and the Sky

I AM A DIRECTOR. A STORYTELLER OF LINEAR AND INTERACTIVE NARRATIVES... 

which I sometimes write myself and sometimes collaborate with others. I am constantly dreaming of new ways to present stories interactively, but also love to create simple linear, just-press-play films. 

I started from the ground up, as a production artist and learned the production process of how to write and produce an engaging game, how to polish traditional commercial communications (broadcast, print, and interactive), and how to make films on shoestring budgets that allows the viewer to get lost in the narrative and not see the dollar bills associated. I've learned how to lead a team, how to communicate my vision and allow people's talents and experience better them. I've learned that good, informative communication with your clients and colleagues can not only aid your vision, but make for a truly collaborative experience that fortifies it. 

The last few years I've worked mainly on Mixed Reality Projects, trying to crack the code of how our audience and our stories will blossom from interactivity and audience participation. I'm constantly dreaming and scheming, and independently generate projects that push the boundaries of what’s possible in the interactive space. In 2010, I developed MiniCine, an interactive film concept that hands over character and cinematic control to the user. Beginning in 2016, I began exploring interactive character development, emotional responsiveness, and examining ways to create a bond between character and our audience. This has led to development of HUE, a touch-based interactive tale about a man who has lost his senses, and only you, the viewer, can guide him to find them again. 

I've done loads of non-disclosure projects where I've had the pleasure of assisting clients in marrying interactive narratives with their brands/ideas and presenting content in new and exciting avenues. Talking about myself gives me the heebie-jeebies, so let’s just do something amazing together!  Say hello@nicolemcdonald.com  Or check out my proper CV here.

 

When I see a really good piece of creative in the world, I always think about the individuals who tirelessly protected it in it's initial stages, huddled around it like rugby players, forcefully nudging out the obstacles, moving it through the production process until it was 'born.'  This truly invigorates me and I quietly high-five them in my mind. 

 

DREAM TEAM

I've been more than fortunate to work with an amazing group of people, who have enhanced my work and projects in immeasurable ways. You should check them all out and work and play and grow and laugh together (as they are all not only beyond talented, they are pure joy to work with).

DAVID MCFARLAND is an amazing Director of Photography whose knowledge is endless and willingness is humbling. He is a true painter of light.

KC AUSTIN is a ridiculously talented creative developer with an meticulous eye.

TAY STRATHAIRN is a music composer who has the ability to literally make your vision sing.

STEVIE LAUX is an amazing creative mind (creative direction, art direction, editor, you name it).

ANITA FONTAINE is a delightful and masterful creative mind with crazy interactive chops.

JESSICA HUNDLEY is an amazing creative force (a writer, a filmmaker, a doer). 

JULIA MARKIEWICZ is a writer and ACD, she also is a dream collaborator. 

AMY JO DIAZ is an mulit-talented art director and artist (she makes things happen above and beyond).

CANDICE BIRNS is THE hair stylist that you want to work with (never mind that you'll fall madly in love with her).

HEATHER CVAR is a highly talented make-up artist (and is totally in it to win it).

JASMINE ALBUQUERQUE is a seriously creative choreographer and dancer (she is one of the members of Wife, they are mind blowing).

RYAN HEFFINGTON is a force of nature in the dance community (he choreographed the very famous sia, chandelier video).