Associate Professor – Film Production Technology
School of Film, Sound and Vision
I have more than 25 years experience in the film industry and in 2011 was co-founder of the spin out company Grand Independent – a film production and distribution company based in Staffordshire. I began my career as a reader working for Hollywood studios including Universal and Columbia pictures. I have sold original screenplays to the major studios as well as working as a writer on feature adaptations. I moved into producing with recent credits including Associate Producer on feature films The Perfect Burger (2009) and Soulboy (2010). I am a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and The British Kinomatograph, Sound and Television Society.
MA Film and Television Studies
BA Photographic Arts
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts
- Writers Guild of Great Britain
- British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society
- Producers forum
Screenwriting, Producing, financial models for film production, film marketing and distribution.
External Validations, Programme Reviews and Consultancy
2013 – External Examiner – MA Film Finance, University of West London
2012 - Salford University, BSc Professional Broadcast Techniques
2009 - North Staffordshire Film and Digital Media Development Strategy. Report Commissioned by
Stoke On Trent City Council
2008 - Lincoln University, MSc Film Production
Film producing, film finance, higher education/industry partnerships
- PhD in film finance models
- ‘Film Education for the Film Industry’. (2004) Showreel. No.3 2004
- Digital Hollywood Conference, Los Angeles, 2007.
- Panel Speaker – Re-inventing Hollywood Production; business models for the new multi platform industry.
- Associate Producer, Souled Out. 2008
- Associate Producer, The Perfect Burger. 2009
Enterprise and Commercial Activities
Formed spin out company Grand Independent in 2011
Editor – Journal of New Model Cinema
New models of film production, marketing and distribution - particularly in vertically integrated organisations.
Building sustainable models of film production
Everyone Loves Chris – Character, Structure and the Hero’s Journey. New Model Cinema (2012)
History, Cinema and The King’s Speech. New Model Cinema (2011)
Why the Credit Crunch is Good for Independent Filmmakers. New Model Cinema (2011)
Recent Selected Credits
Partner in Crime – 2013. Executive Producer. Feature UK – in post production.
Cold Turkey – 2013. Executive Producer. Feature, UK
After Cease to Exist – 2012. Executive Producer. Feature. UK
Soulboy – 2010. Associate Producer. Feature. UK/Ireland co-production.
The Perfect Burger – 2009. Associate Producer/Script Editor. Feature. UK
2013 – New Model Cinema Symposium, Stoke On Trent – Keynote Speech, Building Sustainable Feature Film Production within a Higher Education Framework
2010 – London Screenwriting Festival – Panel speaker
2009 – Media Summitt, New York – Panel Speaker, Valuing and Financing Media & Technology: From Corporate Strategic Investment, VC & Equity to Crowdfunding
2008 – The University Project at Digital Hollywood Conference, Los Angeles – Panel Speaker, Global Media Strategies:Developing the Next Generation of Entertainment, Media & Technology Thinkers and Visionaries.
2007 – Digital Hollywood Conference, Los Angeles - Panel Speaker, Reinventing Hollywood Production – New Rules for the Multi-Platform Film, TV & Video Industry.
Level 4 – Business and Production Management 1
Level 5 – Business and Production Management 2
Level 6 – Marketing and Distribution for Film and TV
MSc Digital Feature Film Production
School of Film, Sound and Vision (Film Production Technology)
Faculty of Arts & Creative Technologies
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