Photo: Jason Cohen

Photo: Jason Cohen

Rick Nelson

 

I’m the Director of Video Services for People Who Think, a full-service advertising agency based in the Greater New Orleans area with divisions serving corporate, food and beverage, and political sectors.

Since joining People Who Think I’ve developed and expanded the company's internal video production and post-production capabilities and are now averaging over 130 unique ads, films, and digital assets annually.

Playing a vital role in the creative development of all digital and broadcast video productions, my vision, execution, and leadership play a crucial role in developing ideas that build brands.

In 2018 I received the Ad Person of the Year Award for Creative Production at the American Advertising Awards held by the New Orleans Advertising Club for demonstrating in the eyes of peers, outstanding professional achievement and contributing to the advancement of advertising in New Orleans.

I currently live in New Orleans, LA and I’m employed by People Who Think. Outside of the office, I play rugby and serve as a board member for the Crescent City Rougaroux, I enjoy kayaking, riding my bike, volunteering, and I serve on the advisory board of the George A. Romero Filmmaking Program. I'm also an active member and board member of the New Orleans Advertising Club and judge for both the Telly Awards and the Suncoast Emmy Awards.



BACKGROUND

In 2011 I graduated at the top of my class from the George A. Romero Filmmaking Program. During my time there I earned an Associate in Specialized Business Degree (A.S.B.) and produced my first feature film Requiem for the Damned alongside Robert Tinnell (Believe, Kids Of The Round Table). That film went on to received domestic distribution through Hannover House at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

My work on the film Requiem for the Damned led to an editing position with Tinnell’s production company, Allegheny Image Factory. Over the course of five years, I would become a lead editor and the post-production supervisor overseeing several films and television shows not to mention countless ads. It was also during this time I formed RPOST - a post-production entity focusing on services for film and advertising. RPOST most recently completed VFX and titling work for the feature film Back Fork which received domestic and international distribution through Uncork'd Entertainment and has received high praise from the Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles Times.

While continuing to freelance, in 2012 I returned to the George A. Romero Filmmaking Program, but this time to teach. I lead courses in cinematography as well as a post-production audio class alongside award-winning sound designer Kelley Baker (Good Will Hunting, Psycho, Finding Forrester, Far From Heaven).

In 2014 I relocated to New Orleans, LA to work for People Who Think. There is a funny story to how I ended up in Louisiana - ask me about it sometime.

Over the years I’ve created content for networks like Lifetime, MTV, Outdoor Channel, TV Guide, PBS, along with regional and national brands. I’ve even been fortunate to see the independent films I’ve worked on be distributed domestically and internationally by companies like Hannover House, Entertainment One, Shout! Factory and others.

Most importantly, I’ve grown and continue to grow as an editor and director, because being a creative in this industry means always seeing the potential to improve.


Thanks for visiting,

Rick