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Interview with BSF Tutor Nick!

Aug 21, 2019

At Bus Stop Films our programs are taught by passionate filmmakers and industry experts to give our students a holistic filmmaking learning experience. When our tutors are not working with our amazing students they are out changing the world as incredible creatives. We wanted to shine a light on the work our tutors are up to by interviewing them individually about their life outside of BSF. Check out what Nick had to say!

Question: What inspired you to become a BSF tutor?
Last year I had the chance to volunteer on a regular basis for Bus Stop Films, and I found the whole experience incredibly fun, challenging and very personally rewarding. Further to that, I was also given the opportunity to teach a guest class on Writing and Acting, and while a significant step up from volunteering, it was just as rewarding and pushed me towards wanting to be more deeply involved in the amazing work Bus Stop Films does. So when asked, I simply jumped at the chance.

What has been your favourite experience working with BSF?
Probably the experience of teaching my first class. It was at the end of last year as a guest tutor and I was terrified. But the students were so welcoming and friendly that my fears melted away and we ended up having an amazing time writing two-hander scenes and performing them for the class! It was very special.

How long have you been a tutor with BSF?
Since the beginning of this year. But I was a volunteer for much of last year.

Can you describe your career in the film industry?
Rocky but satisfying, I’ve got extensive acting experience having lived and worked in Sydney as an actor for the last 6 years, but my training was done primary in London, UK. But over the last two years my focus as increasing been towards screenwriting and script editor, to the extent that I’ve decided to place acting on hold and pursue a career in Video Game Narrative Design.

What do you do when you’re not working at Bus Stop Films?
I currently work part-time for a bank, eat hot wings, play AFL 9s, write screenplays and catch up on the top 100 most influential films of the 20th Century (I’m got 80 more to go!).

Are you working currently on any exciting film projects outside of Bus Stop?
I’m currently writing a feature film script, while also working with two separate writing partners to begin development of two TV series ideas.

What is your favourite film?
Wow, big question…. Sorry, at best I can only do a top 5.

  1. Blues Brothers;
  2. In the Mood for Love:
  3. Porco Rosso;
  4. Blade Runner; and
  5. The Princess Bride.

What is your best piece of advice you would give to anyone who wants to make it in the film industry?
Be committed, but be polite. Understand that you need to work hard to develop your craft and hone the skills to achieve success. But also understand that success doesn’t need to be at another’s expense. Strive to be the type of person that people love to work with, not just because you’re skilled but also because you promote joy.

Nick and his student Nathan discussing homework tasks.