Zach Both made a mobile home on wheelsSurely almost every one of us as a child dreamed of making a house on wheels with his own hands. There is a huge amount of stereotypes regarding people who want to live differently than others. If you want to power the house with solar panels, you will be considered a hermit who is destined to live alone in the forest. If you believe in non-waste production, you must be a hippie or a fanatic. Anyway, any desire of a person to live in non-standard conditions is reduced by society to its frivolity, stupidity, or to the lack of the opportunity to acquire or rent a normal house for oneself. American cinematographer Zach Both, who has been living in an old Chevy van for the last year, has destroyed all these stereotypes. He became for him not only a home, but also a mobile film studio on wheels. The view outside the window changes every day. Project authorshared his story: “I left my position as creative director in a fairly large company and decided to devote all my free time to filming. Since making films implies high mobility and constant change of places, it seemed to me a natural step to start living in a van. Filmmaking is a permanent migration. In no other conditions, I could not write the script and shoot the first fragments of the film in the mountains, then continue shooting in the desert far from civilization, and then meet with the editor or composer in Los Angeles. And all this in one month. The van gives me the freedom of movement I need. ” Small workplace Inside Zach Both sheatheda wood wagon he borrowed from an old nineteenth century church in Cleveland, Ohio. It has a small workplace in which a chair with a removable lid plays the role of a garbage can. The windows are closed with awnings that can be used as chalk boards for reflection on the film's storyboard. All space is organized as economically as possible. Compact bedroom in the van Chalk boards act as curtains The bed turns into a mini-sofa. The kitchen and the stove for cooking are hidden under a small work desk. A small stove allows you to cooksimple dishes On the roof, the author of the project installed solar panels that ensure the operation of low-energy household appliances, such as a refrigerator, computer, home theater, and Wi-Fi network. The van is maximally insulated, which allows you to live in it during the cold season. Zach Both shower is most often taken in the gym. Mobile Home is Comfortable Cinematographerit is recognized that life in a van can be quite uncomfortable and exhausting, because a person becomes a stranger both in nature and among other people. However, in contrast, there are a number of positive factors. “During my constant movement in the house on wheels, I received a huge amount of unforgettable impressions. When making films, I collaborated with actors across the country. Once in the winter, I had to wait a long time for help, because my van was stuck in the snow. Every day, the view outside the window changed, and I spent an unforgettable time in the mountains and forests, even met Christmas in nature, talking with my family on the Internet. " Zach Both in his workplace Zach Bothhe says he spent about $ 4,000 on the maintenance of the van, and about $ 8,000 more on finishing and repair work, tire replacement, and so on. About 3,000 more the author of the project spent on other minor needs and maintaining the machinery in working condition. Now he has released The Vanual - a small collection of tips for creating and maintaining a mobile home from start to finish. It contains a large number of tips for those who decide to live in a mobile van. Would you like to live and travel in such a van? Write us in the comments!