About Nick

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At 7, Nicholas began teaching himself programming.  Before he’d left the single digits, he had acquired his first video camera – a “toy” that filmed in black and white and lacked sound.  It was meant to distract a kid who couldn’t keep his hands off his parents’ camera.  Instead of distraction, the camera became an obsession. Throughout high school he made countless videos, starting to edit with two VCRs connected to each other, and eventually moving into non-linear editing.

After serving his country as a Mandarin linguist, Nicholas continued fine-tuning his skills and artistry in the fashion industry, creating fashion show editorials for Global Fashion News.  Today he is a Hollywood based writer, producer, and director of short films, commercials, and has two features in development.

Those closest to Nicholas agree that his thirst for knowledge is one of his most defining personal characteristics. He is a self-taught expert in a wide spectrum of creative software, skillful in all three of the primary NLEs: Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, and his favorite, Final Cut Pro X. He is proficient in Motion, After Effects, Smoke, Mocha, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, iZotope RX5 Advanced, and Davinci Resolve. Competency in such a wide variety of applications allows him to always pick the right tool for the job rather than forcing an application to do something it wasn’t really meant to.

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Nicholas has earned five Apple certifications (Final Cut Pro Level One, Level Two, FCPX 10.1, Motion 5, and Logic Pro X), and has completed the UCLA Professional Programs in Producing, Screenwriting, and Interactivity. He has a Bachelors in Fine Arts for Digital Film and Video Production, and has studied directing under world renowned directing coach Judith Weston.

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