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Alex Crowton

T:
01642 34
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Media Production
E:
a.crowton@tees.ac.uk
School/department:
School of Computing, Media & the Arts
 
 
Research:
Computing research
 
 

About Alex Crowton

Alex Crowton

Alex Crowton
Senior Lecturer in Media Production, School of Computing, Media & the Arts
T: 01642 34
E: a.crowton@tees.ac.uk
Research: Computing research

Alex has extensive experience in both film and television production having worked as a freelance camera operator and having provided lighting and sound operation for live events and broadcast. Alex has previously worked for BBC arts factual, BBC Films and Second Home Productions, and on commercial projects for Jaguar, Honda, and Hewlett Packard. Alex has been executive producer on several successful short films including: Dawid and Dominic (2012), Dear Susan (2012) and future Skies (2012)

Alex previously worked as a lecturer in Media (Film) production at Staffordshire University where he helped to develop an MA programme in Film Production for the Raindance Film Festival. 

He has worked extensively with young people in the criminal justice system; working as filmmaker is residence for ‘Geese Theatre company’ and as a filmmaking facilitator on a variety of projects including: ‘Cineclub’ (patroned by Lars Von Trier)  and Sonic DB: Music technology in Prisons; for which he received a Royal Television Society award for: ‘Change the Way/ One life to live”: Music video (2007)

Research interests

Alex's research work largely focuses around the development of documentary productions.  His research interests include: the relationship between art and commerce, creativity and self-destructive behavior, the genealogy of the alternative American independent ‘lo fi’ music movement and the democratisation of independent filmmaking through emerging media and distribution technology. Alex previously produced and directed a documentary about legendary music producer: Jack Nitzsche (2009) and is currently producing and directing a film about the life and music of Mark Linkous:  frontman of independent American alternative rock band: 'Sparklehorse'.

Alex holds an MA in Film Production Practice & Theory, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional and Higher education.  He is a member of MeCCSA and a  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.