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Dr Gianluca Balla

Dr Gianluca Balla
Lecturer in Games Design (Art)

Gaskell Building 145


Gianluca Balla is a lecturer in Games Art.

He completed a Ph.D. in film directing and visual effects at the University of York and he is the founder of the production company 'Whip Ma Whop Ma Film'. He wrote, produced and directed several shorts which have been screened in various International Film Festivals around the world. Gianluca holds a MA in Architectural Engineering.

In 2018, his film 'Shelf Life' has been shortlisted for the AHRC Research in Film Awards at BAFTA. The film was designed for a visual impaired audience and involved binaural audio, sound design techniques and a first-person narration for accessibility. He was a member of the selection committee for the Fiction category for The Globe International Silent Film Festival 2017.

Within the BA Games Design, he teaches modules on 2D asset creation, animation and visual effects for video games.