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John Twycross

Senior Lecture in Digital Media Production

School of Arts

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

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John Twycross works as a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Production at Oxford Brookes University. His extensive and diverse experience of working commercially in the fields of television, film and interactive production provide a strong experiential context to his academic endeavours. His current research and teaching covers areas such as character modelling and animation, motion capture, interactive media, game design and television news production.


Postgraduate supervision at MSc & PhD level.

His practice based approach to research provides an opportunity to engage with contemporary debates in disciplines that are categorised as the creative industries. His imaginative use of motion graphics, motion capture and visual effects has lead to an expressive portfolio of work located in the innovative gaps in the intersection of applied science and contemporary visual arts. This research is inspired by a passion for promoting technical, creative and editorial excellence.

Research group membership

Contributions to scholarly development is focused on his leadership role in the research group CREATE which currently has projects exploring interactive journalism and experimental immersive media production. He is an active member of professional and academic bodies including the Society for Animation Studies (SAS), British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS), the European Documentary Network (EDN) and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Journal articles

  • , 'Ahead of the Game: Enhancing student engagement through contemporary modes of delivering learning material'
    Media Education Research Journal 4 (2) (2013)
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Conference papers

Areas of expertise

  • Television and Film Production
  • Visual Effects
  • Compositing
  • Character modelling
  • Sculpture
  • Motion Capture and Animation
  • 360 Video
  • Game Design
  • Virtual reality
  • Augmented reality.

Membership of professional bodies

Co-convenor BAFTSS - Practice SIG  (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies).

Member SAS - (Society of Animation Studies).


His local industry and community ties have been developed both in the workplace and through leading networking meetings for digital creatives. This is further extended through his work as a trustee and director of FIlm Oxford, a regional Hub for Film and Digital Media supporting a community of filmmakers and digital creators. He has been supported as a community leader by the software producers Adobe and Autodesk.