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Dr Gianluca Balla

Dr Gianluca Balla
Lecturer in Games Design (Art)

Gaskell Building 144


Gianluca Balla is a lecturer in Games Art, Animation and VFX, and a transmedia contents producer.

He completed a Ph.D. in film directing and visual effects at the University of York and he is the founder of the production companies 'Whip Ma Whop Ma Film' and 'Transmedia Tale'. He wrote, produced and directed several shorts which have been screened in various International Film Festivals around the world. His comics are distributed by ComiXology.

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 has been a member of the selection committee for the Fiction category for The Globe International Silent Film Festival 2017.

Gianluca holds a MA in Architectural Engineering.