Created by Mark Thimijan, Wasted Nights is a 10 episode web series that revolves around a group of characters who all hang out in the same bar. They experience dreams, hopes, failures, romance, comedy, drama, surrealism, realism, drunkenness, philosophy, heartache and achievement. Above all it’s a stylized look at a group of people who frequent the same bar and encompasses their immediate conversations and feelings. Music by John Freidel.
Episode 8. Fuck Oliver Stone. Curtis and his crew are making a movie in the bar. Max and Brett are setting up the craft service table and wondering where it should go, they decide to ask Curtis who gets annoyed at their question, he’s not interested in people getting their potato chip fix, the two lament on whether Alfred Hitchcock had to set up his own craft service table. Curtis explains to Max that the first shot is going to be just like the opening of Boogie Nights except it won’t have an establishing shot because those are for cowards. The film is loaded into the super 8 camera and Curtis begins to pan across the bar, he ends on Shannon and the film rolls out. Brett googles super 8 to realize a cartridge only last 2 minutes and 46 seconds. The crew decides to have a meeting. Russ asks if they can just merge the film with digital, Max makes reference to Oliver Stone and Natural Born Killers. Brett prefers Born on the Fourth of July. Max uses Lars Von Trier as an argument and finally Luis Bunuel as encouragement. The crew decides to shoot their film digital. Max removes the super 8 camera and replaces it with a sony digital camera and now dive bar will be shot all hand held. Russ is looking for a girl named Jessica, Brett informs him that it’s the Star Trek Girl. On set, Jessica sits next to Troy, he asks is she has a boyfriend and tells Curtis he’s just trying to get into character, rushed, the crew marches forward. After slating the scene, Brett walks away and is approached by an onlooker who asks what movie is this? Brett doesn’t like the question because it really doesn’t make any sense, what do you mean what movie is this? He finally tells him it’s called dive bar but by that time the two have gotten on each others nerves, the guy threatens to give dive bar one star on IMDB. Rock is standing around Amy and Heather, he invites them over to his place, Amy pulls off her wig and says he put his disease in me from Blue Velvet, Heather makes a headache excuse, just then Curtis yells cut and we realize it’s a scene from the movie being filmed, Rock complains that his character seems like a fucking loser. Curtis calls for the martini shot and Rock proclaims shots at my place everyone! Sound is rolling but their are people talking, Curtis approaches and asks them politely if they can be quiet for two minutes, they refuse and he eventually threatens to throw them out of a window if they talk. He walks back to set and just as the camera rolls the talking dude yells shit your pants. Curtis grabs the tripod and chases them out of the bar. Curtis and Max make up and the picture is wrapped for the day, Brett hands out call sheets and they agree to go watch the dailies. Max and Brett are cleaning up the craft service table and Brett questions what to do with it, Max explains that they’re making a movie and there are no rules, inspired, Brett stashes the table under a pool table. The crew is watching the dailies and seem pleased. The guy from before is now on IMDB searching for dive bar, he keeps hitting refresh in hopes of handing out that one star rating. Living in Oblivion. Barton Fink. 8 1/2. Day for Night. Ed Wood.