Michael Peel
Course Leader – Foundation in Media Production,

Email: peelm@regents.ac.uk
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Subject(s): Film, Media & Performance

Professional Biography

Michael Peel is the Course Leader for the Media Production Foundation course at Regent’s University London. He lecturers across a variety of postgraduate, undergraduate and foundation courses in both the HASS (Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences) and BAM (Business & Management) faculties. His teaching covers the areas of film production, cinematography, multi-camera TV studio production, postproduction, location and studio based filming. He has been a fellow with the HEA since 2015.

In addition, he is the co-founder of an independent London based production company, BottleRocket Film, that produces a variety of dramas, corporates and documentaries. His work has been accepted into numerous film festivals and won a number of awards.

Most recently ‘The Iris Echo’ – a Short Film produced by BottleRocket Film was accepted into the Miami International Sci-Fi Film Festival, the Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival, the Derby Film Festival, the Ocean City Film Festival and the Cannes Short Film Corner.

He has worked on a variety of industry projects, including work for BBC News, BBC Manchester, BBC BBC South, completed promotional marketing campaigns for the RSPH (Royal Society for Public Heath). He previously taught at The Arts University Bournemouth.



  • 2015: PG Cert:Merit, University of Westminster
  • 2011: MA (Hons) Film: Merit – Southampton Solent University
  • 2004: BA (Hons) Film & Television Production: 1st Class Hons – Bournemouth University

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2008 - 2011: Visiting Lecturer, Arts University Bournemouth
    • Running courses ABC Accredited Digital Film Making, ABC Accredited Introduction to Non-Linear Editing and Digital Film Production.

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow with the HEA (Higher Education Academy) since 2015
  • Member of the RTS (Royal Television Society)
  • CAA Pilots Licence (drone cinematography & photography)
  • Apple Certified FCPX Trainer
  • Tiffen Certified Steadicam Operator

Teaching & Course Development

Currently teaching on the courses: MA Screenwriting & Producing, BA Film, TV & Digital Media Production, BA Screenwriting & Producing, MA Luxury Brand Management, BA Liberal Studies, Foundation Media Production.

In addition to contributing towards and writing module for revalidations from previous years, most recently sat on the internal panel for the validation of the BA Graphics course and was a central member of the revalidation team for the relaunched BA Film & Screen degree. The BA Film & Screen degree was validated for the full five-year term.

Research Supervision

2nd supervision on MA cap stone projects, MA Screenwriting & Producing.


BA Film, TV & Digital Media, BA Screenwriting & Producing, BA Liberal Studies, MA Screenwriting & Producing.

Internal panel for the validation of the BA Graphics course

Research Interests

As part of their PGCert with University of Westminster, studied the work of Michael Polanyi. This culminated in an article review, on his work The Tacit Dimension, and how the principle he describes can be applied to the field of teaching and learning in higher education.

Research by creative practice focused on and around the areas of the use of new technologies in cinematography, post production, media management, studio production, live streaming and outside broadcast and their effect on aesthetic as well as form/format. Most recently completed the process of gaining a pilot’s licence by the Civil Aviation Authority for drone cinematography.


Hunch An article review – ‘The Tacit Dimension: Chapter 1. M.Polanyi’– Michael Peel: University of Westminster Teaching & Learning Online Journal - 2015

Over recent years Michael has completed a large number of projects that form his research by creative practice. Including co-producing and cinematography for a number of film that have been screened at international film festivals, including:

  • ‘The Iris Echo’ – Political Short Film, accepted into the Miami International SciFi, the Ocean City, the Dublin SciFi and the Derby Film Festivals. As Well as the Cannes Short Film Corner.
  • https://www.regents.ac.uk/news/film-and-directing-lecturers-showcase-short-film-in-the-us
  • ‘Oxymorons’ – Comedy Short, accepted into Annual New Zealand Film Awards & Discover.Film awards.
  • ‘Together Forever’ – Comedy Webseries, Semi-Finalist for Best Webseries at the UK Offline Web Fest & Official Selection at the Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards, nominated for best Webseries.
  • ‘Between Lambs and Lions’ – Short Film, Enter The Pitch Finalist starring Paterson Joseph & Finbar Lynch.


In addition,  Michael has completed post production work on a variety of other projects:

 ‘Air’ – Independent short with Sandy Toksvig. Part funded by the Autistic Society.

‘Pas De Deux‘ – Independent Short, Official Selection SanGio Verona Video Festival.

‘Love’ – Independent Short, won Film Production Award “50 Kisses”, Guerilla Film Award “50 Kisses”, Best Film “Southampton Film Week”. Official selection for New York Bootleg Film Festival, Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival & London Independent Film Festival.

Grants Awarded

Research grant/professional development - Pilots Licence with the CAA (Drone operation).

‘Air’ – Short Film that was part funded by the Aspersers Society

Channel Island Filming – Supporting a PHD research project archiving interviews with World War 2 survivors.

MediaLab Enter the Pitch, won a funding application for $40,000 Euros funding for the documentary project.