Staff Profile


Professor Chris Pallant

Faculty Director of Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise

School: School of Creative Arts & Industries

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922419

Profile summary

Chris has a BA, MA, and PhD from Bangor University in North Wales. Prior to joining the School of Media, Art and Design at Canterbury Christ Church, he taught at Bangor and also at the University of Central Lancashire.

His research focuses mostly on animation and production studies. He is the author of Demystifying Disney: A History of Disney Feature Animation (Continuum, 2011), co-author of Storyboarding: A Critical History (Palgrave, 2015), editor of Animated Landscapes: History, Form and Function (Bloomsbury, 2015), and has also published in book chapter and journal form on a range of topics, including Disney animation, the ‘cartoonism’ of Quentin Tarantino’s live-action films, performance capture technology, the animated landscape of New York City, and the work of Rockstar Games. For a comprehensive overview of his publication history please click on either the CReaTE link above or via this link: 'Read more of my research'.

In 2017, Chris was awarded a Leverhulme Trust grant totalling £118k to fund a research project focused on the Kent-based animation studio, Smallfilms, which has one of the most famous back catalogues in the history of UK animation. This project has a fully-funded PhD Studentship attached to it and will result in the publication of a monograph detailing the history of Smallfilms as well as major retrospective exhibition focussing on the studio’s archives and animated films.

Chris has experience of successfully supervising PhD students to competition, and currently serves as First Supervisor for the doctoral student Darius Malek and Second Supervisor for the doctoral student Nick Furze.

He welcomes the opportunity to supervise PhD/MA students interested in subject areas that correspond with his own research interests.

Chris currently serves as Vice President of the Society for Animation Studies.

Research and knowledge exchange

Current research interests 

  • UK Animation
  • US Animation
  • Production Studies (live action/animation)
  • Disney
  • Animated landscapes
  • Screenwriting/storyboarding

Teaching and subject expertise

At undergraduate level Chris leads the following modules:

  • Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Moving Image Production (year 1)
  • Documentary Theory (year 2)
  • Individual Study: Digital Media/FRTV (year 3)

At postgraduate level Chris serves as the Programme Director for the School of Media, Art and Design's MA by Research.

External activities

Chris is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Outside of the University, Chris serves as a Peer Review Reader for the Fulbright Association, and is a member of the Editorial Boards for Animation: an Interdisciplinary Journal and the Journal of Screenwriting

Since 2014, Chris has served as Vice-President for the Society for Animation Studies.

Since 2015, Chris has served as Festival Director for Canterbury Anifest, the biggest annual animation festival in the South East.

Publications and research outputs


Pallant, Chris, and Steven Price. Storyboarding: A Critical History. London: Palgrave, 2015.

"Storyboards aren’t just a routine part of planning a blockbuster, we learn from this exhilarating book. They are essential documents in the creative process, and they powerfully shape how films look and sound. Pallant and Price survey storyboarding from the beginning of cinema to the most recent blockbusters, lingering on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Gone with the Wind, Psycho, Jaws, The Empire Strikes BackGravity, and Pixar productions. Along the way, the authors make fruitful connections with comic strips, television production, and digital previsualization. Subtle, judicious, and meticulously researched, Storyboarding offers the most comprehensive account of a production practice that has become central to popular moviemaking." - David Bordwell

Pallant, Chris. Demystifying Disney: A History of Disney Feature Animation. New York: Continuum, 2011.

“Digging beneath the Uncle Walt mythology, Pallant eschews sentiment to offer a clear appraisal of the Mouse House's feature output, challenging the idea that Disney was the overlord of this fantasy fiefdom.” –  Total Film

Edited Collection

Pallant, Chris. Animated Landscapes: History, Form and Function. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

"For so long animation studies literature has focused mainly on animated characters-at last a book that examines the other part of the frame: backgrounds and environments. Through historical analysis and theoretical considerations, Animated Landscapes brings attention to a significant but largely overlooked realm of animation aesthetics. The broad scope of essays by leading scholars in the field reflect the diversity of animation today.” –  Maureen Furniss

For a complete list of journal articles, book chapters, confernence papers, and keynote presentations, please click here to view my create profile.


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