Synopsis: Tired of being teased about the birthmark on his face and his loser life, Rudolph (Byron Lane) posts to the Internet his rant-and-rave videos that no one watches — until his quirky cousin (Ahna O’Reilly) edits them to attract the hip online crowd. The videos go viral, and Rudolph discovers popularity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Nathaniel Atcheson directs this award-winning unconventional comedy that also stars Beth Grant (No Country for Old Men, Little Miss Sunshine, Donnie Darko), Octavia Spencer (Dinner for Schmucks, The Help, Ugly Betty), Ahna O’Reilly (The Help, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and MakeMeBad35.
“Herpes Boy” was my fourth collaboration with the director of the short films “Sombrero” and “The Isolationist.” We shot “Herpes Boy” in three weeks, averaging around eight pages per day.
We decided that handheld ‘reality’ camera movement made sense for the story, while sticking with traditional high-key comedy lighting. My main influences for the lighting were traditionalists John Bailey, ASC and Robbie Greenberg, ASC.
In addition to our normal lighting package, the gaffer (Ross Headley) and I built six custom spacelights using dozens of MR-16 bulbs. We constructed these low-profile and lightweight soft banks in order to fit into low ceilings, as we were shooting completely on-location.
The film was my first experience with the Red camera, and went smoothly considering the issues that were still being worked out with the system during production (Q3 2008).
Directed by Nathaniel Atcheson Produced by M. Elizabeth Hughes Format: Red 4K