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Gary Stubbs

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Programme Leader for MA Media Production (Film and Television)

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Programme Leader for MA Media Production (Film and Television) in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries.

I have supervised national and international award-winning student filmmakers and I manage the faculty's academic partnership with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Albert and the education partnership with Avid Technology. I have industry links and networks external to the University and attempt to embed realistic workplace expectations across the curriculum.

I have experience of working at senior levels in drama for leading broadcasters such as BBC, ITV, and Sky, working primarily as a freelance Director, Assistant Director, Editor, and HOD Covid Supervisor. 

Teaching and supervision


My research interests focus on both film and television with particular focus on the following:

  • Drama production working in pre-production, production, and post-production
  • Virtual Production and Volume Technology
  • Directing with multiple camera units
  • Reducing the environmental impact of a production with BAFTA albert
  • Postproduction workflows
  • Screen Performance on continuing drama and film
  • Avid Certified Instructor Training and exam for Media Composer

As a film and television professional I have continued to work within production as I believe this is essential for academics teaching practical modules. It helps keep my skillset up to date with the current trends in industry and transfer them to the classroom. I have recent experience working on some of the largest drama productions shot in the UK and have worked with industry professionals on multiple Virtual Production volumes and understand the requirements for scheduling and directing in this studio space.

I am an AVID ACI (Avid Certified Instructor). My role requires me to keep up to date with certification and professional practice not just in the UK but around the world to allow me to deliver industry-standard authorised training.

  • Directing and Assistant Directing 
    • ALBERT – Sustainable Production
  • Single and Multi-cam Drama Directing 
  • Virtual Production and Volume Technology
    • Multi-Camera Location Techniques
    • Multi-Camera Studio Operation
  • Production Management
  • HOD Covid-19 Protocols
  • Live Performance
  • Colour Grading
  • Broadcast and Film post-production

I trained at Pinewood Studios early in my career specialising in Avid Postproduction and visual effects before moving into the directing department. I have recent experience working on some of the largest drama productions shot in the UK.

From 2007-2010 I was media project manager for Media Focus, a production company formed within the media department to work as a commercial production company. I took the role to run a project for the department called 'The Northern Way'. My role was to design and deliver a series of workshops for SMEs along with consultancy, commercial production, facilities hire, and CPD training.

Industry membership:

  • ALBERT BAFTA (Sustainable Production) 
  • AVID ACI Certified Instructor
  • DPP (Digital Production Partnership)
  • RTS (Royal Television Society)
  • AVID Customer Association (ACA)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Last updated 20 February 2023