My name is Nicholas Coogan. I was born in Honolulu, HI, but raised in Norfolk, VA. I am currently a Film major with a production focus at Virginia Tech . My ultimate goal is to become a cinematographer, but I know I must start from the bottom to work my way up. Knowing this, I took the opportunities made available to me at Tech to involve myself with as many film projects as possible. This has lead me to become more motivated and engaged with this art medium, and in doing so, I am able to say with the utmost confidence that I will succeed at anything I am passionate about. Film is at the forefront of my passion, and will never be put on the back-burner.
I would like to say that I always knew I wanted to have a career in the film/TV industry, but I honestly didn’t realize this until my junior year of high school whn I saw Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours. This film resonated with me so much that I had to immediately sit down on the curb outside of the theater to process what I had just experienced. The will it took for Aron Ralston, the character whom James Franco portrayed, to saw through his own arm – to survive, ignited something in me. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to be a part of the crew, the team that made this film. I wanted to be a part of something that had the ability to inspire, engage, transform, cultivate and, ultimately, resonate with people. That idea, in itself, convinced me to pursue a career as an artist.
The reason I want to focus on cinematography stems from my innate curiosity of discovering new technologies. I love learning how things work, and because of this, I dictate my life by learning as much as I can about any and all technical aspects of film/TV production. Because then, once I have that technical knowledge, I am able to become the artist I need to be. I can become the artist that can articulate his emotions more concisely through film than speech. This is my motivation to keep diving into new projects and experiences.