Disoriented and alone, a man wakes to find himself in a place long-abandoned. With only vague memories of his surroundings, the man relies on his instincts and creativity to discover his purpose and survive the crippling isolation.
Nestor was designed specifically to be made alone — not out of vanity, but out of necessity. After graduating from film school I drifted away from many of my peers, losing the community needed to mount a traditional film production. I moved around a lot, shooting short scripts and tackling a web series at one point, but a feature film always seemed out of reach. I had seen Richard Linklater’s debut It’s Impossible To Learn To Plow By Reading Books years before and thought “If he could make a movie alone in the 80’s, I could do it today.” That’s when I came up with the concept of shooting my own one-man movie.
I wrote an outline of the film over the course of a few weeks in early 2011, keeping the story within a very rigid set of parameters i.e. don’t write anything you can’t shoot alone. To avoid the hassle of securing locations, I set the film at my family’s cabin in Northern Ontario. I lugged every piece of film equipment I owned to that remote little town and began filming. I failed miserably. I was underprepared in both the story department and the logistics of shooting everything alone. After a summer of filming in fits and starts, I packed up and went home with my tail between my legs.
In early 2013, with a fresh perspective on the project, I went back up north to try again. What I came back with was Nestor.