Justin Ascott is a full-time lecturer, independent filmmaker, and advocate of open-source filmmaking. 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’s practice based research outputs explore the cinematic representation of affective landscapes, as well as social interaction and its contexts. Justin has presented academic papers which theorise his films at Derby University, Oxford University and the University of Edinburgh. Papers can be accessed here: nuca.academia.edu/JustinAscott
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 Communication & Digital Arts Department, at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Queretaro.
Prior to this appointment, Justin lectured at several institutions on an HPL basis in the UK - including on 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 course.
Justin has more than fifteen years professional expertise in conceptualizing, scriptwriting and directing special effects TV commercials and communication 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 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 Fine Art Film & Video from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, UK. Justin’s thesis film, a docu-drama about an itinerant “gentleman of the road” was screened commercially at Watershed Media Centre Cinema, Bristol.