Who is TINSTAAFL Productions, what in the world does it mean, and why is it the name of your company?

TINSTAAF stands for "There is no such thing as a free lunch."

The name stems from a boat, a Hobie Cat pontoon boat to be specific. It was the name for the family boat of TINSTAAFL's owner and founder, Nate Lee.

Nate is a 29 year old creative guru that hails from the Coastal Community of Wilmington, North Carolina. He was first exposed to video production and photography in highschool, and continued to explore the subjects in the film program at UNC Wilmington. Nate's love for the ocean and images inspired the idea of making a surf film. Over the next two years he traveled the world with professional surfers to shoot a surf film entitled "Baggage." The film was an official selection of the 2007 Cucalorus Film Festival, received great reviews, and won the "Best Message" award from Eastern Surf Magazine.His travels have taken him to dozens of countries and he has lived in Hawaii, Vail CO, Panama, and North Carolina.

After years of freelance work Nate decided to form TINSTAAFL Productions. Our goal is to provide high quality, turn-key video solutions at an affordable rate. We strive for the highest levels of production and professionalism and it shows in our finished product.


Nate Lee

Founder and Head of Production.

On location in Australia for Casio America.