When you think of film making you will no doubt instantly think of Hollywood, Bollywood or perhaps the filming industries of England or France. Of nomadic character, Zach Both’s new film-making studio is anything but a billion pound complex, but instead a converted Chevrolet cargo van.
For the past year or so Both has found himself travelling across the United States and his nomadic interpretation of Hollywood’s finest film studios is really quite awesome; a functional dwelling that is mobile and also a comfortable workspace. Using reclaimed timber that has been sourced from a 19th century church in Cleveland (USA) on the van’s ceiling and side-panels, the living space inside accommodates a bed, kitchenette (with stove) and a comfortable workspace area. Solar panels have been installed permanently on the roof and these help to power the van’s internal fridge, mobile Wi-Fi network and its workspace requirements.
As Both describes, “…filmmaking by nature is a nomadic pursuit…a constant migration to and from different locations based on what the storytelling requires. By doing this personal project and having this van, I now have complete freedom to write a script surrounded by mountains, direct a shoot in a remote desert town and then collaborate with an editor or composer in Los Angeles — all within the same month.” Conceivably impossible to achieve so many things in such a short space of time on a small monetary and personnel budget, Both really has done well with his new mobile studio.
A great achievement by any means, Both’s modest and joyous approach stretches even further to his release of thevanual, a website dedicated to the sharing of the knowledge that he collected while building his mobile studio, offering a free online guide that has invaluable insight for those interested in converting a vehicle into their own liveable space. A step-by-step guide to the construction process and a lifestyle guide that presents gives information on how living on the road works, this van-manual is certainly worth a gander…
As inspired as we are(?), discover more at ZachBoth.com.
Zach Both, Designer And FilmmakerFormer designer and art director for Sundance Film Festival and more, the mobile van is to enable Both to return to his filmmaking passion and roots...
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