SRN Working Group on Collaborative Screenwriting
SRN WORKING GROUP ON COLLABORATIVE SCREENWRITING
The Screenwriting Research Network (SRN), established in 2006, is a research group consisting of scholars, reflective practitioners and practice-based researchers interested in research on screenwriting. The aim is to rethink the screenplay in relation to its histories, theories, values and creative practices.
The Working Group on Collaborative Screenwriting was set up in 2016 to connect SRN members interested in collaborative screenwriting practice. Such practice may involve teams of writers, transmedia writing, or interdisciplinary development and writing methods involving, for example, actors, musicians, artists, crew members or dancers.
The group consists of screenwriting scholars, filmmakers, screenwriting practitioners and scholar-practitioners. We plan to set up events, seminars, conference panels, workshops and online platforms for collaborative screenwriting and associated research.
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VIRGINIA PITTS (contact person for this group) Email: V.Pitts@westminster.ac.uk
Dr Virginia Pitts is an award-winning educator and filmmaker currently based in the UK. As a writer/director, her screen practice spans drama, documentary and screen-dance for film, television and the web. Her films have screened at many of the world’s top film festivals, toured art galleries and sold widely. Virginia gained her PhD in Cross-cultural Filmmaking from the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. She has held lectureships at the University of Kent and the University of Waikato, and now teaches production and screenwriting at the University of Westminster. Virginia’s recent research and practice has focused on collaborative techniques for developing character and content for screen that focus on kinesthetics, improvisation and musicality. She has been invited to deliver lectures, workshops and masterclasses on these techniques in various European and Australasian countries. Virginia has published in the areas of collaborative screenwriting, intercultural filmmaking, low-budget digital cinema, literary adaptation and political documentary.
KATH DOOLEY (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr Kath Dooley is a filmmaker and academic in the Department of Screen Arts at Curtin University, Western Australia, where she is currently Head of Department. She recently completed a creative PhD exploring portrayals of the body in the work of contemporary French directors Claire Denis, Catherine Breillat and Marina de Van at Flinders University, South Australia. Kath has written a number of short and feature length screenplays, and has directed several award winning short films and music videos. Her short film screenplay Night Bus appears in the April 2015 issue of TEXT Journal (online). Kath wrote and directed The Sister (28 mins) in 2012/2013 as part of her creative PhD. She has written numerous other shorts and is currently collaborating with actors and crew for her feature length script tentatively titled Fireflies.
GUILHERMINA CASTRO (email: email@example.com)
Maria Guilhermina Castro received her doctorate in Psychology from the University of Porto. In 1998 she started teaching at the School of Arts of the Catholic University of Portugal, where she also coordinates the research project “Audiovisual Narrative and Creation”. Guilhermina is vice-president of AIM (Association of Researchers on Moving Image) and co-responsible for the AIM working group “Audiovisual Narratives”. She has undertaken acting training trough open courses at Superior School of Music and Performing Arts – Porto (ESMAE), advanced training in Morenian Psychodrama, Psychotherapy and Career Guidance. Guilhermina has also worked as a psychologist in private practice and schools. Guilhermina is currently researching creativity processes involved in character construction, through an interdisciplinary empirical study. This has brought to light the collaboration among actors, screenwriters etc and the consequent collaborative authorship of characters and narratives. Previous research includes a study of the collective creation of performers and audiovisual artists. She has also written psychology books and presented papers on romantic relationships, among other themes.
EUGENE DOYEN (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Eugene’s first training was as an advertising and editorial photographer and he worked in this field during the 1980’s. In the 1990’s, after gaining undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in film studies relating to both theory and practice, he moved into higher education, initially providing media training within a theatre in education context and from 1997 lecturing in filmmaking and scriptwriting. Since 2004 he has been Director of Production at Queen Mary, University of London. During Eugene’s career he has written fiction novels and theory for creative writing and film directing. His primary subject focus is crime within the domain of fiction, incorporating aspects of history, psychology, philosophy and sociology. Comedy writing has also been an area of research and teaching. Eugene is also developing his teaching and writing in the area of fantasy.
STÉPHANE COLLIGNON (email: email@example.com)
Stéphane Collignon is a Lecturer at the Haute Ecole Albert Jacquard (HEAJ), Namur, Belgium. With various degrees in journalism, film studies and animation studies, Stéphane is currently lecturing on Animation, Art History, Image Analysis and Graphic narration. Through his involvement in the new BA and MA in Transmedia opening up at HEAJ Namur (Belgium), he is increasingly interested in the study of writing for multi-platform strorytelling and communication. Through this research, Stéphane has become interested in collaborative writing processes.
ALISON METOUDI (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alison is a PhD Researcher of Screenwriting Practice at Bangor University, Wales. She is researching experimental visual forms in screenwriting practice. Alison is also interested in screenwriting and experimental animation, and screenwriting for the subject of war. She has published on colour affect and the screenplay and is General Editor of a new peer-reviewed academic journal ‘The Dovetail’, which focuses on intersections between select disciplines and creative/ critical practice in literature, creative arts and media (see http://www.the-dovetail-journal-bangor-university.co.uk/). Alison’s creative work includes screenwriting, commissioned art, storyboards, drama facilitation, filmmaking, animation and production design for film.
ANA MARÍA PÉREZ-GUERRERO (email: email@example.com)
Ana is a lecturer at the University of La Sabana, Colombia, where she teaches screenwriting. Her PhD examined the narrative strategies of Pixar scripts in relation to their appeal to broad and heterogeneous audiences, from which she published ‘Pixar, las claves del éxito’/’Pixar, the keys to success’ (Encuentro, 2013). Ana has researched the narratives and cultural translation of Studio Ghibli films, especially those of Hayao Miyazaki. Currently she leads a creative group, Sigla, comprised of students and teachers who, together, develop scripts for projects of various genres and formats. She is also researching ‘design thinking’ and collective creation.
MARIDA DI CROSTA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Marida Di Crosta is Associate Professor at LYON 3 University, where she teaches screenwriting for digital media. She is the founder and the director of the two-year practice-based MA Screenwriting for multi-platform content. Member of the SACD (Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers) since 1999, Marida wrote the screenplay for a 52-minute episode for the animation TV series Papyrus, and has worked on various interactive fictions and participatory drama projects. Micro-Mondes, her latest transmedia project, has received financial support form the French National Centre of Cinema. She is the author of Between cinema and videogames: Metanarration and interactivity (De Boeck, 2009).
NADIA MENEGHELLO (email: email@example.com)
Nadia Meneghello is a practicing filmmaker and PhD Candidate at the University of Western Australia where she teaches Creative Writing. Her current PhD research and practice comprises writing a feature-length screenplay in the genre of historical fiction, and an exegesis that argues for an expressionist form of ‘history as artwork’. Nadia is interested in collaborative screenwriting practice through an interdisciplinary methodology focusing on sound design and film editing techniques for developing the narrative structure of the screenplay. She is a Writer/Producer/Script Consultant on short films and documentary. She holds an Honours Degree from the University of Western Australia, and a Master of Professional Communications (Screen Studies) from Edith Cowan University where she made several films at Screen Academy in collaboration with actors and crew from The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She has worked for the Festival of Perth as Marketing Officer and was a member of the film advisory committee. She has also worked as a copy-writer in the advertising industry.