When There's Smoke

A mini-documentary about firefighters Mike Stewart and Tom Nickoles created as my UMBC Art 305 final. Special thanks to The Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company and Baltimore County Fire Station 18.

  • Chase Nickoles
  • Mike Stewart
    Key Cast
  • Tom Nickoles
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 2, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Thank You Film Festival
    United States
    December 8, 2022
Director Biography - Chase Nickoles

Chase Nickoles is a 22-year-old artist, animator, and videographer with a background in graphic design, digital photography, drawing, painting, and printmaking. He currently is working towards a BFA in animation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has an Associate of Arts & Sciences, Visual Arts Concentration from Carroll Community College. During his time there, he was the Fine Arts Club 2020 member of the year, Curators Choice Award 2020 winner, and a dual work-study animator and media aid.

In the summer of 2022, he took a motion design internship with Baltimore-based Early Light Media, and in 2019, after being the Maryland STEM 2019 Art Festival contest college winner, he had his art hung up at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Additionally, he creates performance and narrative music videos for performing artist devoN Nickoles.

He hopes to soon start a career in television and film animation.

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