zach both converts a chevy cargo van into a nomadic filmmaking studio
all images courtesy of zach both

 

 

 

for the past year, young filmmaker zach both has been traveling across the united states in a self-built mobile studio. his nomadic atelier has been converted from an otherwise inhabitable, decade-old chevy cargo van to a minimal and functional dwelling on wheels. outfitting the interior with a sustainable and sophisticated aesthetic, both has used reclaimed wood on the ceiling and walls, sourced from a 19th century church in cleveland, ohio. inside, living spaces accommodate a futon bed, a functioning kitchen with stove, and a comfortable workspace. on the outside of the van, solar panels have been installed on the roof, powering the fridge, a mobile wifi network and a home theater system.

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zach both has been traveling across the united states in a self-built mobile studio

 

 

 

‘filmmaking by nature is a nomadic pursuit,’ both describes. ‘it’s a constant migration to and from different locations based on what the storytelling requires. with this van, I now have complete freedom to write a script surrounded by mountains, direct a shoot in a remote desert town and then collaborate with an editor or composer in los angeles — all within the same month. that would be impossible any other way.’

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the nomadic atelier has been converted from an otherwise inhabitable, decade-old chevy cargo van 

 

 

 

wanting to share the knowledge he collected while building the van, both created a free online guide that provides insight to those interested in converting a vehicle into a livable space. ‘thevanual offers a detailed, step-by-step guide to the construction process, while incorporating informative imagery and specific construction techniques during the conversion. additionally, a lifestyle guide presents tips and tricks for life on the road, including where to safely park overnight and advice on how to work as a digital nomad.

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the project is realized as a minimal and functional dwelling on wheels

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the interior is outfitted with a sustainable and sophisticated aesthetic

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reclaimed wood on the ceiling and walls was sourced from a 19th century church in cleveland, ohio

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living spaces accommodate a futon bed, a functioning kitchen with stove, and a workspace

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both also created a free online guide that provides insight to those interested in converting a van

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the website offers advice on how to work as a digital nomad

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‘thevanual’ offers a detailed, step-by-step guide to the construction process

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solar panels have been installed on the roof, powering the fridge and a mobile wifi network

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the original van, prior to its reconstruction 

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