A day in the life

A day in the life

Nathan Hackett

Learning → Strategy → Story → Visuals
Business Value & Beautiful Creative

Creative Director and Director at First Person .  

I have come from a background of on & off set visual effects supervision, compositing & project management to the world of story, ideation and directing.  I love visual effects, but all the bells & whistles are pointless without story & reason.  A great visual effects shot will always look out of place if it does not complement the story; no matter how cool it is.  

I love creating an idea and bringing the stories to life.  Seeing it through from scribbles in a notebook to a final piece.  From the sleepless nights working out an idea, pitching to client to directing on set and post production, I really dig every part of the process.    

I graduated from the Academy of Art University San Francisco with a BFA in Animation & Visual Effects, and the University of Technology Sydney with a Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (IT Project Management) & have been involved on & off set with shoots ranging from commercials for fortune 100 companies and local businesses to feature films.  I have worked for HBO, Tippett Studios, Elastic Creative, Westernized Productions & now First Person.  I am also a member of the Visual Effects Society

My influences include film, fine art, visual effects & light installation artists.  I am captivated by the art of Olafur EliassonLeo VillarealLen Lye, Oskar Fischinger, Michel Gondry, Kozyndan, Charming Baker, Chris Greco,  the visual effects work of Phil Tippett, Chris Morley & Catherine Tate & music videos & adverts directed by Kim Gehring.  My favourite film is Harold & Maude and I'm pretty keen on anything Miranda July makes.  

I really dig light & music.  Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada) & Brian Eno's "77 Million" make my heart go boom boom.  If I'm not at work, I'm at a live show, working on a short or making pencil cases.

Also, Har Mar Superstar is my spirit animal, Aaron Draplin wrote the rules that I live by & Matty Matheson is who I want to be when I grow up.

I have traveled all around the world, living in the UK, USA & Japan, although, my Japanese is limited to booger jokes.

But most importantly, my mother thinks I am a catch.


My desert island 5 are

Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Dandy Warhols - Dandy's Come Down
múm - Yesterday was Dramatic, Today is OK
Cornelius - Point
Sean Lennon - Into The Sun


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