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Ian McPake

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Senior Lecturer in Broadcast and Digital Media

I am Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Film Production and teach many modules across:

Teaching and supervision

I am module leader/Lecturer for:

  • Stage 1 – Production Skills (Camera, Lighting, Editing, Sound)
  • Stage 2 – Moving Camera (Steadicam), Guerrilla Filmmaking, Documentary Production
  • Stage 3 – Moving Camera 2 (Music Video/Short Film)
  • MA – Craft Skills

I also supervise final-year dissertation and masters practical projects.

Research interests for potential research students

My main areas of research are short film production, documentary, cinematography, moving camera, editing, and scriptwriting.


I have a number of research interests:


Since completing the Steadicam Silver training workshop in 2009 run by Tiffen, I have worked as a freelance Steadicam operator and Steadicam tutor.  Steadicam and moving camera compositions are areas that I am extremely passionate about. Over the years I have taught Steadicam to hundreds of students, some of whom have gone on to become professional Steadicam operators in the media industry.


I have a keen interest in cinematography, specifically how compositions are created through framing, camera movement, and lighting techniques, and their impact on narrative.


I am a Director, Producer and Writer. I run an independent film production company and have a number of scripts/short films in development. My specific area of interest is short horror films. My last short film was screened at film festivals around the world. I also have a keen interest in documentary and am currently in production on a documentary film.


I have been actively screenwriting for 20 years and have written many short scripts and full feature scripts.

  • Fictional and Documentary Filmmaking
  • Producing
  • Directing 
  • Steadicam Operation
  • Camera and Lighting
  • Scriptwriting
  • Editing (Avid Media Composer)
  • Colour Grading (Da Vinci Resolve)

Last updated 11 June 2024