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School of Arts and Media

Thomas Kirby

Academic Fellow

Biography

In my work it has been a blend of both research and practice. Working in the industry as a documentary director with work screened at a range of international film festivals. Also working in the camera department as a camera assistant and operator on a range of projects form BBC documentaries, to independent feature films.

In my research I draw on this experience in inform my PhD I am currently writing, and in my conference papers and publications.

Both my research and practice I bring in to my teaching on the Film Production course here at The University of Salford.

Teaching

Filmmaking, with particular focus on, Camera Craft, Sound and Documentary.

Research Interests

I am currently researching my PhD examining the role of spectacle within the cinematic documentary. Alongside this, I have interests in examining immediacy and immersion within film, addressing it in both its creation and reception.

The nature of research as practice within film Production is one of the key methodologies I use within my research both drawing on my own practical experience but also interviews and discussions with other practitioners and industry.

Documentary Film theory and history. Evolution of the documentary form in particular in regards to how the changing technological landscape is evolving production – particular in areas of logistics, structure and narrative techniques.

Qualifications and Memberships

MA (York St John, 2011)

BA (Hons) (York St John, 2010)

Publications

2016: From Fishermen to Architects: How is new immersive technology shaping the 21st Century Documentary, In: Cine Action no. 97 pp 60-65

2015: Documentary Spectacle and Immediacy. In: Avanca | Cinema 2015. Avanca. pp 1117-1123