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Exploring Character Part III: Clark & Lane

Clark

In other words, apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there? – Harold Pinter

“It doesn’t matter. Does it? “Where” we are, or if everything else still exists… None of it matters. It doesn’t change the situation.” – Clark in THE NOTHING

The most enigmatic of the five men. Clark’s disheveled appearance, piercing eyes, and stoic responses to the chaotic events around him arouse curiosity in the others, a curiosity which slowly turns to suspicion.

Lane

“The unexamined faith is not worth having.” – Elton Trueblood

“Well, I’m certainly not a sinner.” – Lane in THE NOTHING

Religion is a severe weapon when wielded without the grip of grace, and Lane does so with both hands.  His naivety causes him to live by platitudes and bumper sticker Christianity, and the shallowness of his beliefs makes him, perhaps, the most dangerous one among them.

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Exploring Character Part II: Bud

Bud

“Got a light?” – Bud in THE NOTHING

“Anything that comes easy, comes wrong.” – Josephine Tessier

Bitter and sarcastic are Bud’s default settings, but  alienating the only other people in provable existence could be problematic. His irritation that there isn’t one match or working lighter in the entire barn is a bit overblown, almost as if there is something more going on than nicotine withdrawals.


Exploring Character Part I : Eli

Eli

“There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist”- Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

“We shouldn’t be here… it’s unnatural.” – Eli in THE NOTHING

Strong, intellectual and confident, Eli is a natural leader: a role he falls into almost immediately after awakening in the barn. But how long can you believe in the rules of  logic, when your very existence seems to prove otherwise?


What is THE NOTHING?

As we get ever closer to a shoot date and all the great cast and crew announcements (and more!) that come along with it, we’ve really spent a lot of time getting to the core of what we are about and what we are trying to say with this film.

I figure the best way to do that is to keep giving tantalizing tidbits that have no substance what so ever but are evocative and keep you coming back for more (hey, it’s worked for LOST for 6 years!), but as I was resoundingly shouted down (and somebody, SOMEBODY threw a SHOE… I’m looking at you Boyet…) we have prepared a longer plot synopsis that hopefully gives you a much clearer idea of the story of The Nothing. Enjoy!

Ren Dubbin, a man struggling to reconcile his spiritual convictions with his crippling fear of the unknown, awakes in an eerie, ramshackle barn with four strangers. None of them have any memory of how they got there. Their attempt to escape ends when they open the doors to find the barn floating in an inexplicable and endless expanse of emptiness and total darkness. Nothing.  As they grapple to uncover the mystery that surrounds them they come face to face with an uncomfortable truth; when you gaze in to the abyss, it gazes back in to you. The oppressive nothingness outside and bizarre events inside bring to light the men’s deepest fears, doubts, failings, and beliefs. When their situation appears to grow hopeless, the men’s attentions turn to reflections on life and death, faith, God and– ultimately– the afterlife.