George sits down and tells us his name FilmRat comes from the word gym rat. Back in his high school years in Jacksonville FL, George was always in the gym lifting and shooting hoops. Perfecting his craft in fitness and basketball skills. He pretty much lived his life in the gym. After high school, life got a little difficult and he decided to put down the gym and pick up a camera.
During those tough times George explains to us that music was what got him through the hard times. He always had a thing for music, using it to get through rough times, he watched music videos constantly as an escape and because it fascinated him, seeing artists on the screen living the all-American dream right in front of him on screen. He watched videos every chance he got.
Filmrat has built quite the reputation for himself from Atlanta, Orlando, Jacksonville, and even to Los Angeles. He’s worked with an assortment of rising artists on the south, east, and west coasts. Filmrat has worked with John Gabanna, OMB Peezy, Backend Child, Aleksa Safiya, Tha Rift and more!
His films have landed on BET Jams, Worldstar Hiphop, and numerous magazine and online publications. His notoriety has landed him relationships he’s built along the way in the music industry. George has caught the attention of label executives, A&Rs, and managers seeking new talent. George has made it a goal along with his films to help artists gain exposure through his creative films.
Working on Atlantic Records artists video has also catapulted Filmrat into the hip-hop scene and culture as a director that will be around for quite some time. His name and work has stamped itself for approval from those he’s built with along the way.
When George is not filming, he’s back to his gym life as of today, seeing that hard times are now behind him. He spends his free time exercising, playing video games, watching more films for inspiration, eating at his favorite hibachi spot, or vacationing in Miami FL, NYC, or LA. He aims to visit Japan, South Africa, Jamaica and Puerto Rico in the new year 2022. Maybe to get away, find inspiration or even find new talent to film, who knows.
George tells us that Lil Wayne inspired him because he showed him the definition of hunger, hard work, and passion. He’s also inspired by other artists like Kanye West, Roddy Ricch. These artists inspire him to “get up and get on my grind”. Kid Cudi and Michael Jackson are some artists who helped him through emotional times, especially losing his father recently last year.
Top 5 directors Filmrat aims to be like, Cole Bennett, Kid Art, Jerry Production, Azae Production and Colin Tilley. Cole was the first director that he noticed was able to create videos out of thin air with hardly anything to work from. Kid Art’s videos speak “Museum” when George watches and gets inspired. The name Kid Art speaks for itself as we can presume. Jerry and Azae production have similar “gorilla style” filming. Running and gunning as the call it, very practical and vivid captures of street life and essence of what it’s like living in the “trenches”. Colin is your not-so-typical big budget director; you can imagine the endless creativity behind any any video that works with large budgets.
All of these inspirations have led to George cranking out top notch film pieces, He shoots with a RED Dragon, RED Raven, an assortment of lenses and drones, and a small team of 1-3 people.
Stay tuned for whats on the horizon for George “Filmrat” Kiadii and follow his Instagram @filmrat_ to keep up with his projects!