ByPerformance Films, writer at

Making it on the independent film scene means struggling, working for no money, and often wondering if anyone will hear you scream. It takes hard work, dedication, and when you meet Nick Peterson, you know he's someone to take note of, because he's the walking definition of motivation. Knowing all too well the commercial world, he continues to come back to short filmmaking to test ideas and challenge himself in new ways.

Below Nick was interviewed by Fun Size Horror about what it takes to start breaking down those walls and fighting for his art against the odds....

It starts with the right attitude and getting yourself out there. As he says, "Anything you can do to get out there and just make stuff. You just do it."

Peterson's work stands out of the pack. His film DRAINED was a unique depiction of addiction that used a mixture of live action and animation, shot with still photographs at a speed of 8 frames per second. His latest finished work THE VISITANT, starring Amy Smart and Doug Jones, premiered at Alamo Drafthouse and will be a part of an anthology film to be released. While Peterson directs music videos and commercials, he has a huge interest in short form horror content.

Doug Jones and Amy Smart in THE VISITANT
Doug Jones and Amy Smart in THE VISITANT

Peterson stops by Fun Size Horror to discuss horror and his current project STICKY FINGERS. In his latest short film, he plays with more unique filmmaking techniques, that give his work the interesting style and one of a kind edge he's quickly becoming known for.

Sticky Fingers has been entirely shot and is now set to be rotoscoped, giving the film a completely animated and yet "real" feel. The film was shot with a limited budget and now has to be hand drawn, frame by frame. Peterson keeps the synopsis of Sticky Fingers relatively secret, but it's sure to be twisted. With paintings by Clive Barker adorning the walls and a look that Peterson had dreamt up coming to life, this film is something we're eager to see.

Peterson is currently raising funds to complete the animation in the film and due to the nature of the work, is able to literally add people to the film or include someones photos or artwork to the production design. If you're interested in supporting Nick's work CLICK HERE!

Peterson's hard work and constant motivation is a lesson for all independent filmmakers.


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