BEN THOMPSON

  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer, Section Lead: Film & Broadcasting & Course Leader – BA Film Production
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5693
  • Email: ben.thompson@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Creative Technologies
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Biography

Presently, Principal Lecturer/Section Lead: Film and Broadcasting in the School of Creative Technologies at The University of Portsmouth. This includes two Creative Skillset accredited ‘tick’ courses: BA Film Production and BSC Television & Broadcasting. I am also Course Leader for the BA Film Production program. I manage approx 450+ students and 15+ academic staff. I have over 12 years experience as a Lecturer in Television & Film sector.

I am  a highly and experienced Broadcast Television Lighting Cameraman. I have worked for a whole range of UK and international broadcasters, production companies, creative agencies and corporate clients including BBC, ITV, Endemol, BSKYB, Disney, Granada, RDF, Honda, Ducati, Unilever – shooting News, TV Factual, Documentaries, Live TV and Multi-camera pre-recorded TV shows, Sport, Drama, Commercials and high-end corporate productions. Experienced Steadicam Operator – on commercials, drama, sport and live events

Formally had the role of Head of Production for an independent production company based in London, where I produced, directed and shot documentaries, commercials, business programmes; and managed high-end film projects for leading UK and International clients, brands and charities; such as Honda, Unilever, Kingfisher Group, Novo Nordisk, Selfridges, Oxford University, World Health Org. etc. This involved filming projects extensively in UK, Europe and US.

Full member of GTC – The Guild of Television Camera Professionals

Member of RTS – Royal Television Society

Research

My current research by practice involves the production of digital short film projects and digital cinematography – producing short drama and documentary.

Recent projects:

All About Dad short documentary film exploring the stories of three untraditional dads as they journey into fatherhood. The film identifies the realities and experiences of three subjects as they strive to become a father in modern society. This was presented the form of  live action interviews intercut with animation.

Current projects: 

I am currently in development of a new documentary film which centres around girls football – grass roots to the professional game in collaboration with BBC Sport.

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