We had the good fortune of connecting with Nathaniel Beaver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nathaniel, what is the most important factor behind your success?
It may sound like a very “safe” or typical answer to this question, and I assume all businesses want to say this, but I truly find gratification in making sure my clients get more than they expected out of the work that I do for them. I strive to deliver content that exceeds their expectations. A story that I frequently recall is after completing an intensive work week filming and editing a conference, then delivering the final summary video on that last day. My team had worked solidly to produce an overall experience video. When they played the video in the ballroom, my producer said, “Don’t watch the video. You know the video. Watch the audience. Watch their reactions.” I looked away from the screen to the individual people, laughing, cheering, applauding to see themselves up on the big screen, recounting their enjoyable business conference and activities they had participated in over the previous few days, and that really brought this idea home to me. I want my filming/editing/production work to be for them. I am blessed to work for some really great clients who understand the challenges associated with film & video production. I hope that when people think of Parry-Riposte Films, they think “On point.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have learned that the easiest thing in life is just to “not” do something. It takes everything you have to do it. Making a choice or a decision is just the beginning, which creates a whole bunch of more choices and more decisions that have to be made. It can be quite overwhelming. Once I decide to commit to an idea or a plan, there are so many obstacles that arise to complicate things, and it is never easy. Gathering a positive, supportive, and creative team is essential in striving for that success. With a team, you can encourage each other and hold each other accountable for following through. Making short films, especially low budget or independent films is a challenge, and it is important to try to increase my production quality each time. A Director friend said that it is about “leveling up” each time you work on a film or project. As far as content or genre, I want to create sci-fi and fantasy stories.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
(Pre-pandemic) I certainly would do the “Hollywood thing,” showing my Indiana friend Universal Studios, the Warner Bros studio tour, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and drive by the film studios. I would follow that up with the fun things we liked doing as kids, such as playing board games at Geeky Teas (Burbank), GameHaus Cafe (Glendale), and playing arcade games at Player One (North Hollywood). When we needed energized, we could grab great coffee at Gelato Bar & Espresso (Studio City). For lunch we would go to Little Tokyo for sushi.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are many people and companies that I would like to acknowledge, however for this particular story I mentioned, I want to shoutout to Jordan Podos of See.Spot.Cut. (seespotcut.tv), and Russell Streit. It has been a great experience collaborating with See.Spot.Cut. My business has grown and I have grown as a person through our production projects together.
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