That's the stage two Maple Ridge brothers got to, as finalists in a million dollar worldwide contest to design a Superbowl ad for Doritos tortilla chips.
The online voting has now pared the contest down to the final five, and they have been eliminated.
They won $1,000 for their Doritos efforts, and some bragging rights their ad was chosen from among thousands in the worldwide contest, which garnered submissions from 30 different countries. An ad agency out of Toronto is interested in working with them.
They always go for the laugh, and their comedic entries are popular. It has been a nice little source of income, and they have had seven first place finishes. Generally, they are up against anywhere from 40 to 300 competing entries.
"We did a lot of movie remakes back then," recalls Graham.
Sometimes they could shoot a school project at Langley Fine Arts instead of writing it, and one of the brothers had to be mummified during a study of ancient Egypt.
Generally, director of photography is one position on a film, but the twins bounce ideas back and forth like Daniel and Henrik Sedin against the Edmonton Oilers.
Now the Talbot Twins are wrapped up in their budding careers.
Their first was for Famous Footwear, and it featured a pair of ratty old shoes walking themselves down the crowded hallways of their alma mater Langley Fine Arts. They got $7,500 for that one.
Their passion for this work goes back to fifth grade, when they cast their friends as Star Wars characters and made like George Lucas.
also gave them more affirmation that they are on the right track. They have already been getting noticed for their work on feature films, music videos and commercial videos.
"We're fairly confident now that we can finish in the money," said Nelson, noting that most of the competition is amateurish. "If there are 100 videos, there will be five that make you nervous."
They have so far shot three feature films. One, a dark comedy called Lawrence and Holloman, has been winning awards on the Canadian film festival circuit. People from town who see the film will recognize Memorial Peace Park, the former Zellers and other locations around Maple Ridge.
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The Talbot twins make them as affordably as possible. They get cheap labour they buy actors dinner. One brother dates a makeup artist, and the other a production Omega Blue Seamaster
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Then Bud Light liked one that was worth $10,000. But the brewers wanted them to re shoot the commercial with a less portly actor, so as not to leave the impression that beer drinkers gain weight. They got a bonus $5,000 to produce the slimmed down version.
"The competition was Omega Constellation 6553/865 really stiff," added Nelson. "Looking at the Top 5 you don't feel disappointed in losing to them."
They created a funny ad, with a pair of canoeists dropping some chips onto the water at Whonnock Lake and having a mermaid come out of the water to take their bait. The ad ends with their catch mounted on the wall over a fireplace.
anywhere from $12,000 to $7,500. There are lesser prizes for runners up.
Graham and Nelson Talbot are up and coming cinematographers who run Talbot Twins Cinematography.
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They also got some notice from a lumber company that complained the ad was too much like one they produced, which involved a mermaid and one of the same actors from their Superbowl contest ad. They are not being sued.
"We like dark humour," smiles Nelson.
They don't have a big business yet, at 24 years old and having graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2011. But what they do have is some high end camera gear, an eye for an impactful shot, and a sense of humor that creates those humorous ads that give you a chuckle.
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