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Course Overview

The MA Film Production Course teaching staff mirrors the range of specialisms found within a professional film production team.

Course staff engage in on-going professional work and have an impressive depth of industry experience, together with a passionate commitment to education in film, to bringing on emerging artists; for creating a learning environment and an ethos that enables students to learn film production and to achieve career progression and for learning on the job.

David Munns

Production Designer

Credits include; the Oscar nominated, multi award winning Before The Rain’ directed byMilcho Manchevski,  the Oscar winning (Best Short Film category) ‘Six Shooter’ directed byMartin McDonagh as well as Mothers’, ’Dust’ and ‘Shadows which were all directed by Milcho Manchevski .Together with many television dramas and commercials, David has recently received an Award from the Government of Macedonia for his contribution to their film industry through his work with Milcho Manchevski. DavidisCourse Leader of the BA (Hons) Film Production courseDavid Munns IMDB profile

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Marek Budzynski

Senior Lecturer

Marek began working in the film industry in 1979, having graduated from the Royal College of Art Film School in 1983 with a Masters Degree in Film and Television. He started directing, editing and shooting a variety of projects including films, documentaries, music videos and commercials and corporate work. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Editing on the BA Film Production Course at Arts University Bournemouth.

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Digby Elliott

Senior Lecturer

Digby was engaged ostensibly throughout the 1970s on BBC documentary productions but by the early 1980s a transference to fiction was firmly in place.

This specialisation led to Camera Operating on drama productions for most major networks and film production companies both in the UK and internationally.

By the 1990s he had progressed to become Director Of Photography for commercials and drama productions. Part of his role as Senior Lecturer at AUB has been to forge strong links between the university and the films industry. Digby also continues to carry out consultancy roles in the pre production of Commercial and Fiction productions.

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Witold Stok

Cinematographer, Documentary Director

Films include the much awarded Personnel, directed by Krzysztof Kie?lowski’s, with whom he has also made documentaries. Other directors Witold has worked with in Poland include Marek Piwowski, Tomasz Zygad?o, Marcel ?ozinski, Andrzej Titkow, Edward ?ebrowski.  In the UK his films include; Hidden CityClose My Eyes and Century by Stephen Poliakoff, Two Deaths by Nicolas Roeg, The Stringer by Pawel Pawlikowski, Among Giants by Sam Miller, The Match by Michael Davies and Gladiatress by Brian Grant.  He has also directed a string of award-winning documentaries in the UK and has taught at a number of institutions including the Polish Film School. Witold Stok IMDB profile

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Thomas Strudwick

Production Executive

Tom has worked extensively in development, acquisitions, production, business affairs, sales and marketing and training both in the UK and Internationally. Films include Muriel’s Wedding, Mike Leigh’s Secrets & Lies; Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher, Pedro Almodóvar’s All About my Mother and Michael Winterbottom’s The Claim.

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Robert Hardcastle

Senior Lecturer

Rob is Senior Lecturer in Film Sound at Arts University Bournemouth. He is currently undertaking research at Australian National University (ANU) that focuses on sounds role in the creation of identity & place. Rob has worked as sound editor, sound designer & re-recording mixer on a variety of projects including award-winning, and Oscar and BAFTA nominated, features, shorts, documentaries, animations and sound installations. Rob was a Sennheiser & Skillset Scholar at the National Film & Television School (NFTS) where he studied for an MA in Sound Design and graduated with the Dolby Award for Best Sound. Previous to his work in sound post-production, as a sound recordist & producer, Rob had recorded in diverse environments, from the jungles of India and Indonesia to venues including Wigmore Hall and King’s Place in London. Rob is currently a member of the Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS).

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Jonathan Carr

Senior Lecturer

Jonathan is a filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Documentary. He recently completed a PhD by Creative Practice at the University of York. His recent film work includes the feature documentary My Brother the Ark Raider (2013) and short documentary Get Luder (2010), which won the Delphic European Film Award.

He co-manages the production company Plainview Films. Prior to his film and academic career, Jonathan worked as a news journalist on a number of national newspaper titles.

His current research is focused on a theoretical and creative investigation of how the normalisation of surveillance technology and practices are influencing the way in which we watch and interact with each other in relation to film, television, online material and news.

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Andrew Vallance

Senior Lecturer

Andrew teaches film theory and history. He has recently completed a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art.

He has curated a number of exhibitions and film programmes, including Assembly: A Survey of Recent Artist Film and Video in Britain 2008-14 (Tate Britain, 2014) and Contact: A Festival of New Experimental Film and Video (Apiary Studios, 2016).

He is a writer, most recently We Are Living in a Utopia – It’s Just Not Ours (MIRAJ, 2016) and Reflections on Assembly (Sequence, 2016), and has convened conferences and presented papers, Screen Time/Screen Space – Cinema and/as Gallery Art (AAH, 2014) and Artists’ Moving Image Practice in Britain: From 1990 to Today (Whitechapel Gallery, 2015).

His current research interests concern memory and film and how this is made manifest through form and content.

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Supporting staff

Andrew Zinnes - Visiting Tutor

Andrew toiled in Hollywood development for top producers, Norman Lear (Stand by Me and The Princess Bride) and Donald De Line (Domestic Disturbance and The Italian Job) for more than a decade.

He soon craved to be more hands-on in the creative process and worked on documentary/reality TV productions for MTV, TruTV, Telemundo and mun2.

Wanting to give back to the community, Andrew became the co-author of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook, part of the best selling The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook series.

He interviewed literally hundreds of documentary professionals – many his colleagues – so that others could avoid pitfalls and land mines in a genre where you might actually deal with pitfalls and land mines.

His latest film, Paper Promises, aired on Super Channel, Canada.

Jonathan Lewis - Visiting Tutor

Jonathan Lewis is an International Emmy award-winning film-maker and novelist.

Jonathan directed his first one hour documentary at the age of twenty-three and has made over a hundred films – factual and fiction – shown around the world on screen, television and at festivals, many of which have won awards.

His first feature documentary Before Hindsight opened the 1977 London Film Festival. He has specialised in films examining people under intense pressure, including Stalin (ITV & PBS), Peoples’ Century (BBC & PBS), Hell in the Pacific (C4 & TLC), The First World War (C4 and BBC) and China (BBC).

Jonathan has filmed concentration camps, riots, elections, Nazis, Soviet informers, spies, arms dealers, Margaret Thatcher, Kylie Minogue, the Dalai Llama, sewers, deserts, jungles, polluted rivers, prisons and a royal wedding.

The rushes of twenty of his films have been preserved in full for posterity, and his papers and scripts have been acquired by the British Film Institute.

His fiction films include Towers of Babel (Columbia-EMI-Warner), The Treaty (Thames/RTE) and The Plant (BBC Screen One). He has three published novels; the latest is Hurrying Angel.