Nels Carlson

2011 Film Alumnus

  • Program: Film
  • Employer: Mango LA
  • Position: Dailies Producer

Nels’ Story

Nels is a 2011 Film graduate and he’s currently a Dailies Producer at Mango Color in LA. We asked Nels a few questions about his current role and here’s what he had to say!

What do​ you ​like most about working as a Dailies Producer with Mango LA?

What I like the most about working as a Dailies Producer for Mango is all of the networking opportunities it affords me. We handle dailies for multiple shows at any given time, so I get to work closely with a lot of the department heads and develop good working relationships with a lot of awesome people.

What ​has been the ​greatest challenge you​ have​ encountered ​working in your current role and how ​d​i​d​ you overcome it?

One of the greatest challenges I’ve faced working as a dailies producer is keeping all the plates spinning for the many shows we do. I’m the main point of contact for shows, so I need to stay super organized to make sure that all the different teams we have working for each show are handling every request we receive and nothing is falling through the cracks.

What would you say is one of the most important assets to have ​in your industry​?

It’s super important to be able to communicate clearly in the industry. Often times you won’t have all the answers, and that’s okay, but you need to be able to understand what questions are being asked so you can communicate with your team to find the best solution and execute it together. When you can’t communicate clearly that’s when mistakes happen.

​In your opinion, what should candidates new to the industry avoid in order to succeed?

Remember your role. Just about everyone starts out on the bottom rung doing some of the cruddy jobs, but every job on set is important and exists for a reason. Hard workers with good attitudes are the ones that stand out and get chances to move up.

What advice do you have for individuals specifically interested in ​your field of work?

If you’re interested in dailies you need to be an organized person. All of a production’s footage flows through you, and if you don’t have an organized workflow planned out ahead of time, that’s when you lose footage, which is very bad and quite costly. You also have to be very flexible. You can be as organized and prepared as humanly possible, but unexpected circumstances ALWAYS come up, and it’s important to be able to pivot to handle them even if it’s not according to your original plan.

What piece of advice do you have for Flashpoint candidates preparing ​for the job search?

As you’re preparing for your job search you should always be looking to fill out your resume with more projects. Having to chose which projects to include and which to drop from your resume is a much better problem than finding yourself with too few and having to find a way to fill the page! Jump on projects, a lot of them, and get as much experience as you possibly can.

How did your experience at Flashpoint help you join your industry?

Some of my best friends are the people that I met at Flashpoint. There’s a small gang of us who moved to LA about the same time, and we’ve all been able to work together and help each other out at least a few times since getting there. For me it’s huge to have good folks you can rely on around you.

What would you look for if an opportunity to potentially hire Flashpoint candidates came along?

If we were to look to hire a Flashpoint student it’s important to have someone with a great attitude, who is very organized and reliable, and a hunger to advance in the Post-Production world. My goal is for people I hire is to teach them everything I can so they can go on to be successful themselves and give me sweet cushy jobs in 20 years, haha!

What was your favorite thing about Flashpoint?

My favorite thing about Flashpoint was the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge of film making, from script writing through post, as well as my second year of post production focused work. Even as a specialist in one area it’s incredibly helpful to be aware of all the other moving parts around you.

Name one thing that made you choose Flashpoint over other colleges.

I loved that Flashpoint was able to get us hands on with equipment and working on things so quickly rather than having to wait through a couple years in a program learning theory before getting the keys to the equipment vault.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

While I was at Flashpoint I was too picky about the projects I was involved in. If I could go back, I would jump into many more projects whether I thought they were good or bad. Few things are as valuable as experience, and often times bad experiences teach some of the best lessons, haha.

When did you move to Los Angeles?

I moved to L.A. a little over 6 years ago now.

Are there any tips you have to offer in regards to living in L.A.?

When making the move to L.A. you’re going to want to have a little bit of money saved up ahead of time and you should probably bring or get a car once you arrive. Work is slow sometimes, and having something saved up helps get you through. L.A. is a big city and very spread out, so unless you want to pay a fortune for Uber, having a reliable vehicle is key to make sure you can make it places on time.

Could you share a fun fact (or two) about yourself?

In my 6 years in L.A. I’ve already had 4 different cars. If you like cars, L.A. has an awesome car culture.


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