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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

Module Leader/Lecturer
  • 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:  

Steadicam - 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 is an area 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. 

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

Filmmaker - I am a Director, Producer and Writer.  I run an independant 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.   

Scriptwriter - 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 24 September 2021