Filmed – July 26, 2011
In the can – September of 2011
Directed by Dylan Mulick
Official Selection – Dances With Films 2012, Los Angeles
A group of typical Angelenos mills about an art gallery opening in downtown Los Angeles, searching for that one elusive thing that might give meaning to their lives. EMPTY, is ironically filmed at the warehouse of Banksy’s infamous LA elephant show. The depth of comic depravity…
A group of typical Angelenos mills about an art gallery opening in downtown Los Angeles, searching for that one elusive thing that might give meaning to their lives. As they pass the newest piece by Dmitri, they are confused. What is the artist trying to say? As each lost soul tries to explain the concept of the piece, they end up revealing more about themselves than the work of art. Simone wants Nick to love her. Nick just wants to have fun. Michael wishes he were a better artist while all his lover, David, really wants is a face lift. Alexa wants the perfect piece of art while her assistant, Rex, just wants the perfect piece of ass. Too bad for Rex, the Bartender is straight and just wants to get drunk. When the artist, Dmitri shows up, heads turn as more is revealed.
I wrote the script for Empty on a lark. My friend, Adam Blaker, had an idea for a short film to take place during Art Walk in downtown Los Angeles. I had never written a script based on someone else’s idea. So, I asked him if I could write a spec script for his idea. I did. He loved it and we talked about filming it. But then he moved to Atlanta for a job with CNN. Since I am a resident writer with We Make Movies, I brought the script for feedback to one of our meetings. Everyone loved it, said it didn’t need any work and to go ahead and make it. Jonathan Montepare heard the reading and loved it and approached me about producing the script. He recommended Dylan Mulick and the whole thing came together in a flash. We Make Movies raised $2K for the filming in their first Kickstarter campaign and we filmed in one day. The cast came together effortlessly and we were all amazed at how talented and easy to work with they all were. I swear, in all my years of working in theatre and what little film experience I have, this was the easiest and most fluid experience I’ve ever had with amazingly talented people. I guess when something is meant to be, the universe aligns and helps to make it happen.
And a cute little anecdote
We decided to add a Maude (Ruth Gordon) type of character to the piece to help tie the scenes together and give a through line to the script. Our Art Director recommended Pamela Dunlap. Pamela said, “Darrow Carson wrote this, I’ll do it, I know Darrow from New York”. What a small world. We worked on a one act play festival at HERE in NYC back in 2000. Now we’re both in L.A. making movies. It was a joy to reconnect and create something new together. I love being a part of the theatre/film community. And Pamela brings such a wonderful quality to EMPTY. It wouldn’t be the same without her.