The Network was established in 2006 by Ian Macdonald as the ‘Re-thinking the Screenplay group’ when it became clear that there was interest across the world towards research on screenwriting, but individual scholars tended to be isolated. At that time screenplays were not the focus of sustained analysis.
Screenwriting, the generation of ideas and the process of development of the screen idea before production are complex collaborative creative activities. They raise questions about existing and future industrial practice, structures, and power, about cultural variation and influence and about individual taste, judgement and habitus.
The screenplay is both process and product, surrounded by industrial convention and rarely questioned as an appropriate industrial tool. Its defining conditions and values are often assumed to be ‘natural’ rather than critically understood. The research undertaken aims to demonstrate where the screenplay form is limited, to offer reasons why this is the case, and to suggest other possibilities for expressing, or understanding the expression of, the screen idea.
The value of research activity on screenwriting is important both for practitioners and for theorists, if indeed these are separate. It lies in the comprehensive critical analysis of the screenplay form and of screen idea development practice from different informed viewpoints, in mapping conventional practice and in the possible development of potential forms of expression and documentation of the screen idea outside the current conventions.
The SRN constitution can be found here: SRN Constitution 2012 am 2014.
In September 2019 at the 12th SRN Annual Conference in Porto, Portugal, the Eight Annual General Meeting elected the new Executive Council for the 2019-20 academic year. The members of the Council are:
Carmen Sofía Brenes (Chairperson), full professor of poetics and screenwriting at the School of Communication of Universidad de los Andes (Chile), Carmen is interested in the practical and professional current validity of Aristotle’s Poetics in screenwriting. Following Paul Ricoeur and Juan José García-Noblejas, she sees an analogy between the theory of human action and the theory of the audiovisual text. She has published two books on screenwriting, and has conducted screenwriting and film reception workshops in Latin America and Europe. She also works as a consultant on screenwriting projects in Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Italy, Spain and Belgium. She has a page at Academia.edu and tweets with @csbrenes
Rose Ferrell (Membership officer) is an independent researcher and practitioner and an adjunct lecturer at one of Australia’s premier acting schools, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), within Edith Cowan University, in Perth. Rose has a background in film production as both a technician and creator of fiction and non-fiction, and as a leader / trainer in community arts film projects. As a screenwriter and researcher, Rose’s interests are in creative practice, screenwriter’s voice and cultural-national inflection in voice. Her writings have been published in the Journal of Screenwriting (Intellect, 2017), Transcultural Screenwriting: Telling Stories for a Global World (Cambridge Scholars 2017), and will appear in the forthcoming Palgrave-Macmillan Handbooks of Screen Production (in press) and of Script Development (expected to be available in 2020). Rose’s latest work is a stage musical, Her Latest Flame.
Alexandra Ksenofontova (Early Career Representative) has been in screenwriting research for over nine years, dedicating her two Master theses and her PhD project to European screenwriting. From her five-year undergraduate program in German philology at the Moscow State University and the Humboldt University of Berlin, to her MA in literature, philosophy and aesthetics at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), she pursued the topics of screenplay as a literary genre and screenwriting for silent film. In 2019, she completed her PhD in comparative literature at the Free University of Berlin with a dissertation on the history of experimental silent screenwriting. She has published in the Journal of Screenwriting and co-founded the SRN-inspired German research network Drehbuchforschung in 2018.
Rafael Leal (Website Coordinator) is a screenwriter and executive producer based in Rio de Janeiro. Professor of Screenwriting at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and PhD Candidate in Film at Fluminense Federal University, Rafael researches how immersive narratives challenge linear screenwriting. His creations include the feature film Too Soon and TV shows Queenpin and Jungle Pilot, whose development was subject of the chapter Transcultural Collaboration in Screenwriting: Jungle Pilot’s Case Study, published in the book Transcultural Screenwriting: Telling Stories for a Global World (Cambridge Scholars). You can find him at Academia.edu, LinkedIn or IMDb.
Margaret McVeigh PhD (Newsletter Editor) is Senior Lecturer and Head of Screenwriting and Contextual Studies at Griffith Film School, Griffith University, Brisbane. She has an industry background in publishing, corporate communications and education and holds a PhD in Film and New Media Narrative. Margaret has worked in the Film and Television industries in Australia and the UK, including as Commissioning Editor for John Wiley & Sons Publishers and as a Writer and Education Reviewer for the ABC’s (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Online Education Portal, ABC Splash. Margaret has researched, published and addressed conferences in Asia, Europe, the USA and Australia on Screenwriting and Creativity and the writing and making of Transnational film co-productions. She is co-editor with Carmen Sofia Brenes (Chile) and Patrick Cattryse (Belgium) of Transcultural Screenwriting: Telling Stories for a Global World (Cambridge Scholars 2017).
Paolo Russo (Secretary) is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University (UK) where he researches and teaches screenwriting, story development (feature, short, serial drama) and film history. He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies (Intellect) and L’Avventura – International Journal of Italian Film and Media Landscapes (Il Mulino). He published a History of Italian Cinema (2008), an edited volume on screenwriting in Italy (2014), articles on the Journal of Screenwriting, and several chapters in edited books (see here).
A former script reader, ghost writer and story editor for feature, and video-game localizer, he is also a professional screenwriter. He co-wrote the feature Three Days of Anarchy, which premiered at the 2006 Tokyo Film Festival and went on to 30+ festivals all over the world. More recently, he has been working on TV serial drama and animation projects, currently in development as Co-Creator and Head Writer of Burns with Cysa Productions and as Staff Writer on Topo Gigio – The Series.
You can email Paolo at email@example.com, tweet him at @PaoloRu92465734, look him up on Academia.edu, and find him on Facebook at paolo.russo.583234.
Rosanne Welch, Phd, (Treasurer and Newsletter Editor) serves as Executive Director of Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting where she created a set of History of Screenwriting courses (because ‘History of Film’ courses become History of Directors’ courses and thereby ‘History of Great Men’) and teaches courses in One-Hour Drama. Her television writing credits include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, ABCNEWS: Nightline and Touched by an Angel. Welch edited When Women Wrote Hollywood (2018), named runner-up for the Susan Koppelman Award honoring the best anthology, multi-authored, or edited book in feminist studies by the Popular Culture Association. She co-edited Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia (named to both the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List and to the list of Best Historical Materials, by the American Library Association) and wrote Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Popular Culture. In 2016 Welch gave the talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the TEDxCPP (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JFNsqKBRnA). She also serves as Book Reviews Editor of the Journal of Screenwriting.
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