My parents were artists and performers. They produced sculpture, light shows, multi-media performances, sound and light environments, books etc. I was the 'technical' member of the family and from the arrival of a Ferrograph series 4 tape recorder when I was still at junior school I enjoyed working on the sound content of our artistic activities. After a few years working as an Audio-Visual Aids Technician in a large London school I started Film work in 1979 with a Documentary production house in Central London becoming a Freelance Sound Recordist in 1985.
Over the last 30+ years I have enjoyed sound recording all over the world on Television Documentary, Theatre, Corporate, Commercials and Drama productions.
Head of Production Design
Senior Lecturer - Production Design
After graduating in Fine Art Carmel worked as a Theatre Designer in UK, Ireland and Berlin before training in Production Design at the National Film and Television School.
She has extensive experience as Production Designer working internationally on feature films shot in the UK and in Southern Africa, and a wide portfolio of productions including RTS award-winning shorts (‘Decisions’ for Ch 4), TV drama, drama documentaries, commercials and BAFTA award-winning Arts films (Sir Simon Rattle’s ‘Leaving Home’ for Ch 4). Feature films ‘Friends’ directed by Elaine Proctor and ‘Hijack Stories’ directed by Oliver Schmitz gained recognition in Cannes - Special Mention Palme D’Or and Un Certain Regard respectively, both securing international releases.
Carmel has combined teaching with professional practice throughout her career, devising the MA Production Design course at Northern School of Film and Television and teaching at many institutions as a visiting tutor in between film projects, including at University of Westminster, University of the Arts London, University of the Creative Arts Farnham, Royal Holloway University and as a Professional Mentor to Film Glasgow’s JumpCut Summer Production Company.
Originally from Singapore, Chai worked extensively in the arts and media industries before coming to the UK to do a postgraduate programme in festival producing and management in Edinburgh. She then worked in Higher Education in Glasgow, and went and lived in Vietnam before arriving in London in 2010. Chai has worked with various Christian charities since coming to London. She is pleased to be working in a creative environment again, having joined LFS in April 2019, providing administrative support to the CEO, Gisli Snaer, and COO, Dan Lawson.
British-born Chi Yu graduated from London Film School with an MA in Filmmaking, where he trained in Directing, Cinematography, Camera Operating, Producing and Editing as well as assisting across numerous film productions. He has worked in various fields as a freelance videographer, teaching assistant and in administration for various organisations.
Marketing and Events Manager
Dan’s marketing and events background is rooted in a love for writing and the impact of art on reframing people’s lives. He has worked for charities, universities and creative agencies across London and Bristol, as well as London’s oldest bookshop, Hatchards.
Alongside this, Dan has volunteered with Human Rights Watch to promote their London Film Festivals, and is currently breaking into the world of film and literary criticism while working on his own short stories.
Term 2 Tutor
Dominic began his career in theatre and radio as a sound designer and composer. Working with BBC radio drama in London he completed score and sound design for Othello, Les Misérables and other more experimental plays. After completing the sound design MA at the NFTS, he started working as a sound editor and sound designer for film including drama, documentary and animation projects. Many of the films he has worked on have won multiple national and international awards.
Term 5 Tutor
Library, Film Archive and Festivals Manager
Ater Art college and a spell in the Theatre, Ginny began her film library career at an eclectic Soviet film archive in Highbury Corner. She has experience of many varied film archive collections and libraries, working with legacy formats, discovering, preserving and accessioning many fascinating archive films along the way. After a major project cataloguing the Central Office of Information Footage File Collection, she has worked on the WellcomeFilm digitisation project, at various commercial boutique libraries and also in a freelance capacity as Film Archivist at the Wellcome Trust.
Prior to joining LFS, Greg graduated from the University of Westminster with a Bachelors of Music.
He then moved into timetabling and scheduling at the University of Middlesex, where he spent 4 years maintaining schedules for the School of Business as well as the Departments of Art and Design, Law and Science and Technology.
Instructor/Technician - Editing
Administrative Support Officer
Jennifer is our Administrative Support Officer for students and looks after our front of house at Shelton Street. Alongside front of house, Jennifer is also our HR Coordinator providing effective and efficient support to all members of staff.
Loves empanadas and prefers being called Jen.
Senior Lecturer - Camera
Head of Screenwriting
Jonathan Hourigan is a graduate of Oxford University and the National Film and Television School. He was assistant to Robert Bresson on L'Argent and is a writer, director, script consultant and teacher.