Richard "Rick" Nelson began his career at age 17 while working as a best boy grip on a web series for Fangoria Magazine in Pittsburgh, PA shortly before starting film school in 2009. In 2011, Rick graduated at the top of his class from the George A. Romero Film School. It was there he earned an Associate in Specialized Business Degree (A.S.B.) and during that time he was mentored by Robert Tinnell (Kids of the Round Table, Believe), an award-winning writer and director. While attending the institution, he produced his first feature film (Requiem for the Damned) with Tinnell which received domestic distribution through Hannover House at the Sundance Film Festival. His work on that film led to an editing position for Tinnell’s production company, Allegheny Image Factory. Over the course of five years he would become a lead editor and the post-production supervisor overseeing post-production on several films and television shows. Creating content for major television networks like Lifetime, MTV, Outdoor Channel, TV Guide and PBS along with film distribution companies like Entertainment One and Hannover House. During that time he also produced broadcast and video content for agencies and clientele all over the United States and the Ohio Valley Region. In 2012 he returned to the George A. Romero Film School to teach for the institution. During his time there he taught an entry-level and an advanced cinematography course as well as a post-production audio course alongside award-winning sound designer Kelley Baker (Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester).
In 2014 Rick relocated to New Orleans, LA to work for People Who Think, a full-service advertising firm with divisions: Innovative Advertising, Fridge, and Innovative Politics. In the first two years at the company, Rick expanded the companies video production capabilities which included the design and oversight of the construction of their post-production facility. People Who Think and it’s divisions saw growth in production bandwidth and profitability and the ability to offer more in-house video services than ever before. With a larger workforce, new facilities and expanded capabilities Rick implemented departmental procedures to ensure consistency and quality control for productions. Playing a vital role in creative development for all digital and broadcast video productions, his vision, execution and leadership play a crucial role in developing ideas that build brands. Rick currently resides in New Orleans, LA and is employed by People Who Think. Outside of the office he enjoys biking around the city, volunteering when he can, and in late-2016 the George A. Romero Film School appointed him to the Board of Advisors for the institution.