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Kidnapping, Love, Guns, Booze, Videotape…
Road Trip!! Gotta love it.

Author: elrincondelcine from Portland, Oregon

…stands alone as an example of what independent film making should look and feel like. It quickly deals with the obvious issue of being shot on videotape and needs no explanation for it's jittery look. The story provides the context for the aesthetics. Genius.

The editing is fast paced and clever. The shot setups are unique and feel natural. The organic feel of the actors was what was most impressive. Yost has the style and ability to let the dialog and action flow within the stream of consciousness. This lent the credibility and reality that most indy films lack these days. Most try too hard to do what Yost made look easy.
The writing, if there was any, was simply amazing. The scenes were discussed before they were shot or they only had a predetermined outcome. That is a BOLD and brilliant move that worked perfectly. It is an unpredictable mix of a drama, action and a laugh-out-loud comedy.

The actors along with the locations were without a doubt Yost's greatest accomplishment. Robert Blanche's (Nick) brooding sense of humor and Sarah Rosenburg's (Tess) style, wit and grace combine for some intense on screen chemistry. The emotion and romance are gritty and potent. The intimate moments they share feel real and heart felt. Their spontaneity and respect for the moment is what real romance is all about. Life and love on the verge of insanity. The balance between what is right and what is wrong and never the twain shall meet.
IMDb review of shooting nick

Willamette Week:
“…an unpredictable caper that combines the classic road-picture genre with the digital-video guerrilla aesthetics of films like The Blair Witch Project. Local actors Sarah Rosenberg and Robert Blanche star, with Blanche giving an outstanding performance as titular hero Nick, an engaging hybrid of Ferris Bueller and Natural Born Killers’ Mickey Knox.”

"Intending to shoot a documentary about American life, middle-aged loser Dan (director Daniel Yost) is instantly kidnapped by a manic couple (Robert Blanche & Sarah Rosenberg) who demand that he documents their trip to the beach on video. Understandably terrified, Dan accepts their instruction and before long is in the back seat filming their every action, the footage of which constructs the film itself. Subjected to such humiliating yet side-splitting taunts as introducing his newfound friends to his elderly mother (whom he lives with), he remains loyal to his captors; even to the extent of lying to the police. Though ridiculed for his boring lifestyle, Dan gradually becomes an essential mediator between the frequently turbulent couple. While remaining behind the camera for most of the journey, his presence is always prevalent within the scene, eventually blurring the line between victim and friend. What begins as a chaotic comedy progresses into a fascinating character study, where the initially anarchistic and hostile kidnappers are explored to reveal a greater depth. Their frank conversations offer a vibrant social commentary on America, demonstrating two intelligent fun loving people who have become disillusioned with today's society. Shooting Nick plays out like a fascinating holiday home video, only its contents far exceed its form. It is witty, raw, hilarious and often genuinely touching. With a sharp script and a thoroughly independent spirit, it's a must-see." JM

The Oregonian:
“…a bizarre and compelling effort from director Daniel Yost, best known as the co-writer of Drugstore Cowboy. Making a virtue of its low budget, ‘Shooting Nick’ is seen entirely through the lens of a camera wielded by Dan, a documentary filmmaker who is abducted and bullied by a couple of ne’er-do-wells named Nick (Robert Blanche) and Tess (Sarah Rosenberg). He accompanies them in a Lincoln town Car on a two-day binge of erratic and dangerous behavior, including stealing a dog and playing with firearms. The performances are relaxed enough and the single-camera video aesthetic gritty enough that it’s hard to tell what’s scripted, what’s improvised or even which participants in the various pranks and encounters are willing ones.”