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James Snazell

Senior Lecturer in Animation

English & Creative Arts

Department: English & Creative Arts

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James’s academic research interests are concerned with the materiality of film. Exploring the possibility of film emulsion situating it on the interchange between film, geology, ecology and science particularly in terms of its history. How can film emulsion and as a result film as a medium be seen in a wider context beyond the photochemical? Currently undertaking a PhD by practice at the University of Westminster, London as part of CREAM.

Currently Working on the following Outputs:

  • (Currently writing) Review of Experimental Film and Photochemical Practices, Artists’ Moving Image, Ecology and Future Practices, (MIRAJ) Moving Image Review & Art Journal, Issue 10.1/2. 2021
  • Sensing Film (Currently being peer reviewed) to be included in IMAGO Film and Media Studies. Edition on Media Processes. Moving images across interface aesthetics and gestural policies. (ed. Miriam De Rosa (Associate Professor in Film at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia) Elio Ugenti (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), 2021

Research Interests

Experimental Film and Animation

Expanded Cinema

Artist’s Film

Analogue Film

Active Matter

Materials science

Chemistry and Film


Visual geomorphology


Animation and Film Production