Nathan Grey

Nathan Grey Cinematics is a professional film and photography studio specializing in cinematic visuals and immersive visual storytelling.

I offer a variety of services and signature styles of cinematography, photography, and visual FX. I shoot commercials, music videos, weddings, real-estate, short films, full feature films, web series, 3D animations, and more.

I produce and direct many of my own projects, however I am often hired or team up with other studios as a Director, Director of Photography, Editor, or Fight Choreographer. I also work as a stunt actor and have taught combative martial arts for over 20 years.

When I’m not on the set, my time is best spent seeking adrenaline. I live to ski in the mountains, skydive, ride my motorcycle, travel the world, and experience nature. I am starting a foundation called “The Unconditional Heart”… I’m 100% a dog person!

While I love the warm winters of Florida, I miss the Brisk Fall Air of Wisconsin, the Waterfalls and Cliffs, and the Tigers, Lions, and Leopards I worked with for seven years at Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue. My plans are to build a summer home on the 20 acres of land I own next to them.

I am a Visual Storyteller...

I am a filmmaker. It’s more than what I do… It is who I am. I may never see my work on the silver screen, I may never win any awards, and my name may someday be forgotten… But still I fight.

I fight because I love the industry, I love the stories, I love the creativity, I love the imagination, and I love the work. I strive for success like everyone else, and I am no different or any better than those who strive for the same goals I do.

People may feel I’ve been wasting my life fighting to make this wild dream a reality… The reality is, it would be a waste of my life not to fight wildly for this dream.

The journey is what shapes us… not the destination.

I wasn’t born into it. I wasn’t given any free rides. I don’t have all the greatest and latest toys in the business. That’s what makes the fight more exciting, more meaningful, and more worth achieving. The harder the fight… The greater the victory. Each small accomplishment is validation to continue.

Along this road, I will work with others as hungry, driven, and full of dreams as myself. I’ll have the misfortune to trust the wrong people and make some bad decisions along the way.

However I promise this…  I’ll remember those who fought along my side, and I’ll forget those who stabbed me from behind. I won’t forget the lessons I’ve learned and I’ll always fight to make my next project better than the last. In this industry, you’re only as good as your last project.

I know the importance of reputation, and I will fight with passionate furiosity to defend it. It is more valuable than any camera, lens, or lighting kit I could ever own. Without it, I have nothing. My reputation is what validates my level of professionalism, skill, creativity, and authenticity. It is what makes me stand out among the masses, and it provides a guarantee of my commitment and dedication to those I work with.

This journey requires sacrifice. It demands my time. It fuels my passion. It both mocks and inspires me. It tests my limits. It shapes my life.  It exposes me to ridicule and praise. It offers me no guarantee. It allows me no rest. It defines who I am.

I learn from those ahead of me. I teach those who follow. I take chances and develop new skills always. I practice, I study, I train. I give my respect to those who give it to me. I give none to those who mistake my kindness for weakness or abuse my trust. My cast and crew are like family and I give credit were credit is due.

I am driven to constantly challenge the way I see film. While its technology evolves, the foundation of telling a story remains constant.

I search for inspiration and embrace it when it finds me, as it often finds me when I least expect it, or when I feel like giving up.  There is a reason why we fall…

As a filmmaker… I am a dreamer, a storyteller, and a visionary. This is a bold statement, but it is a bold ambition. I see life through the lens and I play with shadows and light. I create worlds and characters that don’t exist. But if even for a moment, I suspend your belief, then I believe I have succeeded.

Some may love my work, others may hate it. It can anger, scare, offend or make a person laugh or cry. As long as there is an emotion to be experienced, it was worth the motion of calling out “Action”.

Is it worth the fight?  Without a doubt, the answer is “Yes”. If it takes me a lifetime to define myself, then it would not be wasted life. I am a filmmaker… and I have a story to show you.

Nathan Grey Cinematics

The heart of filmmaking is about telling a story, one which speaks the undefined language of subtext, and suspends the belief of it’s audience.

Nathan Grey
My Film Career

I began my film career as an actor, stunt actor, body double, and stand-in while living in New Orleans. I studied stunt acting in Slidel and Metairie and was hired onto over 20 films and TV shows. With every production I worked on, my passion for film led me to primarily working behind the camera.

While Fight choreography and stunt acting however never loses its flair, I absolutely love cinematography and photography. I am most often found working as the Director of Photography. This is certainly one of my favorite roles in film.

When I work as the DP, I really get to involve myself in the creative process of the film and its visual style.  I take the time to understand the Director’s Vision and the style of film we are shooting. Beyond the Director’s ideas, I look into the talent, the characters they play, the script, the storyline and most importantly of all, the subtext. Everything I do is about driving the story further and pulling the audience deeper into the world we create.

I never just place my cameras somewhere or move them without purpose. The most important question I’ve ever learned to ask is “Why?”. “Why do I light a scene this way?”, “Why am I moving the camera, or placing it at a certain angle, or keeping it locked down?”, “Why is the character placed here in the composition, rather than there?”.

If I don’t know the subtext of the scene, the characters emotional state, or importance in the storyline, then I certainly don’t belong behind the camera. Everything I do between camera and character blocking, movement vs. lockdown, style of camera movement, lighting style and composition, all play an important role in telling a story. This visuals I create have to belong to the film. If there is no purpose, then there is no value.

This mindset remains constant for me no matter what role I’m playing in a film, whether as talent or crew.

I never rest on my accomplishments. With every project I work on, I set a new standard for myself. While I’m proud for what I achieved at the time, it is certainly not the best I can do “now”. Every production provides an opportunity to improve on the next. Skills become engraved and creativity is constantly challenged.

My directing and cinematography aren’t limited to filmmaking alone. Additionally, I work on music videos, million dollar real estate videos, luxury weddings, commercials, and documentaries.

I’ve taken on many roles in film. I believe it’s crucial to be well-versed in every aspect of film production, both for talent and crew. Nothing beats working on a production where everyone is professional, knowledgeable, experienced, and full of passion. Our ability to communicate and understand the process only leads to more successful productions and enjoyable experiences.