Black representation in Film interview

September 2, 2018

About to go and do an interview on BBC Radio Nottingham about representation of black culture on film.
Framed around recent released discussed in prior post and hoping to discuss my paper due to present in Milan in 10 days and the new BA (Hons) filmmaking course at ntu that I lead and how these all connect.

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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.


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.


Masters Film Practice projects this year

December 13, 2013

Got some interesting post-graduate projects to supervise this year. One I’m finding really intriguing at the moment is the one of surface division in film. Bruce Block has written about this but it seems like most of the work is more on aspect ratio so this important composition technique is going to be interesting I think.


drought to flood

March 22, 2013

Of course as soon as I start reading material for my paper is get new ideas about older ongoing projects. Furiously note-taking as I jump between three projects.
But as ever it will be a test of ‘apres le deluge’


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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