At 5:46 PM on a sweltering Tennessee evening, cameras began rolling on THE NOTHING. It took over two years to get to this point. The opening shot was inside of a sweaty storage cubby, that only the actors, Director, DP and AD could even get inside of.
It was a moment that almost felt a bit anticlimactic after so much build up, but then it hit me. We are making a movie. For real this time. Cameras, lights, costumes; and crew people asking me to get out the way. There are all sorts of really expensive technically digital doodads that I both fear and don’t understand. It’s great.
We’re shooting fully digitally on Canon 7Ds. I know a lot of people are purists for shooting on film, but I’m 100% on board with the digital revolution. I’m for anything that makes it easier for indie filmmakers (like us) to make professional quality films. The Nothing is fully and proudly a part of a digital revolution in independent film.
2 years ago, the first time we attempted to make this movie fully independently, the film we are making now would have been impossible, that’s how fast technology is moving.
We’re moving fast too. Our AD, Drew Langer, told me that, on average, a Hollywood film shoots 3 pages a day. We did that in our first four hours.
I had literal chills up my spine upon seeing our first footage. I can’t wait until the world gets to see this film.
But in the meantime, enjoy these production stills, and our first production video diary.
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.