Lecturer

Division: Media, Communication and Performing Arts

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Graham Drysdale (BA (Hons) Film, PG Dip Film) is a Lecturer in the Media, Communication and Performing Arts Division.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

Graham has a degree in Film from Edinburgh College of Art (1988) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Film & Television from Napier University (1996). He has been a lecturer in Media Production and Screenwriting at QMU since 2004. His main teaching commitments are: Media Production (level 1), Screenwriting (level 3) and Film/Screenwriting Dissertations (level 4).

Working as a lecturer and freelance filmmaker Graham has a wide experience of drama & documentary filmmaking in the broadcast, corporate and community filmmaking sectors.

He produced the BBC Scotland ‘Tartan Short’ SWEETIE which was broadcast on BBC 2 and has worked as camera operator & researcher on broadcast documentaries.

As a freelance filmmaker his clients include National Museums Scotland, NHS, Forestry Commission Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Children in Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

From 2002-04 Graham coordinated & delivered a screen training programme for new writers and directors in Edinburgh’s areas of regeneration. Funded by the Scottish Arts Council, this Pilton Video/QMU joint project involved over 80 participants; 16 short films were produced and the results screened at international film festivals; two of the short films won awards, including the 2005 Jim Poole Award for Best Scottish Short Film.

Graham’s community filmmaking projects include work with inmates at HMP Edinburgh, black & minority ethnic youth groups at NMS and the UK Film Council’s First Light scheme.

Graham’s post graduate short film LOVELY won top awards at US film festivals in Aspen & Chicago making it eligible for an Academy Award nomination in 1999.

His short films have screened on Channel 4, FilmFour, BBC, Independent Film Channel (US) and have won awards from the Royal Television Society & BBC.

The British Council have selected three of his short films for entry to international film festivals, most recently, STUCK, which won the Silver Hugo award at the Chicago International Film Festival 2007.

Graham currently has a no-budget feature film in post-production - “Wigilia” - starring Duglas T. Stewart and Iwona Glowinska, produced via Tartan Features: Year Zero Filmmaking.

Active Research Interests:

  • Practice based research: film & screenwriting.
  • Sustainable low-budget filmmaking.

Narrative short filmmaking: script, production, camera, directing and editing.

Screenwriting: idea to developed script.

Creativity: enhancing students’ ability to generate ideas.

Final Year short films: supporting students through the development of their dissertation projects from initial idea(s) to completed film.

Teaching:

  • Level 1   (UG)  I1141 Media Production 1
  • Level 3/4 (UG) I4166 Screenwriting
  • Level 4   (UG)  I4175 Dissertation (Production - Video)
  • Level 4   (UG)  I4176 Dissertation (Production - PR)
  • Level 4   (UG)  I4182 Dissertation (Production - Screenwriting)

“Wigilia” (2015) feature film, currently in post-production.