UEN SciFi Friday Podcast: Metropolis

THU, JUL 8, 2010 (10:42)

Jeremy Nielsen, Film and Video Department Director at Spy Hop Productions, discusses the classic science fiction film Metropolis, and how he uses technical aspects of film making to teach math and science.

UEN SciFi Friday offers a weekly science fiction feature film from the heyday of SciFi - the 1920's to 1970's. Following the film, Utah experts discuss scientific topics from the movie.

+ BIO: Jeremy Nielsen

Jeremy started his film career at the ripe age of 14 when a friend with a camera invited him over to play the lead in You’re Such a …… The film’s emphasis on special makeup effects, prompted the young Jeremy to pursue the world of special effects. After many failed attempts to cook up some sugar glass in mom’s oven, the seemingly more realistic career of Film Director became the focus. Countless short films ensued, as the Nielsen home became a powerful, mom and pop film studio, cranking out box-office smash after box-office smash like an automobile factory.

Upon graduation from high school, Nielsen was able to partake in the Utah Disney/family film boom of the mid-nineties. A chance job on Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare lead to a position in the fast track of local production, but alas, the lure of college was strong in the boy. So it was off to the University of Utah…..film school.

In college, Nielsen had the chance to really direct. To see and experience the scope of film making, and to realize that directing was not for everyone. Thus, Jeremy pursued a degree in Film Production, with an emphasis on Cinematography.

During college, Nielsen was fortunate enough to be a part of a number of successful bands as a bass player. Bands that enjoyed regular radio play and earned a nice sized regional following. Jeremy had the chance to play during the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, where he played in front of over 300,000 people in less than two weeks. Nielsen has played on albums that have sold over 25,000 copies combined and enjoys a string endorsement deal from Elixir Strings.

Nielsen recently co-produced the award winning film Twice Today. The production was an independent feature and Nielsen worked as producer, director of photography, editor and musical score composer. The film has appeared in the Los Angeles Film Festival and took home “Best of Show” honors from the North Carolina Film Festival.

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