Review Count: 50
Average Rating: 4.92 stars
Genre: Romance
Length: 4 minutes 0 seconds
Posted on: July 26, 2007
Film Description

in a PMC film


We are all Nothing -- every one of us.


This movie was for Uncle Monk's Storyteller's Movie Competition. In this contest, filmmakers were forced to make a movies featuring no sets whatsoever -- only black backdrops could be used. Though I have made some allowances in my interpretation of these rules, I have nonetheless attempted to follow them as closely as possible.

CAUTION: May not be suggested viewing for epilleptic viewers. May induce seizures.


(all music public domain, royalty-free, and USED WITH PERMISSION)

Lacromysa Industry - "Fiery Rebirth"
Lacryomysa Industry - "So Many Nights"
Celestial Aeon Project - "Angel's Tears"

- jazzx

It was mostly well-played and the disturbing throbbing visual effect successfully made me agitated like the characters. But my one frustration with this film is that we never got to know what they were arguing about! For all we know, it could be that one of them didn't do the dishes when it was their turn last night!

The film reminded me of Ian Fleming's concept of the "Quantum of Solace" - this film seems to occur at exactly the point when the last smallest unit of kindness and respect disappears from the relationship and it really is definitely all over.

As an aside, I recognised this tricky script from The Voice acting competition (2007) - this film brings me no nearer to what those words were supposed to be about!

Visually striking and generally well played, but I found this frustratingly abstract. The characters never really got to the point.

Posted on November 23, 2008
- poppashango

Excellent film! I appreciate the lack of backdrops, sets and textures. This was pure visual art. The voice and two characters telling telling the story complete. Very cool!


Posted on January 14, 2008
- colingaiser

This TOTALLY reminds me of a relationship I had back in 7th grade.

You've bowled a strike again, PMC, with another fascinating, poetic masterpiece. The writing here was very inspired, with a nice balance between overblown sentiment and cool realism. Editing...fantastic of course. I loved the way you manipulated that short yet powerful dancing "scene." And of course, the music was phenomenal...couldn't have been a better choice to supplement this heartbreaking tale.

Incredible work from a director we expect to be incredible.

And by the way, I absolutely love this line: "And the truth will not set us free."

Posted on December 7, 2007
- darren08121999

Very good, very good!Loved it. I made a flashing overlay but mine is too fast, can you give me a tip? My email is on my studio page, feel free. Please rate Woke Up Dead, thanks. Again movie was awsome.

Posted on November 14, 2007
- gavcity


Posted on November 12, 2007
- Kowaru

Great movie. Sorry for this tardive review!!


Posted on October 3, 2007
- derbyrams

[the following review contains some spoilers]
WOW! Just wow! Incredible stuff! I wish i had checked this out sooner!!!
An epic little masterpiece! A great short, but simple story.
AND and Sisch were exceptional in this with their vo's. Great job you two!!!
The music was a nice touch, the music in this was in parts of Scramble.
Was a great touch though as it kinda reminded me of the end of Scramble a bit, about Detective Alan Deller falling in love with Clara Original [that wasn't her real name afterall] and then he found out the truth that she was a phony and that his love for her had been nothing, just like by the end of this film. A great title.
Quote AND "That time has gone". Quote Sisch "You're right, our love was NOTHING".
That really wrapped up this short piece very well and i loved it!!!!
Overall: 15/10 [over 6 stars]
A really great short. I loved it. Sort of speechless. Excellent work!!!
Really good!

Posted on September 27, 2007
- rposhard

No comment

Posted on August 22, 2007
- Corey13

I'm speechless......

Posted on August 15, 2007
- admultosanos

That was inspired, particularly given the stringent entry requirements.

Posted on August 15, 2007
- rysto

Reminded me of a college film or an indie, nicely done! Like your interpretation of the contest guidelines, good luck!

Posted on August 14, 2007
- yodabob

Well what else can be said that hasn't been already? It's excellent. Probabl;y the front runner in the competition so far. Well done!

Posted on August 13, 2007
- panpan92

it was a masterpiece.....chuck i love your films , you are the best movie-maker..

Posted on August 11, 2007
- db4321

How wonderful was that! So simple yet so awe-inspiring. The VOs were stunning, the direction masterful. The choice of music absolutely spot on.

I'm trying to find fault but I can't. I'm sure that I could if tried, if I looked hard enough but I don't want to because this is a truly astounding, mesmerising piece of work.

Congratulations on a simply stunning effort.

Posted on August 9, 2007
- kate_lee

"We are all Nothing -- every one of us."

So I guess my interpretation was not off at all...

This is as good as it gets with the restriction of the competition.

I wonder how this movie would have turned out if younger VAs were involved, because the dialogue felt very young. But of course, A_N_D and Sisch are always great no matter what.

Posted on August 8, 2007
- RavensFan_09

My head hurts! Seriously though, this movie is astounding, PMC. It always astonishes me how you can create such deep, sophisticated monologues and emotional, compassionate conversations that I can barely wrap my head around. Great performances from Sisch and... well, AND. Such power and raw emotion exudes from this and all of your films; they leave me breathless. This is just short of a masterpiece due to its length, even though really it's not even a movie per se, as more of a conversation. But oh what a conversation it is. Wow.

I don't think I've ever used so many big words at once in my life. Look what you made me do! As I reinterate, my head hurts.

Posted on August 6, 2007
- Ranedthel

FANTASTIC!!! No further comments needed...

Posted on August 4, 2007
- Meowan

I need this movie in highres!! PLEASE!!! contact me

Posted on August 4, 2007
- kohaku2080

I love the use of total darkness. it robs the scene of its dimensions, and the title really sums up the space. I thought it was good, in a rather disconnected way.

Posted on August 2, 2007
- Primaer

One of those artistic movies, which has the honour to call himself truly artistic. The black shades in connection with the angles give the movie a special look. Dialogues and the Vos, spoken so strong and full of emotion, are the inner core, that makes my mouth dry.

Posted on July 30, 2007
- TheMGMKid1

Nothing does nothing for me.....except stand up and cheer! Brilliant screenwriting and superb direction, editing the whole package! When such good actors as AnotherNewDawn and Sisch are given great dialog they soar like golden eagles! Brilliant, moving and wonderful. Chuck I am left with nothing but admiration for your talents as a filmmaker.

Posted on July 29, 2007
- BamRyan

I see a lot of reviewers uses to word "powerful" which is obviously an understatement. There's no words fit to describe how this movie is. I guess "powerful" comes closest to it though.
Incredibly original and entertaining to watch.

Posted on July 29, 2007
- sgporsche48

Very nice little film. However, I thought the fades were alittle distracting, but, that's just me. Other than that, great job from the VAs and a great script.

Posted on July 28, 2007
- Ralfduran

A lovely little piece delivered directly from the hands of Chuck. AND and sish did one outstanding performance here. Just monumental ... once again.

Posted on July 28, 2007

Chuck you are simply amazing, What a beautiful piece. Sisch and A_N_D where incredible. The music was perfect. Did I mention I love sisch's voice?.What a fantastic mocie you never cease to amaze me Chuck

Posted on July 27, 2007
- riott007

Oh wow...that was wonderful. A visual treat...I actually got chills because it was so well acted by Sisch and AND. I'm in total awe of everybody else...but those people need to get their freaky selves in the back of the line.

Posted on July 27, 2007
- kwistufa

Lovely! Quite a combination..
Directed by Chuck, VO'd by 2 of my Favourites.
Class all the way....
Great Job to all Parties involved!

Posted on July 27, 2007
- ubernewbie

Nice VOs and cleverly edited between the flashing black and light. I did think it was overlay dramatic though and built up to quickly and tried to maintain itself. Good job Chuck.

Posted on July 27, 2007
- DeliriousStudios

Bloody hell that was good.
I'm taken aback, lost for words and thoroughly entertained by this little movie. Sisch and AND were simply outstanding, and the simplicty yet subtle complexities of the direction made this into one glorious piece of work.

Posted on July 27, 2007
- docontheweb

Haha, thanks Chuck...I'm now officially discouraged from making one of my own.

Brilliant work. It was simple yet beautiful. Of course Sisch and Jason did a fantastic job, and as always it was a brilliantly written peice. :)


Posted on July 27, 2007
- sweatyshoulder

That was fantastic. I really don't know what else to say.

Posted on July 27, 2007
- Active_Studios

Good movie, postmodernchuck. Like the VO's. I liked what you got. I give you 5 stars.


Posted on July 27, 2007
- OcelotFilms

Breaks the mold. Wonderfully written, and performed.

Posted on July 27, 2007
- Durge

Outstanding! This is one of the best I've seen so far. I can't even put a mediocre movie together! I think the lack of sets actually makes for a better movie. Well done.

Posted on July 27, 2007
- AxeCinema

Team scenes were great weren't they? :-)
Great great great... this movie is diving into a slice of Chuck's mind, and who on TMO can deny that?

Posted on July 27, 2007
- Goofparade

Well, that was..... SOMETHING!
Something very special and unique that could only come from the brilliant mind of PMC.

Favorite moments... well I loved the reverse voices whispering near the top after the opening music... that made for a great soundscape moment.
Speaking of voices, how about the beautiful work by the talented A_N_D and Sisch, bravo you two for delivering this strong dialogue so well.. as always.
The fact that you get together on skype and discuss interpretation is just an example of how long and hard voice actors work to get that amazing performance out there.

PMC,the blinking bulb effect was a clever way to modulate the visuals!
Since the competition demands a black backdrop and no sets, this lighting effect enhanced the dialogue and drama considerably.
It gave me an uneasy, almost twitchy feeling.. a very effective tension enhancing tool.

What a great entry for the "Uncle Monks Storyteller competition"

good luck Chuck!


Posted on July 26, 2007
- Amabeginzordawg

Absolutely amazing! Uniqueness and beauty in its truest form. You are a creative firecracker PMC, glad to have you back ruling TMO.

~ Erik :)

Posted on July 26, 2007
- BlueStriker4444

Technically very well done,but I simply didnt get much out of this.Excellent VOs and music,but I guess I just missed the point. The dialogue just didnt come together for me,but still an origanal movie.

Posted on July 26, 2007
- AnotherNewDawn

Well, spank my ass and color me shocked. I had no idea that this film actually existed, nor that it was ever intended to.

I remember these words, this role, this delivery; I remember Skyping with my
dear friend Sisch from opposite hemispheres of this big blue ball, sharing direction and interpretation and insight, as a team, as a unit, for some silly competition...

To see our words used without my knowledge in this way...

well, it awes me.

And that is because PostModernChuck, who can do no wrong with me, did this. That was just too damned beautiful not to amaze and impress and awe.

The dialogue, when dear Sisch and I read it together, came with ZERO visual clues, was meant to be spoken in the dark and allow the listener to decide the situation and implications behind the words. The words themselves were flashes and disjointed statements in a shared life broken (and soon to be left behind), and check it out - Chuck managed to marry the feeling behind the words with entirely apropos visuals. I voiced this, but had no idea it would look like this - and it's perfect.

I try not to repeat myself in my reviews, but this film shares a very apt description with Sisch's latest film:

Dark and lovely.

I would work on anything with Sisch, from a film, to a competition, to a sand castle. And Chuck - my voice is yours any time.

I love to stand in the shadows of giants.


Posted on July 26, 2007
- K4OwnzAll

You have effectively shut out the competetition with this movie! I was going to submit to MONKS STORYTELLER's CONTEST... but not after seeing this! Magnificent work!!! Sisch and AnotherNewDawn deliver!, buddy! Nice!!!!! ===K4===

Posted on July 26, 2007
- JosephKw

PMC is back, and with a vengeance. No sets, no props, nothing...but for a delicious dialogue dripping venom. Very well-written, as is to be expected from this studio, but I have to commend the voice performers for bringing out the intensity of your words (indeed that was great casting). I did, however, find the constant seizure flashes to be a tad overdone, and would liked to have seen less of that effect. Finally, I have to mention my love of your attention to details even outside the film; your new look as director is absolutely appropriate for this film's theme and title, and a testament to your creativity in all aspects of filmmaking.

Posted on July 26, 2007
- murpheykid

Since I am a judge for themonk's storyteller competition I technically have to judge this as "The Ultimate Judge". But by all standards, even "The Ultimate Judge" is impressed.

With fragmented imagery and smooth dialogue, this film left me in awe. The direction is flawless. The voice acting is perfection. The musical score and editing precise. This film is short yet truly awe inspiring. Perhaps one of your greatest accomplishments yet.

This will be a big condender for the competition. Excellent work, Chuck.

Posted on July 26, 2007
- Master007

Powerful Movie Cinema

That is what you are good at.

Notice (PMC)

Posted on July 26, 2007
- userjosh9874

Woah! I wasn't expecting that! This film isn't about nothing! :p
But, I really found this to be very entertaining. The atmosphere, vo's, and music all had me compelled to watch more. Great work man, you recieve a well deserved five stars from me!

Posted on July 26, 2007
- TheFlyingDuDe-Films

Huh! I loved these Vo´s as I heared them the first time on The Voices homepage! Now together with those beatiful pictures, shown from the best director, no best artist, of TMO is just... Beatiful!!!

I thought Sisch´s "Wolves" would deffinatly be the best psychological short film on TMO, but again you managed to set new limits! I have never seen a movie with such a deep and intense atmosphere, with such emotional voices and such a intelligent skript. I loved "We don´t remember love, we only love what we remember" in Scramble, but "you are still speaking in poisened riddels", no the whole conversation was just... I´m really impressed!
As I mentioned I love those short psychological movie, and this one is now deffinatly on top of my favurite movie list! Followed by "Lense", "Wolves", "Am Ende der Distanz" and "Survival Game".

All of your movies are so inspiering!
Thank you for making movies! =)

Posted on July 26, 2007

Poweful,Gripping,Emotional,Tense, Beautiful... the list is endless. An endless loop of sheer brilliance. With this short but very captivating story you once again show TMO your skills and abilities and give us an ensight into your unique style. It also serves as a great teaser to your upcoming projects.

Congratulations and...

Nuke Well in Nothing!

Posted on July 26, 2007
- Lethal_Entertainment

I love this! Just wonderful! I'm at a loss for more words than wow, I'm sorry!

Posted on July 26, 2007
- norriefpb

Beautiful language, wonderfully delivered, stunningly shot.

Posted on July 26, 2007
- Dulci

Another masterpiece from one of the true artists on TMO. You never fail to mesmerize me and captivate me in unexpected ways. Great acting by Sisch and AND; again, not a surprise, but a delicious treat nonetheless. Stylist, minimalistic, and heart wrenching.


Posted on July 26, 2007
- akinis

PMC, i remember your first movie, so many years ago, where you took TMO by storm. It is nice to see that even after so much time, you remain one of the most innovative and creative director/writers in the game. Another solid top knotch production from you

Posted on July 26, 2007