Dr Nick Jones
Lecturer in Film, Television and Digital Culture

Profile

Biography

I joined the Department of Film Theatre and Television at York as a Lecturer in Film, Television and Digital Culture in 2017. Before this, I completed my PhD at Queen Mary University of London, where I was also a teaching assistant and module convenor.

My PhD explored the way space is represented in contemporary action cinema, and a revised version of this was published in 2015 as Hollywood Action Films and Spatial Theory (Routledge). I am currently working on digital 3D cinema, investigating the importance of this exhibition format in a digital context, and finding ways to describe 3D aesthetics in ways that are not beholden to 2D models of cinema analysis. This research incorporates analysis of nineteenth-century visual culture (in particular the 3D viewing device the stereoscope), contemporary VR and other new media, and modes of digital effects production.

I also continue to research action cinema, the work of philosopher and spatial theorist Henri Lefebvre, and the manner in which mainstream filmmaking represents urban space (sometimes, but not always, in the same breath). My work in these areas has been published in a range of Film Studies journals, including Cinema Journal, Animation, and Continuum (see my research tab for a full list).

I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in 2017, and I have taught across a wide range of UG and MA film studies modules.

 

Research

Overview

My research concerns contemporary Hollywood, technologies of visualisation, digital effects, and spatial theory. I am principally interested in the manner in which moving image media represent (or produce) space and how the nature of these representations changes over time and through the use of different technologies. This involves looking at everything from architecture and cinematic space, theories of media archaeology, to scholarship regarding the digital turn and new media.

My current project is a three-year British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship titled Contemporary 3D Cinema: Space in the Digital Age. It explores 3D cinema in the twenty-first century, considering in particular its links with wider visual media and technological developments, as well as its highly distinctive aesthetics. Although dozens films are released yearly and the format has become a key aspect of contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, 3D has received remarkably little sustained attention. This project seeks to redress this absence, articulating the importance of 3D visualisation to digital media, and the highly peculiar, creatively flexible nature of space in 3D cinema. A book resulting from the project will be published in 2019, and related articles have previously appeared in Cinema Journal and New Review of Film and Television Studies.

 

A head and shoulders photo of Nick Jones.

Contact details

Dr Nick Jones
Lecturer in Film, Television and Digital Culture
Theatre, Fim and Television
University of York
Baird Lane
Heslington East
York
YO10 5GB

Tel: 01904 325289

External activities

Memberships

I am producer with Ben Woodiwiss, co-founder of Look/Think Films, an independent London-based film production company. Our first feature, Benny Loves Killing (2012) received many favourable reviews and won several awards at international film festivals, including Best Horror at the Oregon Independent Film Festival. Watch the trailer here

I am also managing editor of the website Mapping Contemporary Cinema (http://www.mcc.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/), a place for the publication of high-quality, peer-reviewed undergraduate student work on recent films and current media issues.

In 2016 I co-organised, with Janet Harbord and Ros Murray, a symposium on Anachronism at Queen Mary University of London, and I have also introduced screenings at the Genesis Cinema in East London and the National Portrait Gallery.

Publications

Selected publications

Book - Hollywood Action Films and Spatial Theory (New York: Routledge, 2015)

Recent articles - ‘Expanding the Esper: Virtualised Spaces of Surveillance in SF Film’ in Science Fiction Film and Television 9:1 (2016): 1-23.
‘Variation within Stability: Digital 3-D and Film Style’ in Cinema Journal 55:1 (2015): 52-73.
‘There Never Really is a Stereoscopic Image: A Closer Look at 3-D Media’ in New Review of Film and Television Studies 13:2 (2015): 170-188.