AMBITIOUS: Nathan Wilkes
REMEMBER THE name Nathan Wilkes – he could be coming to a big screen near you very soon.
Although he’s still a teenager, Nathan is already making waves in the competitive world of film making with his 3D animation creations.
He has several prizes under his belt – including one from California where he scooped a ‘best promo’ award at the Young Media Makers awards ceremony at the tender age of 13.
The head and founder of his own company Wilkes Animations, the A-level student is now busy working on short and feature length films to educational videos and commercials.
For Nathan the question of ‘what shall I do when I’m older?’ is not one which his parents will find wearing.
The prolific teenager has turned a video camera he got for his birthday into a work tool that is shaping up to be a lucrative and successful career.
“I’m hoping to set up my own business doing commercial and film work,” says Nathan, from Wolverhampton who has his sights set on Hollywood. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
His debut film The Battle of Pomojema which he filmed in his back garden, won him the Californian award. He quickly followed this with an hour-long feature-length film Cyborg Enemy, which was premiered at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre two years ago to great acclaim.
Last year, his creation of a short film Creature Chat led him all around the UK where he was selected for film festivals, including the Co-operative Film Festival, Flip International Animation Festival and The End of the Pier International Film Festival.
He has also created an animation to fit the soundtrack of one of his film hero’s sci-fi epics – Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of War of the Worlds. He was able to give Wayne a copy when he performed in Birmingham.
His work has attracted funding from the O2 phone company while the productions continue, with five awards now under his belt. Looks like Hollywood is indeed on the horizon.