Let the other filmmakers seek their fame and fortune in New York City or Los Angeles. Erik and Carson Bloomquist, brothers who grew up in Newington, make their films in Connecticut and have no plans to change that. Their company, Mainframe Pictures, released a new romantic comedy, Christmas on the Carousel, in November. Filmed during the pandemic lockdown, the film is set in and around the carousel in Hartford\u2019s Bushnell Park as well as the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol. Last spring, the brothers, who write, produce and direct their films, released Weekenders, a film that follows four twenty-somethings who are brought together after a scheduling mix-up at an Airbnb. Night at the Eagle Inn, also released this year, a thriller currently making the festival circuit, revolves around fraternal twins as they search for clues at the Eagle Inn about their lost father. This past summer the duo finished shooting She Came from the Woods. A coming-of-age horror movie, the film follows the staff of an overnight camp as they conjure an old legend on the last day of camp in the summer of 1987. The Bloomquists expect to release it in 2022. A two-time New England Emmy Award winner, Erik, 29, often stars in the movies; Carson is a producer and helps write many of the scripts. While they both understand the lure of other film-industry cities, Connecticut offers exactly what they need. \u201cI like that there\u2019s a purity to the place,\u201d Erik says. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot of opportunity [in New York City], but we can carve out our own niche here.\u201d\u00a0 \u201cThere\u2019s a certain support that I might not feel in another market or city,\u201d adds Carson, 26. \u201cHere we can cultivate this thing we\u2019ve been able to grow in a meaningful way.\u201d The state is supportive of filmmakers, Erik says. \u201cThere\u2019s a kind of ingrained support system because it\u2019s not an Atlanta. There\u2019s a grassroots support you might not find in film towns.\u201d \u201cThere will be bigger things that come through but we want to preserve the grassroots, smaller manner of filmmaking,\u201d Carson says. And that, they both agree, means supporting other Connecticut businesses when possible. Products from the Farmer\u2019s Cow, a consortium of six Connecticut dairy farms, are often featured in Mainframe films. Scenes from She Came from the Woods were shot at Cushman Farm\u2019s cornfield in North Franklin and Main\u2019s Country Store & Grill in Bozrah. \u201cThey\u2019ve been generous with us,\u201d says Carson, noting that the Farmer\u2019s Cow products have been featured in five projects. \u201cThey logistically have helped us. It speaks to the benefit of being where we are.\u201d To some extent, Erik and Carson\u2019s adult collaboration is simply an extension of their childhood. \u201cCarson and I always went to the movies together growing up,\u201d Erik says, noting that they would corral their cousins to create skits for the grownups during family gatherings. \u201cWe wrote them on an electric typewriter. That went on for many years.\u201d The brothers also routinely had movie-making sleepovers. \u201cWe would prioritize taking out the camcorder, and doing the shooting, editing and airing in one night,\u201d Carson says. \u201cIt whet our appetite for what we ended up doing. The creative energy that came from those things became the impetus for how we like to operate.\u201d Today, they still often share the writing duties. Sometimes Erik has the laptop first and slides it over to Carson. Other times they write individually. \u201cIt\u2019s a symbiotic fusing of our brains when writing,\u201d Carson says. \u201cWe\u2019re lucky to operate on the same wavelength. It\u2019s a huge superpower we have.\u201d \u201cWe watch each other\u2019s backs and find holes,\u201d Erik adds. \u201cOne of us might do the brain dump and then the other looks for holes.\u201d When it\u2019s time to cast, the Bloomquists have a few regulars they often turn to first. \u201cI have a group of actor friends and connections I trust and think are strong foundational elements to everything we do. That loyalty is important to me,\u201d Erik says. \u201cI like to give friends a chance to showcase themselves and use their voice in new ways. \u201cNo matter what we do, we have a sense of play and [the project is] rooted in play regardless of the genre,\u201d Erik says. \u201cWe bring that energy you had as kids but with a professional skill set.\u201d How to watch:\u00a0Christmas on the Carousel and Night at the Eagle Inn are streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV and Google Play; Carousel can also be seen on Vudu. This article appears in the\u00a0December 2021\u00a0issue of\u00a0Connecticut Magazine.\u00a0You can\u00a0subscribe to\u00a0Connecticut Magazine\u00a0here, or\u00a0find the current issue on sale here.\u00a0Sign up for our newsletter\u00a0to get our latest and greatest content\u00a0delivered right to your inbox.\u00a0Have a question or comment? Email\firstname.lastname@example.org. 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