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.
Prior to entering academia, Gavin was 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, Gavin was awarded York St John University’s Faculty of Arts Studentship in Film Studies, completing his doctoral research at the University of Leeds. His research incorporated a distinctly international and trans/intercultural 'mixed methodology' involving film-philosophy and field research at film festivals in eight countries.
Dr Wilson’s published work includes articles in the areas of film-philosophy, mobile filmmaking, and film festivals studies. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has been a Peer Reviewer for Synoptique - Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, and is the Book Reviews Editor for Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication. Additionally, he has served as a judge at a number of international film festivals, including Taiwan and Leiden in the Netherlands.