A Firefly, Nick grew up in England, his proudest moment under ten was winning a BBC Blue Peter badge in 1980 and having his name read out on telly for a BBC Energy Expo Design Competition. Since receiving this badge, Nick refuses to pay for museum entry and still refuses to do so citing Biddy Baxter’s authority.
Prince, soccer and road cycling occupied Nick’s early teens.
After numerous rejections from other colleges, Livesey was accepted into the prestigious Royal College of Art in London to study two years for a Master of Arts. He graduated in 1995.
Whilst there he re-ignited the RCA Film Society and projected his own 24hr celluloid experiments, editing and re-filming them from the cinema screen. Making visual alphabets loaded with texture.
After a D&AD Yellow Pencil for a Paul Smith campaign (based upon his RCA final major research), Nick gravitated back towards this time based design work. Tony Scott gave him his first directing break to make a 15 minute short for Showtime network. This visceral feast ‘The Hunger’ bagged Nick his first Emmy Nomination and at that moment he became ‘a director’ at RSA in London.
Title Sequences followed for Ridley Scott, first Gladiator, then Hannibal, including many awards and articles for the latter. Nick concepted, designed and directed a sequence for Black Hawk Down.
During a period Co-Founding The Fireflies (Cannes Festival Cycling) and starting a new family, Livesey wrote and directed short films for Rapha, Russian Vogue, and Discovery Channel amongst others.
His award winning commercial work spans the globe from FIFA to Cathay Pacific, Lucozade to Bank of America, Gillette to Toyota. He has shot many of the world’s best soccer players including Messi & Ronaldo more than once. More than anything his true joy is playing Keepy-Uppies with them, suitably relaxing the atmosphere for filming. His footballing career highlight was nutmegging Ronaldo.
Nick’s latest commercial campaign (May 2016) launches a new hairdryer for Dyson in Tokyo. Futuristic Industrial Design Engineering meets 1950’s Hollywood Styling.
2016 has proved a busy start, clocking up shoots in Hong Kong for McCann, and South America and Canada for Energy BBDO Chicago.
Nick works primarily between R.S.A. Los Angeles and R.S.A. London territories.