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Meet Nina Meredith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nina Meredith.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up, I wanted to be a magician. I was obsessed with the concept of illusion and fascinated with the ability to create a narrative that would captivate an audience. I guess it’s no surprise that I ended up as a filmmaker, creating magic of my own (and perhaps why “The Prestige” and The Harry Potter films are some of my all-time favorites). My journey to becoming a director wasn’t so linear, and perhaps I found my voice later in life but I’m so thankful that I pursued it.

I worked many years in advertising and photo editing at editorial companies- assisting and hiring photographers, producers and directors. I was always inspired by the creativity behind their craft. In 2014, I was hired at Vice Media as a creative producer which is where I began to grasp the ins and outs of film production, line producing and how to construct a documentary. I slowly began directing my own short films on the side and asked my supervisor at the time if I could concept and direct a few in house videos-the answer was a welcoming “yes.” I continued to create, evolve, and push myself with every project I was given. I was addicted.

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to direct a Nike ad featuring the indelible Michael B. Jordan which catapulted my directorial career into directing more high profile content. I’ve been fortunate to have both carved out and received amazing opportunities in the past two years, as a filmmaker, traveling to over 40 countries, working with a multitude of brands making commercials and documentary content. I’m currently working on a feature documentary and a short narrative film, whilst directing commercial content- I love every film medium and want to be able to dabble in it all.

Creating films is my way of making magic.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
“A story should have a beginning, middle and an end…but not necessarily in that order.” – Jean-Luc Goddard.

If the road was smooth and the journey was easy, it wouldn’t be a thrilling ride. No path is linear, no future is known and that’s what makes being a filmmaker so stimulating.

Of course, being an artist has its challenges. You get writer’s block, you stare at a blank canvas, you freeze on set- I’ve experienced it all- who hasn’t? But you learn, you evolve, you experiment and embrace the falls. You fail, fail, fail and then maybe succeed a bit and then fail again. It’s all a process. There is so much beauty in failure because in failure comes creativity and profound learnings.

What were you like growing up?
I was quite weird and introverted growing up, and suppose I still am. Perhaps I’m quiet because I’m loud in my head. I’m always thinking and observing- thinking about people, characters, landscape, composition, lighting, performance, design, story and magic.

But growing up, I was a maker and a competitive athlete. I loved running, jumping, getting my hands dirty, writing, painting and just staying busy. I also loved photography- which is why Film Photography became my major in college. I love watching people navigate through life at their own pace, creating their own narratives. I always gravitated towards portraiture and documentary, which I believe is relevant in my work today. Portraiture is a medium that I believe will always be deeply rooted in my craft. I love to observe and absorb. There’s so much beauty in this world, and there will never be enough filmmakers to capture it all. But I encourage all filmmakers, artists, students, adults to just make something- make something that they’ll feel fulfilled by – even if no one ever sees it. Do it for yourself.

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@ninameredith, @philstaiman, @logantriplett, @peterhadfield, @mackfisher, @sorennielson

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