WATCH: 23-year-old opens Maryborough film studio
NICK Aiton has pumped every cent into his passion for film on the Fraser Coast which will be 'make or break' for his budding career.
The avid film maker and photographer, 23, has set up the region's first film production house, Harlequin Films Aust, based in the Heritage City.
The studio, which has cost thousands of dollars, is fully kitted with a green screen, video editing and special effects computers, costumes, props, stage sets and cameras.
Now he can't wait to turn his customers' ideas into film.
Using the Fraser Coast as a backdrop, Nick is able to take photographs, create television advertisements, movies, documentaries, music videos and more.
Horror, gore and action special affects can also be done with ease.
He said his service was a convenient option for those in the area; the next closest film crews and production studios are in Bundaberg and Brisbane, he said.
Shooting on the Fraser Coast was also an advantage with its range of historical and natural beach locations.
"I have spoken to a fair few directors that would love to access of the types of environment we have here," he said.
The leap into turning his outlet into a business was a natural progression for the Maryborough man whose love for film runs deep in his DNA.
While his parents worked as stunt extras on movie sets when he was a young boy, he said his passion only began when he was a teen.
He broke into the industry as a 19-year-old with the help of Sunshine Coast based horror film director Christopher Lee Sun, he said.
The young man, enrolled in distance studies at the New York Institute of Photography, has made a variety of films including "Life is a Circus", which was broadcast by Foxtel in 2013.
The Harlequin Films Aust studio is at Shed B, 26 George St, via the Morning St entrance, Maryborough.
For more, visit Harlequin Films Aust on Facebook or ring Nick at the studio on 4122 4761.
Visit between 10am and 5pm from Tuesday.