact, it has been a busy year. Two Cats Fighting Productions found ourselves at two film festivals this past spring: Sun Valley Film Festival in March for our music video “When Frida Became,” and Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) in May for our music video “Everybody Masturbate.” In January, we produced the short film “Chug – A Cautionary Tale,” and have been steadily working on a new music video for Project213.

We spent months in pre-production making sure that everything was perfect, and on July 6th, we rolled camera for the first time for this epic music video that will involve greenscreen suits and dancing teddy bears interacting with humans. Every day that we shoot for this project we learn and figure out something new. Maneuvering a teddy bear to make him actually look like he’s walking across the screen while his two human co-stars walk with him is quite the feat. We storyboarded every shot of this seven minute music video and planned out all the details down to what the bear will be wearing. It is quite an extensive project and we couldn’t do it without the storytelling and directing brain of Katie Preston and the music of Jared Hallock. The concept for this project is completely unique and will be a fresh take on the act of living life. We all live life from day-to-day and Katie paints an honest picture of just how mundane and equally creative that life can be.

Nearly every weekend so far this summer has been spent working on this project and we hope to wrap and start editing before the beginning of fall. While we are in full-swing with this project, we are also prepping for a new short film. Location scouting has taken us on some fun hikes and is allowing us to explore our more creative side with storytelling. And while THAT is going on, we are in pre-production for a feature film that we are planning on shooting next summer. The first few drafts of the script have been completed and we have already had a table read with the lead actors. It was such an experience to hear my words come to life with their voices. This will be our first big attempt at a feature film and I can’t wait to get my hands on that camera and start shooting.

Until then, I leave you with a project we worked on last summer, but have only now released. We haven’t released it for any other reason except to say “Here! Watch and hopefully enjoy. And maybe if you want to give us money to produce this we wouldn’t be opposed to that either.

This particular project is a teaser for another feature film that we would like to make in the near future. In June of 2012, we dragged a number of our friends up to a cabin on a lake in beautiful McCall, Idaho and fed them, filled them with booze, and let them enjoy a weekend together. All while reciting lines and stretching their acting wings to perform different scenes from a movie that they haven’t even read yet. All they really know about the film is what the teaser shows, and of course, what our logline says:

Five years after the passing of a mutual friend, a group of acquaintances retreat into the wilderness to carry out his dying wish and discover that which may seem like the end is only the beginning.

Now, back to working on those films and waiting to hear news of other film festivals that we hope to attend this year.

Until next time, Peace out Film Lovers,

Stephanie Michelle Lokelani, Producer

We’re Heading to Sun Valley

“When Frida Became,” our collaborative music video that we created with Project213 has been accepted into the Sun Valley Film Festival. We will be there along with many other films, documentaries, short films, music videos, and student films. It is an honor to be included in the second year of this film festival and we are looking forward to watching some incredible film that weekend.

The journey for the music video “When Frida Became,” started in the fall of 2011, with a couple of new friends sitting around a table at a bar discussing various types of film projects that they could work on together. We set a date for our first official pre-production meeting and went on our merry ways. The first weekend of January 2012, we regrouped and set a plan to start film production in February. The month of January was reserved for pre-production which included costuming, set design and frantically searching for a shoot location, choreography, and developing the story.

We shot over the course of several days in February and even traveled to Burley, Idaho, to shoot some footage in a swimming pool. Never having done any underwater shots before, that evening was certainly an experience, but we got some amazing footage which can be seen in our music video. Within days after calling “that’s a wrap,” we began editing and had a completed music video by the end of March.

“When Frida Became” has been submitted to many film festivals, some of which we are still waiting to hear on, and has even been accepted into a film festival prior to Sun Valley. Sandpoint Film Festival, in Sandpoint, Idaho, accepted our film and had a great showing in November of 2012. We are looking forward to our showing in March and are thrilled to be a part of these different Idaho Film Festivals.

A huge thank you is owed to everyone involved in “When Frida Became,” for without the music created by Project213, the animation from Hamill Creative, and the beautiful dancers/actors this music video would not be what it is. It was a labor of love for all of us and a journey that is still ongoing.

For more information about Sun Valley Film Festival, please visit their website: http://www.sunvalleyfilmfestival.org/

Project213: http://project213.com/