This is the Official Trailer for the short film 'DRAINED'

Written and Directed by Nick Peterson
Produced by Jon Heder, Nick Peterson


Told with animation and live-action, ‘Drained’ tells the story of how a man’s selfish addictions can destroy the woman he cares for.

Director’s Statement

It’s rare when a director has the chance to make a film without creative restrictions. This film was one of those opportunities. Some time ago, Jon Heder and I were looking for a project we could make that would allow us to flex our creative muscles and make something truly unique and different.

I had an idea - both a story and a clever shooting technique - that had been gestating in my head for about a year or so and soon after I pitched it to Jon we discovered We made a video pitch and were fully funded within the 30 day window.

Once we received the funding, we had to figure out if we could technically pull off what I wanted to do. I wanted the live action in this film to blend with the stop-motion so it all felt like it was part of the same world. To achieve this I shot the whole film with a still camera, shooting at 8 frames per second, rather than using the “HD video” mode. After 10 days of shooting and with over 254,000 stills later we were finished shooting.

I loved making this film. It was months and months of hard, tedious work for myself and a hand-picked group of extremely talented people all working together towards a singular vision of making something never seen before.

Fun Facts

• The funding was raised through, a crowd-source funding website.

• To give this film a unique look, the entire film was shot with still photographs at a speed of 8 frames per second. All 254,000+ still frames were shot with a single Canon DSLR 7D camera.

• In order to compensate for the slow frame rate of 8 seconds, the actors had to move 3 times slower than normal while covered in makeup, wearing masks, and with blinding strobe lights flashing in sync with the camera at 8 flashes per second.

• While shooting the Director and DP were unable to look through the eyepiece of the camera and had to kind of guess where the actors were in the shot during each take.

• Shooting lasted for 10 days.

• Due to the sudden illness of the original actress, Andee Tims was cast to play the Woman the day before she began the shoot.

• Makeup took about 4-6 hours each day to apply, and about another hour each day to remove.

• Over 1000 condoms were used to build the condom suit.

• The final 8 second shot of the film took 14 hours and two animators to shoot, and 2 hours and 6 people to clean all the goo from the floor.


Writer - Director - Producer NICK PETERSON

Nick Peterson (Director/Writer/Producer) graduated from the prestigious animation program of The California Institute of the Arts (Calarts).

His stop-motion short student film, “MuM” received tremendous critical acclaim at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen in over 40 festivals worldwide, garnering a College Emmy Award and three Best Short awards.

In 2006, Peterson directed the feature length Live-Action film Dark Mind starring Christopher Masterson (“Malcolm in the Middle”) and Lyndsy Fonseca (“Kick Ass,” “Nikita”). This dark thriller screened in numerous film festivals across the United States and internationally before its DVD release in the winter of 2007.

Prior to Dark Mind, Peterson worked at Image G VFX studios for five years as a VFX Producer designing and executing complex shots for such visionary directors as Sam Bayer, Olivier Gondry, Gore Verbinski & McG. His work has also been seen in television shows such as “CSI Miami” and “House M.D.”

Peterson currently lives in Los Angeles, California and has recently wrapped DRAINED the surreal live-action/animated short film produced by Jon Heder about the dangers of addiction.

Producer - JON HEDER

Jon Heder (born October 26, 1977) is an American screenwriter, actor, and filmmaker. His feature film debut came in 2004 as the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite. He has also acted in the films The Benchwarmers, School for Scoundrels, Blades of Glory, Mama’s Boy, and When in Rome, and provided voice talents in the animated films Monster House and Surf’s Up.

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