Originally from Oxford, Michigan, Nathan began his career producing reality television, including hits like JERSEY SHORE (MTV) and TABOO (NAT GEO). He also produced the low-budget narrative feature THE NEW REPUBLIC, which was distributed through Gravitas Ventures. Recently, Nathan transitioned to narrative projects, writing and directing the dark comedy short RUBES, which received an honorable mention at the Hollywood Comedy Festival. He also wrote & directed the dark comedy, mixed-media web series SAD MOTIVATOR, which earned a “Best Indie Series” nomination at the 4th Annual STREAMY AWARDS.
Q & A
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
I had a dream where I was telling a friend about a great script idea where a group of teens are stuck in an old mill and have to use logging tools to outsmart a psychotic lumberjack. The friend in the dream hated the idea. Still figuring out how to make that gem.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Books and Instagram. There isn’t a problem or issue in the world that hasn’t been written about by someone who went through it. And Instagram is riddled with new artists creating interesting pieces that inspire my tone and style.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
The majority of my projects revolve around characters making selfish choices, so I would try to do the least selfish thing and hope I make it out alive.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy. Stephen King. Practical. Pre Apocalypse.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Not being in control. Of your mind, body, circumstances, etc. — it’s a very scaring feeling not to have a say in every aspect of your daily life and often shows up in my work.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
THE SHINING is a masterpiece and hard to top. Perfectly paced and creepy as hell.