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Nick Enriquez doesn’t have the typical story we hear from talented filmmakers, most of whom have been directing films since before they could walk. The native Texan’s main passion has always been playing guitar and music, and every one of his videos is enhanced by beautiful original music composed by the man himself. Scoring original music has helped his process of creating videos that move the viewers – and the clients who award him the big bucks for it. In fact, Nick recently won first place and $9,000 for his “Are You Interested?” video contest submission, Highly Underrated (check out the video below). Scoring music for his videos has definitely helped Nick score money! Read on for the answers Nick composed for our interview.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a 27 year old native of San Antonio, TX who currently lives in New York City. I’m a graduate of Texas A&M University who loves music, travel, fly-fishing, playing soccer, train rides, Texas A&M football, and the San Antonio Spurs. It’s been quite a journey figuring out which career path to pursue. After college I worked at a bank as a commercial credit analyst for two and a half years before I realized I needed to be in a more creative environment. I left the bank in the summer of 2011, and moved to New York City.
Describe your film-making background. What got you started?
Growing up I never thought I would enjoy making films. I never had any interest in movies or directors or film school or any of that. My passion was guitar. I loved how I could express myself through music. The film-making industry was something I sort of stumbled across just this last year. I’m still very new to it. After I left my previous job, a friend connected me with a part time job in NYC. I’ve always loved the city, and I figured it would be a great time to re-assess the next career move. The plan was to be there for a couple of months and then spend a 6 month stint doing micro-finance in Argentina. One of my roommates in NYC was starting a film production company, and one day he needed a camera assistant. We quickly figured out that we worked well together, and he offered me an internship which turned into a full time job last year. I started creating my own films this May, and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. One of my favorite aspects has been scoring my films. I’m really grateful that a window has opened up for me to play music again.
Share with us your creative process. What have you found inspiring?
I’m still figuring that out. At this point I only know what I like and what I don’t like. Honestly, I really dislike most of the commercials I see on TV. Not because I think they’re bad; it’s purely a preference thing. I’m no expert in advertising at all, but on a rare occasion I’ll see a commercial that I think is really beautiful. Whether it be the aesthetic of the commercial or the message itself, something about it really resonates. The common thread these commercials share is that they aren’t focused on a product at all. Or at least that’s how it seems. The focus is shifted to the audience. Emotions are created. A mood is established. The film has heart. The audience feels touched and inspired. The result is a memorable film that doesn’t feel like a commercial. In my opinion that is brilliant advertising, and that’s the kind of work I hope to produce.
Which was your favorite contest to participate in? Why?
Definitely Novatel Wireless. I had been wanting to create something more edgy with really aggressive editing. [Lightning] was my first commercial to experiment with sound design, which can really take the energy of any film to a new level.
Lightning: Novatel Wireless delivers lightning speed internet with the new MiFi 500 mobile hotspot.
How did you come up with the idea for “Highly Underrated” and what was the process in producing the video?
The idea was inspired by my two friends, Derek and Megan, who are the couple featured in the film. They are newlyweds who really look great together. When I see them interact it’s really obvious that they’re in love. I really wanted this project to feel genuine, and so the couple really needed to actually be into each other. I thought Derek and Megan were perfect for it so I asked them if I could follow them around Brooklyn with my camera for an hour or so. “Highly Underrated” is what I came up with.
Highly Underrated: While exploring Brooklyn, two photographers and music enthusiasts discover how wonderful a date with mutual interests can be.
What are you hoping to achieve in the future?
I just hope to be in a creative role with an opportunity to make things that move people. Hopefully, creating music will also fit in there somehow.
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