He’s the toughest cop in Fat City. He’s also got two heads. One Asian, one Caucasian. They share a gift for justice and a middle leg.
Best. Quote. Ever.
"Idea I wish I'd thought of: Two-Headed Cop. Good Cop Bad Cop on the same body. How did I miss that?"
- Glen Mazzara, Executive Producer and Showrunner for AMC's "THE WALKING DEAD" writing in The Hollywood Reporter
Two-Headed Cop is an independently financed, computer animated film currently in production. It was originally a pitch for an animated TV series, but then we decided to fund and create it ourselves. We took the script from the pilot of the series and put that into production. Ultimately it will be around 30 minutes in length.
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 Happy Fat Guy, 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 -- a journey into the dark, tilted world of carnies, goons, grifters, pet markets, fine haberdashery… and a mysterious figure from out of their past.
There’s a lot of tough talk, cheap thrills, and hard take-downs. There’s a cop pushed to the edge, a mad-man out for revenge, and more grifters and goons than you can shake a stick at.
Our film is inspired by the styles and palettes of ‘40s-era animation, as well as the dark sophistication of film noir. Thematically, it’s hard-boiled pulp fiction, taking its cues from classic noirs 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.
However, it isn’t simply an animated homage to ‘40s cinema, because it’s not our world, but rather an off-kilter version of it.
It’s a world where a dog might talk like a man, a man might walk like an ape, and a dancing naked fat guy is the hottest show in town. A world with no sense of scale, where a cop as small as a lunchbox chases a crook as big as a lunch truck. Where the biggest thug in town walks through walls like they were made of paper.
A world where there is no “normal”, but the closest you can get to it is Two-Headed Cop.
Most short films have 2-3 characters, in 1 location and are 3-8 minutes long. Two-Headed Cop has over 30+ characters across 14 locations and is 30 minutes in length. It's a real chunk of work, with high production value.
Currently Two-Headed Cop has entered the animation stage of production. The one-minute JAIL sequence you saw in the video is the first footage out of the gate.
The Kickstarter Goal is to raise $150,000. This will directly fund the ANIMATION PRODUCTION. The world of Two-Headed Cop is lush, and full of characters that are an animator's dream. It needs rich, sophisticated quality animation to do that world justice. And the Rays demand justice.
Seasoned veteran animators with feature animation experience are being recruited and will paid a stipend. No one's going to get their usual pay. But you can't make 30 minutes of feature quality animation on favors. People need to be compensated for their time and more importantly, their talents.
The Budget Breakdown:
- Animation (66%) $100,000
- Rewards Fulfillment (15%) $22,500
- Shipping Costs (8%) $12,500
- Kickstarter and Amazon fees (10%) $15,000
We've got some sweet rewards lined up for you. You can make your selection on the right hand side of the screen. Or scroll down to the bottom for our handy visual rewards breakdown.
Here's some shots of the Two-Headed Cop Maquette. We're loving this! And if you are too you'll want to look at the FAT CAT and TRIFECTA rewards.
Here's an original Two-Headed Cop Illustration. Hand-inked, one-of-a-kind originals by the talented 2HC character designer Anna Wilkenfeld. Each drawing will be unique!
Check out the GRIFTER & TRIFECTA awards for one of these. (Frame not included)
There's stickers, t-shirts, posters, postcards, balloons, flipbooks, DVDs & Blu-rays, and a clown-car-load more. So be sure to check them all out.
Who Are You?
My name is Derek Friesenborg, the Writer and Director of Two-Headed Cop. I live and work in Santa Monica, CA.
I've worked in the animation industry for over fifteen years as a character animator and supervising animator. Along the way I've created animation for studios including Walt Disney Feature Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, and Digital Domain.
It's been a great ride and creatively gratifying, but it was finally time to step out own my own and create the story and world of Two-Headed Cop. I hope you'll join with me and support making this unique project.
If you've made it this far down, you're a real trooper and we'd love to have you be part of the Two-Headed Cop team. Please pledge and we'll bask in your awesomeness.
Follow our progress on the Film Production Blog at www.twoheadedcop.com!
Yes! We plan to support subtitles in English and multiple other languages. If there is a language you would like to see Two-Headed Cop subtitled in, just drop us a message. Cheers!
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GUMSHOE -- DRM-Free HD Digital Download of the finished film! PLUS 2HC sticker set, 2HC artwork postcard, 2HC Business Card, and your own Harry Balloon Head. ALSO your name listed on Two Headed Cop’s thank you page!Estimated delivery:
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*** COMIC-CON CARNY SPECIAL!! *** -- Available only during dates of COMIC-CON July 11th - 15th. Pledge $15 and receive the $25 CARNY reward -- A DVD of the finished film and 2HC artwork postcard. PLUS 2HC sticker set, 2HC Business Card, and your own Harry Balloon Head. ALSO your name listed on Two Headed Cop’s thank you page! -- (Note: You need not pledge at Comic-Con, but we'd love to see you at our BOOTH #2445!)Estimated delivery:
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CARNY -- DVD of the finished film! Plus 2HC artwork postcard. AND ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS.Estimated delivery:
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HIRED GUN -- Blu-ray HD DVD of the finished film! Plus a 2HC T-Shirt, and 2HC Poster (11x17)! AND ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS.Estimated delivery:
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ANIMATOR -- Access to a fully rigged 2HC Carny character and environment set with props to animate with! (Autodesk Maya required). Also includes 2HC Production Package of: Facial Libraries, Animation Cycles, and Demo Videos! Plus a SIGNED 2HC Poster (11x17) by Writer/Director Derek Friesenborg. AND ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS.Estimated delivery:
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CALL THE SHOT -- Fund a shot in the film! Your pledge will go directly to funding the ANIMATION of a specific shot in 2HC. Includes a Custom Flipbook of the shot you funded, plus a high-quality Final Animation Print signed by Writer/Director Derek Friesenborg w/2HC COA seal. INCLUDES "HIRED GUN" REWARD AND ABOVE! Plus a SIGNED 2HC Poster (11x17) by Writer/Director Derek Friesenborg.Estimated delivery:
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GRIFTER -- Own an original piece of 2HC Artwork. Receive a one-of-a-kind, hand-inked drawing of the Rays upholding justice Two-Headed Cop style. SIGNED by character designer Anna Wilkenfeld and Writer/Director Derek Friesenborg, with 2HC COA seal. INCLUDES "HIRED GUN" REWARD AND ABOVE!Estimated delivery:
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FAT CAT -- The boys enter the three dimensions. A custom made, hand painted 2HC Production Maquette of 2HC dispensing justice times two! SIGNED by Writer/Director Derek Friesenborg, with 2HC COA seal. INCLUDES "HIRED GUN" REWARD AND ABOVE!Estimated delivery:
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*** EARLY BIRD TRIFECTA *** -- First 5 Early Birds receive THE TRIFECTA (combined rewards of CALL THE SHOT, GRIFTER & FAT CAT) at the special pledge amount of $400 rather than $600! Tweet tweet!Estimated delivery:
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EXTRA! EXTRA! -- Be an extra in the film... with screen credit! We’ll create a character from your likeness as a citizen of Fat City, and your name will appear in the credits! Also includes HD Digital Download of the shot you are seen in, PLUS original artwork of your character posed with 2HC! INCLUDES "HIRED GUN" REWARD AND ABOVE!Estimated delivery:
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THE GREEN LIGHT -- Now YOU’RE the deciderer! Be listed as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER on the 2HC end credits. PLUS back it all up with: an official 2HC Assoc. Producer Business Card; a personal copy of the original 2HC Show Bible & Screenplay (SIGNED and EMBOSSED with the 2HC seal of approval), 4 Tickets to the 2HC Premiere (travel/lodging to Los Angeles not included) AND… YOUR VERY OWN 2HC GREEN LIGHT, for finalizing those mega deals. INCLUDES "HIRED GUN" REWARD AND ABOVE!Estimated delivery:
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FAT CITY FREE MASON -- YOUR NAME listed in exclusive Very Special Thanks of screen credits! Plus 4 Tickets to the Wrap Party (travel/lodging to Los Angeles not included), with 4 special 2HC Wrap Party Swag Bags! INCLUDES "HIRED GUN" REWARD AND ABOVE!Estimated delivery:
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THE STAR CHAMBER -- Pull the strings, make him dance! Writer/Director Derek Friesenborg will travel to YOUR LOCATION to hold a Private Screening including a Q&A. (travel within USA/Canada only). INCLUDES "HIRED GUN" REWARD AND ABOVE!Estimated delivery:
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