Mr JC Crissey III

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  • John Hill First/primary/lead supervisor


  • John Hill First/primary/lead supervisor

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Personal profile

Previous Education: 

MBA Marketing (Rollins), BBA Management (Andrews), DipM (CIM) and FCIM (CIM).


Research Topic: 

The UK low-budget film sector during the 'digital revolution' between 2000 and 2012: a quantitative assessment of its technological, economic and cultural characteristics.


Research Abstract: 

Despite a large amount of research on the British movie industry, the ‘UK low-budget film sector’ remains under-researched.  My doctoral thesis redresses this deficiency by providing a quantitative analysis of the sector from 2000 to 2012, a period that is described as involving a ‘digital revolution’ due to an unprecedented amount of technological innovation.  The main questions addressed are: ‘What was the sector’s size?’; ‘What were the sector’s main traits?’; and ‘How was the sector affected by digital technology?’.  In response to these questions, my thesis reconsiders: the definition of a low-budget movie, the ‘industry peculiarities’ within which producers operated, the characteristics of the sector, the technological developments at the time and how they shaped the sector.  The study then makes use of supply chain theory to identify and measure the impact of technological innovation on the economic and cultural contributions made by the sector.  The findings of my thesis show a higher level of production than has been reported in official estimates; the probable reasons for growth; the continuance of a high amount of risk in the supply chain process; a rapid transition to digital technology-based tools; a marked decrease in the price-quality ratio of tools; a rise in the regionalisation of locations, skills and narratives; a decrease in the cost and time of the filmmaking process; a marked rise in the percentage of movies exhibited online; and a growth in audience levels.  My study also found a new relevance for ‘budget realignment theories’ published in the 1990s and offers new quantitative evidence of how the sector makes a substantial economic and cultural contribution to the domestic industry.  In doing so, my PhD thesis adds to earlier studies of the British movie industry by shedding new insight on an often-neglected sector.



JC's career includes being a vice president with the IBM Corporation, management consultant and a university lecturer (media and business). Since 2000 he has been the CEO of London Pictures Limited and during that time, he has used his executive business experience in the capacity as a producer in the British motion-picture industry.  He has helped delivery many award-wining British films and lectured extensively on the business and economic aspects of UK independent filmmaking at many prestigious media schools around the country.


Professional Membership: 

Life member, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).



Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway Department of Media Arts, Contemporary British Cinema: Issues and Themes (MA3071), Convenor Dr. John Hill, 2008-09, spring term.

Adjunct Lecturer at the Screen Academy Scotland at Napier University, Marketing and Distribution of low-budget films, 2007-08, spring term.

Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway Department of Media Arts, low-budget film producing (MA Producing), Convenor Gillian Gordon, 2008-09, autumn term.

Adjunct Lecturer at the Screen Academy Scotland at Napier University, Recoupment of low-budget films, 2008-09, autumn term.

Lecturer, Newbold College of Higher Education, a variety of undergraduate business studies, 2002-2020.


Events/Other Relevant Activities:

Workshop co-organizer. The State of the British Film Industry, Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway. March, 2009.

Straight Curve Film School 'low-budget film vs. shorts' presentation, May 2008.  


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