Dr. Pavel Prokopic

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

Current positions

Lecturer in Film Production

Biography

I work as a lecturer in Film Production, with a background, research and interests in film practice and philosophy. I specialise as a director and cinematographer but have comprehensive skills and understanding related to all key aspects of the creative process, especially from the perspective of an experimental filmmaker and self-shooting director. I completed my AHRC-funded practice research PhD at Salford with a project entitled Affective Cinema, which focuses on experimentation with innovative approaches to storytelling, cinematography and directing actors, in the context of film theory and philosophy rooted in Deleuze, Bergson, Barthes and Benjamin. The research resulted in a feature-length series of 12 short films and won the Award in Creative Media Research from the International Journal of Creative Media Research, where it was also published. As an independent filmmaker, I have written and directed several dramas and experimental projects, and worked as a freelance cinematographer in London. I also worked as a director/producer on a research project The Living Room of the Future with BBC R&D and the British Council, and have taken part in various artistic residencies and collaborations, including the Visual Research Network and the Sidney Nolan Trust Residency Group, as well as a six month AHRC-funded residency at FACT in Liverpool, where Affective Cinema was exhibited to the public as a multiscreen installation. My work has been widely exhibited and presented, including the Grosvenor Gallery in Manchester and the Stephen Lawrence Gallery in London; elements of the Affective Cinema practice were also screened at the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of the Living Room of the Future project. Before coming to Salford, I worked as a lecturer in Film and Screen Production at Queen’s University Belfast and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster and various other UK institutions. I hold a Master’s degree in Film Aesthetics from Magdalen College, University of Oxford. For more information, please visit pavelprokopic.com

Teaching

I teach film practice on the BA (Hons) Film Production across all levels.

Research Interests

  • Film performance
  • Directing fiction
  • Affect theory
  • Semiotics
  • Art cinema
  • Film philosophy
  • Cinematography
  • Scriptwriting and Narratology
  • Analogue and digital film processes and technologies
  • Practice-as-research

Qualifications and Memberships

Qualifications

PhD in Media and Performance, University of Salford (funded by the AHRC North West Consortium)
MSt in Film Aesthetics, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
BA (First Class Honours), Film and TV Production, University of Westminster