Nate Nettleton: Beached
Nate Nettleton is an artist living and working in Ottawa,
Craig arrived fully loaded with exceptional content ideas, provided a unique vision, and was able to turn what was a somewhat stressful experience for me into a laid back day of filming and good times.
- Nate Nettleton
Behind the Scenes
When Nate told me he was putting on an art show at Frank and Oak, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a video that would profile him and the collection he was premiering.
When we first started talking about the concept, Nate was very nervous about talking in front of the camera but had confidence in the creative vision I brought forward.
I showed up at his studio early morning and over the next few hours we got into some pretty in depth conversations about life, his creative process and the artistic vision he had for the series.
After the interview, I captured every step of his creative process; from planning to cutting to gluing. A combinations of camera rigs allowed me to capture multiple perspectives of the assembly.
Since the name of the series was “Beached”, it was only appropriate that we packed up and headed to the nearby beach. We used my gimbal to get smooth shots of him skateboarding along the walkway, then grabbed his surf board and headed towards the water. At this point, the sun was setting, making for perfect lighting. The sun disappeared into the horizon, wrapping up a perfect first day of shooting. To get additional shots of his art at the beach, we scheduled an evening shoot for the following week. We really lucked out and got another beautiful sunset to serve as our backdrop.
Over the next few weeks, I pieced together the story. I had so much great footage to work with, it was difficult to keep the video under 3 minutes (a goal I had set out for myself). I really wanted the video to have a summer vibe; warm colour correction, subtle film grain, playful animation and a surf inspired soundtrack really helped pull everything together.