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Film and Media Production

Gain the skills to produce professional video products and follow your ambitions

If you’re interested in becoming a filmmaker, creating special effects, developing documentaries, working on TV shows or running and promoting your own YouTube channel, our university level film and media production courses will give you the skills you need.

Our facilities include a range of specialist single-camera equipment and accessories, bespoke TV and green-screen studios. You’ll develop your camera skills with DSLRs and Canon XA35s, as well a range of equipment including gimbles, tracks and drones.

We are one of the few institutions in the country teaching the use of celluloid film, on our BA (Hons) Film Production and Cinematography: some of the biggest and most popular films and TV series of recent years have been shot on celluloid, including Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker, Little Women, The Walking Dead and many more. TV production pathway is based in our award-winning TV studio where learners will produce everything from traditional TV content to multi camera YouTube streams. Our high-spec PCs and iMacs are dedicated to editing in post-production and special effects with Adobe Creative Cloud.

You’ll use the professional techniques acquired in lectures to develop a portfolio reflecting your personal strengths, in preparation for progression onto some of the most highly regarded universities in the country of a successful career.

Meet your lecturer

Kieron Evans,
Programme Lead, BA (Hons) Film Production and Cinematography,

Prior to his teaching career, Kieron first gained a HND in 3D Computer Animation at University of Wales Trinity St David before going on to achieve a BA (Hons) in Film and TV Production from Bournemouth University. Kieron also has a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education for Bath Spa University.

Kieron first worked as a freelance Camera Operator with ITV and then worked as a Camera Operator and Editor for independent production companies before moving into television commercials production working as a Visual Researcher and Director’s Assistant on high-profile TV spots.

Joining the College as a full-time lecturer in September 2008, Kieron initially taught on the HND Film and TV course before helping to design and create the Film Production & Cinematography degree that started in 2009. Kieron became Programme Leader in 2020. Read more...

Nicky Dew,
Programme Lead, HND Creative Media Production (VFX),

Nicky is the programme leader of the HND in Creative Media Production (VFX) with more than 20 years experience of teaching television and film production in further and higher education. Having worked in newspapers, radio and television, both as an employee and as a freelancer, Nicky has good industry and community contacts and uses these to inform and develop student projects. Maintaining an extensive alumni network enables her to bring a sense of the real-world into the classroom. Two of her client projects led to national awards. Nicky specialises in teaching the film-making, industry and business elements of the course. Read more...

Sam Newlove,
Lecturer in Media,

Sam aims to push students to develop an array of software skills, and equally, in a student’s creativity and confidence to achieve. Sam’s background is in freelance 2D and 3D animation, camera operation and corporate video for broadcast and the web working for clients such as Motors TV, National Geographic and more. He also freelanced for the popular videogame website IGN and volunteered for community management on GameTrailers.com during its active years. Sam enjoys designing and playing videogames, planning and shooting short film ideas, and Krispy Kreme donuts.

Dr Tom Waters,
Lecturer,

Tom Waters is an academic and researcher in the field of Film Studies with a professional background in television production, postproduction and broadcast. He has also worked in film curation and as a film festival coordinator.

Tom holds a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Essex on the work of Dutch film director Paul Verhoeven. His current research interests include apparatus theory, structuralism, post-structuralism, sensation, affect, embodied spectatorship and the intersection between theory and practice.

Dion M Casey (GBCT, SOA),
Lecturer,

Dion is a freelance cinematographer and Steadicam owner operator specialising in feature films and TV drama.

Since leaving the BBC where he worked for 12 years, he has gone on to work on many feature films, high end television dramas, commercials and music videos including the seminal Verve video Bittersweet Symphony.

His most recent film and television work includes The Dark Crystal, Gentleman Jack, The Spanish Princess, Line of Duty, Silent Witness, Into the Badlands, Victoria, The Crown, Humans, Bridget Jones’s Baby and Masters of the Air.

He continues to combine his professional work as a cameraman with teaching part time on the BA (Hons) Film Production and Cinematography course.

Specialising in both technical aspects such as camera, lighting and blocking as well as helping students develop their understanding of the aesthetics and why you would shoot in a particular manner.

Dion is a member of the Guild of British Camera Technicians and the Steadicam Operators Association.

Samantha O’Neill,
Lecturer,

Samantha’s interest in film began early in life. Her grandfather owned a cinema, and consequently her father became an amateur lens practitioner who used photography and motion film to record every aspect of their home life.

A personal interest in film developed as a strong part of Samantha’s own life, through the observance of ‘make- believe,’ which led to a fascination with ‘mise en scene’ and in particular the behaviour of ‘dressing up.’

Samantha’s initial training in understanding these disciplines took place at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with study in Costume Design. What followed was work as a costumier with Angels the costumiers in London and Paris.

Later Samantha began undertaking work in film as a Costume Designer and remained a freelance practitioner within the industry for over 20 years.

Samantha has worked on five Bafta nominated productions with one win, a collaborative RTS win, followed by an Emmy win in 2006.

Samantha holds a BA in Photography and an MA in Fine Art. Currently, aside from lecturing in film and developing her PhD, Samantha works with Cosprop in London as a Costume consultant.

Tim Dodd,
Technician,

After a spell working in the laboratories to earn the then required union ticket, Tim joined the film industry in 1980 as the clapper-loader on Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal and The Great Muppet Caper working under veteran cinematographer Ossie Morris. In a subsequent career spanning nearly thirty years, he was the focus puller on numerous feature films and TV dramas before progressing to camera operator and cinematographer shooting second unit for film directors including Jonathan Lynn and Paul W S Anderson. During that time he also worked on hundreds of commercials, documentaries, corporate and music videos all around the world - everywhere from Hawaii to Rajasthan.

Tim’s continuing strong links with the industry enable him to provide students access and trips to prime contacts and companies within the feature film community as well as the opportunity to use professional 35mm camera equipment and current digital cinema cameras. His main interest is the continuing popularity and use of celluloid acquisition, helping and encouraging students who are interested in a career in the camera department to develop the relevant knowledge and skills to work on film-based productions, skills that prove just as invaluable with current digital technology.

He continues to make films, directing his own shorts and producing extra-curricular student short films that have screened at festivals and won prestigious Royal Television Society awards. Occasionally working on commercials or music videos to keep current, most recently he was a producer (and a camera operator) of The Fence, an independent British feature film shot over the summer in Bristol, released through Vertigo and Showcase cinemas.

Tim is a member of The Guild of British Camera Technicians.

Denzil Lyne,
Technician,

Denzil has a BA (Hons) in Film and TV production from Bournemouth University and has worked as technician at the college for over fifteen years. Denzil oversees and manages our extensive equipment stores, studios, and editing facilities. In addition to his technician duties, Denzil provides practical camera, lighting, sound, and editing workshops to support students in their production work.

Denzil has worked on projects outside of the college including work as a technical manager on two recorded live Ludovico Einaudi concerts. Denzil has also filmed at various music festivals including Download and Glastonbury. At Download, he filmed several live performances and interviews with members of AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Papa Roach and many more. At Glastonbury, Denzil produced coverage of Cubes Concepts’ ‘Cubehenge’ installation in 2010. Many of Denzil’s external projects, including a documentary about female pilots, allowed him to provide paid opportunities for current students at the time.

Denzil also has a magic power. When a piece of equipment is not working, Denzil only has to walk into the room and the equipment magically starts working again!

What our students say

The lessons are always great and the tutors have been very supportive of the class, with years of experience in the fields they teach.

Amy

HND Creative Media Production (VFX)

Our facilities

Media Production Studios

Video Editing Suites

Mac Suite

Student work
HND VFX graduate Hannah has joined the 3D design team at Dyson in Malmesbury.
HND VFX graduate Jonathan is working as a motion capture studio technician at the Centre of the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications at the University of Bath.

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