Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Nicholas Morris

Visiting Associate Professor, School of Art, Design and Media

Assoc Prof Nicholas Morris

Nic Morris BSC is a Director of Photography with extensive experience in both high end Digital, (4k & 8k), and 35mm Anamorphic (3 Features) and 65mm both 8 Perf (Alien3), and 15 Perf (IMAX).

While working in Feature Films, top level Commercials and high budget Television dramas, Nic has been designing courses and teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and he has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, in addition to a BA in Photographic Art (Film) from the University of Westminster. He has taught, and been on the selection committee at the NFTS, as well as being course leader at the AUB, (Bournemouth), and an External Examiner at Hull College of Art & Design on behalf of the UK’s Open University.

A large number of individual production credits encompassing Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials, Feature Films and TV Dramas include:
Firelight, (Hollywood Pictures / Buena Vista), written and directed by double Oscar nominated William Nicholson which won the San Sebastian Best Cinematography Award in addition to the BSC Best Cinematography in a Theatrical Film nomination. More recently Minotaur for Lionsgate, With Tom Hardy, Tony Todd and Rutger Hauer.

Additional film credits include 2nd Unit Director of Photography on David Fincher’s Alien 3, where he also worked as a member of Richard Edlund’s Academy Award nominated VFX team.

Documentary credits include Emmy award winning films Falasha no More and China, Other Voices both produced and directed by Helen Marmor for NBC.

Commercials awards include a D&AD best photography award and the Grand Prix and a number of Gold Lions at the International Advertising Cannes Film Festival.

Nic has been a Governor of the BSC, an invitation only society for high end Feature Film Directors of Photography for the past ten years. He is also a voting member of BAFTA. Represented the BSC at IMAGO in Rome 2010 and Tallinn, Estonia in 2011. He is a Sony Independent Certified Expert, (ICE) and has in place NDAs which allow him to be made aware of upcoming camera developments.
Nic Morris is represented by UNITED Agents, one of the world’s top talent agencies; up to date film credits are available from:

Published Work:
As Author:
Morris, N 2006. The Digital DP. In: Jones, C. & Jolliffe, J ed. Guerilla Film Makers Handbook (3rd edition). London & New York: Continuum Books.
Morris, N 2004. A Conversation with Ossie Morris. In British Cinematographer LAWS Publishing.
Morris, N 2004. Tornado Ultra High Speed Camera. In British Cinematographer. LAWS Publishing.
Morris, N 2005. Lee Camera & Lighting Filters. In British Cinematographer LAWS Publishing
Morris, N 2001. Albania 1994 (Tidemark Photojournalism). In Leica Fotographie English & German Edition.

Selected Articles about Nic Morris’s Work:
Most, M.2003 Before You Go, Arri Magazine. 04/2003.
Uncredited, 2007 Nic Morris BSC DoP – Shooting HD (HD Scene to Screen Interview). Sony Scene 2 Screen Magazine
Brett, A. 2005 Nic Morris BSC - The importance of Elegance. Exposure Magazine Summer Ed.
Prince, R. 2005 Seeing Red – Infrared. Inaugural Edition of British Cinematographer Magazine. LAWS Publishing.
Prince, R. Being Human British Cinematographer Magazine Issue 37,
Bennett, J 2013 Nic Morris - Shooting 4k with the Sony F65 Televisual Magazine
Prince, R. 2013 4k Shooting the F65 Demo. British Cinematographer Magazine.
Research Interests
A practitioner who has straddled the transition from photochemical to digital cinematography and embraced and engaged with current developments in camera and post-production workflows, Nic is involved in how these changes are impacting on the role of the cinematographer.
In 2010 he was a panellist at Paramount in Los Angeles with a number of distinguished cinematographers, (Allan Daviau, Nancy Schreiber, Richard Crudo, Dick Pope, et al), to discuss the future of Feature Film Production and the role of the Director of Photography in a digital age, and has spoken at a number of industry conferences.

Other interests include the early history of the role of the cinematographer.

Research ID: - ORCID Identifier: 0000-0001-9426-2172

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