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Overview

I am Principal Lecturer and Head of Post-Production for the Film and Television degrees in the School of Creative Arts, where I am also the Programme Leader for the Post-Graduate Film Production programme - comprising the MA Film Production and MA Screenwriting degrees.

My area of teaching specialism is in editing, archiving and workflow, colour correction and grading, motion graphics, encoding and finishing. For my teaching I won the 2011 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Tutor of the Year and came Highly Commended in the area of Excellence in Partnerships with Others in 2013.

My research interests are film heritage, the production methodolgies of Stanley Kubrick, Elstree and Borehamwood's film studios, and film editing and its workflows and methods.  I am a consultant to the Kubrick Estate and Warner Bros, and I am currently working on a new documentary film with acclaimed film editor Walter Murch, to document the use and craft of the Moviola film editing machine.

Research interests

My main interests lie in local film history, specifically the history of the various studios in Elstree and Borehamwood.  The first studio to be founded in the region was Neptune Studios in 1914, which is now BBC Elstree and continues to be used for the production of primetime television including EastEnders.

I am passionate about British television and film production, particularly during the period between the 1960s and the 1980s, with a keen passion for the broadcast output of ATV and ITC Entertainment - both headed by Lew Grade (later Lord Grade, Baron Grade of Elstree).

As a result of these interests I have formed a large oral history project to document, archive and share the stories behind the various studios of Elstree and Borehamwood.  This is called The Elstree Project.  To date over 70 interviews have been recorded and archived, and the work has been broadcast via BBC Radio and also through public events (The Elstree Project Launch, The Elstree Film Season).

Out of the interviews recorded, I have been able to publish extracts, but also cut a new 55-minute long documentary about the making of The Shining, entitled Staircases to Nowhere: Making Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining".  The film has been seen in over 180 territories worldwide and has over 250,000 hits online.  The BFI described it as "like being on set with Stanley Kubrick".  Both the Kubrick estate and Warner Bros have endorsed it.

Education/Academic qualification

Learning and Teaching, PG Cert HE, University of Hertfordshire

Award Date: 15 Jul 2022

Avid Media Composer, Avid Certified Instructor

Award Date: 25 Sept 2015

Digital Practices, Master of Arts, University of Hertfordshire

1 Sept 200431 Aug 2005

Award Date: 1 Sept 2005

Design and Interactive Media, BA (Hons), University of Gloucestershire

1 Sept 200130 Apr 2004

Award Date: 31 Jul 2004

External positions

Validation Panel Member, London South Bank University

29 Mar 2017

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