Avanca Cinema Conference Program published

July 21, 2013

Off to Avanca Cinema Conference Tuesday, in Avanca, Portugal. The conference Program has finally been published.Link is here.

As I say I’m speaking on Saturday with that day’s program linked to here.

Program in general looks good. Portugese, Spanish, and English are the official languages of the conference so opportunities to practise my Spanish. The conference also has a film festival attached with screenings every night until 1am. Should be good. Check out the theme of my paper. With comic con just finished lots of additional things to discuss.

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international Conference Cinema: Technology, Art, Communication 2013

May 10, 2013

Paper done. Marvelisation: The Rise of Complex Narratology on the Hollywood Screen.
Fees paid and sorted so Avanca, Aveiro, Portgual in July here I come.

Really looking forward to going now. Site

This image below give some sense of what i’ll be talking about

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Present should afford lots of really good visual material.


Techniques of The Photoplay

April 18, 2013

in preparation for my Avanca Cinema presentation (hopefully) in July I’m reading Techniques of The Photoplay written by Frederick Palmer. This book was published in 1924.
In the Dramatic Construction chapter the following elements are listed:

Drama-Characterisation-Motive-Action-Conflict-Suspense-Contrast-Incident-Situation-Crisis-Sequence-Climax-Ending-Significance-Theme-Unity-Illusion of Reality-Probability- Coincidence and Preparation-Human Interest-Love Interest-Comedy in Drama-Heroic Values-Picture Values-Novelty

I’ve read a few scriptwriting books in my time, though tend not to make notes and therefore don’t really remember the points which of course is deliberate and I like and I was struck by how little has changed in 90 odd years. It made me think that McKee, Truby, Seger et al are all somewhat redundant.
I’m awaiting Epes Winthrop Sargent book on the same subject written in 1912.
Reading these books written in the silent movie era is really cool. The Palmer book makes a reference to its student readers remembering The Great Train Robbery of 1897!

I think this book is available free via the Gutenberg Project so check it out online if intrigued.


Avanca Cinema Conference

February 7, 2013

Trying to go to Avanca Cinema Conference in Avanca, Portugal later this year. Now know what I’m going to be writing about so working on the paper now.
Tried to go for a number of years as the conference plus film festival always sounds interesting year after year.
Let’s hope I can get it together this year and go. Conference is in July but got 28th Feb deadline for the abstract. Got two different ideas I’m working on.


Avanca Cinema 2010 Conference

April 14, 2010

Trying to write a paper for this conference on Cinema for the end of this month. Conference is in Avanca, Portugal in July. Paper is supposed to be about the screenplay as perfect imperfect palimpsest document. I haven’t made much headway at the moment. Only have to submit the Abstract so not alot of words. I have sketched out a rough plan but still haven’t managed to find time to flesh it out. Aim to do it this week.


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