Thunder Road is definitely a DIY heartfelt project. Cummings wanted to see how far an artist could go with just a laptop and their own creative mind. This deliberately small film was made with a tiny budget of only $190,000. Cummings was the writer, actor, director and producer, as well as making the poster, soundtrack (featuring his ukulele talents) and trailer by himself on his laptop. The recording studio was a mic inside a mattress fortress!