Next up in directors chair is visual genius, Nathan Boey. Most recently directing Paper Lions “lost at War”, he seems to have a knack for capturing a songs essence and complimenting it in the perfect way. But it doesn’t stop with music videos, he has created a prominent career in directing commercials, most notably for Nascar and the Bank of America. We caught up with him to ask a couple questions and pick his brain a bit.
YMT: How long have you been directing videos for? And how did you get into it?
NATHAN: I started making little movies as a young lad which usually involved a little story then putting it to music. I only did my first ‘official’ music video about 3 years ago. Directing music videos has always been a desire of mine, but it was near the end of film school when I realized it is very hard to make a living off doing them exclusively.
This one was directed by JP Poliquin, but Nathan was the genius behind the stop motion section.
YMT: What would you call you style of video? And where does your inspiration come from?
NATHAN: I like making videos that have some kind of visual magic to them. I usually strive to create something that bedazzles the viewer’s eye, while gently tugging at their heart.
Inspiration comes from dreams, inanimate objects, music and the great directors of the past.
YMT: Your work doesn’t just stop at music videos either, from directing clips for Nascar to the bank of America, do you find that working with music groups gives you more breathing room on the creative sides of things?
NATHAN: Usually commercials have the concept given to you and you can make directing choices and incorporate your style but music videos allow you to come up with the concept yourself which is cool. I’ve found that some bands trust you to do anything you want while at other times they can worry a lot about their image, which is understandable but constricts the creativity a bit.
YMT: What’s next on the table for you? Any insiders you can hook us up with?
NATHAN: Shooting another commercial this week but should have 2 videos next month. Both really fun ideas, but can’t say much more than that at the moment!
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