About the Author

Gillian McIver author of Art History for Filmmakers
Gillian McIver, at the Wallace Collection in London

Gillian McIver (BA, MA, MFA, PhD, FHEA) is a Canadian filmmaker and curator based in London. She completed her thesis on the relationships between cinema and painting in visual culture. She interested in communicating art history for filmmakers, opening up the amazing world of art to help cinema’s visual storytellers. This blog offers some of the ideas explored in the book as well as new material.

Her research addresses the way that art has shaped “the past” for us in films, and how our continuing allegiance to art’s interpretation of events demonstrates the power of retinal communication.

She is the author of Art History for Filmmakers: The Art Of Visual Storytelling (Bloomsbury 2016) a survey of the historical and aesthetic relationship between cinema and visual art. She has lectured at the National Gallery and at many institutions and conferences.

She is currently Associate Lecturer at the University of the Creative Arts and at Central St Martins, and also teaches professional practice at the National Film and Television School (NFTS UK) and the Picturehouse Cinemas Education Unit.

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