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Michael Bickerton is a lecturer on the BSc (Hons) Film Production and Technology course.
Since 1997, Michael has been involved with Moving Image production as well as lecturing on a range of Moving Image courses (including the highly successful UK Film Council's Introduction to Screenwriting courses in the West Midlands Region).
Prior to his current responsibility as Course Director for Birmingham City University's BSc Film Production & Technology course, he previously taught in an Ofsted rated 'outstanding' further education college and is determined to bring this experience to make the BSc Film Production & Technology programme a leading course within this discipline.
"My vision for the BSc Film Production & Technology is to make it the best option for vocational, technically focussed undergraduate film training in both the region and the country."
"It's a real challenge, but the course is fast moving towards that goal. We have an excellent team with a collective experience in the Moving Image industry of over 100 years. We have top quality delivery of lectures and workshops, brilliant resources (including State-of-the-art HD cameras and a film set designed by a BBC Art Director), exemplary pastoral care for students to receive and a regular industry networking event."
Michael has international freelance experience in a wide range of production areas with a good working knowledge of many production software packages and practical operations on-set equipment. He still runs his own micro-budget production company that has produced short and feature length micro budget digital films for cinema release and for television broadcast and is continuing this with his newly acquired infrared and stop motion photography techniques.
"My desire to learn more never ceases and since starting at Birmingham City University in 2008, I have continued to develop my knowledge and skills in many areas of digital film production technology. I trust my enthusiasm for the topic rubs off on students. If a student graduates with more knowledge than me then I feel I've been successful"
Michael is keen to get further involved with the local Birmingham Film community. Michael is also a member of the Media and Film Education Forum, hosted by Screen West Midlands, which shares ideas and best practice, as well as develops collaborative projects between different people in the creative sector.