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Professor John Mateer



I am one of the four founding members of the former department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media (now the School of Arts and Creative Technologies) and was tasked with the specific responsibility of developing all aspects of our film and television production provision. This included the development of our film and television production and postproduction academic programmes from the ground up. I also oversaw the design, construction and fit-out of production and postproduction areas for our award-winning £25M building, working closely with then Head of Department Professor Andy Tudor.

I presently teach on numerous film and television production modules at all levels. In my teaching I draw on my industry experience and links to ensure the material covered is current and techniques are up to date, often bringing in industry guests. I also look to arrange opportunities for students to work on commercial projects wherever possible. I was awarded a University Forum Teaching Fellowship for excellence and innovation in teaching, one of only three recipients University-wide, in 2005.

I am also an active practitioner working on commercial feature film and broadcast television projects as well as consulting on both script development and technical production/postproduction issues. My IMDB entry can be found here: A full list of credits is available upon request.


I received a BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University and a postgraduate degree from the American Film Institute Conservatory, where I was a Directing Fellow. I started my career working with Emmy award-winning Robert Greenwald Productions (MGM Studios) doing lighting for made-for-television movies for the ABC and NBC networks in the US.

After completing my degree at AFI, I worked as a producer and director with numerous companies including Jonathan Goodson Productions (in association with Paramount Studios), Gabriel Films Ltd., Ogilvy & Mather and LucasArts (as part of the First Cities project) and several others. My expertise lies in the development and supervision of projects involving computer-generated imagery as well as format and script development for television series and feature films. My work has won a number of national and international awards including a Gold Medal at the New York Festival. I continue to be active professionally, recently working as Executive Producer and Visual Effects Producer for the feature film The Knife That Killed Me, backed by Universal Pictures UK, and as Visual Effects Producer for the feature film Macbeth, produced by GSP Studios.

I joined the University of York in 2001.



My research has two primary strands:
The first looks at the impact of new technologies on different aspects of the film and television industry including new methods of marketing and distribution, changes in production roles and workflows as a result of new technological developments, and emerging media such as cinematic virtual reality.
The second involves the examination of the relationship between academia and the film and television industries in different commercial contexts. This includes looking at formal academic-industry collaborations for the creation of commercial feature films and broadcast television programmes, their impact on student/recent graduate participants and the industry, and an exploration of the cultural issues surrounding the mixing of practice and academia including perceptions of media practitioners working in higher education.


Mateer (PI), Schofield (Co-I), 2017-19, Formal Collaboration with Wild Rover Productions Ltd., Knowledge Transfer Partnership awarded by Innovate UK, £313,594

The purpose of the project is to improve the understanding of emerging markets for cinematic virtual reality (CVR) and to develop new tools to enhance CVR production through formal research and the transfer of expert knowledge from the department. The goal of the project is to enhance their competitiveness in a rapidly changing and emergent new medium.

Higson (PI), Jones (Co-I), Mateer (Co-I) and D’Ippolito (Co-I), 2016-17, Digital Technologies and the Creative Industries: how are on-demand platforms changing film and television distribution?, University of York Research Priming Fund Award, £14,298

The purpose of the project is to begin to explore business and cultural aspects of how on-demand media platforms are transforming the distribution and consumption of feature films and television programmes.

Mateer (PI) and Kearney (Co-I), 2013-15, Formal Collaboration with Green Screen Productions Ltd., Knowledge Transfer Partnership awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Technology Strategy Board, £135,769

The purpose of the project was to improve the understanding and use of new digital tools in all phases of feature film production through formal research and the transfer of expert knowledge from the department. The goal of the project was to enhance their efficiency while also enabling them to develop innovative new projects.

Kearney (PI) and Mateer (Co-I), 2013-14, Formal Collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd., Knowledge Transfer Partnership awarded by the Technology Strategy Board, £53,452

This was a proprietary media-based knowledge transfer project.


I am presently supervising one PhD candidate who is looking at the influence of the requirements of digital effects on feature film directing. I am interested in supervising other PhD student projects that relate in some way to professional film or television production practice, either through a formal analysis of some aspect of methodology or through creative practice itself.

External activities


Externally I have served on several advisory panels for local and national creative industries and UK research councils (EPSRC) as well as judged for various film and television festivals. I have been closely involved with the Producer's Alliance (PACT) and the Directors Guild (DGGB).



Mr John Mateer

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Professor John Mateer
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5230