Justin Ascott is a full-time lecturer and independent filmmaker. His films have been screened at the London Short Film Festival, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Tenderflix Festival, Flatpack Festival, as well as being aired on the Souvenirs from Earth cable channel and the international online magazine Motherboard.vice.com
Justin is currently a full-time lecturer on the BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production course at Norwich University of the Arts. From August 2008 to May 2010 Justin was based in Queretaro, Mexico lecturing full-time within the Communications Department, at Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM). He was responsible for teaching classes in film production, animation and digital design, at BA level.
Prior to this appointment, Justin lectured at several institutions on an HPL basis in the UK - including the MA Digital Film and Animation course at London Metropolitan University from 2007 - 2008, where he encouraged radical experimentation.
For two academic years from 2006 through 2007 Justin lectured full-time within the Motion Media Design Department at Savannah College of Art & Design, USA, where he ran a conceptually focused hybrid media animation programme.
Justin has more than fifteen years professional expertise in conceptualizing, scriptwriting and directing special effects TV commercials and corporate brand image, information and training films on 35mm film and digital formats. He directed on a full-time or freelance basis for production companies in Hong Kong from 1990 - 1991, Singapore from 1992 - 1999, and Jakarta, Indonesia from 1999 - 2001. From 2001 - 2005 Justin was based in London directing corporate films throughout Europe for major multinational clients including Pfizer, Reebok, Orange, Johnson & Johnson (DePuy CMW) and Rolls-Royce Aerospace.
A Master of Science Degree in Digital Television Management & Production was gained from University of Brighton, UK in 2004. Justin researched and wrote a whitepaper on Interactive Television Advertising as part of a three month industry placement with Open TV in London, the leading industry provider of iTV applications. Justin developed and pitched a light entertainment, interactive television series proposal to BBC executives as a thesis project.
Prior to this in 1988 Justin gained a 2.1 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Film & Video Arts from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, UK. Justin’s thesis film, a docudrama about a “gentleman of the road” was screened commercially at Watershed Media Centre Cinema, Bristol.
PRACTICE BASED RESEARCH
Justin’s practice based research outputs at Norwich University of the Arts explore the cinematic representation of sound and space relationships as well as social behaviour and its contexts.