New Trilix Video Producer/Editor Nathan McNurlen Talks Cinema, Arizona and More

New Trilix hire Nathan McNurlen, originally of Waterloo, Iowa and most recently of Arizona, joins the Trilix video team as a video producer and editor. Nathan received his Bachelor’s degree in Cinema from The University of Iowa in 2011. Upon graduating, he and his wife moved out to Arizona, where they spent the last five years. In Arizona, Nathan worked at StrongMind as their Video & Animation Lead.

We sat down with Nathan to find out what his favorite movies are, how he got into video, and if he has any nicknames.

How did you get involved in video? Why is it a passion for you?
I’ve always loved storytelling and grew up writing ridiculous and fantastical stories from movies and books I was inspired by. In high school, I became more and more interested in film production and started cutting together my own versions of movie trailers from my favorite films, which is essentially how I first learned how to edit.

Do you prefer to be called Nate, Nathan or something else? Are there any other nicknames we should know about?
I typically go by Nathan, and as far as I know, I don’t have any nicknames at present time.

Top 3 movies of all time — go!
Ugh, this is always such a hard question for film people. If I really have to make a list…

  1. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  2. Princess Mononoke
  3. Seven Samurai

What song would you sing at karaoke night?
I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a singer or karaoke person. Though I would be more than happy to watch someone else attempt Bohemian Rhapsody.

Star Wars, Star Trek or neither?
Both? I mean, Empire is probably my favorite movie, and when I was a kid I refused to watch Star Trek because I thought it was too boring. Over the years though, I’ve come to really love both for how different they are. Star Wars is your fun Space Opera send-up to 50s’ samurai films, and Star Trek is wonderful, philosophical pondering about our place in the universe.

Which social media platform is your favorite and why?
I would have to say Instagram because it’s been wonderful to watch people who might not necessarily consider themselves photographers, grow those skill sets and make some really cool stuff. Ultimately, anything that encourages people to just get out and make stuff, I’m all for.

Have you ever been told you look like a celebrity? If so, whom?
I’m afraid the list of bald and bearded celebrities is fairly short. So no, I have not.

Please help us welcome Nathan to the Trilix team!

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