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When's the last time you spent $500? What was it on? Penny stocks? Designer clothes? Piano lessons? A since unused gym membership? Last week, the Purchase Brothers, a pair of young Toronto-based directors, uploaded a short film made for five Benjamins (or Sir Robert Bordens, depending on the currency) based on the popular Half-Life video game. And instead of looking like a Gondryesque sweding, the video, shot in and around Toronto, has been getting rave online reviews and a collective question, Who are these guys?
We spoke to the Purchase Brothers, David, 25, and Ian, 23, who signed with Toronto's Sons & Daughters for commercial representation in January, about how they got their start, "Escape From City 17" and more.
You guys have seemingly come out of nowhere, but there's usually a lot of hard work involved in these over-night stories.
David Purchase: It's just gradually evolved from projects we did together as teenagers. The more we learned and taught ourselves, the more we could apply to our projects. We're pretty much just a two man team that does everything. We made a short film a couple years ago that impressed a few people and it got us a small budget for an independent feature we're working on right now. That project got delayed for various reasons, and we had a friend who kept urging us to get involved in commercials. So we decided to do that, ultimately hoping to turn some of the money we might make back into our independent film.