Alumni Documentarians

Nathan Bickell '13Nathan Bickell '13
Preditor, KDAF

Nathan Bickell ’13 has a job title you never heard of before. Bickell is a preditor. 

This new title is a "mash up" for producer, writer, and editor, a role Bickell plays at KDAF, the CW affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

"I basically I work as a one-man crew, shooting stories, editing them and writing scripts," Bickell says.

Before KDAF, Bickell had the opportunity to work on First and 17, a weekly documentary series produced by The Washington Post, through his role as a freelance producer for Synthesis Media Productions.

While at Ithaca, Bickell took many production classes that prepared him tell meaningful stories. One of these classes was Non-Fiction Production with Professor John Scott. “In this class, I learned there is no script and you have to know what your film will be about before you start shooting and then you have to ‘write the script’ afterwards in the editing process,” Bickell mentioned.

He also took Documentary Workshop with Ben Crane, where he worked on a documentary short, Cornered, about a young boxer training for the title of the 2013 National Police Athletic League Championship. The short ended up winning Best Documentary at the 2013 East Coast Student Film Festival held at George Washington University.

Bickell was also involved with the college’s newspaper, The Ithacan, where he was a sports reporter, columnist, and multimedia writer. His work with the The Ithacan taught him how to conduct thorough interviews and how to work on a tight deadline. “Most importantly, my work on the multimedia section helped me prepare to work as a one-man crew, like I usually do now,” Bickell said.


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