Nick Martini is an accomplished director and DP. While often involved on productions with his company, Stept Studios, Nick also works as a commercial and documentary director for a variety of production companies and agencies. His work has taken him around the globe. From orbiting waterfalls in Iceland to chasing RAM trucks through the desert. He has told stories featuring the world’s greatest athletes, lifestyles, and brands.
Nick started shooting action sports while still in high school and continued shooting while studying business at the University of Colorado, Boulder – right next door to Chimera’s home. After school he moved to LA, with his production company Stept Studios.
For lighting, Nick says: “I like to keep things pretty moody, hard back light with very little key. I like soft lights from above and letting the subject fall into the shadows when it makes sense.” He uses Chimera softboxes. “I love using large soft boxes, (K5600) Joker Bug-a-Beam 800’s, and (ARRI) M18’s. Anything that packs a punch!” He adds, Chimera lightbanks “. . . are easy to set up, and they don’t take up a lot of room.”
I like to keep things pretty moody, hard back light with very little key. I like soft lights from above and letting the subject fall into the shadows when it makes sense.
Nick says, “Commercials are my favorite to produce, but I have also been working on a feature-length doc on the side, that has also been really fun. Story is always the most important element, but I tend to rely heavily on visual elements to help drive a spot.”
Working with Nico Aguilar, an ASC Heritage Award winner, on the Oakley – Bubba Watson “Can’t Stop” campaign, he used a row of medium Chimera banks in the gas station scenes, blending in with the existing light.