Nick Corbin

Nick Corbin


September 26, 2017


Nick Corbin Productions


Tell us more about some of your past projects?

My biggest project to date was a short horror film entitled Dark Things, which I shot in downtown Toledo at the Mansion View Inn. It took us a couple of weeks to film, and two years to edit. It’s available for free on my YouTube. I’ve also shot and edited nearly every Smashing Toledo video since 2014. 

What current projects are you working on?

Episode 2 of the documentary series Reclaiming Spaces, which is about the revitalization happening in downtown Toledo.
Also, I just finished a series of vignettes for the Arts Commission about their “Art in Public Places” installations, as well as a new Art Loop commercial.
And, as always, I’m working on a few new Smashing Toledo videos. 

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?

First, I grew up here, so I know a lot of people and places. Second, it’s cheap to rent/buy a place here. Also, it’s more collaborative than competitive. There are so few filmmakers in Toledo that we’d rather work together to bring prestige to the city, which I believe ultimately helps us all. 

Tell us about one of your greatest successes.

Getting my Master of Arts degree. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

First, my girlfriend, Aimee. What she does in a month would take me a year. I’m always impressed by her consistent dedication to her goals. She never surrenders. However, what inspires me the most in terms of filmmaking is the moment a good idea surfaces. There’s nothing more satisfying and inspiring than coming up with a good concept.

Tell us about your background.

All of my filmmaking skills are self-taught. I have an AS in Psychology, and a BA and an MA in English. 

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

I have it tattooed on my left arm: “Never Be Your Own Defeatist” 

Favorite place for local culture?

Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t even know what Toledo’s culture is. I guess if someone from out of town were to ask me, “What’s Toledo About?”, I might say “bars and restaurants.” You could say the Art Museum, but that’s more art worldwide, and not necessarily local. Toledo’s culture mirrors many other rust belt towns. We’re all kind of lost in the transition from manufacturing to something else. 

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .

This might sound weird, but people will help you with anything if you just ask nicely. I’ve been allowed to film almost everywhere I’ve asked just because I was nice about it. The Mud Hens let me film inside their stadium during a game because I was polite. O’Shea’s tavern let me film a teaser trailer for a film I worked on because I talked to the owner. City council members have let me interview them because I emailed them directly. I’ve walked up to people on the street and asked them if they cared that I was filming them. Almost no one in Toledo will tell you “no” if you’re honest and cordial. 

My favorite place to chill locally is . . .

Probably the Attic. Where else in this city can you get craft beer and Greek food? 

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .

Wildwood Metropark, for sure. I walk my dog there every day from the first thaw until the last leaf drops. 

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . .

Sleeping. I really don’t go out much if I’m not working. 

If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .

I wish Toledo would spend less time and resources on large corporations, and more time incubating small businesses with local culture.

Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?

I’m working with Angie Cucunato on a project about her food truck, Coffee Emergency. Stay posted, it’s going to be crazy. 

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.

Wes Craven. He just gets horror movies. 

Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.

Probably I use it every day.

3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .

Never the same. 

Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.

Deadsy – Phantasmagore
Pink Floyd – The Wall
Stepdad – Wildlife Pop
As I Lay Dying – An Ocean Between Us
Michael Jackson – Number Ones

My biggest vice is . . .

Pop. I can’t stop drinking the stuff.

I’d like to see __________ in Toledo.

Infrastructure improvements.

What’s the last dream you recall having?

A vampire floating outside of my bathroom window. I had the dream when I was about 8. I have no idea why I still remember it. 

The last lyric that moved me was . . .

“Why are you still trapped in mazes you designed?” Vola – Inmazes 

One movie character I identify with is . . .

“Mitch Kramer” from Dazed and Confused. I’m in my 30s, but I still feel like a confused kid trying to act cool.

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .

This little round 4-way keychain screwdriver. I use it every day to attach/detach cameras from tripod baseplates. 

My most inspiring moment was/is . . .

When I found out I was going to be a father. 

I want my last meal to be _______________.

A ridiculously overstuffed gyro.


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