Netflix Picks up Award-Winning Film by Academy of Art University Motion Picture and Television School Alum, Nick Tucker

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Thanks to the academic experience gained at Academy of Art University’s esteemed Motion Picture & Television School, Nick Tucker went on to produce an award-winning mockumentary film.

Nick Tucker mastered the fine art of film making at the Academy of Art University Film School. Before he arrived at the Academy he had not even taken a photography course and could barely operate a camera. His art education gave him the ability to design the award-winning film, Fandom, which is now available on Netflix.

Fandom was finished while Nick was still attending school; the film is a mockumentary-styled comedy, an illustration about the mental unraveling of a young man who is a little too obsessed with Natalie Portman. The film begins as a "documentary" about fans and their objects of desire, but takes an interesting turn when one of its subjects, Gordon, comes unglued and decides to meet the actress of "Princess Amidala" fame. Faced with the prospect of meeting the person he admires most in the world, Gordon freaks out and begins to unravel. The result is a portrait of a fan who can barely function, despite having his wildest dreams come true.

The Academy was a great place for a first time film student. The college courses focused on the value of actually using cameras, computer graphic editing programs, operating lights, etc. The art school gave Nick Tucker the hands-on education needed to design and complete a festival-worthy film.

The distributor, Cinequest, had a hand in getting this film school student the advertising and backing the film needed. Nick Tucker comments, “Cinequest is a very cool company. They've been extremely helpful in getting the film promoted and seen. They're also a film festival, and I think that this helps them find films that resonate well with an audience. They're trying out a lot of new things as a new distributor, and I think that was part of the appeal for me. Fandom is a film that tries a lot of new things, too. In many ways, it was a perfect match. Cinequest helped us get our film on Netflix, which is huge, and Netflix bought three times as many copies of Fandom than most other independent films. That's a door that I'm glad to have opened.”

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