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 everyone 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 a few Tarantino films, 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 2019.
The writing bug hit me hard, and has kept me busy my entire adult life. And as much as I enjoy screenwriting, the medium is quite limiting. I’ve always wanted to try my hand as a novelist and recently converted a feature-length screenplay to prose. The Swift Current, set in the late 60s, is focussed on two musician friends—one of whom, Skip Brown, writes catchy rock songs while the other, Vincent Avant, 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.
Nothing quite inspires me like music. I just can’t seem to do anything without music in my ears. My dad bought me an electric guitar when I was a kid, and I’ve been playing virtually ever since. With an album’s-worth of original material, I’m currently seeking out musicians to collaborate with and help round out the sound. Check out my blog page for a few of my recent home demos.
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