I kind of regret throwing away everything once we wrapped with filming NUNE. I stayed late that night at the high school (on set): it was me and two production assistants.
We threw out a lot of shit. There were several trash bins lined up outside the door, all with our goods and props in them. I didn’t bother holding onto them. Now I regret it because those cheerleader uniforms were really the best cotton. I saved only one and sleep in it all the time…haha.
Brianna Joy Chomer (who plays Nune) took the good stuff: the skeleton glove and the trench coat. The coat was a gift to me from a good friend, Gypsy, who’s the costume designer. I owe it to her for putting the entire look of Nune together. It’s a very weird look, but it works. I had fun collaborating with Gypsy.
I regret throwing out the posters inside Nune’s locker. They were Egyptian images that represent Nune’s obsession with death, dead people and the dying process.
The Nune character is an adaptation of RED AS BLUE or June Lusparian. This June’s take on Egypt:
Egyptian civilization was advanced in almost everything; mainly owed to the mysterious masterpieces of the Great Pyramids. They had wealth, royalty and supremacy over their people and land. Yet they were not the most civilized.
What we don’t consider is that Egyptian culture was actually very low in their state of consciousness. They developed some morals but not compassion. Even the worst criminal has some morals. Watch those mafia movies, the kingpin has excellent morals. So morals are standards—they are not synonymous with developed consciousness.
They saw women and children and sex objects and slaves; often kidnapped, sold and traded. They were big on slavery. Most of society working for the few in charge is made of slaves. The most famous record that indicates this is found in the history books of the Jewish people—known as the Torah, which is their bible. However, they were only community of many other slaves. The Torah, to me, is the strongest record of the Egyptian culture from a humanitarian point of view because it reminds us of what is not to be repeated in history—but often is, because history is often rewritten—by those who seek to stay in power. That is why I don’t believe what “historians” rewrite about Egyptian history and call everything else “myths.” They weren’t there and will rewrite something they don’t know about based on logical information pieced together; like a stupid rock. But the Torah documented what happened. The only people that can tell you what happened—are those who actually have past life memories.
The Egyptians were very low on the totem pole of spiritual consciousness. Not because they weren’t bright, but because they applied their spiritual knowledge in the form of priestcraft—to control the masses. Whatever special powers were to be had was knowledge kept away and reserved only for those in power. Whereas spiritual evolution is based on development of compassion, Egypt was ruled by the principle of Power. This aspect of human nature is the same today as ever.
Now why did June Lusparian bring this to my attention?
She wanted me to better understand the story. To her, her society is a prison, so naturally, she wants out. She’s tired of being an outcast. She doesn’t fit in and those who do belong, become slaves to social opinion; their individuality is ruled by a “popular” class. All they have to do is “follow orders” and they will be free. But she doesn’t follow the orders.
The metaphor for high school is Egypt, for June. She subconsciously recalls a period in time where the land is arid, lifeless, sucked dry—and that is the desert of Egypt. She isn’t praising the dead, but feels dead and oppressed. She feels trapped in darkness so identifies with the place that severely oppressed its people.
So that is why she is looking for love. She is looking for life. In a desert, the symbol for life is water. She’s going through her own Exodus…her search for freedom. And the only thing that can free her from self-limitation is love.