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Tristan Nieto

Visual Effects Artist – Cinematographer – Editor


Phone +44 (0) 7 855 761 794
Email tristan@bazuraproject.com
Website http://tristannieto.blogspot.com/

About Me.
Over my ten-year career in film, television and video, I have worked in
almost every position imaginable. After surviving the baptism of fire that is the
Australian independent scene, I have returned to London, keen-eyed and quick-
witted, with the confidence to take on any task. I am entirely self-trained; all my
skills and experience are the result of my own investigation and hard work, and as
a result I find myself drawn to others of a similar resolve. I've worked freelance
on many projects with low budgets and few resources that have survived simply
by virtue of ingenuity, camaraderie and strong coffee.

Technical Experience and Knowledge.


I have come to know Final Cut Studio inside out, from capturing to
mastering and everything in between. I have discovered and solved practically
every issue one could encounter. Covering the whole breadth of the package, I
have taken projects through Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack, Colour, Compressor and
DVD Studio.
I am well known for pushing Adobe After Effects far outside its usual
corporate confines into high-end effects and 3D compositing. By incorporating
Photoshop and Illustrator I can streamline and simplify even the most daunting
tasks that would have many people looking for a flame suite.
I have extensive experience shooting with virtually every format available
in every conceivable environment. From Panasonic’s HD Varicam, to hand-
cranked Pathex 9.5mm, I have filmed frozen mountains, deserts, underwater,
greenscreen and even in miniature.
I have a steadily growing background in 3D, particularly in match-moving,
texturing and compositing, whilst developing skills in Cinema 4D, Shake, PF
Track and Boujou.
On top of all this, I can confidently navigate Premiere, Media 100 and Avid,
rewire a small TV studio with minimal risk of electrocution, and load an Arriflex
435. I could point to the business end of the Macromedia Suite, fix a Local Area
Network, make a decent espresso, hold a conversation in French, and play
Beethoven’s Klaviersonate No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor on the piano1.

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Possibly all at the same time, although this remains untested.

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Recent Experience

The Bazura Project – 2006 to 2007


Format: Television Programme
Gauge: Various (SD broadcast)
Role: Technical Director
Production Company/Director: Seventh Floor Productions/Lee Zachariah &
Shannon Marinko.
Nominated for 9 Antenna Awards, The Bazura Project is a weekly entertainment
news satire. As Technical Director, I supervised the entire technical team, created all
effects and graphics, shot and directed both studio and field sessions, designed and
animated the opening title sequence (which can be seen online at
http://tristannieto.blogspot.com/2008/03/bazura-project-opening.html) and
produced the final master for all 24 episodes.
The Bazura Project followed a unique format in that every episode started with a
spoof of a classic film. Amongst those covered were:
• King Kong (http://tristannieto.blogspot.com/2008/03/bazura-opening-king-
kong.html),
• The Blues Brothers (http://tristannieto.blogspot.com/2008/03/blues-
brothers.html),
• Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (http://tristannieto.blogspot.com/2008/03/fear-
loathing-in-las-vegas.html), and;
• Manhattan (http://tristannieto.blogspot.com/2008/03/manhattan.html).
In addition to covering the latest film news, interviewing film makers and reviewing
new releases, The Bazura Project also ran weekly feature stories with subjects
ranging from the first feature length film -
(http://tristannieto.blogspot.com/2008/03/la-triviata.html), to the life of history’s
worst director, Alan Smithee - (http://tristannieto.blogspot.com/2008/03/bazura-
feature-story-alan-smithee.html).

Vocam – 2004 to 2007


Format: Corporate Video
Gauge: SD (DVC Pro 50)
Role: In-House Senior Editor
Directors: Dylan Volkhardt & Carlo Zeccola.
As senior editor and cameraperson for Vocam Worldwide, a company that creates
OH&S programmes, I completed over twenty projects, featuring recreations of
industrial accidents, 2D and 3D animations plus online interactive components. I
also created DVD menus with foreign-language versions adhering to their respective
OH&S laws and regulations. Numerous examples of my work at Vocam can be seen
online at http://tristannieto.blogspot.com/. Please see page seven for a
comprehensive list of titles.

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Election 2007: Countdown to a Letdown
Format: One-off TV Special
Gauge: Various (SD broadcast)
Role: Technical Director
Production Company/Director: Seventh Floor Productions/Lee Zachariah.
Featuring talent from numerous entertainment shows, this one-hour special
followed the results of the 2007 Australian federal election. As Technical Director, I
managed all facets of the studio recording sessions, from lighting and camera,
though to taping and audio recording. Once in post-production I created and
integrated all graphics and effects and animated the opening title sequence whilst
supervising editing and mastering. To see the opening title sequence from this
programme, go to http://tristannieto.blogspot.com/2008/03/election-2007-
countdown-to-letdown.html.

Smoke & Mirrors – 2008


Format: Short Film
Gauge: HD
Role: Writer, Director, Visual FX artist, Cinematographer
Production Companies: Cinema Viscera & Seventh Floor Productions.
A young woman awakes in a hospital with no memory or identity. Her only
contact, a burns victim in an adjacent room, tells her the chilling story of how
they both came to be there.
My own personal project, for which I was my own cinematographer and visual
effects artist, is an intensely stylised piece that involved complex camera work and
strong lighting that would then undergo heavy grading and effects work. After
completing filming in 2005, I then began what would become a two-year post-
production phase in which over half the film would be rotoscoped and the
background recreated in 3D before being composited back into the final image.
Before-and-after effects comparisons can be seen online at
http://tristannieto.blogspot.com/2008/03/tristan-nieto-showreel_20.html.

Wagons "Snakebite" - 2007


Format: Music Video
Gauge: HD
Role: Cinematographer, Visual Effects.
Client: Wagons
Production Company/Director: Seventh Floor Productions/Lee Zachariah.
If Primus were a country & western band, they would be Wagons. One of the most
entertaining new acts in Melbourne, Wagons produced this music video to coincide
with the release of their latest album. For this project I worked as Cinematographer
and visual effects artist, as well as colour-timed and mastered the final product. Get
ready to hoe-down at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PWA9JP1YhI

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Compass TV Commercial - 2005
Format: Television Commercial
Gauge: Super 16mm
Role: Cinematographer, Editor, Visual Effects Designer.
Client: Compass Pools
Production Company/Director: Seventh Floor Productions/Lee Zachariah.
Advertising an automated, self-cleaning pool system, this project was complex as it
involved underwater photography, graphic compositing and image manipulation. It
was produced as 30 second and 15 second versions, as well as a 5 second
sponsorship tag. The complete ad can be seen on my showreel at
http://tristannieto.blogspot.com/2008/03/compass-pools-tvc.html.

15/15 Film Festival TVC - 2007


Format: Television Commercial
Gauge: HD
Role: Motion Graphics Designer.
Client: 15/15 Film Festival
Director: Kess Broekman-Dattner.
The 15/15 Film Festival is an annual competition where teams of filmmakers are
given 15 hours to make a short film from scratch. For this ad I created a graphic
that was used as the tag at the end of 3 commercials that screened on TV and in
Cinemas. The tag can be seen at http://tristannieto.blogspot.com/2008/03/1515-
film-festival-graphic.html, or check out the festival’s website:
http://www.filmfestival15.com.

The Morning After – 2005


Format: Short Film
Gauge: HD
Role: Cinematographer
Production Company/Director: Snowgum Films/Daniel Knight.
Winner of Best Short Film at Fantasia, Fitzroy and the Trasharama-A-Go-Go film
festivals, this comedy-horror, set in a small room, revolved around a character that
was unable to either move or speak. The film presented many challenges, in terms
of lighting and composition, which came from having limited time and resources
whilst trying to avoid repetition and bland uniformity. The film can be seen at
http://www.snowgumfilms.com/themorningafter/.

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Heartless/Senseless – 2007
Format: Short Film
Gauge: SD Video
Role: Visual Effects Artist
Director: Joel Baldini.
A short and sweet tale of fetters and cherished possessions, Heartless/Senseless
involved complex colour grading, such as isolating individual objects and hues
within a black-and-white canvas. Produced with the assistance of the Melbourne
University Filmmaker’s Fund.

SPASA TV Commercial - 2004


Format: 30 second Television Commercial
Gauge: 16mm
Role: Cinematographer, Editor, Visual Effects Designer
Client: Swimming Pool and Spa Association
Production Company/Director: Seventh Floor Productions/Tim Egan
Unlike most ads, the focus of this TVC was more on promoting the positive aspects
of the industry. From a brief and voice-over script, I developed a visual approach
incorporating underwater photography, graphics and visual effects to create a
sense of security and trust through symbolic imagery and association.

Mrs. Pinkwhistle “Charm the Pants” - 2004


Format: Music Video
Gauge: DV
Role: Cinematographer.
Production Company/Director: Scott Jordan Productions/Scott Jordan.
Described as ‘A rock band you’d take your Grandma to see’, Mrs. Pinkwhistle
combines post-punk riffs with offensively cute electronica. This music video
combined live performances from the band with guest performances from
Australian actors, including Ian Smith (‘Harold’ from Neighbours). Bright colours
and simple compositions evoked a warm and inviting environment, reminiscent of
classic children’s television.

SPASA Expo Stand - 2004.


Format: Multi Screen Looping Images
Gauge: HD
Role: Animator, Visual effects Designer.
Client: SPASA - Swimming Pool and Spa Association.
Production Company/Director: Seventh Floor Productions/Tim Egan.
During the SPASA Expo ’04, the organisers requested a series of looping
animations to showcase the year’s award winning pools and spas. For this project, I
took images from their design portfolio and combined them with a tiled motif,
based on their existing corporate identity, to create a 10-minute looping animation.

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The Body (in post-production)
Format: Short Film
Gauge: HD
Role: Cinematographer
Production Company/Director: Snowgum Films/Daniel Knight.
Filmed on the exotic beaches of “Thailand”, (actually the slightly less exotic beaches
of Apollo Bay in southern Victoria), The Body is the story of a nameless corpse that
washes onto the beach and of the two people who discover it. Tackling the elements
and some less-than-waterproof prosthetics, The Body was a unique project to work
on. Trying to create fear and foreboding on the lush and sun-drenched shores of
the Australian southern coast proved challenging.

Ruskala (in Post-Production)


Format: Short Film
Gauge: HD
Role: Cinematographer/Visual Effects Supervisor
Production Company/Director: Wolfsbane Films/Dale Bamford.
This short film, (currently in post-production), is a period horror set in the
Carpathian Mountains. It involved an intensive location shoot that incorporated
make-up and replication of atmospheric effects unique to the Carpathians.

Personal Information

Education
St. Paul’s High school 1992-1998 (97th Percentile, National).

Nationality
Dual British-Australian.

Interest & Hobbies


Film & television. Music. Art. Travel. Physics & Mathematics.

Referees available upon request.

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Filmography: Vocam Projects – Tristan Nieto

Title Role Director


Confined Space Atmosphere Testing Vis FX, Motion graphics Dylan Volkhardt
Personal Protective Equipment Title design and graphics, Vis FX, DVD menu Dylan Volkhardt
Retail Manual Handling Title design and graphics, Vis FX, DVD menu Carlo Zeccola
Shift Work Vis FX, DVD menu Dylan Volkhardt
Working Capital Management Motion graphics, DVD menu design Carlo Zeccola
Hazardous Substance Safety Motion graphics, DVD menu design Dylan Volkhardt
Understanding Eye Safety at Work Title design and graphics, Vis FX, DVD menu Dylan Volkhardt
Managing Change in the Office Motion graphics, DVD menu design Katrina Kyredis
Office Leadership Skills Motion graphics, DVD menu design Katrina Kyredis
Forklift Safety 2D Animations, Motion graphics, Vis FX, DVD menu Dylan Volkhardt
Forklift Stability 2D Animations, Motion graphics, Vis FX, DVD menu Dylan Volkhardt
Office Security Motion graphics, DVD menu design Dylan Volkhardt
Construction Safety DVD Menu design Dylan Volkhardt
Heights Safety 2D Animations, Motion graphics, Vis FX, DVD menu Dylan Volkhardt
Noise Safety 2D Animations, Motion graphics, Vis FX, DVD menu Dylan Volkhardt
Office Fire Safety DVD Menu Dylan Volkhardt
Industrial Fire Safety DVD Menu Dylan Volkhardt
Mining Safety DVD Menu Dylan Volkhardt
Building Site Accident Prevention DVD Menu Dylan Volkhardt
Understanding Safety for the Office Editor, Motion graphics, Vis FX, DVD menu Dylan Volkhardt
Understanding Safety for Industry Editor, Motion graphics, Vis FX, DVD menu Dylan Volkhardt
Health & Hygiene Editor, DVD menu Dylan Volkhardt

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