Storytelling

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Nathan & Jacob Reimer

Serve the story. That’s what it’s all about. Screenwriting, songwriting, prose, filmmaking, photography—it’s all storytelling to me….

Each morning on the drive to daycare, my four-year old son, Jacob, asks me to tell him a story. He asks for another story on the way home from daycare, and a few more before bed. The kid just can’t get enough, preferring stories with recurring characters like Bruce Wayne and Alfred, Shredder, Shrek, Rubble, and The Joker. He knows the lay of the land, but never quite knows where his heroes will take him—and neither do I. His desire for story reminds me of just how primal our need for story is, and how I’ve been chasing it my whole life.

Early on, I discovered my knack for entertaining. I just loved making people laugh, and did my best to keep them in stitches. Thanks to high school Theatre, I spent most of my time honing my acting chops, with aspirations of one day acting professionally. But after seeing Pulp Fiction, my focus completely changed and I knew that I wanted to make films—and did just that, spending my twenties writing, directing, shooting and cutting several short films, including: All But Gone, My Beaten Heart, The Keys, Hitchhiker from Hell, Comeback Jack, and  Twelve Martinis. I’m currently writing a screenplay for a new short film, The Losing Streak, and plan on shooting it in the spring of 2018.

For years, my electric guitar was that cool looking thing collecting dust in the corner of my room. I knew a few cowboy chords and could play a few riffs, but never took it any further. That is until I moved to North Vancouver in 2002 for film school. I bought a cheap-but-good acoustic guitar off of my buddy for next to nothing, painted it red and white like a peppermint, and played it day and night for the next fifteen years. With an album’s-worth of original material, I’m seeking out musicians to play on the songs and help round out the sound. Check out my blog page for a few of my recent home demos.

Feeling constricted by the limitations of screenwriting, I turned to prose. And after a few years of writing and re-writing, I’m nearly finished my first novel. The Swift Current is focussed on two musician friends in the 60s—one of whom, Skip, writes catchy rock songs while the other plays a virtuosic guitar, but can’t play an original note to save his life. Their friendship—marred by jealousy and greed—leaves Skip ousted from his own band, and forced to watch his former friends hit the stratosphere on the backs of his great songs. Some of the characters and events are directly lifted from stories my father Richard, shared with me over beers and a tape recorder.

Photography is a life-long fascination, but in these last few years, it’s become more of an obsession. There’s always more to know, more to frame, more to interpret. I don’t limit myself to any one style or subject. I’m just interested in capturing the moment, serving the story.

– Nathan Reimer

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