David Green

d.p.green@northumbria.ac.uk | Research Associate

David Green

I began my career as a graphic designer before training as a filmmaker, specialising in digital video editing, visual effects and compositing. From 2004, I worked as an editor on a variety of scientific programmes, particularly medical documentaries. During this time I was also able to develop my skills as a photographer and cinematographer. In 2006, whilst completing a MA in Film Studies at Newcastle University (on influences and authorship in the context of documentary filmmaking), I joined Culture Lab, where I eventually became a senior research technician. In this role, I expanded my technical skills in diverse areas, including motion-capture, biomechanics, programming, digital fabrication and lo/no-budget filmmaking. During this phase of my career, I worked on a huge variety of technical, artistic and research projects with academics, businesses and public sector organisations, as well as publishing, exhibiting, speaking at conferences and attending and organising workshops.

I joined Open Lab (then known as the Digital Interaction Group) in 2012 as a Creative Exchange PhD student. In this role, I have been exploring how technology can be used to empower citizens and communities (particularly those with traditionally non-technical backgrounds) to participate in documentary film production processes and - latterly - how this translates into interactive distribution formats.

I have a personal interest in wildlife, sustainability and the natural world and I am particularly interested in grassroots documentaries that address these topics.



Supporting Self-Care of Adolescents with Nut Allergy Through Video and Mobile Educational Tools
Davidson N, Vines J, Bartindale T, Sutton S, Green D, Comber R, Balaam M, Olivier P, Vance G, CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems1078-1092
Cinehacking Cape Town - Embracing informality in pursuit of high quality media
Green DP, Schofield G, Pritchard G, Olivier P, Wright P, CHI '17 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems4753-4764
Enabling Polyvocality in Interactive Documentaries through "Structural Participation"
Green DP, Bowen S, Hook J, Wright P, CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems6317-6329
Open design at the intersection of making and manufacturing
Green DP, Fuchsberger V, Kirk D, Taylor N, Chatting D, Meissner J, Murer M, Tscheligi M, Lindtner S, Bjorn P, Reiter A, CHI EA '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems542-549
Making home: Asserting agency in the age of IoT
Chatting D, Wilkinson G, Marshall K, Desjardins A, Green D, Kirk D, Boucher A, CHI EA '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems526-533


My life on film
Aylett MP, Thomas L, Green DP, Shamma DA, Briggs P, Kerrigan F, CHI EA '16 Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems3379-3386


Interactive Design Documentary As A Method For Civic Engagement
Green D, Crivellaro C, Tidey J, TVX 2015 - ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video161-166
Beyond Participatory Production: Digitally Supporting Grassroots Documentary
Green D, Bowen S, Newell C, Schofield G, Bartindale T, Crivellaro C, Sheik A, Wright P, Olivier P, Proceedings of the 33rd annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI 20153157-3166


Cinejack: using live music to control narrative visuals
Schofield G, Green D, Smith T, Wright P, Olivier P, DIS '14 Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems209-218 


Cinehack: Supporting Micro-budget Digital Film and Video Production
Schofield G, Green D, Hook J, Wright P, Olivier P, DE2013: The Fourth Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference1-2
The Break-Time Barometer: An Exploratory System for Workplace Break-time Social Awareness
Kirkham R, Mellor S, Green D, Lin J, Ladha K, Ladha C, Jackson D, Olivier P, Wright P, Ploetz T, ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp)73-82


Invisible Design: Exploring Insights and Ideas through Ambiguous Film Scenarios
Briggs P, Blythe M, Vines J, Lindsay S, Dunphy P, Nicholson J, Green D, Kitson J, Monk A, Olivier P, Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)534-543
Invisible design: exploring insights and ideas through ambiguous film scenarios
Briggs P, Blythe M, Vines J, Lindsay S, Dunphy P, Nicholson J, Green D, Kitson J, Monk A, Olivier P, 9th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '12)534-543


AMUC: Associated Motion Capture User Categories
Norman SJ, Lawson SEM, Olivier P, Watson P, Chan AMA, Dade-Robertson M, Dunphy P, Green D, Hiden H, Hook J, Jackson DG, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences2771-2780

Associated Projects

  • Out of Bounds
    Charting an Alternative A-Z of the Nation This project reimagines the poetic map of Britain. During 2016 literary critics, poets, computer scientists, students, teachers and arts organizations will digitally develop the critically acclaimed poetry ant...
    August 30, 2011
  • How to Make A Music Video 'Zine
    Drawing upon previous fieldwork in Cape Town, we produced a lo-fi, easily-reproducable, field-guide/manual in the form of a 'zine entitled 'how to make a music video'. The 'zine is available both as a hard-copy, distributed via Hype Magazine (a Cape ...
    August 30, 2011
  • Digital Public What?... An Interactive Design Documentary Prototype
    Since the phrase ‘Digital Public Space’ was coined (Ageh, 2012), the notion of a ‘digital public space’ has been explored and problematized through a variety of research projects through the Creative Exchange (CX) Knowledge Exchange (KE) framew...
    August 30, 2011
  • Red Tales: A Participatory Interactive Documentary
    Red Tales is a participatory interactive documentary about red squirrel conservation in the UK. It is composed entirely of user-generated content from diverse and geographically separated conservation communities across the UK. It features a variety of...
    August 30, 2011
  • Cinehack
    Cinehack is about hacking film. It’s about the stuff you won’t learn at film school… Cinehack's aim is to support lo/no-budget filmmakers and provide a place to gain and share insights which might be interesting to newbie movie-makers and cine...
    August 30, 2011
  • Cinehack: Cape Town
    Cinehack: Cape Town is a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project, which involved the production of music videos with musicians from the Cape Town Hip hop community. PAR involves working closely with communities to "address questions and issues that...
    August 30, 2011
  • React!
    React! is a web app designed and developed to support teenagers who are at risk of anaphylaxis (severe food allergies) and their friends in learning about the signs of different types of reactions and what to do in such circumstances. The app itsel...
    August 30, 2011
  • The Break-Time Barometer
    The Break-Time Barometer is a social awareness system, which was developed as part of an exploratory study of the use of situated sensing and displays to promote cohesion in a newly-dispersed workplace. The Break-Time Barometer specifically aims to...
    August 30, 2011
  • Plenopticon
      http://www.plenopticon.co.uk Plenopticon is a system for video playback with dynamically adaptive depth of field, a technique allowing viewer control of the on-screen area of focus via a secondary input device such as a touchscreen or ...
    August 30, 2011
  • The Red Squirrel Conservation Film Project
    A film competition and community filmmaking project, which will use prototype filmmaking methods developed as part of the CX Participatory Production Technologies project. This project comprises two main goals. Firstly, it is part of an ongoing c...
    August 30, 2011
  • Citizen-Generated Narratives
    As user-generated audiovisual content floods social media sites such as YouTube, Vimeo and Soundcloud, do current categorisation and search facilities provide adequate means to identify and explore meaningful narratives?
    August 30, 2011
  • Invisible Design
    Invisible Design is a technique for generating insights and ideas with workshop participants in the early stages of concept development. It involves the creation of ambiguous films in which characters discuss a technology that is not directly shown. Th...
    August 30, 2011
    The aim of this project was to understand the changes in motor skill that take place during the early phases of learning a new fine motor skill task. For this project specifically, that motor skill was suturing, which we measured by attaching senso...
    August 30, 2011
  • AMUC: Associated motion capture user categories
    Performing arts use motion-capture tools for activities ranging from live productions to creative screen-bound works, choreographic notation and archiving. These activities have shaped original interdisciplinary platforms, combining artistic perfor...
    August 30, 2011
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