Gerry McCulloch is Head of Cinematography, Film Editing and Sound Design of the MA in Filmmaking at Goldsmiths, University of London. He convenes the Cinematography pathway of the programme and is intent on utilising the lack of commercial and executive controls in education as a creative opportunity for student filmmakers.
Since its inception in 2006, the Goldsmiths MA in Filmmaking has established itself as one of the UK's leading postgraduate film programmes. Teaching is delivered by film industry professionals and films are premiered at a gala screening in a West End cinema in London. Many of the films go on to win awards and course alumni are active in the creative industries around the world.
While devising the Goldsmiths curriculum, Gerry completed two Fellowships and was presented with a Peake Award for excellence in teaching. He is a Link Tutor at the Puttnam School of Film in Singapore; is External Examiner on Film and Photography programmes at Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Surrey; and is pioneering the rebuilding of Media and Arts Higher Education in Burma through Media Academic Partners. Gerry lectures internationally on the subject of Visual Storytelling.
Gerry is an award-winning cinematographer, photographer and visual artist with broadcast and exhibition credits in film drama, documentary, television advertising commercials and promotional music videos. He currently operates Darshana Photo Art and was previously a Director of Untold Productions and film editor at the BBC.
Gerry's creative practice informs his teaching and takes two forms:
As a cinematographer, Gerry has made films with household names like Helena Bonham Carter and Paul Whitehouse and with world figures such as Fidel Castro. He has undertaken photo and cine work in Namibia, Cuba, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Japan, Tibet, Nepal, Laos, Sri Lanka, India, Cambodia, Burma, Singapore, Indonesia and many parts of Europe.
He has photographed Religious Leaders, Royalty, Nobel prize-winners, UN Ambassadors, MPs, Opera Singers, Novelists, Actors, Judges, Historians, Musicians, Physicists, Entrepreneurs and Artists. His work has featured in a broad range of publications including The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, Laissez Faire and Tricycle magazines.
Overseas travel on photo and cine projects in India, Nepal and Tibet precipitated Gerry's parallel interest in the overlaps between Eastern traditions of creativity, spirituality and learning. His over-arching art project Isolates draws on Indo-Tibetan configurations of perception (impermanence), cognition (emptiness) and subjectivity (selflessness) as a basis for contemporary photographic art that involves light, pigment, pastel and ink painting on still and moving-image frames and sequences.
While established photographic terminology is replete with the language of aggressive material acquisition (we ‘take’ pictures; we ‘shoot’ photographs and films; we ‘capture’ images), Isolates advocates a receptive rather than an acquisitive approach, in which the production of images is conceived of as an interaction between perceiver and perceived, not as a conquest.
The focus is on interconnectedness, not otherness and the status of the process is in equanimous balance with the product. In this configuration of creativity, the artist is figured as an unselfconscious catalyst rather than a self-determined author, and the subject itself is regarded as a co-creator and collaborator. (See below sample images.)
In recent years, Gerry's work has been exhibited at Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art, Rotterdam Centre for Contemporary Art, The Mall Galleries, The Strand Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Greenwich Viewfinder Gallery, London Tibetan Buddhist Centre for World Peace, Goldsmiths NAB Gallery and Photofusion.
Through the Goldsmiths Screen School Research Unit, his expertise includes the History and Aesthetics of the Short Film Form, pre-verbal signification in narrative cinema and pedagogy of screen fiction. He serves on the editorial board of the Intellect Journal of Short Film Studies and Fuera de Campo, the Film Studies journal of the Universidad De Las Artes, Ecuador.
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