Nicholas Gautschi

Nicholas Gautschi

Assistant Director, Assistant Editor, Editor and Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California

Member Since:
March 2017
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About Nicholas

Filmmaker from a small town, living in Los Angeles to make the dream come true.

I started getting steady work as an editor while attending film school from 2010 to 2012, and this came from talking to faculty and other students about my having shot and edited weekly segments for my film class in high school since 2006. Shortly after leaving film school and wanting to branch out of post, I began taking roles as a first assistant director, line producer, and producer for smaller projects in order to get myself into pre-production and on set; while that's treated me well, it's filled me with a hunger to branch out further, and scale-up both budget and scope-of-vision as I continue growing my career.

Most recently, I've had a lot of fortune in preproduction, specifically with script breakdown and scheduling the day via collaboratively creating detailed shot lists, storyboards, and edit decision lists. Through utilizing these processes before the production phase of filmmaking, I've been a part making the impossible possible, and with a crew of like-minded creatives who have the vision of the project at heart and in mind, we're able to create some pretty great pieces at the end of the day.

In production, I try to stay equal parts good cop and bad— we've all heard that no one is supposed to like the AD, but if your assistant director is causing stress for anyone who is on task, I'd wager that AD should be talked to after wrap that day. I don't like anyone to talk to the director unless it's myself or an actor, ideally, because most questions should've been answered in preproduction, but I've never encountered a problem that couldn't be solved via planning, a stern talking-to, or having well-thought-out contingency plans.

And finally, post-production has always been my bread and butter. I started as an editor in high school, often having to re-edit my segments after shooting for the sake of my school's censors and boards, and I've been editing spec. ads, music videos, short films, and a few feature-length films and documentaries ever since. This relationship with officials and rules also allowed me to be more creative with my writing, and I'm proud to say that my overall foundations as a filmmaker are strengthened because of it— censorship is the mother of creativity, after all, and not necessarily a detriment to a project if it's handled properly.


  • The Derailers

    The Derailers (2019)
    Film Editor

  • Art of the Dead

    Art of the Dead (2019)
    Film Sound department

  • Inside Wynonna Earp: Winds of Change

    Inside Wynonna Earp: Winds of Change (2018)
    Film Editor

  • Inside Wynonna Earp: After Twilight

    Inside Wynonna Earp: After Twilight (2018)
    Film Editor

  • Wynonna Earp

    Wynonna Earp (2018)
    TV Series Editorial department

  • Inside Wynonna Earp: Homestead for the Holidays

    Inside Wynonna Earp: Homestead for the Holidays (2018)
    Film Editorial department

  • Inside Wynonna Earp: The Show Must Go On

    Inside Wynonna Earp: The Show Must Go On (2018)
    Film Editorial department

  • The Last Exorcist

    The Last Exorcist (2018)
    Film by Robin Bain Boom Operator Thriller starring Danny Trejo, Rachele Brooke Smith, and Terri Ivens

  • The Campus

    The Campus (2017)
    Film by Gas Money Pictures (Drama and Horror) 1st Assistant Director Robert Wainwright, the family patriarch dies after breaking his deal with the Devil, passing that debt onto his long-estranged daughter Morgan. She soon finds herself in a never-ending cycle of terror as she is brutally murdered then resurrected over and over again, each time losing a piece of her soul. Now Morgan must discover why this is happening and break the deadly cycle in order to escape her chilling fate and find redemption.

  • Untitled Documentary & Patient Testimonials

    Untitled Documentary & Patient Testimonials (2015 - 2017)
    Documentary by The Healing Curve Productions/ Gary Motykie, M.D., F.A.C.S. Writer, 1st Assistant Director, & Editor I've been writing, planning, shooting, and editing patient testimonials - as well as slowly chipping away at a documentary as we amass footage - for a plastic surgeon that has a high interest in his online content.

  • Dokumori Mountain

    Dokumori Mountain (2017)
    Film (short) by Armada Motion Pictures (Adventure and Fantasy) 1st Assistant Director & Editor A wandering bandit braves the seedy criminal underbelly of a small mountain town to find the monster that killed his family.

  • Memoir

    Memoir (2017)
    Film (short) by Rosario Columbia (Drama and Romance) 1st Assistant Director Through their eyes, we see her beauty and strength, but they'll never see how she perceives herself.

  • Talents

    Talents (2014 - 2015)
    Series by Roux Films (Comedy and Drama) Editor "A darkly comedic series about the employees of a dying art house movie theatre, all in search of love, purpose and connection." "Max Brenner has been working at Playhouse Cinemas for longer than he'd care to admit. He's in a stable relationship and is currently tinkering with his long-gestating passion project—a short film whose subject has escaped him— but his employment at the theatre, and the frustration it has caused him, remain a constant. Working alongside him is Gunner Dawson, a naive, optimistic man whose heart is reeling from a nasty divorce, but who will nevertheless not be discouraged. Max's relationship with his former best friend Chas, a once-promising child actor whose future vanished into a haze of pot smoke, is also at a crossroads. And then there's Emilie, the mysterious girl he keeps seeing on the subway during his daily commute. Over the course of ten episodes, these four interrelated characters search for love, purpose and connection all against a version of LA you don't often see in films or television. It's a changing city. Digital photography has replaced film, and, although many of the characters are holding on to tragedies and milestones from their pasts, it would appear that the world has moved on without them. Their fumbling quest for meaning in the world is emblematic of the myth-making in our own lives: how we view our own small problems as life-changing events, and how we often see ourselves as "the star of our own movie." "Talents" is the story of love lost and found again, the power of dreams, and coming of age, no matter how old you are."

  • Sable

    Sable (2015)
    Film by InnoVate Productions in association with Italian Cowboy Productions (Crime, Drama and Mystery) 1st Assistant Director "A young woman's dreams of moving to Wyoming are halted when her unstable boyfriend accidentally kills a man."

  • Bounce Back

    Bounce Back (2015)
    Video by Touchdown, ENT. (Music) Assistant Editor & Editor A music video for artist Seemore Cash.

  • Gypsy Dog

    Gypsy Dog (2014)
    Film Editor

  • Spit

    Spit (2013 - 2014)
    Film by Armada Motion Pictures (Drama) Editor When a teenage orphan moves into a small desert town, he finds himself immediately caught up in a turf war between neo-Nazis and punks.

  • 2011 NIV Live - A Bible Experience

    2011 NIV Live - A Bible Experience (2012 - 2014)
    Commercial by Inspired Properties Assistant Editor & Editor This was all testimonial and ad work for a production company. I made everything you see in the link provided, while working with the company to create content they wanted to output.

  • Beautiful Chaos

    Beautiful Chaos (2013)
    Film Producer

  • Living Together

    Living Together (2012)
    Series (Comedy) Editor Add a Plot »

  • Skycallers

    Skycallers (2012)
    Film (short) (Action, Drama and Sci-Fi) Editor In a dream state, Billy has manifested chaos for Agent Hawk and his special forces team sent to apprehend him. As the voice in his heads gets louder and more demanding, he is fighting for his mental freedom in this psychological war zone.

  • Saved

    Saved (2012)
    Film (short) (Drama) Editor Add a Plot »

  • Underqualified

    Underqualified (2012)
    Film (short) (Comedy) Editor Add a Plot »

  • High Definition Freestyle

    High Definition Freestyle (2012)
    Video by Touchdown, ENT. (Music) 1st Assistant Director & Editor A music video for artist Seemore Cash.

  • Hell's Kitty

    Hell's Kitty (2011)
    Series by Smart Media (Comedy, Horror and Mystery) Editor "Hell's Kitty" is a supernatural thriller web series based on true-life events about Nick, a Hollywood writer, whose love life is jeopardized by his hellacious cat named Angel. Nick's best friend and neighbor, Adam, (movie extra and slacker) is convinced that Angel is possessed. But Nick adores his cat, and defends her despite all the obvious ominous warnings. There are other problems besides Nick's possessed cat. Nick never gets any sleep because the downstairs neighbor, a nameless recluse and horror movie make up artist, stays up all night making strange noises, and leaving traces of blood in the hallway. Worse, Angel scratched his neighbor, Lisa, a girl Nick once dated, and Lisa is threatening to sue. But as strange supernatural events take place, and people start disappearing, Nick must do something to prevent further catastrophes before his life becomes a living hell.

  • Walk On

    Walk On (2011)
    Documentary by Bash Films (Documentary) Assistant Editor A disabled 21-year-old, who was born HIV Positive, trains for an AIDS walk while educating others about HIV and disabilities with the help of a Quadriplegic Comic, an Amputee Sprinter, and a Purple Heart Veteran.

  • Out in the Cold

    Out in the Cold (2011)
    Commercial Assistant Editor & Editor A woman and her boyfriend stay in to stream movies, rather than going out into harsh weather.

  • Unthinkable

    Unthinkable (2011)
    Video by Touchdown, ENT. (Music) Assistant Editor & Editor A music video for artist Seemore Cash.

  • On the Go Glo

    On the Go Glo (2011)
    Commercial by On the Go Glo Spa Assistant Editor & Editor A customer at a spa feels like she's on a warm, sunny beach.

  • Breaking Up

    Breaking Up (2011)
    Film (short) by Daniel Flores (Drama) Assistant Editor & Editor Adapted from a play called "Breaking Up".

  • The Weekly Wake-Up

    The Weekly Wake-Up (2006 - 2010)
    Series by SHS Video Productions Writer, Assistant Editor, Editor A weekly show complete with segments and ads.

  • Letting Go

    Letting Go (2010)
    Film (short) by Matt Greenberg (Drama) Assistant Editor & Editor A man loses his wife and begins blind dating women at the suggestion of his brother.

  • Snack Strong

    Snack Strong (2010)
    Commercial (Comedy) Assistant Editor & Editor Co-workers at an office space defeat each other for this product!

  • Mousoritos

    Mousoritos (2010)
    Commercial (Comedy) Assistant Editor & Editor A man stops his roommate from stealing his chips with giant mousetraps.


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