responsibility.org

Ask, Listen, Learn: Nathan Adrian + U.S. Attorneys General

AskListenLearn

Ask, Listen Learn asked us to write and produce Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring 5-time Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian along with Attorneys General from over 20 states. Each PSA is aimed at helping educate parents on how they can help their kids say “yes” to a healthy lifestyle and “no” to underage drinking. Nathan is the newest champion to join Ask, Listen Learn, a program that the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) developed alongside a team of educators and organizations specializing in middle school-aged students.

The Project

The PSA’s were filmed in Washington, DC over the course of one day with post-production taking place in March in order to launch the projects during April’s Alcohol Awareness Month. The PSA’s were written and directed by our Principal Creative Director, Justin Jarrett.

Behind the Scenes

21 PSA’s in 5 hours….need we say more?


This project was made possible through our Projects That Matter Initiative.  The Projects That Matter Initiative is a Philadelphia based video production program with the mission of  providing professional digital media services to Non-Profits at a discounted rate. To learn more about how your organization can join the initiative and qualify for creative content production discounts click below.


JTWO Chicago Works with We Raise Foundation

Our team had the opportunity to work with We Raise foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending poverty, violence, and inequality in Chicago communities.


This project was made possible through our Projects That Matter Initiative.  The Projects That Matter Initiative is a Philadelphia based video production program with the mission of  providing professional digital media services to Non-Profits at a discounted rate. To learn more about how your organization can join the initiative and qualify for creative content production discounts click below.


JTWO Wins 4 Louix Awards + Opens Show

2019 LOUIX AWARDS

Our team was back at the  Louix Awards this year opening the show for the SECOND year in a row with our short film, Two Lou’s One Club! We also picked up some new hardware for some of our recent work – winning four Louix Awards in total.

WINNER

Product Design | Online Campaign

Victus Baseball


Victus is one of the leading wooden bat manufacturers in the world and used by Pro players in the US and Japan. They tasked us with expanding their product offerings and redefining their brand, entirely.  After establishing a new brand direction, our team got to work designing t-shirts, hoodies, hats, knob stickers and batting gloves. We designed everything down to the tags and packaging. [Some of which we can’t even show you….yet].

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WINNER

Video Promotional

This is Lou


This is Lou, a short film produced as the show open for the 2018 Louix Awards, follows the story of a piece of shit from Philadelphia named Lou who finds himself in a precarious situation with some of the most ruthless cutthroat killers in the City of Brotherly Love.

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WINNER

Best Student Documentary

JTWO [INC]ubator - Barre None


 “Barre None” created under the JTWO [INC]ubator Project is a short documentary that tells the captivating and beautiful story of a young ballerina who is able to push through the harsh realities and overbearing pressures of the dancing world, with her unconditional love for the art.

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Opening the Show


We received such an amazing response last year that we knew this year’s opener had to be even bigger and crazier, taking everything to the next level. More action, more comedy, and more insanity. When the credits roll we want the audience to turn to the person next to them and say, “what the hell did I just watch?”

Enter, Tricky Ricky.

This year’s film, titled Two Lou’s. One Club. is a twelve-minute direct sequel to last year’s opener, picking up the plot where we left off one year later. An 80’s inspired action comedy on steroids, the film pits Philadelphia’s entire creative community against one another, riffing on classic films like Jean Claude Van Damme’s Bloodsport and featuring everything from rooftop fight clubs to underground boxing.

Two Lou’s. One Club. is a stylistic action comedy about Philadelphia’s underground creative community vying for the coveted top spot within the city. This short film debuted at the 2019 Louix Awards, opening the show.

Behind The Scenes

Cast

Frank Halbiger

Ginger Kochmer

Dave Wright

Rick Angeli

Zachary Haines

JTWO Squad

Jesse Kahn

Rick DiDonato

Deardorff

Hanlan

Agency M

High Heels & Bananas

Matthew Paul

Dom Luza

Kyle Luza

Brownies Irish Pub

Bleu Martini

Northern Liberties Rec Center

#SquadDeep


Of course, our team had to make a cameo!


Crew

Writer + Director: Justin Jarrett

Executive Producer: Travis Capacete

Producer: Brittany Bonanno

DP: Chris Harley

DP/ AC: Maria Vattimo

Camera Op: Jay Miller

AC: Alex Siwik

AC: Justin Williams

Grip Team: Federal Grip

Location Sound: Jelani Thomas

Set Design: Gillian Speers

Voiceover: Joey Eyes

BTS Photographer: Elle Chernaskey

PA: Omar Alqahtani

PA: Derrick Kim

PA: Brynn Antaran

Color Correction: Jason Druss


JTWO Wins 10 Addy Awards

2019 Philadelphia ADDY Awards

After opening the show with our sequel to last year’s “This is Lou” short film and taking home four awards at last month’s One Club Philadelphia Louix Awards, we capped off the award show season with ten wins at the Philadelphia ADDY Awards. Winning three Golds – two in Cinematography and one in Best of Show and seven Silvers, including wins in Video Editing, Internet Commercial, Social Media Campaign, Cinematography Campaign, Internet Campaign Non-Broadcast Audio/ Visual, and Cinematography. Our former intern even took home, Best in Show for Student Films for her JTWO [INC]ubator Project. Check out the winning projects below.

WINNER

GOLD ADDY | Cinematography

 

SILVER ADDY | Video Editing

 

This is Lou


 This is Lou, a short film produced as the show open for the 2018 Louix Awards, follows the story of a piece of shit from Philadelphia named Lou who finds himself in a precarious situation with some of the most ruthless cutthroat killers in the City of Brotherly Love.

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WINNER

SILVER ADDY  |   Internet Commercial

 

SILVER ADDY  |  Social Media Campaign

 

SILVER ADDY  |  Cinematography Campaign

 

SILVER ADDY  |  Internet Campaign

 

Victus Baseball


Victus is one of the leading wooden bat manufacturers in the world and used by Pro players in the US and Japan. They tasked us with expanding their product offerings and redefining their brand, entirely.  After establishing a new brand direction, our team got to work designing t-shirts, hoodies, hats, knob stickers and batting gloves. We designed everything down to the tags and packaging. [Some of which we can’t even show you….yet].

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WINNER

SILVER ADDY | Non-Broadcast Audio/ Visual

 

Lost Boyz Chicago


Our team partnered with New York City-based non-profit organization Laureus USA to produce a mini-documentary about Chicago’s Lost Boyz Inc., a non-profit organization committed to decreasing violence and improving the social and emotional conditions of the youth in Chicago’s South Shore community through baseball and softball.

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WINNER

GOLD ADDY | Best of Show

 

GOLD ADDY | Cinematography

 

JTWO [INC]ubator Project - Barre None


 “Barre None” created under the JTWO [INC]ubator Project is a short documentary that tells the captivating and beautiful story of a young ballerina who is able to push through the harsh realities and overbearing pressures of the dancing world, with her unconditional love for the art.

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WINNER

SILVER ADDY | Cinematography

 

JTWO.tv REEL


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JTWO Welcomes Omar Alqahtani

The Good Kind of Stress

by Omar Alqahtani

I was filming my first narrative short outside of a 7/11. One of the characters was smoking a cigarette. We were stopped by a couple of strangers asking saying that they did not have cash for cigarettes but they had a personal bottle of Grey Goose that they didn’t want. I was 19 at the time so I was pretty excited.

While working on a different movie, I called a casket supplier to ask for permission to film at his store. There was a scene where a grandma has to pick out a casket and I wanted it to be as visually compelling as possible; caskets hanging up on the wall felt like they would get the job done. The owner of the store was actually really cool about the whole thing. He gave me a tour around his little factory. He showed me his patented casket technology for people who only want to rent caskets, he explained to me how different types of caskets work, he even showed me how bodies get cremated. He has this giant machine that just sets bodies on fire for several hours. He showed me a can of ashes with leftover body modifications, such as braces, metal teeth, metal bones. It was all wonderfully morbid, but by far the weirdest part of that whole interaction is that he did not seem to mind my pretentious man bun.

For one short summer I worked with online media content company, so they send me on all kinds of weird prop runs. One time was especially different. They sent me out to carry a $10,000 chair through the busy streets of Manhattan. They half-assed the wrapping of the chair and made it my responsibility to return it without any scratches. I’m a pretty clumsy guy, and I did not want them to know that, which led to the most stressful 10-minute walk of my life. It was only 4 blocks, but it felt like 27.

All of those experiences lead to recorded moments on video. I would plug all those experiences onto a computer, and I would have to reappropriate all those memories to create a compelling narrative. To me, this is the beauty of filmmaking. The fact that the making of a narrative is a story within itself. Yes, for the audience, the narrative o the screen is completely divorced from the experiences that formed it, and for the sake of the art, it should be that way. However, the making of a movie leaves me with a lot of stories that I get to carry with me, and be able to tell my friends, family, maybe even grandchildren. I can’t think of many other professions that leaves you with so many stories to tell. That’s why I chose this profession. That’s why I took the internship at JTwo.


This project was created as part of the JTWO [INC]ubator Project. A semester long internship program built from the ground up to give young filmmakers, content creators, and all around hungry for a challenge individuals a place to stretch their creative minds while preparing them for the road ahead.

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brynn

JTWO Welcomes Brynn Antaran

Old Paths, New Footsteps

by Brynn Antaran

I’ve shelved most of my high school experiences, but there are a couple lucid moments that come back to me regularly.

The first day of playwriting class, sitting in the second row as our disheveled teacher paced back and forth in front of the white board, nodding and stuttering wildly: “ Real writers, y’know, the ones who are born to write, they never stop writing. Never. They’re seeing all these things around them and writing in their head, y’know, constantly .”

And then one of my summers at a musical theatre intensive, stretching on a stage amongst twenty other teens in jazz shoes, baking alive in an old church without air conditioning in the middle of June as the artistic director told us to think very seriously before pursuing a career in theatre or art because it would be an extremely difficult way to live. “I hate to break it to you kids,” she said in her lilted British meter, “but that’s the way it is.” We should only take this path only if we absolutely had to, only if we could truly do ​nothing​ else in this world but create.

Brianna

I was still a young, doubtful creative–I didn’t understand how anything could feel so sure and natural. In college, though, I fell into filmmaking and everything clicked. Directing and writing makes everything else pale in comparison, I can never get enough of it. I have this quiet certainty in it; it is the only thing I want to do.

I’m very excited to see how interning here at JTwo will help me along my career path. Besides directing/writing, I also produce and assistant direct–I look forward to flexing those muscles in commercial settings with coworkers who I can also call friends.

Brynn


This project was created as part of the JTWO [INC]ubator Project. A semester long internship program built from the ground up to give young filmmakers, content creators, and all around hungry for a challenge individuals a place to stretch their creative minds while preparing them for the road ahead.

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Derrick Kim

JTWO Welcomes Derrick Kim

An Unlikely Path to Film

by Derrick Kim

If someone told me three years ago that one day I would be interning for a film production company,  I would’ve laughed at them. Growing up in the Los Angeles area, I always had a passion for sports as a kid. I played one year of AYSO soccer and then absolutely fell in love with baseball through Little League. In fact, in first grade, my dream was to become a professional baseball player for the Dodgers. My love for baseball continued to grow until it hit me. Literally. I got hit in the face with a baseball and fractured my nose. It really sucked and I stopped playing.

However, in middle school I discovered that I was really good at volleyball where in 8th grade, I lead my team to its first ever league championship. I was hungry for volleyball and moved up to the varsity team by the end of my freshman year. That summer I worked incredibly hard, training and practicing to become a better outside hitter. I even went to open gyms before the season to get extra reps in. Hard work pays off right? Yes it does! But…I got hurt again. This time, I fractured my left ankle. I was never back to my normal self but, I embraced my passion throughout the next 3 years of varsity volleyball.

I did well academically, but felt like I never gave myself the chance to explore my creativity through classes. But, I did indirectly. During high school, my friends and I loved to go out and explore LA, Whether it was finding the best taco truck or nighttime view, we lived for adventure. We started going to spots like Griffith Observatory and Joan’s on Third to take pictures and try new foods. It was really the first time I was documenting my adventures through a visual medium and enjoyed it. So for my senior trip to South Korea and Taiwan, I bought a Canon Rebel T6i DSLR. This was my first camera and surely, I discovered a new passion for content creation and storytelling.

I packed this passion in my backpack and brought it all the way to the east coast to attend Haverford College in Philadelphia. To many’s surprise, I am majoring in economics and minoring in visual studies. Now that my playing days are over, I help out as a student assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team. Last summer, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to make creative content for places such as Hatch Yakitori, The Pie Hole, Alfred Tea Room, and more. It was my first time getting real world experience and I loved every bit of it. The best part was all the complementary food I received. It really reminded me of my high school adventures.

volleyball

Fast forward a couple months, and here I am with this incredible opportunity to intern for JTWO Films. Although I’ve definitely gotten better over the years, I have so much more to learn and am at no better place. Hopefully, I won’t get hit by any camera equipment and fracture anything because this time, I think I discovered my real passion.


This project was created as part of the JTWO [INC]ubator Project. A semester long internship program built from the ground up to give young filmmakers, content creators, and all around hungry for a challenge individuals a place to stretch their creative minds while preparing them for the road ahead.

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lf driscoll safety 360

JTWO Teams Up with LF Driscoll

We worked with the leading full-service construction provider in the Philadelphia metropolitan region, LF Driscoll, to share the story of Safety 360, a program that provides annual safety coaching to assure that all LF Driscoll staff members return home safely after a days work. Having worked with the company on a project back in May of 2018 at the Penn Medicine patient tower job site, our team was excited to get the ball rolling on another spot together.

The Project

Filming took place over the course of two days at two separate locations, the Villanova Performing Arts job site and the Philadelphia Museum of Art job site, where our crew worked high on 60-story rooftops and low in dimly lit, narrow tunnels in order to capture their contractors in live action.


JTWO BANNER YEAR 2018

A Banner Year in 2018

A Year in Review


To describe 2018 as a big year for us would be an understatement. Coming up on our ten year anniversary, we capped off a whirlwind 2018 campaign by launching a bevy of new projects, expanding to Chicago with a new studio, forming additional partnerships and growing our team with new staff members.

In the past year alone, we have produced national commercials, short documentaries, brand films and directed projects in Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Houston, Orlando, LA and Washington, D.C., with clients ranging from the Cleveland CavaliersJack DanielsBacardiJohnson & JohnsonMajor League SoccerIndependence Blue Cross and DC Comics– along with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Philadelphia UnionVictus SportsUPennComcast NBCUniversal and Visit Philadelphia.

This is Lou

Early this year, our team was tasked with the concept and creation of the show open for the 2018 LOUIX Awards, an advertising award show that celebrates the outstanding work of Philadelphia’s most creative visual artists, producers, directors, and abstract thinkers. We had seen other show opens before, and being the overachievers that we are, wanted to make sure we created something mind-bendingly different, with a hint of crazy and hailing from somewhere left of left-field.

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Janssen Immunology

We continued to work side by side with Janssen Immunology and their agency Evoke by creating another entry for the Janssen Storyteller Series. For this project, we told the story of Shawn and Marisa, two different people with two different stories who are united in their mission to transform the lives of people living with Lupus, together.

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Victus Grit Series

We worked with Victus in redefining their brand and launching their first-ever product category, The Victus Grit Series.  Our team took home a plethora of awards for this, including four LOUIX Awards for Branding, Product Design, Fashion Design, and  Brochure Design, two Addy awards, a Gold Addy for Sales Presentation catalog and a Silver for Publication Design & Magazine Design, and the 2018 MarCom Gold Award in Print Media & Publication.

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The Philadelphia Flyers

We worked together with the Philadelphia Flyers marketing team to produce an emotional, hard-hitting spot that told the story of the Flyers tumultuous season through specific moments throughout the year, which ultimately culminated in a trip to the postseason. The video screened on TV and across all Flyers social media outlets garnering over 200k views in less than 48 hours. 

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Projects That Matter Initiative


Our Projects That Matter Initiative, which focuses on collaborating with social impact organizations, also continued to expand with new projects and national campaigns for Responsibility.orgFred’s FootstepsLaureus USABringing Hope HomeHoliday Heroes, and the Lost Boyz Inc.

Lost Boyz

We partnered with Laureus USA to produce a mini-documentary about Chicago’s Lost Boyz Inc., a non-profit organization committed to decreasing violence and improving the social and emotional conditions of the youth in Chicago’s South Shore community through baseball and softball. Our short film debuted at Laureus USA’s Sport for Good Fashion Show fundraiser during New York Fashion Week, where star athletes helped raise $350,000 for disadvantaged youth across the U.S.

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JTWO | Chicago


Our Chicago studio, dubbed JTWO | Chicago, has also hit the ground running with both commercial and documentary work as well as agency collaborations set to launch early next year.

Conor Hare, Executive Producer


Launching JTWO Chicago has been an incredible journey. After 10 years in Philadelphia, it feels surreal to finally be expanding our services to the Midwest and seeing the partnerships we’ve formed in these short 6 months already taking off. From collaborating with both national and Chicago based non-profits to partnering up with local agencies, I couldn’t have asked for a better end to the year. In 2019 we look to only grow larger, stronger, and better.


JTWO Launches The Ultimate JTWO Christmas Experience

The Ultimate JTWO Christmas Experience


2018 was a HUGE year for our family here at JTWO so we wanted to show our appreciation to all of our clients and collaborative partners for making it all possible. That’s why this year for the holidays we decided to create the ULTIMATE JTWO CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE!!!

This was our way of giving back and making sure our clients and collaborative partners have the best holiday they’ve ever had. Also, we are hoping this makes up for last year’s little holiday mishap…..we know ADWeek thought it did 😉

Thank you to all of our 2018 Creative Collaborators