Meet the Team
All staff at The Film Academy Edinburgh are PVG cleared through Disclosure Scotland, and in addition pass an annual Child Protection course.
Academy activities are covered by certified paediatric first aiders.
Academy Principal & Lead Tutor
Graham Kitchener is an award-winning filmmaker, with experience as a writer, director, cameraman, editor and producer. Involved in youth work for over 30 years, he began his creative career in advertising within the Saatchi & Saatchi group.Teaching film to young people across Scotland for the past 10 years, including at the Edinburgh Pauline Quirke Academy, films created by his students have been nominated and won at film festivals around the world.
He continues to write and direct films for major organisations including Apple Inc, Jack Daniels, NHS and 2020 Productions, in addition to several independent short films.
Script Writing tutor
Douglas Dougan began his career writing for series television at BBC, Channel Five & ITV including Casualty, Doctors, Holby City and The Bill.He teaches screenwriting at the University of Edinburgh and has delivered filmmaking courses to teenagers and young people with learning difficulties for the City of Edinburgh Council.
A BAFTA award winner in his own right with his company, Fluid Eye Productions, Douglas works regularly as a script editor and script consultant on UK film and television productions. His credits as a script consultant include multi-BAFTA award winning dramas.
Shauna Macdonald trained at The Royal Academy of Music and Drama. A critically acclaimed actor and director, Shauna has 20 years experience in film, television, theatre and radio, best known for her work in The Descent, Spooks, Filth, Danger Mouse and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Her approach to teaching acting-for-camera is influenced by her many years experience and knowledge of working professionally in the business and also by her love of devising and writing. In Shauna’s classes students are introduced to a variety of contemporary and classical texts, and also devise their own scripts from scratch, allowing the students ownership of their work.
She combines her acting career with her role as Co-artistic Director at Edinburgh Youth Theatre.
Chuck Cumming has over 15 years in post-production and editing. He has put the finishing touches on projects for countless clients in the corporate communications industry and creative agencies.
Beginning his career at the start of the digital film revolution, Chuck was well placed to learn the craft from early pioneers, and through experience develop a deep understanding of the challenging technical environment that editors find themselves in today. Putting the story at the heart of any piece, no matter it’s purpose, he revels in the challenge of assembling the narrative to best deliver the message.
An IOIC award winning editor, Chuck is the Director of Streetlane Media, where he works at all stages of the post-production flow including editing, visual effects, motion graphics, colour grade and delivery.
Acting Tutor (July Summer School)
Lauren Grace graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017 during which she received the BAFTA scholarship for acting.
In 2012 Lauren was also nominated for a Scottish BAFTA new talent award for best actress in a short film, ‘Bird’, and over the past year has been working consistently in film and television.
Recent credits include ‘12 Point Kill’ for Creative Scotland, ‘209ers’ for CBBC and the lead in her first feature film ‘Zero’ with BFI, BBC and Film London.
Lauren’s passion for screen is something that she enjoys sharing with others and she is excited at the prospect of a film school for young people as she only wishes that this had been something available to her when she was starting out her career.
On Set Camera and Director Mentor
Glenda Rome graduated from Napier University in 1997 with a Degree in Photography film and Television and has worked in the film industry for over 20 years in productions such as Taggart, various ITV dramas and The Magdalene Sisters.
As a freelance filmmaker her work now concentrates on making short documentaries and dramas, music videos and educational films. This has included working with international organisations to produce films with young people in countries such as Alaska, Nigeria and various countries in Europe.
She has delivered filmmaking workshops to young people for over 15 years with organisations such as Young People Speak Out, Voice of My Own, Polmont Young Offenders Institution and Into Film and is experienced and passionate about all aspects of filmmaking and sharing skills and experience to give young people a voice to tell their stories.
On Set Camera and Director Mentor
David has been working in the field of media education for 25 years.
He is the owner of Strange Boat, a production company which produces film and provides training for a variety of clients. These include Sky, BBC Scotland, British Film Institute, Who Cares? Scotland, CELCIS, UNICEF, Beyond Borders and the Scottish Government.
David is a film educator, working with both Into Film and Scottish Film Education to deliver teacher training in the use of film in the classroom. He has made a number of films with young people, many of which have been award nominated and which have played in film festivals across the world.
David himself is an award winning filmmaker and has directed one feature, Electric Man (2012) and has just completed a short called Stealing Second about Scotland’s worst baseball team.
David is a member of BAFTA and BECTU and was BAFTA New Talent nominated for the script for Electric Man (co-written with Scott Mackay).
Marj is currently a 2nd year HND Technical Theatre student who has been involved in the performing arts for the past 7 years.
Her interest began with acting before realising that being behind the scenes was her passion.
Marj enjoys being behind the scenes for both theatre and film and for 4 years was taught Film and TV by Graham.
Marj is excited to be involved in The Film Academy and can’t wait to share the fun there is to be had in film making.
Eilidh Cownie has recently graduated with a 2:1 honours degree in Theatre and Film Studies from Queen Margaret University.
She has worked on several crowd-funded films in a variation of roles, from writer to producer, and works closely with children both within and out-with school.
Hannah first came to the attention of the entertainment industry when she was just a toddler, joining an acting, dance and singing class in Marylebone on a scholarship. She has enjoyed participating in film projects, theatre, advertising and modeling in England and Scotland throughout her school life.
Hannah has always enjoyed working as part of a team and running events. She was Charities Captain at St Albans Girl’s School, where they ran events and performed to raise money for good causes.
She recently did the National Citizenship Service and this term did some work experience as a teaching assistant in the Home Economics department of Musselburgh Grammar School.
Behind the Scenes Cameraman
Elliot Campbell is an experienced film maker who has worked on award winning/Oscar long listed feature films and shorts and for clients such as Edinburgh World Heritage, NHS, Spire Healthcare, Woodland Trust, Diageo, Beyond Borders and many more.
Elliot has been camera operator on productions across the world including Moscow for Johnson and Johnson and across Europe for Canvas Holidays.
He was part of the team filming the Dalai Lama’s visit to Scotland in 2012 and filmed the Queen on her Official visit to Scotland in 2013.
He has produced short films for both Peebles High School and Peebles Youth Trust working closely with kids and young adults through all stages of video production.
Elliot is also Film Production Manager at the prestigious Beyond Borders Festival.