On this episode of Making Ways, filmmaker Tim Nackashi joins the show to talk about his first steps into the world of film, share behind-the-scenes commentary about some of his acclaimed music videos, and deliver great advice for aspiring filmmakers. Tim is a self-taught director. He grew up playing in bands, studied painting in college, and first earned his stripes working on his documentary Dirty Work, executive produced by Ed Norton. Over the years, Tim has created visually groundbreaking, often high-concept music videos for OK Go, Maroon 5, Death Cab for Cutie, TV on the Radio, Craig Wedren, and many more. As Tim discusses his work, you’ll get to know the process by which he pitches and directs and learn more about the powerful short films he’s helmed over the years, such as Through the Wall and Is History Repeating Itself?, both focused on the human stories behind some of today’s most heated debates. You’ll also hear about the reality of on-set life and the challenges of breaking through in the world of entertainment. Tune in for a new episode, shot on location in Los Angeles, with award-winning filmmaker and my friend Tim Nackashi.
Tim Nackashi grew up in the not-really-Southern town of Gainesville, Florida, in blissful humidity and an exploding punk scene. He began a career in filmmaking when he moved north to kudzu-adorned Athens, Georgia, and began work on a documentary, Dirty Work, with coconspirator David Sampliner. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and garnered numerous awards at other fests. Tim made an easy transition into music videos and commercials. His video for OK Go’s “WTF?” won a 2009 Webby Award; his interactive 360-degree panoramic video for Craig Wedren’s “WAND” was nominated for a 2010 MTV Interactive O Award; his video for TV on the Radio’s “Nine Types of Light” was nominated for a 2011 Grammy; and his video for Death Cab for Cutie’s “You Are a Tourist”—the first-ever live, one-take music video—was nominated for a 2011 VMA. Since then Tim has directed videos for a long list of artists, including Maroon 5, Neon Indian, Sean Paul, Jason Derulo, Pentatonix, Theophilus London, OneRepublic, Icona Pop, and many more. His short documentary Through the Wall won a 2016 Imagen Award. He has worked with Ray-Ban, Heineken, HP, Amazon Prime, Infiniti, MINI Cooper, Intel, GQ, Pringles, Beats by Dre, G-Shock, Fujifilm, Bing, WeTransfer, The Creators Project, Vice, and the New York Times. Tim is currently in development on his first feature film, slated to shoot in Spring 2018.
- Tim Nackashi Official Site
- Dirty Work Film on IMBD
- OK Go “WTF?” Music Video
- Maroon 5 “Never Gonna Leave This Bed”
- Craig Wedren “Are We” 360º Music Video Featured on NPR Music
- Craig Wedren “Are We” 360º Music Video
- TV on the Radio “Caffeinated Consciousness” Music Video
- Neon Indian “Polish Girl” Music Video Featured on VICE
- Death Cab for Cutie “You Are a Tourist” Music Video
- Through the Wall Film
- Is History Repeating Itself? PSA Featured in LA Times