The assignment called for a strong, but authentic statement from a category leader. JN and team helped develop the brief and the pitch, and ultimately the script and the storyboard. As a director, he handled responsibilities in the cast selection, location scout photography, cinematography during the shoot, and supervised the edit.
Titleist launched a brand new golf ball in March of 2018, and JN directed the broadcast spot, which involved a drone, a camera car and phantom camera.
“That’s How You Know” allowed golfers to go inside the ropes and experience visualization and imagination of some of the best golfers on the planet, as they affirmed their unwavering trust in their Titleist golf ball. JN directed the cinematography in Chicago over a two day shoot, and was the creative director behind the editorial.
This 30-second television advertisement for Titleist aired during the 2016 U.S. Open, in a national cable media buy. Joseph Nikolai acted as the principal cinematographer and director of the advertisement.
In the second year of a two-year product lifecycle, JN faced the challenge of creating episodic content that provided entertainment to the viewer and brand affinity to the client. He developed a series of short videos that relied on specialized cameras and dynamic camera movement during the production, and a visual effect playbook that made the thoughts of professional athletes come to life in a way the audience could go inside their minds. Eventually the episodic web content became a national TV broadcast spot, garnering high indices with focus group testing. Since publication, this ScriptNotes visual effect style has been imitated many times in the golf industry.
The fifth edition of JN’s creation “WhereAbouts”, the 2018 installment captured local flavor of Long Island and its golf community and brought it all to life on screen in just three weeks. Check out the entire story, also directed and produced by JN here: WhereAbouts | Long Island.
As part of the WhereAbouts | Long Island story, JN and crew created a documentary style story of a local commercial fisherman, and his love for the game of golf, and affinity for the Titleist brand.
For many golfers, the game is often a family tradition. It's handed down from one generation to another and it can serve as an unshakeable family bond. We recently met the Puckett family and they spent the day with us sharing their story. Watch as they discuss their love of the game and how the Puckett family is looking forward to carrying on this tradition. Created and directed by JN.
Anthemic and diverse, the script called for a variety of locations, humanity and scenarios to be brought to life with authenticity and cinematic quality. JN helped develop the creative, scouted and storyboarded scenes, and directed a camera unit during the production.
First published in 2014 on all Titleist brand channels, WhereAbouts is a content franchise created by Joseph Nikolai. JN acts as the principal cinematographer and director. The anthem edit and accompanying edits all lived on a content-rich online experience.
The goal was to communicate that most players don’t just think they’re playing the best golf ball for their game and situation, they know it. JN worked on the creative, the cinematography and the edit.
Real golfers have always played an invaluable role in the design and development of Titleist golf balls. Our process involves players of all skill levels, from recreational golfers to the most accomplished players on the worldwide professional tours. Player testing, feedback and validation ensures that our products deliver the on-course performance that golfers need to shoot their lowest scores. In the case of the new 2017 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, we relied on golfers more heavily than we had in any previous product launch. In fact, over 80,000 golfers worldwide had a say in the final 2017 Pro V1 and Pro V1x products. The result - the most advanced and best-performing golf balls Titleist has ever produced. One of the final stops on the road to launching the new 2017 Pro V1 and Pro V1x took place at the 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where one final stamp of approval was needed before the Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototypes could earn the Titleist Script.