12 THINGS
THEY DON’T TEACH YOU
IN FILM SCHOOL

A fun lecture for all kinds of creative folks
by
film director Nigel Dick

WHO IS NIGEL DICK ?

Legendary, award-winning film and music video director Nigel Dick has shot over 750 productions in 38 countries. His resumé includes 6 movies, dozens of commercials and over 40 documentaries about musicians, the Holocaust, the Tour de France and more. His output of over 400 music videos features some of the world’s biggest artists: Britney Spears, Elton John, Cher, Oasis, Guns N’ Roses, Paul McCartney, Nickelback, Celine Dion, Def Leppard, Sheryl Crow, Sting etc.

After an early job bending aluminium in a German metal work factory, Dick graduated to various building site and waiting gigs, trained to be an architect, then went on to work for a Sewage Company. Finally breaking into showbiz he spent a summer busking on the Paris Metro and then secured a gig as a motorcycle messenger for a punk record label. Somehow all of this was the perfect training ground for film directing and many of these adventures provide useful anecdotal ammunition for the seminar. Dick has lectured all over the world (USA, UK, Germany, Poland and Australia).

WHAT IS THE LECTURE ABOUT ?

12 Things They Don’t Teach You In Film School” is both fun and motivational, filled with humorous anecdotes and hard-learned lessons about life learned in the trenches of film-making across the globe alongside some of the world’s biggest stars.

CAN YOU BE MORE SPECIFIC ?

CAN YOU BE
MORE SPECIFIC ?

Oh, all-right then. There’s a tale about how a plastic bag resulted in millions of dollars in work, and another about how a pizza-shaped piece of city wasteland can lead to great inspiration. You’ll be surprised how a dead Prussian Field Marshall has influenced Dick’s music video work and you’ll want to take note of what he learned while washing his armpits in the shower one morning in an Eastern European capital. The seminar concludes with how lying in bed with the flu led to the most important professional life-lesson of all.

WHO IS THE LECTURE FOR ?

The lecture has much that applies not only to film-makers but also to those who work in all creative endeavors, (artists, photographers, designers, writers etc) and to professional life in general. If requested the seminar can be easily tailored for either film-centric or general interest audiences.

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU DON’T LIKE FILM SCHOOLS

On the contrary, I wish I’d gone to one. But what I have to share has nothing to do with French Cinema or lens choices and everything to do with getting up in the morning, being inspired and making sure you give your clients what they want.

WILL THERE BE A Q&A AT THE END ?

Yes. You can certainly ask a question about your favorite artist. But don’t expect dirt. Well, perhaps a little bit…

A WORD OF WARNING

Dick readily admits the only time he’s been to film school was as a lecturer. And please don’t count how many things you will learn – it’s entirely possible that you’ll learn many more than a dozen lessons about life in and out of the film business.

IS IT A SEMINAR OR A LECTURE ?

According to the dictionary it’s probably a lecture – but when I bagged the url I used “seminar”. It sounds cooler doesn’t it?

HOW LONG IS IT ?

About the length of a good film.

REVIEWS OF “12 THINGS”

“Truly loved your lecture. So informative and witty.” (Jill Beecher-Production Designer)

“A masterclass in life and the business from a master storyteller. Delivered with humor and humility…truly inspiring.”
(Steve Tobenkin -Producer,Entertainment Consultant and member of Academy of TV Arts & Sciences.)

“This lecture should be transcribed and made into a book. (It’s) so valuable and entertaining. Thank you @dickfilm.” (h313naozola – instagram blogger)

“This was a great seminar. Seriously insightful and funny (which is quite unique).”
Robert Brzoza-Director Of Photography)

“(This lecture) was so awesome. That kind of insight and experience is more valuable than gold.”
(Donna Kinsky-cinematographer)

“It was really an inspiration.”
(Laszlo Kun-cinematographer and producer)

“It was a pleasure to hear his stories and fascinating thoughts.”
(Samuel Bright – Founder of Clipped Music Video Festival, Sydney Australia)

“We received a lot of great reviews of your lecture. Students told us it was one of the best they ever had.”
(Joanna Żydowicz-Barciś – Deputy Director of VIP Relations, EnergaCameraimage Film Festival, Toruń, Poland)

“Thank you for the amazing lecture and for humoring all of my enquiries.”
(Jack Gould – Film Student, University of Colorado, Denver)

“Your message of creativity, kindness, hard work and dreaming of the impossible was inspiring.”
(Jeff Lambson – Director & Curator, Emmanuel Art Gallery, University of Colorado, Denver)

“Really fantastic and amazing presentation”
(Eric Santacroce – Film & Video Editor)

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