John (Josh Duhamel), a small time crook, finds an unlikely accomplice in Louis (Josh Wiggins), a newly-orphaned teenage boy. As their open-road adventure progresses and John drags the kid on a string of robberies, the pair forge an unexpected and powerful bond. Louis’s mother, who was raising him by herself, died and he was left on his own. Following her funeral, Louis accepted a ride from John, who is a complete stranger to him out of the belief that John was acquainted with his grandparents. On this long road trip, John commits a string of robberies to pay back some rough guys.
Writer Trey Nelson sat down for an interview with Celebrity Examiner Jae Monique to discuss his inspiration for creating Lost in the Sun.
Jae Monique: When did you get started in film making?
Trey Nelson: I was a little late to the game of film making. I graduated college in 1998 and spent several years working in the corporate world. I worked for Gap incorporated as a merchant buying clothes and working with designers. I wasn’t happy so I left and did some traveling, and was always writing throughout my career. Then in 2001, I moved to New York City and started in filming. I started out as a PA and worked my way up.
JM: What inspired you to write Lost in the Sun?
Nelson: After I left my corporate job, I went down to Central America. I was backpacking through Central America and was attacked by wild pubs. I came back to the U.S. to get rabies treatment and part of the treatment takes a really long time. While I was doing that, I went back home to Texas. I rented a car and drove around the Southwest part of the U.S. and I spent a lot of time in New Mexico. I drove to the Grand Canyon and back over a 2 week period in between treatments. It was at that time that I started thinking about Lost in the Sun. The seeds of the idea came in 2001… I started writing the script in 2006 and I’m a slow writer so it took me a while. It got into Josh’s hands in 2011 and he and I have been working since 2011 to get the film made.
JM: How long did it take to finish writing?
Nelson: I was always doing something else while I was writing a script so it’s hard to say how long it took me and it was always in a state of flux. To pay the bills, I was directing and I was committed to telling this story, but it took me a while to really understand the characters. The script became really good when I became a father. It’s a Real reflection of me and it’s a real reflection of my purpose as an artist which is to seek the truth. That’s what I try to do; I try to seek the truth in all my art.
JM: Did you collaborate with anyone?
Nelson: I wrote the whole film myself. I got notes from other fellow film makes and things like that.
JM: You also directed the movie. What was your biggest challenge in making the movie?
Nelson: Time. We shot this movie in roughly 21 days and we had something like 40 or 50 locations and over 100 scenes. It’s a road movie so it’s constantly moving. This is a modest budget film so those are all the challenges every independent filmmaker has.
JM: What other projects are you working on?
Nelson: I have a new script I’m working on with a writer who wrote Blue Caprice about the DC Sniper…the writer is Ronny Porto. He and I are working on a script called Appetite.
The film was released November, 6, 2015.