Brandon Wilson is nona.media’s video producer/video editor/Swiss army knife. He’s the man behind the In the Nona edits, and he knows how to keep the staff on our toes with his spunky personality and sassy attitude. Wilson knows how to get things done, all while cracking a joke to raise the crew’s spirits. His job title should really read as our go-to guru.
Rapid Fire Questions:
Extrovert or Introvert? More extroverted
Indoors or Outdoors? Depends on the day
Sun or Snow? Sun
Dogs or Cats? Cats
Vans or Converse? Neither
Coffee or Tea? COFFEE!!!!!
Adventurous or Laid Back? Laid Back
Canon, Nikon or Sony? Panasonic!
Books or TV? Both
What brought you to the Nonahood?
“Well, as of right now I don’t currently live in the Nonahood, although I am very close by. I met the team at Nona.Media about a year and a half ago where we worked on an online show. Right away, I loved working with them – they’re not only professional, but fun to work with and hang around with, so they are what brings me around. And to be honest, I’d love to live in Lake Nona – the fact that it’s such a health, tech, and education hub makes it such an appealing area.”
What’s your favorite hobby?
“I really don’t have a hobby at the moment, although I did pick up some paint and canvases shortly around Halloween, but I haven’t delved too deep just yet. When I was younger, I loved playing around with clay and have really considered picking that up again just as a creative outlet. Mostly, I enjoy seeing movies!”
What’s your biggest dream?
“My biggest dream is to become a successful film director. I don’t really care about the fame aspect, I just want to be happy, want people to see and appreciate my work, and to have a comfortable living.”
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“In 10 years, I’ll be the big 4-0, and that’s a little scary to think about! But by that time, I really hope to have gotten a lot more experience in my career. I know that I will have at least one feature-length film under my belt by that time (shout out to UCF and their awesome Master’s degree in Film Production), but I’m hoping to have two or three. I’ve been happy to join Nona.Media while it’s on the ground floor and would love to continue on with the company as we all grow professionally. I’d also like to be married and have a kid or two by that time as well.”
Who’s your biggest inspiration?
“I would have to say that my biggest inspiration is Tim Burton since his films are the reason why I want to be a director – I’ve known since I was five years old, all thanks to The Nightmare Before Christmas. Although I still appreciate his films, it’s not his style that I wish to emulate. The films of Drew Goddard (Bad Times at the El Royale, Cabin in the Woods) and Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land, 10 Cloverfield Lane) have begun to really pique my interest. They maintain a similar tonal style to that of Burton, but without being so overt.”
What’s your favorite book?
“I have to say that my favorite books are still the Harry Potter series (The Prisoner of Azkaban). The way that Rowling incorporates so many themes into her books is amazing, and I truly enjoy learning more about the small details that she put in each story. I also really enjoyed the book The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.
What’s something you’ve done that scared you the most or brought you out of your comfort zone?
“I worked at a hospital for nearly eight years, even though I had a degree in film production. I ended up leaving that job and basically starting over again, but this time I was not going to take a job simply because the pay or benefits were good … I was going to find work in my career field, even if that meant starting at the bottom. It turned out to be a challenge at first, but then all of a sudden, things began to fall into place. 2016 and 2017 were good years for me career-wise.”
Describe one of your most memorable experiences.
“When I was about five years old, my family went to Disney for the first time (we lived in Indianapolis at the time). I had spiked hair – it was the ’90s – which made me just tall enough to ride Space Mountain. My dad didn’t know that you don’t sit side-by-side on that ride, so I was all alone on my first ‘roller coaster.’ The second that ride stopped and we were able to get out, I jumped out as fast as I could and whipped around to my dad saying in the most loathsome voice I had at the time, ‘I hate you,’ to which anyone who overheard busted out laughing. At the time, I hated that ride, but now it’s one of my favorites at Disney!”
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