SOUTH AFRICA POSTS and RESPONSIBILITIES
2009 – 2014 Professor, Department of Drama and Film/Film, Arts Faculty, TUT, South Africa
The TUT is the only University institution in South Africa that offers degrees in film production.
“The appointment of Dr. Taylor is one of the strategic measures that were taken to position the Film Programme as the preferred program in this field nationally, but also to establish recognition for the program internationally. Dr. Taylor is a renowned academic and professional and he will undoubtedly play an important role in assisting the Faculty to make this dream a reality.” (TUT Vice Chancellor’s 2009 Report.)
EXTERNAL RESPONSIBILITIES and TASKS, TUT, South Africa
Evaluator for the Council on Higher Education Quality Committee, South Africa – assessments of submissions and guidance for film and media institutions across South Africa.
External Course Moderator, Department of Film Arts, Open Window, Pretoria
Project Manager, TUT Film Programme Community Film Unit covering Cancer Society of South Africa, Gauteng Branch Relay Walk, 2012
Initiating, leading and voicing successful application of Film Programme to CILECT Film School Membership, Cape Town Congress, May 2012 (http://www.cilect.org)
INTERNAL RESPONSIBILITIES and TASKS, TUT, South Africa
Film Programme Posts: Section Head; Curriculum Coordinator
Chair, Arts Faculty Research Seminars
Member: Higher Education Research and Development Committee (Drama and Film); Examination Board (Film) & Film Programme Chair at the Annual Candidate Interview Panel
Organizing and Chairing Film Programme Convocation of 2010.
Administration tasks, i.e., initiating assignment briefs with implementation of new study guides
Mentorship of new staff and part time staff
Executive Producer, i.e., Away From Keyboards (Dir. Matlaila), Film Programme Selection for MPAS Annual Student Academy Awards, 2014
Supervision of postgraduate students (ie, supporting presentation to the Swiss Society for Research and Education Conference on Integrating Formal and Informal Learning, Lugarno, 2013
Lecturer, Years 1, 2, 3 and 4: Media Theory, Media Production and Research Methodology: Cinemas of U. K., Italy, Germany, France, U.S.A, Japan, Italy, Russia, i.e.,
– Year 1: Evolution of South African cinema. Historical overview, contribution and legacy of South African film-makers on all sides of the political spectrum, political influences, propaganda cinema, censorship, African (black) cinema, television from 1975, foreigners making South African films, liberation in 1994, the National Film and Video Foundation.
– Year 3: Cinema of the Mavericks. Alternative cinema practices in the representation of the historical moment by Hitchcock, Malik, Cimino, Pontecorvo, Eisenstein, Fincher, Beatty and Sokurov. Student outcomes blended class tests and film productions that represented their own maverick plot points from South African history.
– Year 4 (B-tech): Independent Cinema from a range of countries were analyzed within a specific thematic rubric – the Knowing Eye and within that the cinematic depiction of deductive and inductive thinking (i.e., Welles, Roeg, Soderbergh, Von Donnersmarck, Kurasawa, Errol Morris, Antonioni). As such analysis was designed to complement and enable the same students’ skills and competences in the Research Methodology dissertation.