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Lead Practitioners in Moving Image Education

In 2004, Scottish Screen began to recruit ‘lead practitioners’ of moving image education who could help to promote and develop learning about and through the moving image. Since then, many of them have deployed their exceptional skills, experience and commitment on a wide range of Scottish Screen educational initiatives across the country. The success of these initiatives is the result of their work.

Biographies of our current Lead Practitioners

David Griffith
David Griffith is an experienced screenwriter, story consultant and producer of feature films, short films and TV documentaries. He teaches screenwriting for a number of Further Education and Higher Education establishments, including Abertay University and the University of Strathclyde. He also works as a tutor for Scottish Screen and the UK Film Council’s ‘Writer’s Factory’ and as a trainer for Scottish Screen's Moving Image Education programme. David Griffith has been appointed project manager for Scottish Screen archive and education project, Scotland on Film, and he has written two screenwriting guides for young people, A Crash Course in Screenwriting, and the First Writes Guide to Screenwriting can be downloaded from this site.

Dini Power
Dini Power became interested in film and TV after making a student promotional film while studying for an English degree. She learned further about film analysis while studying Linguistics and she worked at BFI as a production secretary for a while before becoming an English teacher, later adding Media Studies as an additional teaching subject. Dini set up a Media Studies course at Stirling High Schools and now teaches English and Media at Hillpark Secondary in Glasgow. As a Lead Practitioner, Dini has given in-service training to colleagues, developed teaching materials and helped put together Chartered Teacher modules in Moving Image Education at Glasgow University's faculty of Education.

Iain Piercy
Iain graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1986 and has since worked as a freelance artist specialising in illustration and multi-media film and video work. His present educational work includes projects with Scottish Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Project Ability. He has worked throughout Europe and has won a number of awards at film festivals in the UK, Europe and America.

Athole McLaughlan
Once upon a time, Athole studied history, and then worked for four years as a projectionist at the Cameo cinema in Edinburgh. He has been a primary teacher for the last 7 years, working in Germany, Edinburgh, Fife, and currently in Glasgow. He has experience of working with children of all ages; watching films, discussing films and making many short films and animations as part of teaching media literacy. He has also completed a GTC research paper on using digital media in the classroom. Athole thinks there is no better way to excite children's artisitic imagination, creativite writing, motivation for learning and thinking skills than using an MIE approach in the classroom.  It is great fun for the teacher too!

Andrew Bonner
Andrew Bonner has provided training and seminars on short film production to clients around the UK, and for the past two years he has been developing Media and English teaching resources with teachers, local councils, the BFI and Teachers’ TV. His first film as producer was the short film Bye-Child, which has been screened worldwide, including festivals at London, Palm Springs, and Tehran. It was nominated for Best Short Film in the 2004 BAFTA Film Awards, and the director, Bernard MacLaverty, won Best First Time Director at the BAFTA Scotland Awards the same year. His next short film, Icicle Melt, shot near the Arctic Circle in Northern Sweden, starring Greta Scacchi and Jacob Nordenson, premiered as a finalist at the Turner Classic Movies prize at BFI London Film Festival 2006

Leslie Hills
Leslie Hills is a director of Skyline Productions. She develops and produces drama, documentary and live outside broadcasts. She acts as executive producer to short films, international productions, provides consultancy and research to feature films and provides script analysis and project assessment for film commissions and companies

Jonathan Charles
Jonathan Charles is an animator and filmmaker who works in film, corporate videos, music videos and media education. In 1995, he set up the independent organisation D fie foe, with Simone Bloomfield as a base to direct and produce animated and live action videos and films, and to develop media education provision. On the cutting edge of animation in multi-media production, his is able to apply his intimate knowledge of traditional animation to cross artform work in the digital age

Mairi Flood
Mairi Flood graduated as a teacher in 1992 and has spent 10 years teaching in nursery settings. While studying for a certificate in Special Educational Needs she became increasingly interested in visual communication systems and this led to her involvement in using moving image education in early years settings. Currently Mairi is seconded to Scottish Screen to develop a model of Moving Image Education for 3-7 year-olds that supports literacy and communication. Mairi believes that children learn best through holistic and meaningful contexts that are seated in and build upon the diverse cultural collateral they already posses.

Tim Flood
Tim Flood started work in a music recording studio before working as an engineer at the BBC. Before embarking on a career in teaching. His work for Scottish Screen has been in the Farr High School ASG in Bettyhill. Tim visited the schools several times over the year providing example moving image lessons to all the primary school teachers and a few teachers in the secondary school. It has been very satisfying work and he is delighted with the response of the pupils and teachers. Tim feels that MIE has such a lot to offer and he understands the rationale and how MIE can work in the classroom.

David Barras
David Barras runs Strange Boat, producing films for clients like Current TV, Channel 4 Ideas Factory, Sky, Who Cares? and Children 1st. He is also heavily involved in education, helping young people produce films through schemes such as First Light and Young Roots. He’s been working with young people and media since 1993 and has produced a range of work from radio programmes to half hour film dramas. Many of these films have been shown at festivals across the globe, from Tehran and New York to Dundee.  David has also written four feature screenplays, one of which was the winner of the Euroscript competition, as well as devising a continuing drama series which was in funded development at Channel 4. His documentary about the Edinburgh Slow Food movement was runner up in Current TV’s launch
contest in 2007 and can be viewed on Current’s website.

Adam Proctor
Animator and filmmaker Adam Proctor has been Digital Coordinator at Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen since 2001. He works with both the public and visual artists introducing them to moving image and digital tools through a variety of innovative projects. Much of their work focuses on breaking down both real and perceived barriers that often prevent members of the public using and exploring new media tools. Adam has launched 3SixtyTV, a live internet based TV channel produced and operated by a small army of local volunteers for discussing cultural and socially poignant ideas. Adam is currenlty taking a sabbatical from his post at Peacock to work as Animator in Residence at Heath Mount School, Hertfordshire.

Inge Sørensen
Inge Sørensen graduated with an M.Phil in Film and TV (Distinction)  from  University of Glasgow in 1998 and has since then worked, first as a researcher and now as a series producer, of documentaries and factual programmes for Channel 4, BBC, and Five. Inge specialises in documentaries with human interest, character-driven stories as well as education, arts, history and interactive programmes. Her films have won The Scottish Refugees Media Award 2006 and a Special Mention at the International Film Festival Cinerail in Paris 2006 and been short-listed for Amnesty International’s Media Award 2006 and a UK Bafta 2005. Inge also teaches digital film making to Film Focus, a group of aspiring filmmakers in Falkirk. Inge is currently working on a Ph.D. thesis about Documentary Films and Convergence at Copenhagen University.

Greg Dimeck
Greg graduated with a MA (Hons) in Sociology from Edinburgh before tutoring Sociology at Cambridge University. He has taught English in Greece, 5th Grade in New York City and has worked in several Edinburgh Primary Schools. His hobbies include playing for the PSFC - Edinburgh Primary School Football Club and picking edible wild mushrooms! He has delivered MIE training in schools throughout Scotland and has also helped set up a couple of film societies. He has helped to put together the Chartered Teacher module in MIE at Glasgow University. In 2002 Greg was a member of the Scottish Executive Creativity Task Force and he has been an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) since 2001. At Gylemuir Primary School he has coordinated two international film making projects and several cluster and school projects in the last 6 years and has helped Gylemuir become a HMIe recommended European Portrait school in ICT. Gylemuir has a fantastic team of staff and pupils who have integrated Moving Image Education in to the curriculum using a variety of resources, technologies and disciplines. There is an emphasis on creativity, achievement, attainment and on fun!

Kate Farrell
Kate is a Glow Development Officer for Edinburgh Council. Previously she taught Digital Media Computing and Media Studies at Castlebrae Community High School in Edinburgh. She is a Lead Practitioner in Moving Image Education with Scottish Screen, a member of the Qualification Development Team for NPA Computer Games Development at the Scottish Qualifications Authority and a Linden Labs approved educator in Second Life’s ‘teen grid’. She has also taught Media at Telford College and did video production work with Donaldson's College for the Deaf.  Her website is and her blog is


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