Manchester Film School
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Our staff are experts in their field and hold a varied range of professional and industry experience. Their support and dedication ensure you are guided, supported and encouraged to learn and achieve within your chosen subject.
Explore staff profiles for Manchester Film School below.
Gareth has over 30 years on-set industry expertise and a further 10 years’ experience working with student filmmakers. He has worked on feature films with directors such as Nick Roeg, Hugh Hudson and Ken Russell as well as hundreds of high end commercials and music videos.
Gareth learned his cinematic craft from industry leaders such as Jack Cardiff, Alex Thompson and Harris Savides, as well as many of the most respected technical crews in the world.
His extensive industry connections, especially with Arri Rental and Panavision, give him access to the latest equipment and he is also a member of the Guild of British Camera Technicians.
Harry teaches BA (Hons) Film and TV Content Creation.
As an employee of the BBC for 12 years, Harry has worked in every area of BBC Radio. He has worked as a producer, presenter, reporter, broadcast journalist, contributor and project manager.
These positions have enabled Harry to develop, not only specific media industry experience, but also a valuable and transferable skillset in the fast-paced sector of Education in Media at UCEN Manchester.
He is also a musician and a filmmaker and enjoys sport, cinema and the theatre.
Harry passion for teaching was first ignited when he ran a Teaching Community Radio Skills in 1998. His proudest moments are launching the community radio stations ALL FM, and Wythenshawe FM as training and fully-running radio stations.
Jasmine is a Channel 4 trained documentary maker and editor, with a particular flair for developing investigative and sensitive stories. She has also previously worked with local news stations as a content writer and researcher.
While teaching at the Manchester Film School and running workshops on documentary making, idea development and editing, Jasmine is passionate about passing on her expertise to the next generation of film and documentary makers.
Jean-Claude teaches our Scriptwriting for Factual and Fiction course part-time.
The rest of his week is taken up running his own TV production company.
Jean-Claude’s experience in the television industry is extensive, with over 30 years working as producer, director and Head of BBC Manchester Documentaries Unit, making 100 Documentaries for ITV, BBC, Channel 4 and international broadcasters.
Before starting his TV career, Jean-Claude was a university lecturer, so when he left the BBC it was only natural that he return to take up part time teaching in his field.
Jean-Claude’s proudest moments come from “guiding students to write scripts that make it into films.”
Peter has worked in broadcast television since 2001 and has been involved in documentary, sport and news production across terrestrial TV networks in the UK.
He gained his industry level skills producing live shows and programmes for BBC News 24, ITN, C4 News and Sky Sports.
He has also developed his drama production techniques to operate high end cinema equipment for the past 20 years.
Brett has over 15 years experience working within the camera department for UK and international television broadcasters in Drama, Sport, Light Entertainment, Music and Childrens TV.
Brett has a BA (Hons) in Film and Moving Image (Leeds Metropolitan University in 2004) and a Level 3 in Education and Training gained in 2017. His first role in education and development was mentoring graduates for 3 Sixty Media at the Granada Studio complex in Manchester.
He said: “I love the diversity of work in my role and both the personal and professional rewards that come with direct and regular feedback from students and tutors alike. The diversity varies from technical challenges, keeping equipment loan scheduling well organized through to educating and pastoral care. The feedback varies from having translated a complex problem into a simple learning process to the satisfaction that comes from supporting general productiveness and wellbeing.”
Outside his subject area, Brett enjoys restoring historical items ranging from photographs, studio lamps to old hand and bench tools, as well as creating a relaxing garden environment and cycling.