Features /August 4
Words: Ace Norton
Collaborator Photos: Ace Norton
A FILM BY COMMONDEER
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ACE NORTON
STARRING ALLIE AND LEXI KAPLAN
This film is about synchronicity: two identical twins doing the exact same thing, at the exact same time. I’ve always found identical twins to be interesting and mysterious. Filmicly, I love symmetry and things being balanced in the frame, and with “Synchronicity” I thought it might be funny to milk the comedy out of that. One of my favorite films of all time is “The Shining.” I was always obsessed with those two creepy twins in the hallway and I wanted to homage to that and make a quintessential short film about twins that they could watch and somewhat relate to. Garrett and I are both Venice locals and have been good friends for a while. I’ve been wearing his eyewear since he opened the store on Abbot Kinney seven years ago. In fact, I was the guy wearing the mask on the cover of the inaugural issue of his Spectacle magazine. I had the idea for “Synchronicity” and knew he’d be into it. We met over a coffee and I explained to him the idea and he loved it. He understood the humor and got the overall vibe. He understood that it would be an interesting stand alone narrative, but also an interesting marketing tool to showcase his eyewear in an original way...so we made the film!
PRODUCED BY LARS RUCH @COMMONDEER CO-PRODUCERS: JOE CARE AND JACKSON MORTON @JOJX ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: AURELIEN BONZON @COMMONDEER POEM: JASON DOLAN AND ACE NORTON PRODUCTION MANAGER: DEVON WRIGHT CINEMATOGRAPHY: ALEXANDER ALEXANDROV PRODUCTION DESIGN: EMMA ROSE MEAD STYLIST: SARA SENSOY 1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA: ERIC WALDRON KEY GRIP: ALEX WILSON SOUND MIXER: DYLAN ACIO SITE REP: KYLE HOLLINGER EDITOR: MICAH LEVIN @MMM AUDIO-POST PRODUCTION: HARMONIX SOUND CREATORS COLORIST: QUINN ALVAREZ @APACHE CLOTHES BY CHRISTY DAWN AND ASSEMBLY LOS ANGELES SPECIAL THANKS TO WALTER PARTOS AND AJAY GHOSH @PARTOS AND CHRISTOPHER DUER @LEGEND LOCATIONS