BEN THOMPSON

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons)
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer, Section Lead: Video, Film & Broadcasting
  • 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

I have over 15 years professional industry experience as a Broadcast Television Lighting Cameraman. I have worked for a whole range of UK and international broadcasters, production companies and corporate clients including BBC, ITV, Endemol, BSKYB, Disney, Granada, RDF, Honda, Ducati, Unilever – shooting News, TV Factual, Documentaries, Drama, Live TV and Multi-camera pre-recorded TV shows, Commercials and high-end corporate productions.

Experienced Steadicam Operator – On Commercials, Drama, Sport and Live events

I was Producer & Head of Production for Joose TV – an independent production company based in London, where I produced documentaries and 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, WHO, etc. This involved filming projects extensively in UK, Europe and US.

Presently, I hold an academic position as Principal Lecturer and Section Lead for the Film, Video and Broadcasting department at The University of Portsmouth. This consists of two Creative Skillset industry accredited courses: BA (Hons) Film Production and BSC (Hons) Television & Broadcasting. Also in section includes MSC Film & Television. I manage approx 400+ students and 15+ academic staff. I have over 10 years experience as an Educator/Lecturer in Television & Film.

Full member of GTC – The Guild of Television Cameramen

Member of RTS – Royal Television Society

Research

Currently I am developing short film projects for International film festival output.

Recent projects:

All About Dad short documentary film exploring the stories of three untraditional dads as they journey into fatherhood – mix of live action and animation.