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Lynx
« Perfect! Brandon was extremely accommodating and I can't thank him enough for... More »
L
Lynx
« Perfect! Brandon was extremely accommodating and I can't thank him enough for his time. In those 30 minutes Brandon helped me more than my combined 3 years of discovery, apprenticeships, and meetings. If my concept is to ever become a reality it will be all thanks to Brandon and his great insight. It goes to show that his accomplishments came directly from his knowledge and mindfulness. If you are looking to grow in the industry or just talk and listen to one of the successful directors in the film world, Brandon is your guy. »
$85/h
1st lesson free!
Verified profile and diploma
Response Time 2h
Lessons offered by Brandon
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Film & Cinema
  • Production
  • Scriptwriting for Film
  • Audiovisual Media
Levels
  • All Levels

Filmmaker: Award-Winning Writer/Director/Producer with over 20yrs experience helps you take your project to the next level

Methodology

I love mentoring, encouraging, and teaching the next generation of filmmakers. Every student pursuing storytelling through moving images is different and so I like to customize my approach to your specific needs. If you have an idea you are developing and working on, we can look at it together in any stage and come up with a strategy to get you to the next level.

Background

I am an award-winning Director/Writer/Producer of Feature Films, Commercials, and Music Videos — eager to encourage you in all your creative storytelling pursuits. My feature films have been in theaters as well as on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. I'm a member of the Directors Guild and have worked on a wide variety of hundreds of projects around the world. In the Video space, I’ve worked with Grammy Award-winning artists like The Jonas Brothers, Zendaya, Selena Gomez, Moby, Demi Lovato, Dove Cameron, Sixpence None The Richer, Imogen Heap, Vince Gill, Cold War Kids, Debby Ryan, Bridget Mendler, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Naomi Scott. In the commercial space I’ve been at the helm of campaigns for Nintendo, Sony, Disney, Microsoft, Pixar, Amazon, Dreamworks, Converse, SEGA, Yahoo!, and Aprilia Motorscooters. You can see some of my twenty+ years of experience on IMDB. ((concealed information)

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $85/h
Lessons offered by Brandon
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Film & Cinema
  • Production
  • Scriptwriting for Film
  • Audiovisual Media
Levels
  • All Levels

Brandon's resume

BRANDON DICKERSON is an award-winning writer/director/producer honored for his work in film, documentaries, commercials, and music videos—including the coveted Cannes Gold Lion. With over twenty years of experience as a filmmaker, Dickerson also enjoys serving as a writer, speaker, educator, and improv teacher. Brandon currently lives with his family in Fredericksburg outside of Austin, where he is directing/producing the docu-series WINE TOWN TEXAS.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
2000 to present // Freelance Director
Director of a wide variety of promotions for many of Disney's signature creative franchises including:
JONAS • NARNIA: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe • NARNIA: Prince Caspian CAMP ROCK 2 • LEMONADE MOUTH • SNOW WHITE • PIXAR’S Tinker Bell (x3) Beauty & The Beast • PINOCCHIO • Beverly Hills Chihuahua • Princess Protection Program

Working with artists including:
Demi Lovato (x3) • Selena Gomez • Zendaya • The Jonas Brothers (x2) • Bridget Mendler • Sabrina Bryan • China McClain • Dove Cameron • Mitchell Musso • Raini Rodriguez Meaghan Jette Martin • Steve Rushton • Tiffany Thornton • The Beau Sisters • Adam Hicks

SOME MUSIC VIDEOS AVAIL: (concealed information)

SPIRAL FILMS
1997 to present // Founder+Owner
Select COMMERCIAL Work as Director:
Microsoft • Sony • Drug Free America • SEGA • JC Penny • Converse • Autodesk • Aprilia • Nintendo Dreamworks • Midas • Disney Channel • Amazon Kindle • Yahoo! • Chili’s • Hasbro • Teledyne • S.T.A.N.D.

Select MUSIC VIDEO Work as Director:
Switchfoot (x4) • Stephen Curtis Chapman (x3) • Michael W. Smith • Toby Mac • Delirious • Newsboys (x2) • Sixpence None The Richer (x2) • Jeremy Camp • Moby • Vince Gill • Cold War Kids • Dishwalla • Rocco Deluca •Nickel Creek • Fiction Family • Imogen Heap • Kenny Wayne Shepherd • Five Iron Frenzy (x3)
***Full list of 150 spots+videos available on request

Feature FILMS: (Trailers can be viewed here: (concealed information) )

SIRONIA (writer+director) (available on ITUNES + AMAZON)
SIRONIA is the story of a talented musician who has been chewed up and spit out by the Hollywood music machine. Frustrated by his broken career, Thomas Fisher and his wife Molly impulsively pack up and move to small-town Sironia, Texas to live a more authentic life and raise their first child near Molly’s brother and his family. Despite the change of scenery, Thomas’s deep resentment over his lost dreams gets the best of him as he struggles to find peace with his stalled career until he remembers what he loved about music - and Molly - in the first place.

VICTOR (writer+director) (available on NETFLIX)
A mother's love. A son's rebellion. The faith to overcome.
From the streets of THE CROSS & THE SWITCHBLADE comes the inspiring true story of Victor Torres — a migrant teen from Puerto Rico forced to survive the ghetto of Brooklyn in 1962. Enslaved by the power of gangs and the addictions of the neighborhood, he must now find freedom before he destroys his family and himself.

A SINGLE FRAME (director) (available on ITUNES + AMAZON)
A SINGLE FRAME tells the story of a photograph taken in 1998 by a glamorous and daring French photojournalist that sparked a quest for an inquisitive Texas dad, who ultimately finds himself riding shotgun beside a clever wartime fixer in Kosovo in hopes of finding the subject of the photograph: a refugee boy with his arms folded in a tattered blue sweater. Weaving together the stories of the war, the now-deceased photojournalist, Alexandra Boulat, and the search for the boy, A Single Frame is a documentary testament to the power of photography and to the belief that every life matters.

BENJI THE DOVE (writer - adapted screenplay)
A tender tale of four boys rapidly coming to terms with school, bullies, friendship and loyalty. Based on the critically acclaimed Icelandic children’s book by Fridrik Erlingsson.

WHEN JACK WENT GLAMPING (writer+director) (available on AMAZON)
With his mid-life marriage on rocky ground, dejected one-hit-author Jack Spencer goes glamping (glamorous camping) with his wife, Amanda, in search of a spark. When the isolated retreat suddenly becomes anything but private with the arrival of double booking honeymoon hipsters and a super-hunk land owner, Jack must learn to get over himself as he dives deep off the grid into a comedic exploration of love, failure, relevance, and miniature donkeys.

IN THE MOMENT IMPROV (2019)
• Founder / Teacher - Teaching Imrov classes and creating performance opportunities for
the Hill Country community.

The 7 reviews on Brandon
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
L
Lynx

Perfect! Brandon was extremely accommodating and I can't thank him enough for his time. In those 30 minutes Brandon helped me more than my combined 3 years of discovery, apprenticeships, and meetings. If my concept is to ever become a reality it will be all thanks to Brandon and his great insight. It goes to show that his accomplishments came directly from his knowledge and mindfulness. If you are looking to grow in the industry or just talk and listen to one of the successful directors in the film world, Brandon is your guy.

Brandon's response

Eager Learner!

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Jamey

Perfect! Brandon is an Awesome teacher! During my Bachelor of Screen Production at the Australian Film Television & Radio School I needed someone IN THE INDUSTRY to help me navigate my studies and independent projects. I had walked into the deep, dark forrest of storytelling, a perilous land and, I needed a mentor to help me find my path, and lead me through. Over the past few years Brandon has been doing just that. This year, I am proud to say that I have emerged with my Bachelor in hand, and a full-time job as a Producer on a Documentary series in the USA, working alongside professionals from Hollywood to New York. Let him help you find your path, I'm glad I let him find mine!

List of tangible scenarios from our meetings:

I couldn't clearly articulate my ideas into a compelling Story framework:
"Can I tell you about these ideas I have, and could you help me make sense of it in a screenplay?"
- Brandon sat and listened to my messy ideas, and helped draw them out of me in a way that was ordered and ready for the page.

I needed help overcoming logistical issues on set:
"Hey Brandon, I want to make a bedroom turn into a forest but I don't have a million dollar VFX budget... How would you do that?"
- Brandon guided me through a series of real-world experience questions to help me come up with a perfect solution.

I wasn't quite prepared for post-production.
Brandon helped me map out a plan that was simple, articulating who might want to watch my film, and how we're going to reach them.

Brandon's response

Amazing Student!

5 recommendations

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Chris

It is always a pleasure when Brandon comes to speak with our students. As the Chair of the Department of the Film & Digital Media at Baylor University, I find Brandon is incredibly knowledgable about filmmaking. He has a passion for storytelling and really knows how the process of making a film works. He also carries with him a generosity of spirit - he truly enjoys teaching and mentoring others.

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Lauren

I’ve worked with Brandon as an Executive Producer on a wide variety of high profile commercials and music videos since 1999 with clients like Nintendo, Converse, Microsoft, SEGA, Sony, and The Walt Disney Company. His Cannes Gold Lion was awarded for a clip he directed for my company Kaboom Productions and we helped produce his debut film SIRONIA. Brandon is not only a tremendous and capable filmmaker but a thoughtful and gracious human. He is always seeking to grow in his own talents and experience and does the same for those around him. He loves film and exudes positivity and enthusiasm. To me- that is key to being a teacher and mentor. I can't recommend him highly enough. (Lauren Schwartz, Owner/EP, kaboom productions)

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Jamey

Brandon is an Awesome teacher! During my Bachelor of Screen Production at the Australian Film Television & Radio School I needed someone IN THE INDUSTRY to help me navigate my studies and independent projects. I had walked into the deep, dark forrest of storytelling, a perilous land and, I needed a mentor to help me find my path, and lead me through. Over the past few years Brandon has been doing just that. This year, I am proud to say that I have emerged with my Bachelor in hand, and a full-time job as a Producer on a Documentary series in the USA, working alongside professionals from Hollywood to New York. Let him help you find your path, I'm glad I let him find mine!

List of tangible scenarios from our meetings:

I couldn't clearly articulate my ideas into a compelling Story framework:
"Can I tell you about these ideas I have, and could you help me make sense of it in a screenplay?"
- Brandon sat and listened to my messy ideas, and helped draw them out of me in a way that was ordered and ready for the page.

I needed help overcoming logistical issues on set:
"Hey Brandon, I want to make a bedroom turn into a forest but I don't have a million dollar VFX budget... How would you do that?"
- Brandon guided me through a series of real-world experience questions to help me come up with a perfect solution.

I wasn't quite prepared for post-production.
Brandon helped me map out a plan that was simple, articulating who might want to watch my film, and how we're going to reach them.

L
Lynx

Brandon was extremely accommodating and I can't thank him enough for his time. In those 30 minutes Brandon helped me more than my combined 3 years of discovery, apprenticeships, and meetings. If my concept is to ever become a reality it will be all thanks to Brandon and his great insight. It goes to show that his accomplishments came directly from his knowledge and mindfulness. If you are looking to grow in the industry or just talk and listen to one of the successful directors in the film world, Brandon is your guy.

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Bryan

I have hired Brandon three times as director not only because he always creates a superior final product, but also because I knew he would take time along the way to teach my team. My creative team's skills have skyrocketed with his instruction on working sets. Brandon is conversational and relaxed, creating a wonderful environment in which to work and learn. I would not hesitate to work with him again or recommend him to others.

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