My name is Masharne Nic Nixon, everyone calls me Nic.
How did you get your start in the film industry?
I have an associates in media production. I have always loved movies, anime, tv...anything that tells a story.
Can you tell us anything about your movies?
This particular film was inspired by some awesome photo shoots I was doing at this abandoned fort.
The photo shoots spawned some characters which in turn spawned a script and here we are. I had to step into a lot of roles to make this film happen and definitely learned a lot.
What do you consider to be the strongest element of your work?
I feel like the strongest element of my work is my intent. My goal is always to make each scene or each frame so beautiful or emotion inducing that it could be hung on a wall as a photo. I believe itís this thought process that sets my film apart from other films in itís category.
Another strength that I really had the chance to flex in this production was my ability to do multiple rolls at once.
I wrote the script, I did the costumes, I mixed the blood, I figured out a lot of the special effects, I acted, I filmed, I did some of the sound, I directed and I helped to coordinate the fight scenes. This film really tested my knowledge and abilities.
Do you think you've changed as an Director/Producer since you first started?
Yes! Throughout this film in particular I grew a lot in my role as a director. In the beginning I was listening to other people's suggestions and sometimes straying from my original plan.
Listening to everyoneís input is time consuming and often led to me straying from my original vision. By the end of this project I had become more firm in making sure it was my vision being created and I had grown enough to know when to listen to a suggestion and when to say, ďno, weíre doing it my way.Ē
What are some of your upcoming projects?
Iím working on a script right now that is going to require some research. Itís working title is ĎThe black vikingí. Iím in the early stages but if you like some gore and some fight scenes and underdog stories then this one will be right up your alley.
Iím also partnering on some small projects with people I met working on Jenocide. Iíd also really like to see Jenocide get turned into a webseries.
Where can we found out more about you and your work?
I try to keep info up to date on my instagram and my FB.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to try a career in Director/Producer?
I would say be prepared to fill different rolls. If you can do a little of everything on your set then youíll never be in trouble if someone isnít committed to your project.
Also be prepared to be a mediator and the glue of your people to get your project completed. If you can spend some time on a set so you have realistic expectations and all the rolls involved.
If you could work with any Director/Producer who would they be and why?
If I could work with any director it would be Quentin Tarantino or Neil Blomkamp. I really like that Tarantino uses practical effects in his films and that motivated me in my film. Specifically how he does his blood sprays.
Blomkamp I really like his Sci-fi films. Theyíre visually impressive and the story can be felt even if you turn off the sound and just watch the film.
Top three are District 9, Hateful8 and Gladiator
What is the last film you saw? What did you think of it?
Midsommar and 1917. Midsommar was a mind trip, it was visually entertaining and you were always confused as to what was happening but in a way that kept you on the edge of your seat. 1917 I really ilked the one shot concept they used, itís something Iíd like to try at some point.
When I was watching this film I was trying to find the cuts and I only found 4. It was very impressive.
Favorite country or place?
Spain, I was born there and lived there until my teens. Iím hoping to take my family soon to visit.
Did you know anything about sweden?
LOL, ironically thatís where Midsommar takes place but I donít know much about it. I hear that itís a beautiful place to visit and that people are very happy and very friendly. Itís definitely on my bucket list.
Anything else you want to mention?
If film interests you, it doesnít matter if youíre into cinematography or photography, pick up a camera and give it a shot.
You never know what might happen and if nothing else you may find yourself a nice hobby if it doesnít become a profession. The world can always use more art.