'Breaking Bad' role inspires UNM film student to make his own movies

Updated: 08/26/2014 6:26 PM | Created: 08/26/2014 5:58 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

"Breaking Bad" made TV history, but for one University of New Mexico film student, it made his dream a reality. 

Back in 2007, Nicholas Nelson answered a casting call for a show called "Breaking Bad". To his surprise, he got the part, which turned out to be pretty small. But for someone who wanted to be in the film industry, it was a dream.

"I was noisy on set, and I always paid attention about how it looked and how production was, and that's really the best thing for anybody. If you want to be a filmmaker, just get on set," said Nicholas Nelson.

Nelson was hooked. He enrolled at UNM's film school, where he got hands on training and event got to create short films. 

It was one short film about a computer programmer called "The End Begins" that caught the attention from some Hollywood insiders. "He uncovers a secret plot of this company disabling the country's defense grid," added Nelson, of the film.

Most recently, he was recognized at the Honoring First Nations in Entertainment and Media Showcase, where he was encouraged to turn that film into a series.

Nelson said this is just the beginning for him, and always credits that small role he had in "Breaking Bad", the show that not only changed him, but also the entire state of New Mexico.

"They say, oh, 'Breaking Bad' can come out from California with their script and film here. You should watch what I could do with my script because I was born here, you know," said Nelson.

To watch "The End Begins" and the trailer for the second part of the series, click here.

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