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Alex Nevill

Alex Nevill

Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design


Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Filmmaking.

Career overview

Dr. Alex Nevill is a cinematographer and filmmaker. He has photographed several independent feature films as well as award winning short projects. Alex directed Fishcakes & Cocaine, a half-hour documentary about a small community living on a remote Scottish peninsula. He is currently working on Ferroequinology, a feature length documentary about US photographers exploring the country's railroads and the experience of slow travel.

Alex studied filmmaking at the Screen Academy Scotland and completed a practice-led PhD in the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE Bristol with a scholarship through the AHRC 3d3 Centre for Doctoral Training.

Before joining NTU, Alex taught in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University and prior to that Ravensbourne University London, both for three years. He has also been a visiting lecturer at University for the Creative Arts, London Southbank University, University of Gloucestershire and Southampton Solent University.

Research areas

Alex's areas of research and teaching include the practice and theory of cinematography, film aesthetics, essay film and documentary production. He is the author of a short monograph titled Towards a Philosophy of Cinematography (forthcoming, Palgrave) and his writing has also been published in the Journal of Artistic Research, the Journal of Media Practice and Alphaville Journal of Film and Screen Media.

External activity

Associate Editor - Screenworks Journal

External Examiner - PhD, Baltic Film & Media School, Talinnn University

External Examiner - MA Film and Television, University of Bristol

Jury Member - BAFTSS Practice Research Awards

Peer Reviewer - VIS Nordic Journal of Artistic Research


Nevill, A. (2019) Passages of light: illumination in film and video installation. Journal of Artistic Research, 18(2019),

Crofts, C and Nevill, A. (2019) Publishing screen media practice research: evolving processes of contextualisation, peer review and future proofing. Journal of Media Practice and Education 19(3), 283-297,

Nevill, A. (2019) Cinematography and Filmmaking Research. Alphaville Journal of Film and Screen Media, 17(3), 188-196,

Nevill, A. (2018) Cinematographic affordances: Creative approaches to lighting in moving image practice. Journal of Media Practice and Education, 19(2), 122-138,

Nevill, A. (2017) Virtual Illumination: Lighting across live-action and computer-generated moving images. Screenworks, 7(2).