Directors & Actors will be taken on a script to screen process through the eyes of a filmmaker as it pertains to TV, Commercials, Music Videos, and Film. Students will learn how to apply their own style through the techniques and language of filmmaking.
Norry Niven was born into a family of performers. His grandfather went around the country with a tent and a projector, playing films to small towns that had no theaters. Mom acted in community theater. Dad played pedal steel guitar for Willie Nelson and Bob Wills. Carrying on the family tradition, Norry began his career as a magician at Six Flags during his teenage years. After surviving the blowing up a car for a commercial he wrote, edited and directed in college, Norry found his love for performance through film, began his path to directing, and grew back his eyebrows. Norry went on to direct music videos and commercial work for global brands Gatorade, Ford, Lincoln, McDonald’s, HBO, Showtime, Disney, and Visa.
Norry’s first feature film, “From Above” (2014) earned the Audience Favorite at SXSW. His commercial work was honored at the 2013 Addys, AICP Show & Next Awards, winning Promax Best in Show in 2010 & 2011. He also won Gold in directing at Promax in 2010 and 2011 and in 2012 won Gold in directing at New York Festivals. Earning six Emmy’s for his promo work on Ray Donovan,” “Homeland”, “The Tudors,” “Dexter,” “Weeds” and “24:Live Another Day,” Norry’s enjoyed work with celebrity talents and athletes Jon Voight, Matt LeBlanc, Don Cheadle, Claire Danes, William H. Macy, Edie Falco, Michael Sheen, Queen Latifah, Mariah Carey, Steven Tyler, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lopez, and Mary-Louise Parker, Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade, and Cam Newton. His work is on display in the permanent installation of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Known for luminous film, dynamic visual effects and directing celebrity talent, his ability to curate beauty and navigate the intricacies of performance shine through in his work like a time-encapsulating projection on a canvas tent. The subtlety of exploding cars aside, Norry is compelled to film because it reaches places in the imagination that are untouched. If Norry didn’t have a camera to tell stories, he would be sitting by a campfire telling tales.