Interview: Nathan Taylor
Jan 2008 04

How old are you and why?
I’m 19. I’ve always figured that’s because in 1988 the stork figured it would be a great idea to play a practical joke on my parents. Somehow, they seemed to think this was particularly funny, and named the joke Nathan Hunter Taylor. I still don’t completely understand the punch line, but I don’t think anyone really does.

What got you started in film work?
When I was about 10, I picked up my family VHS recorder and started making movies because I was bored. When I was 11, I saw the Wallace and Gromit short clay animated films, so I started doing clay animation (which I still love), and from there progressed to traditional 2D and CG work.

What are you working on in the movie?
That’s actually a funny story. However, if you want the funny story, you’ll have to ask me to tell you, because it’s kinda lengthy. Short Answer: I’m making the Joint Command exosuit… and probably some other CG elements. Of course, the giant robot meant for intense and/or epic VFX sequences is my main priority.

What are your favorite movies?
Good question. And bad question, because that’s in 104% of all the surveys I’ve taken in the last 19 years, and I still don’t know exactly… though I certainly enjoy Forrest Gump, Big Fish, FLCL (which is technically a show I suppose), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and anything by Brad Bird.

What would your mom say about Project London, the movie?
MOM: “There’s this movie coming out… Project London, I think it’s called.”
ME: “Right. That’s the one I was working on.”
MOM: “You were working on a movie? I thought you were just asleep in your room for hours on end.”
ME: “Likely, yes. But I was… I’m sure I’ve told you this before. Probably three or four times.”
MOM: “Likely, yes.”

What super power would you choose and why?
The ability to make people scream the word “Pancakes!” so loudly that not only are they unable to attack (because they’re so winded), but it begins to rain pancakes. This, of course, will be followed by a light shower of maple syrup. And maybe some sporks.

What super power do you actually have?
I have the ability to look exactly like a perfect wax replica of myself. Also, I sometimes win at chess. And I can do the robot.

What are your favorite bands and/or albums?
I like Tally Hall (an awesome band that I don’t think anyone’s actually heard of), George Winston — and most other piano music for that matter, Celtic music, and various other artists who I can’t think of right now… so maybe I don’t actually like them that much, but at least I like them sometimes.

If there were tigers roaming the streets and you had to defend yourself, what weapon would you choose?
An explosive regenerating tangerine glued to the end of a fully extended tripod leg covered in Elmer’s glue, with a badminton racket handle around the base for a grip. I figure if the tigers aren’t so confused by that they just leave me alone, I can scare them off with the explosives in the tangerine, while simultaneously giving the surrounding environment the pleasant aroma of citrus. Luckily, we have mostly squirrels and cows around here.

What would you like to tell us about yourself that we didn’t ask?
I’m currently a sophomore in college at Savannah College of Art and Design. I met Ian by happenstance — through his website, and later found out that he knows one of my friends at college (Colin Levy, who is also working on the film). I didn’t actually expect to get a chance to work on this project, because there was some confusion with travel issues, but I’m very glad to be able to be on the long-distance visual effects team.

What question are you glad we didn’t ask?
What’s the first string of random words that make a semi-coherent quasi-sentence that comes to mind? …I’m only glad you didn’t ask because I’ve already added a bit too much randomness to the answers I’ve submitted for this survey.

PS. my answer probably would have been something like “Halfway nautically encrusted nose-crease towel bird.”

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