THE BRIEF, EXISTENTIAL CRISIS OF A YOUNG UNDERWEAR MODEL started after a conversation between the brothers, Brett & Drew Checkelsky, following a rooftop photo shoot Brett worked on. It obviously involved French underwear models.
Brett was intrigued by their lives, mystified by how perfect it all appeared. Following their conversation together, Drew wrote an initial draft of a script incorporating the second character : a middle-aged woman. There were some changes before the script was finalized. Spotlighting the juxtaposition in appearance, between real life people, real life problems and the life and problems of the underwear model.
The humor in our film has a light touch. For us it's the initial moments of surprise that are to elicit a laugh. Special and somewhat obscene moments as when the underwear model goes walking and reading through the streets in nothing but his "set-wear." Or when The Middle-Aged Woman’s sobbing is derailed by the adonis Underwear Model behind the bar. As the story progresses though, the humor resides in the chasm between the ease and carefreeness of the Underwear Model’s life and the overwhelming issues weighing on the Middle-Aged Woman.
The image and lifestyle of the Underwear Model is marketed as an attainable paragon. While we enjoy and find humor in the image and idea behind the Underwear’s Model marvelous life, we know that he did not sign up for it, he did not make a choice. He was born into his designer underwear. The life of the Underwear Model is an ideal that the viewer projects onto whatever daydream lifestyle he’d like to live. The Underwear Model is a lottery ticket that we will not get to cash but still religiously buy, purchasing the time to dream about what life could be. It looks like it fits so well.
2.35 partner Nicole Cosgrove produced the film along side Roweena Mackay known for her work on KILIMANJARO (SXSW 2013) . Brett & Drew Checkelsky are burgeoning filmmakers, as Brett pursues camera work in the New York independent filmmaking community and Drew spends his time churning new ideas for future screen plays. The two Ohio natives are currently in the process of writing their first feature together.