John D. Nilles

MisCon 31 Attending Professional

John D. Nilles discovered his passion for filmmaking at an early age and has never wavered in the pursuit of realizing his vision. His great-great-great grandfather homesteaded in the Bitterroot Valley in Montana. The same ambitious and adventurous spirit possessed by his forefathers, compels John today. Over the past 19 years, he has directed short films, commercials, documentaries, animations, and music videos, but his primary focus is on feature films. He is particularly fond of Westerns and Science Fiction.

John currently splits time between Los Angeles and Montana. His latest feature film, Saving For The Day, is slated to be completed later this year.

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Creating Film Special Effects, Rocket Tent (1)
    Panelists: Christian Ackerman, John D. Nilles, Tim Nydell

    Learn about creating special effects in film from our independent filmmakers.

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, We Make Movies and So Can You, Yellowstone
    Panelists: Christian Ackerman, John D. Nilles

    Writer/Director & cast of Saving For The Day offer insights to independent filmmaking. Saving For The Day is a multi-genre micro-budget epic including Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, and much more. We'll give tips, show clips, and have a Q&A after.

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, No Budget/Low Budget Independent Film Distribution, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: Christian Ackerman, John D. Nilles

    Join filmmaker Christian Ackerman as he shows you how to make your very own low-budget/no-budget movie.

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