Nothing to Where? (2007) – By Duane L. Martin

Make a wish, and it just might come true.  Be careful what you wish for though or it just might become a nightmare.  That’s what happened to the girl who daydreamed about a dress she saw in a shop window in Nothing to Where?

Unable to afford the dress, the girl goes home and goes through her wardrobe trying out each piece of clothing.  She’s not happy with any of it and everything seems drab and dull.  Suddenly, from out of her wardrobe, a red shoe is hucked at her head.  She ducks it and ends up climbing into the wardrobe to see where it came from.  In doing so, she entered a dream world full of shoes and dresses that suddenly turns into a nightmare.  She’s got the dress she was dreaming about, and a nice pair of red shoes to go with it, but suddenly the shoes become incredibly heavy and she has trouble moving.  This is where the whole scenario starts to turn into a nightmare, and it doesn’t have a happy ending.

The film’s producer R.N. Millward actually asked me to review this for the February issue, but I was already too loaded down with screeners to get it in, so I didn’t actually see this film until just recently.  I’m glad I did.  Kim Archer wrote, directed, produced and choreographed this film, and actress Anna Lines did some choreography as well.  Anna is a beautiful actress and an excellent dancer who did a wonderful job playing the daydreaming girl in this film.  Her dancing and the whole choreography made it totally believable that the shoes were too heavy to move in, and the whole film really did have a daydream / nightmare feel to it both because of the quality of the acting & dancing, and because of the way the film was produced.

This film was shot in black and white, with only the red dress, the red shoes and some fire at the end being in color.  This really added a lot to the whole feel of the film and I think made it more interesting to watch than it would have been if it had been shot in straight black and white or straight color.  The editing moved the film along nicely, never lingering on one part for so long that you get sick of it, but not jumping around so much that it becomes annoying.  There’s even some stop motion animation and still shots used in the film that really added to the whole look and feel of what the film was trying to accomplish.

All in all, this was a really well done production, and one that’s out of the ordinary and interesting to watch.  The great part is, you can watch it online.  Simply click here to check out the film for yourself.  Unfortunately, this site hasn’t joined the rest of us in the modern world and doesn’t seem to work with Firefox, so you’ll have to use Internet Explorer to view the film.

It’s an artsy film, but it’s artsy in a good way, so be sure to head on over and check it out.  You can also find out about screenings of other films by checking out producer R.N. Millward’s screenings page at http://www.maddog-films.freeserve.co.uk/screenings.htm.