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David Scott

Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Creative Industries
Areas of Expertise:
Film and television production

David Scott is a highly experienced Cinematographer, having shot 15 cinema feature films and many TV films for all major UK broadcasters, as well as scores of commercials.

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David is a specialist in performance and Arts documentaries. His films have garnered many awards including: Grand Prix - Rimini, Prix Europa, Blue Angel - Berlin, Silver Hugo - Chicago and two Emmys.

David's current research is a continuing exploration of improvisation in cinematography, drawing on his experience in documentary over many years and more recently in shooting two feature films where all performance and dialogue is improvised by the actors in the moment of filming.

Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Italian
  • French
Research interests
  • Improvisation in Cinematography

David is currently working on his Ph.D. by Published Work. The title is 'Improvising Cinematography in the Context of Improvised Performance in Narrative Fiction Films'. The two main areas of research are, first in dealing with the actors' freedom and improvisation whilst using 'plan sequence' style of shooting. The second is in integrating cinematography as a guiding principle of the story telling.


BA (Hons) Film and Television Production:

  • Level 4: Cinematography and Sound, Introduction to Film Production
  • Level 5:The Director and the Cinematographer, Short Fiction
  • Level 6: Specialised Practice, Major Project

MA Film and Television Production: occasional workshops

  • PG Diploma Film Making, London Film School
  • PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University
Memberships, editorial boards
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Selected recent publications

A Change in the Weather, 2017. [Film] Directed by Jon Sanders. UK: Deerstalker Films

Inhabit, 2015. [Short Film] Directed by Jane Devoy. UK: Jane Devoy Films

Mauro is Busy, 2013. [Film] Directed by Alessandro di Robilant. Italy: Adler Entertainment

Back to the Garden, 2013. [Film] Directed by Jon Sanders. UK: Jon Sanders Films

Marpiccolo, 2009. [Film] Directed by Alessandro di Robilant. Italy: RAI Cinema

L’Uomo della Carita, 2007. [Film] Directed by Alessandro di Robilant. Italy: Italian International Film