Meet your lecturers: Mike Parker

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Mike Parker: Senior Lecturer in Film Production, Course Leader

Tell us about you, and what you teach at University of Gloucestershire:

I began my film making career in the 1980s making films with Chilean political exiles in London.  I have worked in most departments but found my skills lay in producing. I have produced award winning TV, Feature Films and Theatre productions, setting up the successful production company Fiction Factory in the early 90’s.

I began combining teaching with filmmaking in 2011, teaching at the Newport Film School on the undergraduate film course and the MA Producing course before becoming a full time Senior Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire in 2015.

I teach the third year Production modules, Portfolio and the second year Short Form module.

What else have you been up to recently?

I continue to make films while teaching. I have produced 5 Random Acts films commissioned by Calling The Shots over the last 18 months, and have also just completed 4 films as part of the installation exhibition “Faith” which opened in January 2017 in Gloucester Cathedral. The exhibition is going to Cambridge, London and New Zealand over the coming year. On these projects I have employed student and recent graduate crews, and enjoy instigating projects where I can involve student filmmakers. 

I am currently developing a feature film, the revenge thriller “Here be Monsters” with the Director Phil John and the writer Dean Cavanagh, with support from Ffilm Cymru.

What’s your favourite film(s) of all time?

In no particular order: Blue Velvet, Apocalypse Now, Godfather 2, Fargo, True Romance,Drugstore Cowboy, Mean Streets.

Your favourite director(s)?

Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Coen Brothers.

Which films should all UoG Film Production students see before they can call themselves film buffs?

Battle of Algiers, Some Like It Hot, Godfather Trilogy, Psycho, The Shining, Drugstore Cowboy, Erazerhead, Bad Lieutenant, Rear Window, Bonnie and Clyde, Walkabout, On The Waterfront, City of God, Midnight Cowboy, Touch of Evil, The Third Man, Chinatown, Dog Day Afternoon

What advice would you give to yourself as a brand new filmmaker?

Keep your mind open, watch lots of films, engage in life, try new things, push yourself to the limit. You get out what you put in.

Any favourite on-set experiences?

Putting together a shoot at night for my first feature film, in Poland, which involved co-ordination of an A list cast, 300 extras, a train, cars, dead pigs, using the biggest crane in Europe, in temperatures of -10 in the middle of winter… And getting it in the can in 3 takes!

Which cake(s) can you be relied upon to contribute to the department?

Not so hot on the cake front but I can usually be relied upon to go out night fishing on surf beaches for some fresh sea bass.

What’s the best bit of Film Production at UoG?

Great students and the committed and talented staff I work with.

Find out more about Film Production at the University of Gloucestershire.

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