Helen Haswell


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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am willing to co-supervise PhD projects in the following areas: - Animation - Popular Cinema - Film Marketing - Screen Industries


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Advanced Film Practice 1 (FLM3001) Level 3

Screenwriting (FLM7010) MA

Introduction to Animation Studies (FLM2030) Level 2

Editing for Film and Television (FLM1007) Level 1



Introduction to Visual Studies: Theory and Practice (FLM1005) Level 1

Cinema and History (FLM7004) MA

Research Interests

Animation, Disney, Screen Industries, Film Marketing


2013-2016 Department for Employment & Learning (DEL) Postgraduate Research Studentship

2016 Annette Kuhn Essay Award, Screen, University of Glasgow


Conferences and Published Work:

Feb 2014: To Infinity and Back Again: Hand-drawn Aesthetics and Affection for the Past in Pixar’s Pioneering Animation. Animation at the Cutting Edge: An Alphaville Symposium, University College Cork

April 2014: Nostalgic Animation: Analogue Sensitivities in Pixar’s Digital Animation. Approaching Animation: Critical Enquiries into the Art, Artists and Industry, University of St Andrews

April 2014: Boy Story: The Representation of Gender in Pixar Animation Studios’ Feature Films. BAFTSS 2014: The Richard Dyer Effect and Other Stories, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

June 2014: Innovative Technology and Organic Aesthetics in Disney-Pixar’s Digital Animation. NECS 2014: Creative Energies | Creative Industries, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan

September 2014: Fix it Felix! The Influence of Pixar Animation Studios on Disney’s Animated Feature Films. Discussing Disney, University of Hull

July 2015: The Pixar Story: Constructed Narratives of the Animation Studio. Society for Animation Studies 2015: Beyond the Frame,Canterbury Christ Church University

November 2015: Story is King: Understanding the Toy Story Franchise as an Allegory for the Studio Narrative of Pixar. Toy Story at 20, University of Sunderland


To Infinity and Back Again: Hand-drawn Aesthetic and Affection for the Past in Pixar’s Pioneering Animation. Published in Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media (2015) Winner of Annette Khun Essay Award

'Story is King: Understanding the Toy Story Franchise as an Allegory for the Studio Narrative of Pixar' in Toy Story: How Pixar Reinvented the Animated Feature (Eds.) Susan Smith, Noel Brown and Sam Summers (Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, 2018)

In Press 'Fix it Felix! Reviving Walt Disney Animation Using the Pixar Formula' in Discussing Disney (Ed.) Amy M Davis (John Libbey Publishing, 2019) 


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