Nigel Walk

Producer/Director, Director

Willing to work: Anywhere in UK & Republic of Ireland

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Referees

Helen Thomas - Exec, Supersized Earth
BBC Science
helen.thomas@bbc.co.uk
0208 743 8000

Simon Finch
Borough Films
simon@boroughfilms.com
07958 993404

Kim Shillinglaw
BBC Science
kim.shillinglaw@bbc.co.uk

Jeremy Phillips
Granada
Jeremy.Phillips@Granadamedia.com

Anthony Owen
Objective Productions
[On
Helen Thomas - Exec, Supersized Earth
BBC Science
helen.thomas@bbc.co.uk
0208 743 8000

Simon Finch
Borough Films
simon@boroughfilms.com
07958 993404

Kim Shillinglaw
BBC Science
kim.shillinglaw@bbc.co.uk

Jeremy Phillips
Granada
Jeremy.Phillips@Granadamedia.com

Anthony Owen
Objective Productions
[On Request]

Organizations

  • BECTU

Languages

  • French (Conversational)
  • German (Conversational)

Permits

USA

Licences

Basic Driving (PLG), PADI Diving licence

Equipment

Canon 5D Mk II + Zoom recorder

Affiliations

BECTU
DIRECTORS UK

Additional Information

Industries

TV

Programme Types

Arts, Documentary, Drama Reconstruction, Events, Health, Historical Documentary, Natural History, Science, Travel

Specialisms

Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Biology, China, Engineering, Gardening, Geography, Heritage, High-Definition, History, Industry, Location Filming, Mental Health, Natural History, Psychology, Science, Topography, Travel, USA, Writing

About Me

An award-winning Producer / Director with many highly acclaimed landmark credits for the BBC, ITV, C4, FIVE, PBS, NAT GEO and DISCOVERY, both at BBC and Independents - Objective, Maverick, Spire Films, Shed Media etc.

Recent successes include SUPERSIZED EARTH for BBC ONE [BAFTA nominated], DERREN BROWN: Beyond the Mischief for C4 and HOW EARTH MADE US for BBC TWO / NAT GEO.

I specialize in high prod-value

An award-winning Producer / Director with many highly acclaimed landmark credits for the BBC, ITV, C4, FIVE, PBS, NAT GEO and DISCOVERY, both at BBC and Independents - Objective, Maverick, Spire Films, Shed Media etc.

Recent successes include SUPERSIZED EARTH for BBC ONE [BAFTA nominated], DERREN BROWN: Beyond the Mischief for C4 and HOW EARTH MADE US for BBC TWO / NAT GEO.

I specialize in high prod-value Science, History and Arts docs, and have also worked in Entertainment, Features, and Drama-docs, Live-Events and Studio.

I have filmed in over 20 countries worldwide in many remote locations with particular experience using 4K - RED EPIC and SONY F55 and directing CGI / VFX / GFX, stunts, Aerial Cineflex, boats, jibs and cranes etc.

'Outstanding Freelancer of the Year Award' 2010 - Sony / Production Base
Shortlisted BAFTA Craft Best Director Docs 2010
Multiple Wildscreen Awards, BAFTA - and BAFTA nominations.

Media


Credits

FIRST PEOPLES (Month 2014 - Month 2014)

Shed Media / PBS / ARTE

Producer/Director

THE SEARCH FOR ALFRED THE GREAT (Month 2013 - Month 2013)

BBC

Producer/Director

SUPERSIZED EARTH (Month 2013 - Month 2013)

BBC Productions - BBC ONE

Producer/Director

HOW TO GROW A PLANET (Month 2012 - Month 2012)

BBC Productions

Producer/Director

DERREN BROWN: BEHIND THE MISCHIEF (Month 2011 - Month 2011)

Objective Productions / Channel 4

Producer/Director

MEN OF ROCK (Month 2011 - Month 2011)

BBC Productions

Producer/Director

HOW EARTH MADE US (Month 2010 - Month 2010)

BBC Productions / National Geographic

Producer/Director

STORY OF SCIENCE (Month 2010 - Month 2010)

BBC Productions

Producer/Director

THE MAKING OF ME: Colin Jackson (Month 2008 - Month 2008)

BBC Productions - Science

Producer/Director

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES (Month 2008 - Month 2008)

BBC Productions - Science

Producer/Director

'HOW WE BUILT BRITAIN' (Month 2007 - Month 2007)

BBC Productions - Arts

Producer/Director

JOURNEYS INTO THE RING OF FIRE (Month 2006 - Month 2006)

BBC

Producer/Director

`COAST' - Series 1 (Month 2005 - Month 2005)

BBC Specialist Factual

Producer/Director

WORST JOBS IN HISTORY (Month 2004 - Month 2004)

Spire Films

Producer/Director

EXTREME ENGINEERING (Month 2004 - Month 2004)

Maverick TV

Director / Edit Producer

Employment History

My Broadcast experience has been extensive and I am keen to bring that experience and knowledge into new areas including Branded Content, Commercials and Drama.

Develoment Producer / Writer: Drama / Drama-doc
'THROTTLE' [Working title]
JAN 13 - PRESENT
I teamed up with Borough Productions, and I devised and co-wrote the step-outline for a feature length drama about Belgium's Forgotten Front. The

My Broadcast experience has been extensive and I am keen to bring that experience and knowledge into new areas including Branded Content, Commercials and Drama.

Develoment Producer / Writer: Drama / Drama-doc
'THROTTLE' [Working title]
JAN 13 - PRESENT
I teamed up with Borough Productions, and I devised and co-wrote the step-outline for a feature length drama about Belgium's Forgotten Front. The idea has won Wellcome Trust funding for further development and is currently ongoing.


Early Credits include:

'AUDLEY END' - 1 x 59' BBC 2 Prime time
Aug 02 Catalyst TV
A beautiful and lyrical documentary about the Victorian Walled Garden at Audley End. Pivoting round the discovery of contemporary diaries told via reconstructions and archive.

Producer / Director
GARDENERS' WORLD - 36 x 30' + 6 x 60' BBC 2 Prime time
Feb - Dec 02 Catalyst TV
Producing and Directing diverse portfolio for BBC2's flagship gardening series, presented by Alan Titchmarsh.

Producer / Director
GREAT DIXTER - 1 x 30' BBC 2 Prime time
May 01 Catalyst TV
A sensitive Character-profile documentary, following a year with the late world-famous Author and Plantsman Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter in Sussex

Director
GARDENERS' WORLD - 36 x 30' BBC 2 Prime time
Feb - Nov 01 Catalyst TV
Contributing huge number of items to weekly programmes, both features and links shoots. Produced 2 x 30' specials.

AP / Director
GARDENERS' WORLD 36 x 30' BBC 2 Prime time
Feb 99 - Nov 00 Catalyst TV
Assisting Series Producer in managing editorial content of weekly programme, supervising large busy team of Researchers, briefing Directors and directing strands of items.

Assistant Producer
CLOTHES SHOW LIVE 1 x 60' BBC 1
Managing large team during fast-turn-round production. Producing full Director briefings & storyboards, scheduling crews, scriptwriting for presenters, booking, hosting and interviewing copious celebrities.

Assistant Producer
GARDENING NEIGHBOURS 6 x 30' BBC 2
Sept - Dec 98
Organising all aspects of series presented by Diarmuid Gavin within a docu-soap / design make-over format. Directing presenters, DV CAM self-shooting.

Assistant Producer
REAL ROOMS BBC 1
Oct 97 - Apr 98
Producing programmes on a fast turn round basis. Scripting, self-shooting, directing.

Assistant Producer
REALLY USEFUL SHOW BBC 1
July - Oct 97
Producing one live studio programme per week within consumer affairs format. Writing running orders, scripts, directing and supervising research team.

Researcher
GARDENERS WORLD LIVE +
HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW BBC 1
2 x 30'
June 97

Researcher CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 1 x 49' BBC 1 Prime time
May 97 Catalyst TV
Researching horticultural stories and briefings for Alan Titchmarsh.

Researcher
BBC Daytime
Sept 95 - May 97
Sourcing contributors and locations for broad cross-section of programming inc live studio and OBs

Skills

HD tapeless formats in 4K - RED Epic, Sony F55
Story-boarding
Planning and directing CGI / GFX
Drama re-con - Directing Actors
Heli / Aerials Shoots - Cineflex
Directing Slo-mo / hi speed sequences / Phantom
Self Shooting - Canon C300, 5D MkII ­

Other Work Experience:
*Advertising Copyriter: Morse-Brown Design Ltd
*Set Design and Stage Management,London Musicals

HD tapeless formats in 4K - RED Epic, Sony F55
Story-boarding
Planning and directing CGI / GFX
Drama re-con - Directing Actors
Heli / Aerials Shoots - Cineflex
Directing Slo-mo / hi speed sequences / Phantom
Self Shooting - Canon C300, 5D MkII ­

Other Work Experience:
*Advertising Copyriter: Morse-Brown Design Ltd
*Set Design and Stage Management,London Musicals Company
*Co-ordinator, IAS: emergency medical treatment for holiday and business travellers abroad.

Industry Qualifications

BBC Trained
BBC Advanced Directors' Course
BBC Self Shooting Course
BBC Health and Safety Course
BBC Editorial Policy Cource

Education

1990 - 1994 Bsc Hons Degree Psychology 2(1) - Bristol University
including 2 year History of Art Course: Rococco to Modernism

4 A' Levels, 12 O'levels

Industry Awards

WILDSCREEN PANDA AWARDS 2012
BEST EARTH SCIENCES - 'HOW PLANTS MADE US'
BEST PRESENTER-LEAD SERIES - 'HOW PLANTS MADE US'

PRODUCTION BASE - OUTSTANDING FREELANCER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2010

WILDSCREEN PANDA AWARDS 2010
BEST SERIES - 'HOW EARTH MADE US'
BEST EARTH SCIENCES - 'HOW EARTH MADE US'

BAFTA - 'COAST' - 2005