John Finnegan

Job title
Module Leader, MA Writing for Script & Screen
+44 1326 259223 Ext: 259223

John has worked in the film and media sector for over ten years. He started his career as a trainee second assistant director for Irish film and television productions, including working on documentaries relating to environmental issues. John has also had a successful career as a post-production specialist, first as a visual effects artist, and then as an editor and motion graphics specialist. In 2006, he became the head of post production for a leading European stock production company, working closely with Getty Images and other industry leaders to produce transmedia content for the BBC and Fox Sports, to name a few.

As a screenwriter, John has collaborated with award winning filmmakers in Ireland and the UK to produce short films, games and web content. His most recent short, Still Life, won the best national short award at the Underground Film Festival in Ireland in 2015. Since then, John has returned to the subject of environmental issues, to develop a feature length film, At the Crossing, which is currently in early development, as well as writing a video game which is due to go into production in summer 2017.


YearQualificationAwarding body
Associate Fellow
Higher Education Academy
MA Screenwriting
Bournemouth University
Diploma in Advanced Film Making
St. John's Central College, Ireland
Diploma in Film and Video Production
St. John's Central College, Ireland

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

John is a PhD candidate at Bangor University, and received a master of arts degree from Bournemouth University in screenwriting. He researches and publishes on the subjects of screenwriting and storytelling in digital media and cinema. This research primarily focuses on the application of new digital media tools in screenwriting and the impact that this has had on media practitioners, in order to better understand their contribution to the creative industries. His work combines theoretical research with a practice-led mode of discovery, which allows access to critical theories of media through creative expression. It builds on current research into remediation in cinema by exploring the impact of digital technologies in content creation and how they can bridge the fields of creative writing, performance and media production, across film, television, games and web content.

Research topics

Creative Writing
Film Making
Games and Virtual Worlds
Media Production


Areas of teaching


Courses taught

MA Writing for Script & Screen