STAFF

  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer; Section Lead (Film); Course Leader (BA Film Production)
  • Expertise: Documentary, Drama, Cinematography, Short Film, TV Studio Production
  • Modules: Graduate Film, Underwater Filming & Media
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5693
  • Email: ben.thompson@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Film, Media and Communication
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Ben has 12+ years’ experience as a Lecturer in the Television & Film sector and is currently Film Section Lead and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Film Production, which has been accredited by SceenSkills (formerly Creative Skillset) since 2012.

Ben has extensive experience (15 years +) as a Broadcast Television Lighting Cameraman for a whole range of UK and international broadcasters, independent production companies, corporate clients and charities including BBC, ITV, Endemol, BSKYB, Disney, Granada, RDF, shooting news, factual and documentaries, live TV shows, drama, music videos, commercials and corporate productions. Ben is also an experienced Steadicam Operator.

Ben formally had the role of Head of Production/Producer-Director for an independent production company based in Central London, where he produced documentaries, branded content and business programming for leading UK and International clients, brands and charities filming projects extensively in UK, Europe and US.

Ben is a full member of GTC (The Guild of Television Camera Professionals), which is an international organisation that represents experienced camera professionals in all areas of film, television and broadcasting.

 

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer – Level 6 Coordinator (BA Film Production)
  • Expertise: Drama, Scriptwriting and Directing
  • Modules: Fiction Filmmaking, Directing, Graduate Film, Graduate Film Package
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5371
  • Email: johnny.lochland@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Film, Media and Communication
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Johnny is an experienced writer and director producing short and feature length fiction films.  He originally founded The Big Dipper Film Company whereby he made 6 shorts and screened them around the world. John also co-produced and wrote a screenplay for the David Leavitt novel, ‘While England Sleeps‘. More recently Johnny has set up Offside Pictures Limited for the production of a feature-length fiction film project (also called Offside) for an intended theatrical release. To add to this, Johnny has another production company called JL2, for which he develops and make short films, corporate films and music videos with partner, James Loosemore.

Johnny’s work as a filmmaker involves fictional gay male characters, with his most recent project is no exception. Offside is a football based rom-com centers around 6 well-known but secretly gay, UK based footballers trying to navigate life and careers after coming out to the public.

 

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer (BA Film Production)
  • Expertise: Documentary, Location Sound Recording & Design, Employability & Life Learning
  • Modules: Film Sound Production, External Live Brief, Self-Promotion, Independent Research Project
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5695
  • Email: steve.whitford@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Film, Media and Communication
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Over the last 20+ years Steve has worked across a whole range of programme output for international broadcasters and a host of independent TV companies. His first love is Documentary Sound Recording, but he has also worked on many dramas and features, and for corporate production companies and their international clients, including BBC, Wall to Wall, Minnow Films, Lion TV, Channel 4, Garden Productions and Granada.

In 2003 Steve won an RTS Award for Sound Recording on BBC2′s ‘Fighting The War’ documentary series where he was embedded with the Black Watch (7th Armoured) during the invasion of Iraq.

 

  • Role Title: Senior Teaching Fellow (BA Film Production)
  • Expertise: Cinematography
  • Modules: Cinematography
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5702
  • Email: ben.hodgson@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Film, Media and Communication
  • Faculty: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

Ben joined the academic staff team in 2015. His extensive broadcast documentary and drama experience behind the camera enrich the student experience with active engagement on industry commissions and by placing practical filmmaking skills into the hands of the next generation of filmmakers.

Ben has accumulated over 30 years shooting films the world over for UK and US television networks, which have equipped him with an innate ability to chart a film’s unfolding narrative and empathise with its characters swiftly. Ben’s documentary background lends to his drama work a naturalistic edge and ensures an efficient working ethic on location. His understanding of film language, lighting principles, and ability to construct scenes intuitively and desire to work as part of a creative team are assets available to all undergraduate filmmakers.

‘The Gospel of John’ enjoyed an Easter premiere on BBC 1 and his work on ‘Martin Luther’ marks the 500th centenary on US TV. Ben was also the Director of Photography on the recently cinema released Michael Caine ‘My Generation’ documentary and was part of the Channel 4 ‘Dispatches: Phone-hacking’ team referenced by the Leveson Enquiry. Ben’s writing collaboration with Garo Berberian on ‘Return of the Tyke’ won an ARPA Award, and they worked together on an award winning film set during the Armenian Genocide: ‘Taniel’.

 

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer (BA Film Production)
  • Expertise: Screenwriting & Producing
  • Modules: Film Production Practices (Producing), Scriptwriting, Graduate Film
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5443
  • Email: jane.steventon@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Film, Media and Communication
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Jane Steventon has a prolific producing career in television, with credits in children’s and adult drama series.  Her work comprised stints on Tracy Beaker, Hollyoaks Later and she won a BAFTA for her work on the Christmas Casualty specials in 2006.  She recently produced a short film – FIRST – which screened at the British Horror Film Festival in November 2018.  She continues to work in industry for Awesome Media & Entertainment, developing scripted content for the screen, alongside her work on the Film Production course.

Jane’s background of script editing and producing brings an astute editorial focus to her teaching. For her research, she is currently interested in exploring the female authorial gaze and is writing a chapter on the female detective in crime TV.

 

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer (BA Film Production)
  • Expertise: Contextual Studies, Film Studies, Documentary
  • Modules: Film Language & Representation, World & Transnational Cinema, Independent Research Project
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5640
  • Email: yael.friedman@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Film, Media and Communication
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Yael is a Senior Lecturer within School of Film, Media and Communication. In the past taught for several years an MA course about Arab Cinemas in the School of Oriental Studies, University of London and a Film History course at Imperial College, London.  Yael’s background and interests combine film theory and practice.

Yael currently teaches contextual studies across the BA Film Production and Animation, as well as practical units on non-fiction filmmaking.

Yael’s research stems from a cultural studies approach to film. She is interested in the intersection of cinema and dominant discourses, economies of production and political and social environments. Thus far, both the documentary films she has made and her academic research revolved around issues of identity, memory, migration and exile, primarily in Israel/Palestine. Theoretically, Yael places herself in the fields of Middle East Cinema, Transnational and Postcolonial studies and documentary theory and practice.

 

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer (BA Film Production)
  • Expertise: Editing, Non-Fiction Filmmaking, Documentary
  • Modules: Film Storytelling
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5647
  • Email: damian.toal@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Film, Media and Communication
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Damian is an editor, filmmaker, digital and installation artist with a background in the broadcast and the independent sector; working both collaboratively and independently on screen based, site specific and performance based film and video. This is complemented by consultancy work with Arts Council England and project management/mentoring roles in Educational and arts initiatives, fostering interdisciplinary practice and encouraging creative partnerships, to research and engage with questions of the built environment, disability, access, and creative architectural practice.

Damian’s work has been exhibited and screened both nationally and internationally, and has undertaken several artists’ residences both here and abroad.

Research themes include the relationship between public and private space, hidden histories and psychogeography. These encompass questions of Identity, Interactivity, multiple narratives and their relationship to systems of storytelling.

Damian has co-written the textbook, Introduction to Documentary Production (2002) and contributed to Introduction to Film Studies (2012).

 

  • Role Title: Teaching Fellow – Level 4 Coordinator (BA Film Production)
  • Expertise: Film Craft – Camera, Sound, Lighting, Documentary, TV Studio, Editing, Avid, Grading
  • Modules: Editing, TV Production Practices, Documentary & Factual
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5711
  • Email: david.kinnaird@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Film, Media and Communication
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Dave is an editor, filmmaker, multi-skilled practitioner with a background in the broadcast and the independent sector; working both collaboratively and independently on factual/documentary and corporate sector, as an editor, grader and camera operator.

 

  • Role Title: Senior Teaching Fellow, International Coordinator (BA Film Production)
  • Expertise: Film Craft – Camera, Sound, Lighting, Post-Production/Workflow, Grading
  • Modules: Film Craft, Editing, Workflow & Grading
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3852
  • Email: neil.hunt@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Film, Media and Communication
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Neil is a multi-skilled practitioner with extensive experience in Video Editing (Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro), Videography, Screenwriting, Blog Development Specialties: Short Film Development, Corporate & Promotional Video and Art Installation. Neil is an Avid Certified Trainer.

 

  • Role Title: Teaching Fellow (BA Film Production)
  • Expertise: Film Craft – Camera, Sound, Lighting, Post-Production & Workflow
  • Modules: Editing, Eportfolio for Film & Broadcasting, Film Craft, Workflow & Grading
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3815
  • Email: rebecca.bellinger@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Film, Media and Communication
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Rebecca is a multi-skilled practitioner. She has comprehensive technical expertise in Video Editing (Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro), Camera, Sound, Lighting, Videography, Corporate & Promotional Video. Rebecca is an Avid Certified Trainer.

 

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer – Level 5 Coordinator (BA Film Production)
  • Expertise: Editing, Documentary, Short Film
  • Modules: Creative Music & Effects for Film & TV, Documentary & Factual
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5357
  • Email: jenn.feray@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Film, Media and Communication
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Jenn is a highly experience television editor and producer with a background in the broadcast and the independent sector; working both collaboratively and independently on factual/documentary and corporate sector.