Nick Driftwood

Nick Driftwood is a filmmaker and videographer from Brighton, England who has been involved in broadcast, film and creative technology for more than 30 years.

Nick has made films in collaboration with internationally renowned artists including Turin Brakes, Martyn Ware, Periplum Toby Sebastien (Game of Thrones) Arabella Gibbons (Central), Mike Lindup (Level 42)  as well as producing his own award-winning film and theatre productions.  His touring immersive film project ROAD was described as ‘something effortless and intuitive’ by New Scientist. 

As a creative technologist, he is best known for the ‘Driftwood hack’ for the Panasonic GH2 camera used by filmmakers across the world and featured in the BAFTA award winning documentary ‘The Great Zacuto Shoot Out 2012’, in which, legendary movie director, Francis Ford Coppola, notoriously picked out GH2 with Driftwood’s ‘Quantum’ settings as the best looking image in an empirical test against a selection of cinematic cameras including the Arri Alexa, RED and the Sony FS55.  Driftwood now tours the world providing workshops on leading edge tech in partnership with Panasonic, Sennheisser, Tascam and Atomos. Driftwood has completed 3 ultra-short films for Panasonic over the last 3 years, showing off the capabilities of HLG High Dynamic Range video: a flash-feature ‘Isobel’ shot in London and the South Downs; ‘Tyger Tyger’ an art-film shot in Rajasthan, India and based on Blake’s famous poem; and “The Artist who paints HDR’ a mini documentary on artist Sam Hewitt shot on location in Marrakech and Brighton.

Over the last three years Nick has been experimenting increasingly with immersive tech and 360 film including running a 360 lab for storytellers as part of the Brighton Digital Festival, creating special archive content for Cine City 2017 and as industry partner for the AHRC funded project XR Circus, capturing live content in incredible quality 360 film for mobile and screen broadcast. Driftwood has designed and built his own 360 rig that enables 12k quality video filming with limited ‘fish eye’ and stitching lines. This produces the highest possible quality images for 360 suitable for broadcast on a range of devices and platforms.

Nick works with producer DONNA CLOSE, who has worked as a creative and executive producer for more than 25 years.  This includes creating and producing award winning arts festivals and action research projects, raising more than £7 million of funding along the way. Donna was the producer of The Last Teardrop, ROAD, Swim to Land and the 3 Panasonic ultra-shorts. Donna was part of the senior management team at Film Hub SE and is an Advice & Experience mentor for the National Film Hubs.

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  • 16 Mar 2019
    11:40 - 12:10

    Survival of the fittest

  • 17 Mar 2019
    11:40 - 12:10

    Survival of the fittest