Nicholas Hansen

Swingtime Creative PTY LTD

Kiwi born, I went to uni at CSU in Bathurst where I studied Theatre & Media Production for a communication BA majoring in directing. I founded Swingtime with my mates at uni because we thought we were clever/sophisticated if we put jazz music as the score to our student short films. The name kind of just stuck around after that in a 'Why is Silverchair called silverchair?' kind of way. The joy now - because of a number of our formative projects were successful - is that it galvanised a creative writing partnership which has spanned over 15 years. Nowadays I work on a broad range of commercial and passion projects. I started my working career as a copywriter for Channel [V]'s website, then moved swiftly into Broadcast Promotions where I won the Promax Rocket Award for Best New Promo Producer Australia/New Zealand in 2005. I made it up the ranks at MTV to become the Channel Manager for MTV NZ before taking a voluntary redundancy where I used the coin to found my own humble production company. I am a meticulous director who works to budget and schedule, I am comfortable with VFX as my reel will attest and I'm easy going and know how to keep everyone working happily. My background training is in performance based direction so I have a knack for getting great performances from actors. I have very reasonable and negotiable rates too! : )

my core skills

Performance and Comedy Director

Technical VFX Director

After Effects



Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

The best thing to happen to me is I get to work on awesome creative! I pinch myself sometimes because working on a set no matter how much pressure, no matter how tight a budget or timeline is still this incredible thing I dreamed of doing when I was in my formative years.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

I just roll with what comes. Depends on Pre-Production/Production or Post.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

So. Much. Fun! It's always good to keep a fun and safe work environment. I love keeping production flowing smoothly and cast and crew working happily so that everything ticks along. For pre & post I have a sweet home office that I share with my wife/business partner - it means we can pop out and give our kids a cuddle every now and then which is nice.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I think most people who are here are probably really talented. All I can say is that because I came up through promos and know premiere/after effects so well. it gives me an editor's brain on set. Combined with the mad skillz I seem to possess of getting good takes from actors & talent it lets me be both technical and artistic.

What are the tools of your trade?

Eyeballs, My Creative Brain, Adobe Creative Suite,

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

I love collaboration! I've thrived off working with others for over 20 years - especially in writing but I love to surround myself with crew and talent that bring their own creative energy and skill to a project.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Action leads to reflection, leads to further action.

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