David Smithers

Job title
Technical & Facilities Manager, The School of Film & Television
Email
david.smithers@falmouth.ac.uk
Telephone
01326 259333 Ext: 01326 259333

After graduating with a degree in History and Media from the University of Leeds, David started his career in audio working in the UK's film and TV post-production hub - London's Soho. Whilst here he worked for several of the leading post-production facilities, but built his reputation at Lipsync Post contributing to film titles such as Festival Express, Redemption Road and the feature length version of the Oscar-nominated short Cashback.

Demand for David's work in TV drama has seen him complete work on over fourteen episodes of Silent Witness for the BBC and two series of ITV's The Brief. Examples of his other work include BBC4 docu-features including Hancock and Joan, which was BAFTA nominated for Best Single Drama in 2008, and Lennon Naked, a biopic on the life of John Lennon and the flagship drama of summer 2009's Fatherhood season of films.

In November 2010, David was honoured to win a Royal Television Society Craft and Design award for best sound. This was in recognition of his contribution to the sound design for Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds, a BBC1 factual production. His recent sound design work is predominantly high-end factual, including the 2013 eight-part BBC1 series; Andrew Marr's History of the World and in early 2014 The Story of the Continents, fronted by Professor Iain Stewart.

David joined Falmouth University as a part-time lecturer in 2007, delivering content in film and television production, post-production sound and field sound recording, whilst continuing to run his own business - award winning post production audio facility 'Valhalla'. After six years exclusively as an academic, the last of which as acting course coordinator on MA Television Production, David was offered the opportunity to further utilise the hybrid nature of his industry experience and academic skills, working closely with academic and technical teams in the role of Technical and Facilities Manager for the School of Film & Television.

Qualifications

YearQualificationAwarding body
2000
BA (Hons) History with Media
University of Leeds
2010
PGCHE
Falmouth University

Honours and awards

YearDescription
2010

Royal Television Society - Best Sound: Entertainment and Non-Drama

Teaching

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Animation & Visual Effects
BA(Hons) Film
BA(Hons) Television
MA Film & Television

Business engagement

Business start ups

Valhalla Audio - Post Production Audio Facility