NICOLIFE is a passion project by Robin Nyström, Jason Kaiser and Hartley Comfort.
The comedy web series Nicolife tells the story of Nicolai and Phil, two attention-starved nobodies who desire fame and fortune above everything else. Unfortunately, their social ineptitude lead them down a path of tragedy and death. The show is a satirical look at the egocentrism of our YouTube generation.
Zero-budget filmmaking means that you film first and ask questions later. This was certainly the case for the Nicolife team. We took over the homes of friends and family members (with or without their permission). We convinced a local business owner to let us shoot inside his laundromat. We got kicked out of a grocery store when we tried to film a short scene guerrilla style. We were hit by a harsh rain storm on a mountaintop during the longest drought in California history, and we had to carry our camera equipment down a mudslide. We were almost arrested by two cops when we shot a scene outside an ATM and were accused of using "suspicious equipment.” We inflicted plenty of scrapes and bruises on our poor actors (sorry, couldn’t afford stunt doubles). And last but not least, we made two fake DIY corpses and became well-versed in the art of churning out fake and edible blood.
We just hope that people will enjoy watching the show as much as we enjoyed making it.
Produced in San Luis Obispo, California.