Dr Gavin Wilson

Lecturer in Film and Television Production

Gavin Wilson
Email address: g.wilson2@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 321997 Location: George Wallis Building, MK511 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Media Areas of expertise: Minor cinemas, film making, film festival studies, contemporary British dramatic fiction film production

About

During more than twenty years’ experience as a freelance film and video cameraperson and occasionally as director in the UK film and television industry, Dr Wilson has worked on dozens of television commercials, television drama productions, three feature films, many music videos, documentaries and non-fiction productions with crews of the highest calibre. His credits list covers productions using professional formats from 35mm and Super 16 film, to HD and 4K Digital Video, incorporating a wide range of associated technologies. Thus, he retains an abiding passion for professional cinematography for film and television production and moving image aesthetics.

He has been a sector manager undertaking industry development projects and initiatives for Screen Yorkshire; one of the UK’s regional screen media development agencies. Additionally, he has worked as a commercial photographer, shooting mainly product photography and room sets, whilst his personal work in this medium tends toward a landscape-based fine art sensibility.

In 2010, he was awarded a Studentship in Film Studies at York St John University, completing his doctoral research at the University of Leeds. His research incorporated a distinctly international and trans/intercultural 'mixed methodology' at film festivals in eight countries.

His published work includes articles in the areas of film-philosophy, mobile filmmaking, and film festivals studies. Additionally, he has served as a judge at a number of international film festivals, including Taiwan and Leiden in the Netherlands.

Research interests

Dr Wilson's research interests include the following:

  • Minor cinemas, e.g. filmmaking using mobile phones; Film festival studies; Contemporary British dramatic fiction film production; Stillness and movement in film; Phenomenological film philosophy - the body, sensation and tactility in screen representation; Italian cinema following the “Anni di piombo”/”Years of Lead” period (late 1960s to early 1980s) to the present.
  • He continues to pursue research in the field of film festival studies in trans-national and inter-cultural contexts. His research into filmmaking practice using touch-screen devices, diegetic and non-diegetic sound in dialogue-absent filmmaking, has relevance for contemporary moving image production and for students entering an increasingly digital filmmaking industry.

Membership of professional bodies

  • The European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), (Film Festival Work Group)
  • The Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons.) Graphic Design 
  • MA Screen Media Cultures 
  • PhD Film Studies (University of Leeds)

Publications

  • Wilson, G. (2013) ‘A Phenomenology of Reciprocal Sensation in the Moving Body Experience of Mobile Phone Films’, Cinema Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, Embodiment and the Body, no. 3, pp. 62 - 83. Available at http://cjpmi.ifl.pt/3-contents
  • Schleser, M. R., Wilson, G. and Keep, D. (2013) ‘Small screen and big screen: Mobile film-making in Australasia,’ Ubiquity: The Journal of Pervasive Media, MINA Special Issue, vol. 2 Issue 1-2, pp. 118 – 131
  • Wilson, G. (2014). ‘Film Festivals for Mobile Cinema: Vehicles for Segyehwa in South Korean Moving Image Culture,’ JOMEC Journal special edition, Cultural Translation and East Asia: Creativity, Film, Literature and Religion. Issue 6, pp. 1 – 13

Book Review:

  • 'Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties,' New York, NY: Oxford University Press. International Media And Nostalgia Network, 17 June 2016

Experience in industry

Dr Wilson can draw on over twenty years' experience of camerawork and direction for film production: features, short fiction, television drama, music videos, documentaries and non-fiction productions.

Further information

Conference Presentations:

  • Cell/ular Cinema: The Impossibility of The Long Take in Films for the Mobile Phone Platform.’ Journeys Across Media Conference: The Audience Spectacular. Who’s Watching and How? Ideas of Audience in Screen Media and Performance. Reading University, 16th April 2010
  • ‘Cell/ular Cinema: The Impossibility of The Long Take in Films for the Mobile Phone Platform.’ Impure Cinema: Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Approaches to World Cinema. University of Leeds, Leeds City Art Gallery, 1-4 December 2010
  • ‘Cell/ular Cinema: The Impossibility of The Long Take in Films for the Mobile Phone Platform’. Adaptations and New Technologies, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom, January 2011
  • ‘Rhizomatic Narratology: Towards a Philosophy of the Global Digital Village’. (Co-presented with Steve Nash), Film-Philosophy Conference 2011, Liverpool John Moore University, United Kingdom, July 2011
  • ‘The Body as Physical Conduit for Experience in a Phenomenology of Cell Cinema’. MINA Mobile Creativity and Innovation Symposium, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2011
  • ‘Mobile Phone Cinema in South Korea: A Case Study of Two Film Festivals’. Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference, University of Hong Kong, March 2012
  • ‘A Phenomenology of Reciprocal Sensation in the Moving Body Experience of Cell Cinema’. 4th NECS Graduate Workshop: Identities In Motion: New Visual Media Strategies, New University of Lisbon and the University of Coimbra, Lisbon, Portugal, June 2012
  • ‘Academics and Festivals: On the Flow of Labour, Expertise and Influence Between’. NECS 2012 Conference, Film Festival Research Workgroup Workshop. Time Networks: Screen Media and Memory, New University of Lisbon and the University of Coimbra, Lisbon, Portugal, June 2012
  • ‘Film Festivals for Mobile Cinema: Vehicles for Segyehwa in South Korean Moving Image Culture’. Cultural Translation and East Asia: Film, Literature and Art, Bangor University, United Kingdom, September 2012
  • ‘Film Festivals for Mobile Cinema: Vehicles for Segyehwa in South Korean Moving Image Culture’. 6th World Congress of Korean Studies, Seongnam, South Korea, September 2012
  • ‘Methodology as a Focusing Mechanism’. The 7th York St John University Postgraduate Research Methodologies Conference. 14 November 2012
  • ‘Caressing the Screen, Feeling the Moving Image: Mobile Screens and Digit(al) Desire’. Texture in Film Symposium, Centre for Film Studies, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom, March 2013
  • ‘Caressing the Screen, Feeling the Moving Image: Mobile Screens and Digit(al) Desire.’ Paper for pre-constituted panel, New Visual Media Strategies and Identitary Policies. NECS Conference, Media Politics - Political Media, Prague, Czech Republic, 20 – 22 June 2013
  • Workshop presentation: Phone Film Workshop, Leiden International Short Film Experience, 29 April 2016, Leiden, Netherlands

A selection of Dr Wilson's scholarly activities includes the following:

  • Invited judge, ‘Best Short Film’ and workshop presentation: 'Phone Film Workshop,' Leiden International Short Film Experience, 29 – 30 April 2016, Leiden, Netherlands
  • 2015: Member of the Screening Committee for the 5th MINA International Mobile Creativity and Mobile Innovation Symposium & Screening event, held on 19 November 2015, RMIT University, Melbourne
  • ‘Forging: Authenticity in the Making’, Co-organisers Carlos M. Roos and Gavin Wilson, The 2014 Leiden International Short Film Experience (LIsFE), Leiden, Netherlands, May 2014
  • 2014: Peer Reviewer for Synoptique - Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, Concordia University, Montreal
  • ‘What is Meant by What is Meant? Negotiating the Conventions of the Moving Image’, Co-organisers Carlos M. Roos, Gavin Wilson and Christopher de Selincourt, 7th NECS Graduate Workshop, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2013
  • January 2013 to September 2013, facilitator: ‘Research 24 Frames per Second.’ A film-philosophical study group enabling post-graduate students to present films illustrating aspects of their research and initiating discussion following screenings, York St John University
  • From August 2015 I have co-supervised a doctoral student based at the University of Leiden, whose thesis draws on moving image aesthetics and phenomenological film philosophy, which I am particularly able to respond to. I welcome further enquiries regarding postgraduate and doctoral research proposals in these areas, and in minor cinemas (e.g. filmmaking using mobile phones and other touch-screen devices), film festival studies, contemporary British dramatic fiction film production and industry, stillness and movement in film, the body, sensation and tactility in screen representation.