Nicholas Chase and The Women of Himalaya - An Interview
We wanted to interview executive producer and close friend Nicholas Chase regarding the Women of Himalaya -- he was approached through Facebook and in less than 24 hours He was ready for our questions!
The Women of Himalaya -- Watch video at the end of the interview.
In June 2013, a multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides becoming the country's worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. Though some parts of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in India experienced the flood, some regions of Western Nepal, and some parts of Western Tibet also experienced heavy rainfall, over 95% of the casualties occurred in Uttarakhand
We wanted to know about Nicholas and...
We came out with so much information and an outstanding curriculum:
- Executive producer - The Women of Central Himalaya - UTTARAKHAND, India.
- Writer - several screenplay(s) for theatrical release.
- Producer, director and camera operator for live TV interviews - Mark Cuban’s AXS-TV Inside MMA programs.
- Talent management, logistics, transmission-engineering to Studios in LA.
- Over 15 years of live field productions in multiple roles.
- Besides, followed sports legends around 18-holes of Golf at Celebrity Classic Tournaments with his portable HD camera for NBC-TV and Harrah's Hotel.
Nicholas is a broadcast media, technical and business engineering systems designer and integration consultant, project manager and engineer, with a history of engagements for broadcast and television industries senior management in the design and integration of large-scale, multi-million dollar media production and delivery of infrastructure projects nationwide.
How are you Nicholas?
How are you Joseph, I'm fine! Thanks for the interview!
You are welcome! Tell us about your production company. You worked for Sony and other companies...
Yes, I started in post-production engineering after college, for Hollywood clients and was employed as a systems design and maintenance engineer role for ten years at Compact Video Systems. Bought the first portable VHS-camcorder systems from AKAI.
That was a start!!
Oh yeah! Informally recorded celebrity and rock bands at nightclubs throughout Los Angeles.
Then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, and worked as Sr. systems design engineer for Sony Electronics, Systems Design and Integration Division.
Worked on many post-production and production systems like the Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway Broadcast Operations Center, David Letterman (HD) studio upgrade and Celebrity Cruse Ships.
Amazing Nicholas! And there is more...
Absolutely, I worked at Google as (contract), Sr. technical project manager for a large, live-stage, edit suite and network infrastructure upgrade. That was fun!
Later worked as Sr. systems design engineer, and on-site technical project manager for Verizon's FIOs - Fiber-To-The-Premises project nationwide.
Re-started my Nicholas Chase Productions company in 2003, shooting rock bands again, a few weddings for friends, and more documentaries for Corporate and Broadcast TV clients.
Not too bad!
How did you get interested in this business? Parents were supportive, I guess?
Watched movies on TV and in theaters, in rapt fascination for learning how they were created. Parents were very supportive. Finally trusted with Father's 8-mm no-sound camera, at age 8 to make 3- 1/2 minute films.
How did you get connected with Rahul Himanti Pandey? He is the Director for the Documentary, "The Women of Himalaya."
Rahul found me on LinkedIn,
Rahul sent me an elegant, formatted 49-page 'Proposal' denoting the crew, equipment, shooting days and budget for the 'Pilot' one hour documentary for the documentary.
I was impressed with the accuracy and detail!
The area devastated
The Women of Central Himalaya - UTTARAKHAND
What is the goal of this production in the short and long term?
Short-term goal is to receive funding to complete an India-version, and a domestic US version, edited, color-graded and timed to fit the one-hour format (minus commercial breaks) for Broadcast Television.
Long term goal is to see the Women's lives improved, produce additional episodes, and syndicate! And to produce more 'Lifestyle documentaries' in other countries.
Are you going to donate money to those devastated by the Flash-flooding?
We are planning a separate KickStarter.com project in 2015 to raise 'awareness', of the plight of people living in UTTARAKHAND, India.
This documentary film is essential, in order to reach those who may want to support this effort.
Was this interview
Anecdotes and why San Francisco?
Some anecdotes from the industry. I remember Jaclyn Smith and her scrambled eggs... can you share similar stories?
Well, our 'marching orders' have always been the same with respect to working with Celebrities.
But I can tell you about spending the day with Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, Charles Barkley and Ray Romano. Michael was cordial, but all business on the links. Jerry Rice was more open to a conversation. Charles Barkley was over the top at sharing his golf woes, and Ray Romano kept everyone in our group laughing from start to finish.
Ray commented to Charles, "Charles, pull your trousers UP!". Charles commented, you see that lake over there Ray?" Referring to Lake Tahoe, Nevada. "That Lake is 49-degrees".... Ray fell silent..!
That was something! And finally, why San Francisco and not Sunset Boulevard?
If you are referring to my choice of city, we wanted to raise our family in Northern CA. My wife's parents lived there and so did mine. LA is a short plane flight away, and when I am needed for consultation for a studio upgrade I can return home in the evenings.
Sounds good to me Nicholas!
Thank you Joseph, for helping us to promote The Women of Central Himalaya - UTTARAKHAND - India
Twitter hashtag: #UTTARAKHAND
My pleasure Nicholas!