Student film production season has arrived at Webster University, and my first project is Ruby Van Dweller. I'm super excited for it, not only because I get to act in it a Miss Ruby, but also because this is the first short film I've ever written. The director, Lauren Hayes, is one of my best friends here at Webster, so when she asked me if I wanted to write her film of course I said yes. When we sat down to decide what this movie was going to be we had a little bit of a block, so we started with the character first. It was smooth sailing for awhile until we got to hobbies that our character would have and got stuck again, so we searched the internet for some interesting hobbies, and at the bottom of one of the many lists that we sifted through was van dwelling.
Van Dwelling: is a lifestyle of living full or part-time in a wide variety of vehicles, mainly cargo vans that have been modified with basic amenities like house batteries, a bed platform, some form of toilet, sink and storage space.
We may both may be crazy, because immediately this sounded brilliant to us on a personal level.
On a side note we may move to L.A. after we graduate and van dwell, because really there is no better time and place for that.
That is how our story got its name, and base. From there we crafted her situation, and it pretty much worked itself out after that. That was all back in September, and since then Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical happened, and honestly this project creeped up on me, but I am in full Van Dweller mode now, and this week is packed with last minute preparations before we shoot Friday.
What To Look Forward To
- Ruby's Costume a.k.a The Style of Savers
- Shoot Week Detox
- First Day of Filming
- Day Two of Filming
- Guest Post from Director Lauren Hayes
- Ruby Van Dweller the Script
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