Nathan Hackett

Creative Director and Director at First Person .

I have come from a background of on & off set visual effects supervision, compositing & project management to the world of story, ideation and directing.  I love visual effects, but all the bells & whistles are pointless without story & reason.  A great visual effects shot will always look out of place if it does not complement the story; no matter how cool it is.

I love creating an idea and bringing the stories to life.  Seeing it through from scribbles in a notebook to a final piece.  From the sleepless nights working out an idea, pitching to client to directing on set and post production, I really dig every part of the process.

I graduated from the Academy of Art University San Francisco with a BFA in Animation & Visual Effects, and the University of Technology Sydney with a Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (IT Project Management) & have been involved on & off set with shoots ranging from commercials for fortune 100 companies and local businesses to feature films.  I have worked for HBO, Tippett Studios, Elastic Creative, Westernized Productions & now First Person.  I am also a member of the Visual Effects Society.

My influences include film, fine art, visual effects & light installation artists.  I am captivated by the art of Olafur EliassonLeo VillarealLen Lye, Oskar Fischinger, Michel Gondry, Kozyndan, Charming Baker, Chris Greco,  the visual effects work of Phil Tippett, Chris Morley,  & Catherine Tate.  My favourite film is Harold & Maude and I’m pretty keen on anything Miranda July makes.