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Exploring Character Part IV: Ren


“Eternal nothingness is fine if you happen to be dressed for it.” – Woody Allen

“Everything starts somewhere.”- Ren in The Nothing

Many things about Ren are a mystery, even to himself, but one thing is clear; even before he awoke in The Nothing, he was already very lost. In the presence of the other men, and their uncompromising beliefs, he is forced to reconcile his own spiritual conflict.

Exploring Character Part III: Clark & Lane


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.


“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.

Exploring Character Part II: 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


“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?

Iconography of The Nothing Part III

It's a bludgeon!

The color blue is often associated with relaxing, tranquil scenes. On the other hand, it’s also a color associated with sadness. Maybe it’s some mix of these competing ideas that sparks something in Ren when coming across this seemingly unremarkable household item, or maybe it’s something else. Either way it’s the closest weapon at hand…