Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Production
Since gaining his first degree, Michael worked predominantly in television as a lighting cameraman, first for the BBC then, in a freelance capacity, for all terrestrial and digital broadcasters. He worked across several genres, on 16mm and super 16mm film, and analogue and digital video, on a range of programmes from lavish period dramas to award-winning documentaries around the world.
Although Michael now teaches full-time at the university, he retains links with the film and TV industry, most recently agreeing to join the judging panels for the Royal Television Society’s Student Film Awards and regional Film Craft Awards.
Teaching film production, and especially cinematography, to undergraduates across all three years requires delivering a range of practical workshops and seminars that begin with simple lighting and camera techniques, and build to more adventurous and complex set-ups. Although these workshops are largely practical, they rely upon, and deliver, a sound knowledge of film-theory and visual grammar, combined with a clear understanding of the conventions and complexities of film production at an advanced level.
Research Interests and Research Subject Specialisms
Throughout his filming career he has maintained and pursued a keen interest in all aspects of visual culture. His passion for the subject took him first to the Open University, then to the University of Manchester, where he graduated in 2005 with a Masters degree from the School of Arts, Histories and Visual Cultures. Researching the significance of colour in the built environment, Michael was awarded a PhD from the University of Manchester in 2013.
His current interests lie in embedding and developing the so-called ‘soft’ or ‘transferable’ skills that all employers ask for, into arts based courses. Having published in this area he now oversees extra-curricular projects that allow students to produce short films for real clients in an attempt to engage with ‘real-world’ film production – a form of ‘earn-while-you-learn’ experience that ensures graduates maximize their employability.