Growing up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Nathan Mielke has been in love with filmmaking since first getting his hands on a camcorder in middle school. While attending undergrad film school, he discovered his passion for Cinematography and visual storytelling. This led to winning his first Cinematography award for the award winning short film JITENSHA. Upon graduation, he started working at the camera rental house Panavision. During his time there he gained extensive knowledge about cameras and lenses while working on the prep floor. Nathan shot his first feature in 2013, a low budget horror/slasher movie, MADE ME DO IT. It was shot on various formats including 35mm, 16mm and VHS. Now at AFI, he is learning how to put story above all and use the craft to tell them the best way possible.