The Making of a Fighter

“The Making of a Fighter” is a 10 to 15 minute portrait documentary focused on former mixed martial arts, MMA, fighter and current coach at 3rd Street B.J.J. (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), Gardner Watkins. This documentary will explore the motivations and life experiences which drive an individual to willingly engage in physical combat with another human being. The film will place particular emphasis on the psychological, or lack thereof, reasoning for choosing to engage in the sport of fighting. The final story will be organized into three parts; 1: The life experiences leading up to stepping into the octagon, 2: The daily life of an active fighter, and 3: The post-career life of a fighter. This will be achieved through the usage of interviews, b-roll, and archival footage of Garden Watkins’ past fights. We will utilize a combination of locked off and mobile shots in order to convey the desired message of any particular scene.

  • Nick Wooldredge
  • Annalee Decker
  • Gardner Watkins
    Key Cast
  • Vinh Tran
  • Chris Cooney
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    Portrait Doc
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    Yes - University of North Carolina - Wilmington
Director Biography - Nick Wooldredge

Nick Wooldredge is a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is majoring in film studies with a minor in psychology. Nick is currently employed at Topsail Steamers and the center for innovation and entrepreneurship. He has a passion for exploration/ adventure and hopes to exemplify this through documentary filmmaking. After graduation Nick hopes to fuel his desire for exploration through work in the outdoor recreation industry. Through this employment in the outdoor recreation industry Nick hopes to ultimately open his own outfitters/river company. In the meantime, Nick plans to live out of his Truck and live the life of an outdoor dirtbag.

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