After years of working as a sought-after Flame Artist for top VFX shops in London and Los Angeles, Nick Piper discovered that his true calling as an artist was to direct live action. Piper initially used his visual skills to build an impressive body of automotive work, often featuring a mind-bending effect, and then expanded his repertoire by developing a knack for capturing emotional stories with authentic human performances.
Piper’s genre-spanning body of work includes campaigns for high profile brands like Google, Goodyear, McDonald's, Coors, Home Depot and Budweiser, and a fleet of automobiles, including Chevy, GMC, Ford, Nissan, Hyundai, Cadillac and Toyota.
What ties all of his diverse work together? Simply put, Piper brings a uniquely fresh point of view and sharp problem solving to everything he directs. Says Piper, “I find something exciting in every set of boards. It can be a great casting opportunity, an epic visual, a storytelling twist, or an intimate human moment. My favourite spots actually have some combination of all of these filmmaking food groups.”
Both scholarly and able-bodied, U.K.-born Piper studied applied mathematics at Oxford University while also boxing on the varsity team. He first broke into filmmaking by making ski movies in the French Alps. Piper now lives in Paris with his wife and two children.