Saturday, November 6, 2010

Director/Producer - Nathan McMahan

Director / Producer – Nathan McMahan

Nathan McMahan is a freelance Director / Producer based out of Orlando, Florida who has worked over 17 years in the television and film industry. He is the recipient of multiple Crystal Reel Awards for directing and editing and his films have played in the Edison Film Festival, Tambay Film Festival, Jacksonville Film Festival and the Orlando Showcase Shorts Festival.
Born and bred in the wide open red clay and sandstone prairies of Central Oklahoma, Nathan holds a Bachelors of University Studies in Theatre and English with a minor in Journalism from Oklahoma State University, a Masters in Psychology from Oral Roberts University and a Bachelors in Motion Picture Production from the University of Central Florida.
Before settling in Central Florida, he spent thirteen years as a Water Park supervisor, fifteen years in the restaurant industry as a waiter, bartender, service director and the costumed character Kaptain Kaos, and three years touring and playing drums/percussion with the Christian music group "Rescued".
After an internship in the camera department on the Amblin Production "seaQuest" and an extended stint as a Producer's Assistant on the Disney/MGM backlot, Nathan moved full time into a freelance career in production. Over the years he has worked in varied capacities from Producer, Director, Writer, First AD, Camera Operator, Production Manager, Production Coordinator, Location Scout, Location Manager, Transportation Captain, Craft Service and the ubiquitous Production Assistant.
He has directed projects for Walt Disney World, Cambridge Homes, Lynx Transportation Authority, Edgewood Children’s Ranch, performance Artist Craymo and Space Walk, as well as producing and directing the last half of the fifth season of “Ron Hazelton’s Housecalls” after completing 3 seasons as the UPM/AD for the nationally syndicated, traveling home improvement television series.
Additionally he has produced video segments for such clients as Darden Restaurants, ADP Total Source, Women’s Cancer Coalition, Artist Kathryn Flocken, Pets First International and Peter Spindel, Attorney-at-Law.
With his partner Brent Reynolds, a Producer/DP from his UCF days in August Moon Productions, they have done considerable work for a wide range of clients that includes Westinghouse, Nokia, Nextar, DXG, Euro-Pro, Gateway, Lexmark, Ezonics, Nutrius, Mustek, Summit Marketing and the Home Shopping Network.
Universal Studios, Walt Disney World Broadcast Operations and WDW International Marketing, Sea World, Turner Television, Good Morning America, BBC, ESPN, and ABC are just a few of he companies with which he has an association.
The former managing editor of the Florida Performer, a local industry trade newspaper, he has written several screenplays and his currently developing several features and web serials.
An avid snow skier, skydiver and scuba diver, who lists horses and rappelling among his hobbies, Nathan is a published playwright. He keeps house with his wife, Barbara, two beagles, Wasabi and Sake and a 10 pound Sulcatta tortoise named Lebowski.

Notable awards:

“The Challenge” Best Student Film Edison Film Festival
“Student Loan” Best Offbeat Film Orlando Shorts
Director Crystal Reel Award
“Space Walk Recruiting Video” Director Crystal Reel Award
Editing Crystal Reel Award
“A Killing Season” Feature Film Trailer Crystal Reel Award
Director Crystal Reel Award

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