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Principal Photography Completed

Thirteen days spread over two months and THE NOTHING is officially in the can. We have a long way to go before we have a finished film ready to unleash on the world, but this is definitely an accomplishment worth taking a moment to relish.

Three years ago, I moved to Nashville, and my friend Justin Baker introduced me to Josh Childs, an actor in town. I was fresh out of bible college, disillusioned with joining the ministry, and beginning to entertain thoughts of becoming a screenwriter. Josh had acted professionally for years, and Justin, already an excellent musician, had branched out into graphic design and video production.

We shared a love of film that quickly turned to talk about the kind of movies we’d like to make, if only we had the opportunity. We talked about our desire to see “faith-based” – or rather, unapologetically Christian –  movies that reflected our sensibilities, our aesthetic, and captured some of the struggles we saw in our lives.

I was soon after introduced to Jeff Boyet, another accomplished Nashville actor who shared our dreams, and the seeds were planted for what eventually became Released Pictures.

After working on a few projects together, Josh came up with the idea for The Nothing and it captured our imaginations; a film where the characters were put in a situation that forced them to confront the reality of their own mortality. It captured that feeling I think we all experience on our darkest nights, when the house is still and all you hear is your own breath; that one day we all face the unknown.

On his blog, Josh described film-making as building a pyramid upside down on a greasy piece of taut dental floss, in a windy area… only, since I’ve never done this before, it’s like doing it in the dark.” And that has been the truth. The four of us, though we have hovered around aspects of film-making in various capacities for years, had never made a feature film before. In fact, if we knew everything that goes into from the start, we may have run screaming into the night. What can I say, sometimes ignorance isn’t only bliss, but fortuitous.

But we’ve been incredibly blessed along the way on this project, especially when it comes to the amazing group of people God surrounded us with to make this film. Over 40 of Nashville’s (and the world’s) most talented actors, crew members, artists, and filmmakers came together and to make this film more than we hoped possible. And they came together largely because they believed in this project- in the script, in the idea- as much as we did.


And in reality, they are the ones that made us into filmmakers. We learned from them what it takes to make a quality motion picture.

We named our company Released Pictures based on the idea that we “released” our film from our control, from our egos, to make it what God wanted it to be. It appears, at least to me, what God did was release the film back into the hands of the community of people that came together to make it. There are dozens of beautiful fingerprints on the flick, from the amazing performances to the incredible set design by Curt Nuenke, to the lighting and camera work, all the way to the people that just showed up to provide meals or help out.

It’s a humbling experience to see something you helped create on the page grow into something that lives and breathes. And it’s all been shot, and now we’ve moved on to piecing it together. We’re also very close on releasing a teaser trailer, so all of you at home can get a little taste of what we’ve been working on for so long.

To our Cast and Crew, you have our humble and eternal thanks. Also, thank you to everyone who has voiced their support for this project over the last two years, and keep it up! The success of this flick depends on the advocacy of our “online army.” So tell your friends! And keep coming back as we’ll update you as we move through post-production.

We’re still making a movie!


THE NOTHING looms…

We are nearly there, folks. Principal Photography begins in only a week. That’s but 7 earth days, ya’ll. The production team here at Released Pictures International Global National Headquarters is definitely in crunch mode. There are sets to dress, rehearsals to finalize, crew positions to lock down, meetings a plenty to be had, and about 749 tons of paperwork to be buried beneath. But we’re not complaining (much) because WE ARE MAKING A MOVIE!

And once production begins, stay tuned right here for all the latest updates. Yours Truly will be blogging on location throughout the shoot. And we are preparing to up the video content we put out starting with this very post.

Also, if you want to take a moment to check out all the amazing people that are making this project come alive, keep tabs on our CREW and ABOUT pages, as they have been updated, and will continue to be updated, with crew on the crew page (obviously) and an ongoing and sure to be endless SPECIAL THANKS section on the about page.

Now that I surely have you chomping at the bit with THE NOTHING FEVER, here’s a prescription to cool your brow: Two clips from our cast table read. The first is from an early scene shortly after the characters are first confronted with what’s outside those barn doors. The second features Lane and Bud, and gives you a glimpse into the dynamics of their, shall we say, strained relationship.



Exploring Character Part IV: Ren

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

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.


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.