STORY OF INDIE FILMMAKING
Directors Thomas Vosicky and Kenneth Kit
Lamug, shot their first full-length film,
"Vegasland", for a budget of under
$2,000. In the two years prior to the production,
the team spent time working on a $2,700
- :47 minute short film named “Bounce”.
Without any previous experience in filmmaking,
"Bounce" served as a do-it-yourself
school for the both of them.
After the somewhat rocky road producing
“Bounce”, the brothers Yuzzi learned where
some of the potholes were and decided to
take to the road again with “Vegasland”
casting a lot of the main players from their
with a limited budget, one camera and two
microphones, the cast and crew had to work
extra hard to create a compelling movie
both visually and narratively.
everyone worked during the day and with
different schedules, "Vegasland"
was shot mainly during Wednesdays and Thursdays
between the times of 9pm and 3am in various
locations throughout Las Vegas using "Guerilla
filmmaking tactics". Most of the editing
was done on home computers with software
available to anyone.
Vegasland Crew (from left):
Langley West, Mike Wagner, Thomas
Kenneth Kit Lamug, Brett Payne, Tim Jackson
first lesson in filmmaking school of thought
is that it's not your wallet that makes a movie,
no matter what they tell you in school or in
hollywood. Think about it. Any monkey can tap
himself out financially while making a movie.
The idea is to tap yourself out creatively first."
of the scenes we shot that were of note were an actual
casino-implosion, desert fighting, Las Vegas aerial shots,
SWAT teams busting through houses and even gun fights.
Even though Vegasland has visual effects, the core of
the movie is in it's characters and the story which are
the heart and soul of the production.
is a culmination of what can be achieved with passion and
The Scenes Photography
Movie Screen Shots
was filmed entirely in Las Vegas and has a 100% Las Vegas
actors and crew members.
all the crew and cast members had day jobs and families,
most of the scenes were shot between 9p - 3a on Wednesdays
movie cost $932 to complete
the "in-car" driving scenes were shot inside
a one car garage during a Las Vegas summer. In keeping
with the story, the actors had to wear jackets and sweats
with a close to 100 degrees temperature inside the garage.
Short "breather" breaks had to be taken to keep
The gym used in the movie, “TOCCO’S GYM” is a Las Vegas
icon where famous boxers train. Some of them are Ali,
Frazier, Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Roberto Duran, Wayne McCullough,
Mike McCallum “The Body Snatcher”, Roger Mayweather “The
Black Mamba”, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and many many more.
The co-director Thomas Vosicky also trained there for
a fight with Butterbean that never happened. The production
team almost never got this location since it was closed
for renovation during the time of production.
movie was shot using a Panasonic DVX100. All the footage
were downloaded and edited on a 500GB USB drive!
previous titles for the movie “ZYZYX”, “ZYZYX ROAD”, “TOOLS”,
“TOOLS OF A HIGHER EVIL” and “ILLEGAL”
hat used by Tony Rollers referenced from the movie Snatch
is called “The Mickey Hat” was custom ordered and made
from U.K. This is the leather hat Brad Pitt’s character
couple of desert scorpions were captured by Special Visual
Effects Supervisor Langley West for the torture scene.
Unfortunately the scorpions killed off each other. A new
scorpion was casted for the part and lives with one of
the actors to this day. Langley’s alternate title is “scorpion
lead actors in this movie previously worked with the filmmakers
on their unreleased short film “BOUNCE” and an office
comedy short film “DEFRAGGED." A glimpse of "DEFRAGGED"
can been seen on Eddie G's TV screen when he arrives home.
was written and designed to be filmed in "modules."
This allowed the filmmakers to have only a skeleton crew
and cast for each scene which made scheduling and production
coordination a bit easier.
in the production of the movie a majority of the shooting
equipment was stolen after a house “break-in” leaving
the crew with a camera, some batteries and one boom stick.
Microphones had to be repurchased which took up almost
half of the non-existent budget.