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Education

David's long-standing interest in education extends beyond teaching filmmaking and is evidenced by the many educational films he shot in Australia and Britain. Among the innovations David introduced to London in the swinging 60s was the use of Cinéma Vérité mobile, hand-held-camera techniques in documentary and educational filming.

His pivotal role in Exploring Chemistry: The Nuffield Approach to the Teaching of Chemistry was instrumental in this film winning both a British Scientific Film award and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (the UK "Oscars") award.

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Making of Movies produced for Learning Pathways an education video, We can all learn.

Within its 46 minutes, five easily accessible segments extend the range of options available to teachers of students with learning difficulties.

As well as internet exposure, this program has been used at educational conferences in Melbourne and Brisbane.

We can all learn

University of Melbourne – Master of Teaching program

When the University of Melbourne was introducing its Master of Teaching program (following the Melbourne Model) Making of Movies was commissioned to assist in student recruiting through online 'webinars' explaining and endorsing the new graduate program.

To increase the cost effectiveness of the exercise, versions from 6 to 10 minutes were edited, not just for web requirements, but also for use at exhibitions and open days.

University of Melbourne Master of Teaching program

Film studies

Never be afraid to have a go

A Making of Movies study of the work of renowned cinematographer David Eggby ACS from the first Mad Max to the multi-award-winning Pitch Black and including extracts from some of his overseas films such as Daylight.

David Eggby

David Muir ACS BSC as educator and guest speaker

Davidís enthusiastically received lectures at institutions such as the London International Film School, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (Harvard) continue with sessional lecturing to Foundation Year students at the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and Television.

He has designed and conducted courses at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (Sydney and Melbourne) and Latrobe University, as well as having been Senior Lecturer and third year film, video and television Course Convenor in the Media and Communication Studies department at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Many of David's ex-students have gone on to be distinguished filmmakers. These include Adam Arkpaw, Robert Connolly, Peter Duncan, Samatha Lang, Oliver Lawrance, Tristan Milani, Daniel Netheim and Louise Smith.

Added to Davidís personal experience of most aspects of screen production is the accumulated knowledge he gained from working with distinguished international filmmakers. These include (in alphabetical order, rather than in priority!) Lindsay Anderson, Bruce Beresford, Raoul Coutard, Freddie Francis, Stephen Frears, Allan King, Derek Knight, John Krish, Walter Lassally, Richard Lester, Adrian Lyne, Gavin Millar, Denis Mitchell, Karel Reisz, Nicolas Roeg, Fred Schepisi, John Schlesinger, John Seale, Dean Semler, Francois Truffaut, Harry Watt and Michael Winner.

David can be booked via davidmuir1@me.com for group workshops and individual coaching, practical tuition, etc., as well as to give entertaining and educational illustrated talks and lectures.

Testimonials

"I have been impressed with David's contribution as a mentor and teacher. He has worked with us here at the VCA and his students were very complimentary and found him inspirational and challenging. David is himself an irreplaceable resource and carries with him an enviable wealth of experience. That he is generously willing to share this and his talents with students, and carries with him a genuine enthusiasm, a delight in teaching, is a rarity." – Christopher McGill, former Principal Lecturer, Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and Television

"David is a remarkable human being. He is patient, observant, skilled at negotiating with his students and understands totally the necessity of not trampling on creativity and budding talent. I cannot speak too highly of him as a person, as a filmmaker and as a teacher." – Brian Hannant, former Head of Directing, Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS)

ACS Hall of Fame

In 2012 David Muir ACS BSC was inducted into the Australian Cinematographers Society Hall of Fame – a peer-awarded honour bestowed only on those considered to have contributed substantially to the art, craft and culture of film and television.

"It was unanimously decided to induct you into the ACS Hall of Fame in honour of your commitment and support over many years, to not only the Society, but the Australian Fim and Television industry. Your name is synonymous with all that is good about our industry and the respect that we in the Society have for you shows no bounds." – Ron Johanson ACS, National President of the Australian Cinematographers Society