Born in Oakland, raised in Hong Kong and Hawaii, Nicholas graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in film directing and screenwriting, concurrently receiving awards from the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, American Zoetrope and American Screenwriting Association for his psychological tour-de-force, Needle & Ink.
Right out of school, Nicholas’ first short film Real Fiction won the 2008 Panavision New Filmmaker Award, and the momentum catapulted him to direct TV and web pilots for E!, MTV, CBS and Bravo Networks, as well as commercials for Procter & Gamble, BMW, BET, and FOX. Nicholas has also written feature screenplays for Lions Gate, DreamWorks and Lifetime Networks.
A child of the MTV generation, Nicholas’ interests naturally progressed into music videos. Captivated by the medium's ability to evoke emotion through a synergy of visual narrative and song, he enthusiastically embraced the format and has worked with labels as Sony Music, RCA and Universal Music Group, shooting for artists Nicole Scherzinger, Anthrax, S.A.F. and more. His work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Advocate, IndieWire and Variety.
Based in Los Angeles, Nicholas is developing two feature films to direct, a coming-of-age drama with producer Geoffrey Stott (Free Birds, The Book of Life), and an action-thriller with producers Christian Roedel and Joseph Izzo (Puss In Boots, How to Train Your Dragon) and legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle H.K.S.C. (Hero, 2046, Lady in the Water) attached.