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    Dr Mikey Murray

    Lecturer in Film Production

    Lincoln School of Film & Media
    College of Arts

    About Mikey Murray

    Mikey is an award winning freelance filmmaker and he teaches Film Production and Screenwriting at the University of Lincoln. 

    In 2002, Mikey won the coveted David Jacob’s Scholarship as an outstanding student in the field of film practice at Stirling University.  The $40,000 scholarship from television producer, David Jacobs (Dallas) dictated a move to Los Angeles where he would study MFA courses in Screenwriting, Directing and Cinematography at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television.  During his time there he also worked as a production intern at New Line Cinema under exec producers Mark Ordesky (The Lord of the Rings) and Guy Stodel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and as a Soundman/Gaffer on Sony Pictures’ documentary, ‘Ringers: Lord of the Fans’.

    Mikey has written, directed and produced several short independent films, winning a Scottish BAFTA award for Best First Time Writer in 2008 for ‘Breaking’, a short film that he wrote and directed.  In 2009 his feature screenplay, ‘Across the Water’ placed as a runner-up in the British Feature Screenwriting Competition which was judged by Alan Parker, Kenneth Branagh and Stephen Woolley and in 2010 he was selected to become one of The Writers’ Factory national screenwriting trainers where he was trained by British screenwriting expert, Phil Parker.  He gained a position as a part-time Lecturer at Bangor University the same year, where he also completed his PhD in the field of film practice in 2015. 

    Mikey has been mentored in his film-making career by Ros Borland (The Last King of Scotland) and Emmy Award nominated writer/director Christopher Monger (Temple Grandin).  In 2014 he was selected by Ffilm Cymru Wales for their Net.Work Director’s Lab where he also developed his work with Oscar nominated writer/director Lenny Abrahamson (Room).  Mikey has also programmed for several film festivals including the renowned ‘Slamdance’ film festival in Utah.  He is the creator and festival director for ‘Indie-Lincs’, Lincoln’s film festival that is designed to champion low and micro-budget films and their filmmakers. 

    Mikey continues to combine his teaching at the University of Lincoln with the development of new film projects as a writer, director, and producer under the banner of his production company, Middleman Productions.  He recently completed a short film, ‘Natalie’ which was co-funded by BFI via Ffilm Cymru Wales and stars Scottish Bafta winning actress, Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones).  Natalie will have its world premiere at the prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2017.   His feature film screenplay ‘City’ is now in development with co-writer, Jimmy Osborne and producers, Tore Schmidt (The Danish Girl) & Naysun Alae-Carew (Anna and the Apocalypse).

    Department Responsibilities

    Teaching on the following undergraduate modules:

    MED 1010 - Script Screen & Realisation
    MED 2023 - Script and Screenwriting Projects
    FTV 2024 - The Art and Craft of Directing and Cinematography (Module Coordinator)
    MED 2058/9 - Film Production Projects
    MED 3004/5 & FTV 3002 - Media Project 1&2

    Various teaching on MA Media, Film & TV Production

    Subject Specialism

    Film Production & Screenwriting

    Qualifications

    • PhD - Film Practice — Bangor University, 2015
    • Associate Fellow — The Higher Education Academy, 2015
    • MA Certificate in Film Directing & Screenwriitng — University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
    • BA (Hons) Film & Media — University of Stirling, 2001

    Awards

    • Research Grant - Paper at Screenwriting Research Network annual conference (£355) — Research Resources Allocation Fund - University of Lincoln, 2016
    • Grant for Indie-Lincs International Film Festival 2017 (£2000) — Lincoln BIG / University of Lincoln, 2016
    • Film Production Development Funding (£3000) — Ffilm Cymru Wales, 2016
    • John Hefin Award - Best Short Film made in Wales — Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, Wales, 2015
    • Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Film — Screentest Film Festival, London, 2015
    • Research Grant (£670) — Research Resources Allocation Fund - University of Lincoln, 2015
    • Best Sci-Fi Short Film — Philip K. Dick International Sci-Film Film Festival, New York, 2015
    • PhD - 3 year fee waiver (£10,600) — Bangor University, 2013
    • Film Production Development Funding (£5000) — South West Scotland Screen Commission, 2012
    • Practice-Led Research Grant (£500) — Arts Trust Scotland, 2012
    • Best First Time Writer — BAFTA Scotland, 2008
    • MA study at UCLA fees award ($12,000) — Stirling University, 2002
    • The David Jacobs Scholarship ($40,000) — David Jacobs Family, 2002

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