My primary passion is writing & directing. I vacillate between personal narrative films and client videos. Sometimes I produce other people’s movies. I do quite a bit of work as a freelance cinematographer, drone pilot, editor, & colorist.
Since I was a wee child I knew I wanted to dedicated myself to something unique. First, it was basketball. I practiced shooting 3-4 hours a day and became the 5’11” Larry Bird of Montana. Shortly after, I discovered filmmaking. It was a dog fight, but eventually filmmaking won out when I realized that my status as the 5’11” Larry Bird of Montana wouldn’t be enough to ascend to the professional level. Making a living as a basketball legend was out. I was 16. Like a freakishly thirsty sponge, I gobbled up as much filmmaking material as I could find. I was off. I found my life’s passion & purpose and have never looked back.
John D. Nilles is a writer/director/producer & film educator based in Montana. His great-great-great grandparents homesteaded in the Bitterroot Valley. His family has called Montana home ever since. Growing up, John was enthralled by tales passed down through generations of storytellers.
John discovered his passion for filmmaking at an early age and cut his teeth on an ambitious Indiana Jones fan film in high school. He then had brief stints at Montana State University and in Los Angeles before returning home to Western Montana. Since then, John has directed & produced countless short films, commercials, corporate videos, documentaries, and music videos, but his primary focus is on feature films. He has written over 10 screenplays and has many others in various stages of development. He is particularly fond of Westerns and Science Fiction. Especially, when they intersect.
John currently resides in Missoula, MT where he owns With A Cause Productions, ShootMontana.com, & Treasure State Studios. His latest feature, Saving For The Day, is slated for release in 2023.
Updated in April of 2023.
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