Getting Lost in the "Ocean." Gambling with Aliens. Shiny gas masks.
Here we go again. Radio silence. Dropped off the face of the earth. Static. Where the hell has Mike P. Nelson been for the past month(s). Here goes…
Back in July I took a little road trip with the guys at MAKE and DP Troy McCall to direct a Nebraska Lottery commercial for Pick 5 tickets. Fun shoot. Great talent. Stellar crew. I give immediate props to our Art Director Wes Clowers for just being A1 legit in every regard and our gaffer and grip team Craig Ladwig and Barry Joyce. Damn good. We closed down a gas station out in Ashland, NE and shot two spots in a day. The local paper even wrote a little article on the shoot. Shot on Epic with Zeiss Super Speed glass. All visual effects done in house at MAKE. I’ll post the commercials soon.
In other news, I have been a creative, animator and compositor on the most recent music video for the Canadian based band, Hey Ocean! for their new single “If Were A Ship" off of there "IS" album. The video is directed by my wife and partner in crime, Katie Maren Nelson. The video is almost all stop motion animation and visual effects and should be completed sometime this week. Look for that in the near future.
I also wrapped on the Hastings 3000 music video I was telling you all about a while back. Here is a sneak peak at the music video directed by Patrick Pierson. I was lead in the miniature VFX department and editor. Look for this in September!
And finally…just to keep you all in suspense, here is just a little teaser for the next official Mike P. Nelson project…
So last Tuesday I was at Studio 1414 in NE once again for a MAKE shoot. This time is was a PSA shoot for Kids Need To Read, a National organization committed to getting good books to kids who need them. It was the most kids I have ever worked with at one time. One would describe it as exhausting. I would agree, but it was also so much fun. And the talent was just amazing. I have yet to work with such an understanding and focused group of young people. A special thanks to, Kylie, Jayden, Ava, Luke, Zoe, Marty, McCall, Alaina, Marli, and Sean. You guys are awesome!
Hastings 3000 Music Video Miniature Shoot / Book Cover Photo Shoot
Busy weekend. Started with a book cover shoot for a local author self publishing her first novel. Set in 1962, the book is about a romantic relationship between a teacher and a student. Thanks to wonderful art direction from my wife Katie Maren Nelson and our stunning talent Maddy, the shoot went without a hitch. Also thanks to Jennifer Nielsen for producing the shoot and making it happen. I’ll post the cover once it’s finished. Below is a little glimpse of the space we created.
Sunday we started early with a miniature shoot for the one man band Hastings 3000. Again, another smooth shoot. Over the last couple weeks I had been working on carving a giant floating rock structure out of foam. Then we went “all out 70’s miniature shoot!” My wife and I were contacted by local director/DP Patrick Pierson to add the finishing effect touches to the video he directed for Hastings 3000. Click the link for a quick behind the scenes clip of the shoot. Special thanks to my wife for helping me plan this and making it so cool, my DP Nick Junkersfeld, Eric Pierson, Patrick Pierson, Chris Hadland and Token Media. And thanks to Joe of Hastings 3000 for the beers!
It is my pleasure to invite you to Marty Doogin Arts to watch The Retirement of Joe Corduroy. This is my first personal film in several years. It was funded by the Minnesota State Arts board and is my homage to the gritty, violent revenge opera’s of the 70’s and 80’s. Enjoy!
The guys at Marty Doogin Arts just recently posted the feature film Rough Tender in it’s entirety on their website.
I was director of photography on the film and it was by far one of the most fun exciting projects I have ever worked on. So make yourself a cocktail, light up a cigarette, and enjoy a film with quirky romance, a cussing grandma, peanut butter sandwiches and vampires that will rip your throat out and eat your eyeballs!
Hey everyone. So I have been a bit absent the last couple months, but fear not I am here to fill you in and deliver tasty images and news from my business.
First off, back in January I produced and directed an anti-smoking ad with a ballerina. I was fortunate enough to collaborate with the talented Broadway and film dance choreographer Allen Fields. Dancer Raina Gilliland lent her beauty, grace and extreme talent to the spot. The piece was photographed by Nick Junkersfeld on Epic and the FX were done by the guys back at MAKE, turning the beautiful dance into a smokey nightmare. Stay tuned for the final in the next month.
My Minnesota Arts Grant revenge film, “The Retirement of Joe Corduroy” test screened back in February to a healthy 100+ audience at the Parkway theater in South Minneapolis. I made the event a special double feature starting the night off with one of the films main inspirations, the original “Death Wish” with Charles Bronson. The screening went very well. I am currently submitting the film to different festivals. Once scored, the film will be posted on TwitchFilm
March was a busy month. I produced and directed a spot about Bullying Awareness at MAKE, shot a short film with Nick Junkersfeld with colleges Joe Dressel and Chris Cummings, and helped fellow filmmaker Jason Ho with a spot promoting Minnesota hip hop artist MaLLy’s, new album “The Last Great.” Stay tuned for all these finished pieces in the weeks to come! Until then, here are some sneak peeks!
In lieu of directing my first McDonald’s commercial come January, I wanted to post my favorite of the corporate giant’s ads. This was an ad that aired back in 1987. I remember watching this commercial over and over on an old dubbed tape of Raiders of the Lost Ark. For all of you who remember how magical and warm and fuzzy McDonald’s was, this is for you.
Last Sunday I helped director Phil Harder yet again with his Baron Von Raschke film. The film chronicles the iconic wrestler’s life and rise to fame in both narrative and documentary form. Not only was I shooting along with Patrick Pierson, I also played an AWA interviewer back in the 70’s hamming it up with Verne Gagne (played by local acting veteran, Charles Hubbell) and the man himself, The Baron Von Raschke.