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Nick Taylor – The Evolution and Development of Film Business

The foremost individuals to ever project moving pictures to a paying audience were the Lumière brothers in 1895; little did they know that what they were spearheading would go on to become not just a major form of entertainment, but also a form of media that will influence society, culture, and much more in the coming years. BY 1914, several movie-making studios had been established with the sole purpose of creating “films” as they called them.

As more people began taking interest in this new and wonderful medium of entertainment, studios started to become more and more daring, and willingly invested in longer, more detailed movies, with a bigger production budget and a much larger scale of distribution.

Thus, the first cinemas started being constructed, dedicated entirely to screening movies which must have seemed like an absurd waste of money at the time but slowly started to gain more and more supporters who were overjoyed with the idea of having an entirely different viewing experience. After the idea of building cinema houses across the globe was accepted with open arms, people, who were keen on the idea of pursuing their careers in acting and film-making, started to surface.

Nick Taylor was one of the few people in the ‘90s who pursued their career in the film business not for the money or the fame, but for the love and passion he had for the medium.  Nick Taylor was born in Jersey City. He attended high school in his home city and received a Bachelor of Arts in Media from New Jersey University. After completing his academics, he went on to study acting in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

While studying, he used to play drums and started working in a local clothing store, but never forgot the reason he joined the academy and utilized a large portion of his free time to go to the nearby theaters.

Taylor officially began his directing career in the 1991 flick Rocky & Bullwinkle: One Last Story along with a number of acting jobs including Shackin’ Up (1984), The Stuff (1985), Naked in New York (1993), Restaurant Dogs (1994) and A Clown in Babylon (1999) after which he took a break spanning over three years to focus on some of his other projects.

But in 2002, he returned with a terrific banger Death to Smoochy (2002), after which he went on to release many other films like Reign Over Me (2007), Taking Woodstock (2009), Smash Cut (2009), The Changing of The Guard (2010), The Attic (2010), I Smile Back (2015), Meet Chip and Ernie (2017), Call Me Beekman (2018), and Go with the Flow (2020).

He also appeared on the television shows One Life to Live (1991), 100 Centre Street (2001), Law and Order (2004), The Jury (2004), The New Chip and Ernie Show (2017), The Sinner (2018) as well as several TV commercials.

Taylor is also a strong supporter of social services; in 1993, the New Jersey Health Council awarded him first prize for his public service message regarding AIDS awareness. He spent several years working diligently, which helped him win the Best Director prize at the ITN New Media Film Festival in 2011.

The same year, his film Paradise East won the Award of Excellence, at Indie Fest USA International Film Festival, Best Dark Comedy at New York International Film Festival, Best American Feature at International Film Festival Ireland, Best Directorial Debut at New York International Film Festival, and Silver Lei Award at Honolulu Film Awards.

The cycle of innovation and obsoletion is never-ending. The technology and practices that are currently trending, might become obsolete one day; however, Nick Taylor is one of the few remaining people in the film business who continue to indulge themselves in making movies for the sheer passion of the art.

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