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Additional Nashville Film Festival Screening Confirmed, Official Poster.

We have received official word that THE NOTHING will premiere at the Nashville Film Festival on Thursday, April 14th at 5:45PM at the Regal Green Hills 16. In addition, they have informed us that we will have an ADDITIONAL screening on Friday, April 15th at 3:00PM, so you now have two opportunities to come see the film during the fest’s opening weekend.

Also, the image above is our official poster going into the festival. If you’re so inclined, click on it, and get the bigger version. Print it, share it, send the link the friends, go around town posting it to all fully legal places for posting such information, help us spread the word!

Individual tickets for the NaFF will be available to the general public on April 7th. You can purchase a full festival laminate now. www.NashvilleFilmFestival.org


THE NOTHING to Premiere at the 2011 Nashville Film Festival

RELEASED PICTURES is thrilled to announce that THE NOTHING will have it’s WORLD PREMIERE as an official selection of the 2011 Nashville Film Festival. THE NOTHING was chosen from over 2,400 entries to be a part of one of the longest running film festivals in the country.

THE NOTHING will screen on the festival’s opening night Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 5:45PM at the Regal Green Hills 16, right here in Nashville.

We’re so glad to be debuting our film at this particular festival, as the film was, from top to bottom, a product of the hard work and passion of Tennessee filmmakers, and was shot on location in Franklin, Nashville, and Leiper’s Fork, TN.

Seating will be limited, but tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 5th. We’ll post more details as they come here and on facebook.com/TheNothingMovie

Thanks so much to our cast, crew, families, friends, and supporters for making this film a reality.

THE NOTHING tells the story of Ren Dubbin, a man struggling to reconcile his spiritual convictions with his crippling fear of the unknown. He awakes to find himself in an eerie, ramshackle barn with four strangers. The men have no idea where they are, and no memory of how they got there. The mystery turns to desperation when they open the doors to find the barn floating in an endless expanse of emptiness and total darkness. Nothing.

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 turn to reflections on life and death, faith, God and– ultimately– the afterlife.

RELEASED PICTURES, LLC

EMAIL: thenothingmovie@gmail.com

URL: www.TheNothingMovie.com


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!


Leipers Fork Location Wrap!

After 8 long and sweaty nights, we’ve wrapped at our Leipers Fork location. Our cast and crew beared no small amount of discomfort to deliver some simply amazing performances and footage. We are literally giddy like school girls (trust me, our titters echoed throughout the barn) with what was shot.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the various stresses of indie filmmaking, not only was every single person involved beyond professional, we all had a great time as well.  The video on the top of this post shows it.

Jeff Boyet as "Ren"

We shot over 70 pages in merely 8 days (a typical Hollywood movie shoots 3 pages on a good day, to give you some comparison), and more importantly we shot 70 incredible pages. I couldn’t be prouder of what we accomplished. There was a general feeling on the set that we may have something special on our hands.

Stay tuned over the next month or so, as we’ll have updates from the shoot days on our remaining locations. Thanks to you, the people, for all your support and encouragement via facebook and whathaveyou, it’s meant a lot. And thanks most of all to our cast and crew, for making The Nothing something.

See ya real soon.


Anatomy of a Stunt

As we start week 2, we have our second behind the scenes video for you to check out. This one dissects one of our stunt sequences. This was a particularly difficult sequence, and the end results should look great.

We also have a brand new batch of stills. Enjoy!

Shawn Whitsell as "Eli"

Jeff Durham as "Clark"

Jared Carter as "Lane"