Black Screenwriting

August 28, 2018

Off to Milan soon to speak at the Screenwriting Research Network annual conference taking place in Milan this year. I’m talking about how black screenwriters might write for non-black filmmakers. It doesn’t happen very often.
These two films connected with my paper in my head.

BlacKkKlansman Poster image

BlacKkKlansman Poster image

and

Yardie Film Poster

Yardie Film Poster

I saw Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman yesterday and am speaking alongside two others after a screening of Yardie on Friday about black diaspora depiction so waiting until after Friday before forming any conclusions.

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Toronto Creating Characters Done

May 24, 2014

Creating Characters International Symposium at Humber Institute of Technology and Learning (ITAL), Lakeshore Drive, Toronto is finished. Mine was the last presentation of the three days and went well. The last day we had Barry Flatman, Joseph Kertes, and Wayson Choy attend. They discussed creating characters and both the break from the presentation of papers style and the content, what they discussed and the way they discussed it was really good. Overall the symposium was excellent. Lots of interesting conversation after each of the varied events. People were from Toronto, Barcelona, Manitoba (Winnipeg), Oklahoma, New York, Ireland, South Korea, Perth, Oporto (plus other places I’ve now forgotten) with the disciplines being as varied as the journeys we had made.

Hopefully details of how to access the publication will be forthcoming soonish.

NIAGARA FALLS

NIAGARA FALLS

Next’s year’s takes in Barcelona, March 2015 and i’m hopeful the dates will match up with what else I’ve got going on.
I’ll no doubt post details in about 8-10 months time.
Pic of the fantastic Niagara Falls. Ideas can’t simply come from talking, they ahve to be floating about in the mist also.
Whilst at the conference a fellow delegate mentioned this Screenwriting Research Network network which i’d not heard of before

SCREENWRITING NEWORK LOGO

SRN-logo-red


Going to check them out.

Heading off to the airport now.


Creating Characters Symposium

April 25, 2014

Currently working on my paper for the Creating Characters Symposium I’m presenting at in Toronto, mid-May.
Keywords are: Narrative, immersive storytelling, story structure, dwell time, authorship, translation and the audience. Those, unlike the paper title, should give you an idea of the paper’s themes.
Title is “In Thine Eyes I See The Glory: Transition, Translation, The Text and the Captivated Audience.”

I always try and style my paper titles after JMW Turner’s approach to length in regards to the titles of some of his paintings.


Marvelisation

January 7, 2014

This recent report Forget Franchises mirrors the focus of a paper I wrote last year.

Kagan McLeod Superhereos Image

Kagan McLeod Superhereos Image

Marvelisation, as I coined it, is a narrative strategy whereby an interconnected universe is exploited through standalone films.
I presented the paper at the Avanca Cinema Conference in Avanca, which is a small town about two hours out of oporto.
A link to the publication can be found here.

Avanca2013BookCover

Avanca2013BookCover

If interested in reading writing about cinema the book is a good purchase being 1288 pages long! each article is about 5 or 6 pages in length.

a Link to this year’s call for papers can be found here. The conference has a film festival attached to it and practical workshops so a really good way to be immersed in film, in sunny Portugal, for a week.


next few months

December 29, 2013

Got a lot of different types of writing to do over the next few months. Mixture of creative, academic research papers and session plans etc. I reckon about 15,000-20,00 words.


Transmedia Storytelling Conference Abstract accepted

December 19, 2013

Just found out that my abstract ‘Transmedia Storytelling: the pebble in the pond and the indecisive moment’ has been accepted.
Hopefully that means a week in Lisbon in May. The conference sounds really good, none of this large, multi-parallel session nonsense. Small, active participation. Really looking forward to it.

http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/transmedia-storytelling-and-beyond/call-for-presentations/


Avanca Cinema Conference & Film Festival 2013

February 14, 2013

Got my Avanca Cinema 2013 conference abstract nearly done. Worked out which of the two ideas I’m going to go with and it’s the screenplay writing idea. Makes a lot of sense given my own experience.
The structure is just about there in a combination of my head and on paper. Aiming to get it complete this time next week so I can see it for a few days before I send it off for 27th (not 28th as I may have said previously).
Will try to develop the other idea for next year/another conference I think.
I need to get on with some of the stage and screen ideas also soon and not spend all my writing time working on journal articles and conference papers. Got a lot to do and need to get back to doing it.


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