Browsey Acres is a place of peace. Or it was. Ronda Rousey and Travis Browne were hoping to have a pleasant weekend with old friend Devon “D-Von” Hughes, when his Hall of Fame past of destroying generic tables finally catches up to him.
What follows is a wild ride across the farm as evil wooden bastards terrorize Ronda, Travis, D-Von, Julia De Mars, and the goats.
Watch the full trailer for TABLES here:
The story behind TABLES:
Sometime in June 2019, No DNB Productions was notified that Devon Hughes, aka WWE Hall of Famer D-Von Dudley, wanted to collaborate on a project. Ronda Rousey’s production company put their heads together and came up with TABLES, a tale of survival horror and high spots starring Ronda and Devon, fighting sentient… tables.
Considering the number of tables Devon has put to an early grave throughout his career, the idea of tables finally getting Devon (instead of the other way around) seemed like a natural story for writers Jason Nawara and Justin Golightly.
A few weeks, a two-hour pitch, and a 25-page document explaining the world of TABLES later, Ronda and Travis Browne signed up to star in and executive produce the piece.
The next step was finding someone who could pull the vision off technically. That was Kyle Nilges, a cinematographer out of Chicago who co-directed the madness along with writer/producer Justin Golightly.
Joining Kyle from Chicago was editor Vince Nigito, a veteran director and editor out of Chicago. Vince spent many long nights piecing many different versions of TABLES together, all under great duress.
But the world of TABLES doesn’t end with the trailer.
We have deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a ridiculous amount of TABLES promotional stuff! Testify!
So much more! Get a look at the character posters created by Golightly of No DNB Productions.
Here’s Ronda with shotgun steel eyes, blasting particleboard:
Next is Devon Hughes, who added even more destroyed tables to his resumé. He’s the one who kicked off the collaboration, and he was ready for anything, bringing up new storylines, character developments and action sequences on the fly. Co-director and writer Golightly weighed in:
“It was surreal enough working with people I’ve dreamed of doing projects with, but seeing them geeking out over what we were doing as much as me was like an out-of-body experience. As soon as we’d get something in the can, Ronda or Devon would come over with a sparkle in their eyes and be like, ‘Dude, what if we did this?'”
Poor Julia. Actress, PA, behind-the-scenes camera person, she did it all and got really beat up doing it. Check out the gag reel for some hilarious deleted scenes starring Julia, and her prop work trying and failing to launch a huge table between Ronda and Travis.
Look at Travis. Handsome, strong. Everything you’d want in a leading man. That knowing smile of his is reassuring. He’s got this. He’ll do a powerslide down a hill at midnight so he can chop one last table in half for the crew. Seriously, the ideas that flow from this guy. Golightly:
“All of the shots were born out of weeks writing with Jason, planning, and storyboarding with the team. Then, all the sudden Travis is staring at a hill at midnight wondering out loud if he can do some unscripted badassery down it and let me tell you, the answer to that is always, ‘Yes!'”
Saraya Bevis, aka WWE’s Paige, stopped by Browsey Acres for a day to go on a Goat Walk, so our cinematographer Kyle had to make sure she got a scene in the movie. No DNB huddled for a few minutes, whipped up a heroic moment for everyone, and now here she is, badass with a bow.
Tables are also on t-shirts! Get one below and help support more projects like this!
*shirts not actually made from tables*
In addition to the full gag reel, a behind-the-scenes video is on its way. For people interested in the process, and some scenes that didn’t make it or were changed, here are a few of our storyboards: