A child of the digital-age, Nicholas spent his days making short action films and his nights watching classic cinema. Now an award-winning director, his work traverses traditional and non-traditional mediums. With an emphasis on high-energy and innovative directing, he has showcased his talents in commercial work for brands such as Hyundai, Holden, Dulux, beyondblue and Telstra. Nicholas' work has gone viral with views in the millions and he has spoken about digital filmmaking to industry bodies SPAA and AFTRS. His short documentary, The Navigator, was distributed by Australia's national broadcaster, the ABC. He has been recognised at worldwide festivals including the New York Television Festival. An accomplished editor, Nicholas is equally at home in the dark of an edit suite piecing together projects, particularly those he has directed. He has lived in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia and is a graduate of the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.
I've directed commercials, music videos, documentaries, film, television, corporate videos and web content for... Hyundai, Holden, Grand Prix Australia, Big M, Telstra, Virgin, Beyondblue, Dulux, ABC Television, Fairfax Media, Gondwana, Snowgum, NAB, Warner Bros., Alloy Media and many more brands, bands and broadcasters.
I am a subscriber of pure cinema: cinema without words. The films that influenced me greatly are those of Hitchcock, Lean and Spielberg. I believe that editing is the most unique and significant tool a filmmaker has and that the effectiveness of a film is entirely dependent on the rhythm and juxtaposition of images. I love to edit all my projects as I believe the most fundamental filmmaking decisions are made in the edit room. I am also a hyperactive person by nature and I think that this has translated across to my filmmaking. In the past few years technology has completely redefined the way screen media is both consumed and produced. Much of what has been done in the past is no longer tenable today. Audiences are fractured. Production needs to be more cost effective. My approach, in a nutshell, is to fully embrace all that technology offers and combine it with those traditional storytelling and production practices that have served us well in order to create more engaging and effective content.
Awards & presentations
Winner - Best Foreign Series - 2nd Streamy Awards, LA
Nominated - Best Drama - 2nd Streamy Awards, LA
Official Honoree - 14th Webby Awards, Las Vegas
Winner - Best Web Series - 2009 International Television Festival, LA
Special Screening - New York Television Festival 2009
VCA Grad. Awards - Best Potential for Theatrical Distribution - 2010
Make a Film, Make a Difference (TAC) Finalist – 2010
ATOM Awards – Nominated for Best Documentary - 2007
Speaker with Peter Broderick - SPAA Fringe - 2009
Speaker at Friday on My Mind, AFTRS - 2010
Speaker at the SPAA Conference 2011
Speaker at Open Channel Frameline 2010
Speaker at Screen Tasmania Digital Conference 2011
My work has been represented by United Talent Agency (UTA) and pitched to 20th Century Fox, Disney, MTV and Sony Television.
Bookings, representation & client work
Nick can be booked directly by any advertising agency, film, TV & TVC production company or directly by client. Nick welcomes all creative projects and is available as a freelance director or editor. Projects are facilitated through a network of various production companies (depending on the type of project) including directly with Nick's company, Carlton Productions.