Education

With the on set of Coronavirus, I am now offering mentoring, tutoring and education sessions via the internet. If you’d like me to help with your film education, either in making or appreciating film, get in touch.

How did I get here? Alongside my film practice, I have taught film at numerous UK institutions including Bournemouth University, University of Birmingham, BCU and City Lit (UCL) London. I regularly mentor at the BFI academy for young people aspiring to enter the industry and have also provided mentoring through the Producers Forum and for Channel 4’s Random Acts. Since 2011, I have been an artist tutor at MAC Birmingham where I’ve developed and run the Short Takes (Production) and Talking Film (Appreciation) courses for adults.

The Short Takes 48hr challenge has become a regular feature of the production course and Talking Film recently saw its first outing to the Cannes Film Festival and now plan to visit the Toronto and Venice festivals. For the 48hr challenge, I always assign production roles – script writer, director, producer, camera, sound and editing. The process has enabled me to develop talent spotting skills for new entrants to the industry.

My new film Number 3 written by JJ Smith, a Short Takes graduate, has been made by a team almost entirely consisting of students from the course.

I’m always interested in new teaching opportunities and in developing new educational techniques and experiences, particularly where these are integrated into real world film production and distribution. Why not get in touch?

Short Takes

Learn all the necessary skills to make a short film, from developing ideas, writing a script, producing, directing, filming and editing. You will work with mac’s professional Sony cameras and specialist sound recording equipment and learn to edit your film on Apple Mac computers in mac’s dedicated media studio.


Talking Film

This course will give you the understanding and language you need to increase your vocabulary about film and how to communicate your opinions – a film appreciation tool kit.