SRN Awards 2019

The Executive Council has decided to establish an annual award for outstanding achievements in screenwriting research. The first SRN awards will be given at the SRN conference in Porto in autumn 2019 in two categories:

  • Book
  • Research article

Nominated texts should be published between September 2018 and June 2019. Nominated texts should be made available to the three members of the jury, either in print or in digital form no later than June, 15th 2019. The text can be published by the date of the conference.

Book: monograph or edited volume.

In general,everything that can be included into screenwriting research from narratology to production studies, can be nominated, even when they do not deal with screenwritingexclusively.Screen writing manuals will not be considered, except the jury argues for its scholarly value beyond its primary instructional purpose.

Research article

In general,articles published in academic journals (usually peer reviewed or editor reviewed), either in print or online. Articles outside of academic journals might be considered if they fulfil the conditions of a research article in length, form and content.

The criteria for the awards are just:

  1. Best new contribution
  2. Clarity of expression

 

Members of the Jury:

The Executive council chose three eminent scholars in the field of screenwriting research. We are proud and happy to confirmthe following three colleagues to serve in the jury:

In alphabetical order:

Jill Nelmes

Janet Staiger

Tom Stempel

 

The award will be a certificate without any financial value.

Anybody can make a nomination(even non-members of the SRN) and self-nomination is allowed. Nominations should be mailed to:

claus.tieber@univie.ac.at

 

Worlds of Storytelling

‘Worlds of Storytelling’ aims to discover, analyse and reflect on regional traditions of storytelling in relation to the global interests of media industries and politics. Human beings have always told stories, and storytelling acts as a powerful tool for communication, enabling us to express ideas around belonging, identity and connect within social groups (Koschorke 2012, Martínez and Scheffel 2007, Fiedler 2017, Leroi-Gourhan and Bischoff 1988). Stories, independent from the medium of presentation, are central to the cultural memory of civilisations, nations, ethnicities and other forms of social grouping (Assmann 2011, Assmann and Conrad 2010, Assmann 1993). Language, topography, climate, cultural traditions and politics influence national/regional storytelling styles, leading to rich and diverse expressions of this very human act.
    Although concepts of the transnational are key in many productions, with media content designed to reach an international audience, a distinction needs to be made between transnational productions which represent local cultures and a more homogenised globalised transnationalism (cf. Curiel 2010, amongst others). With this network research project, we aim to bring together researchers from various fields of screen studies relating to concepts of regional or national media cultures, and through this to develop an international research project around the relationship between national and global storytelling. The initial stage will culminate in a symposium from which we hope to draw out some core strands to explore future and foster international collaborative partnerships. This project may also give voice to the storytelling of minorities and small nations and support expressions of under-represented cultural identities and heritage.
Already involved are partners from China, Germany, and Australia, we are in discussion with colleagues from Canada and Brazil. The plan is to apply for funding in the UK and beyond, hopefully end of this calendar year.
    Therefore, I am inviting interested researchers to get in touch, from first ideas to more developed projects. Everyone is welcome to start the dialogue: kstutterheim@bournemouth.ac.uk

SRN Executive minutes June 2018

Screenwriting Research Network Executive

Minutes of Executive meeting 13:30 (Vienna time) 8th June 2018 (by Skype)

Present: Claus Tieber (Chair), Ian Macdonald (Minutes), Christina Milligan, Ronald Geerts, Carmen Sofia Brenes.

Apologies: Anna Zaluczkowska

  1. Minutes of previous meeting

These were approved.

 

  1. SRN Awards

The meeting approved the FAQs, which will now be forwarded to the Jurors. CT will also compose the announcement of the Awards for the AGM. Carmen will turn her attention to designing an appropriate certificate.

Action: CT, CSB

 

  1. Elections to the Executive from 2018

IM had emailed Eleonore Fornasari with the Timeline of deadlines, but had not yet had a reply. He will follow this up, perhaps with Armando Fumagalli, early next week. IM will also re-circulate the Timeline information to the Exec, for information.

Action: IM

 

  1. Conference and AGM

No new information had arrived from Armando Fumagalli. CT will circulate the Exec through the summer with relevant information as it arrives. The date and time of the AGM is as noted in last month’s minutes, and the location is yet to be confirmed. Agenda items to Claus, please. Claus is also to prepare the Annual Report and the Action Plan.

Action: CT, all

 

  1. 2019 Conference

Anna Z was not present so could not comment on any contact with Guilhermina Castro and Daniel Ribas, if any. However, the EC felt the best opportunity would be at the Milan conference, in any case. The one urgent item was to clarify the dates, and AZ was asked to liaise with Porto over the best/suitable dates.

Action: IM, AZ

 

  1. Early Career Representative

Three candidates were considered, all of a high calibre. John Finnegan of Falmouth University (UK) was co-opted as our first Early Career Representative. His first meeting with the Exec will be at the EC meeting in Milan on 12thSeptember at 15:00 hrs. The EC felt the other two should be encouraged to stand for election, and/or perhaps take over from John in 2019. A suitable email would be drafted by IM and approved by CT to be sent to them.

Action:  CT, IM

 

  1. Any other business: Newsletter

CM informed the meeting that the new Newsletter was nearly ready, and would be forwarded to CSB for her input on Monday.

Action: All, CM, CSB

 

  1. Date and time of next meetings

 

13:30 Vienna/Brussels time on Friday 7thSeptember 2018, by Skype.

SRN Conference 2018 Milan

Please find below some general information on the SRN Conference 2018 – Writing for Cinema, Writing for Television:

 

1.          The Conference will take place at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Largo Fra Agostino Gemelli 1, 20123 Milan, from September 13th  to 15th , 2018 (9am – around 6pm).

 

2.          The main building of the University, in Largo Gemelli, is just a 5 minutes walk from Sant’Ambrogio Metro station and 10 minutes walk from Cadorna Metro station. Getting around the city by public transportation is very easy and comfortable.

 

3.          Registration is now open (since February 15th), with early bird rate until March 31st and the possibility to book seats for the September 14th social dinner. We strongly encourage to register as soon as possible: the rates after March 31st increase significantly. You will find the link to register on the Conference web page: http://www.unicatt.it/srnconference2018

 

4.          On Wednesday September 12th, in the afternoon, a pre-conference workshop for Ph.D students will take place. It will be an occasion to present their works and the opportunities of practice-based screenwriting PhD. For more details, and for the open call to participate, we will provide updated information in the internet site of the conference before the end of February.

 

5.          Also, we are planning to dedicate a specific panel with some special speakers/guests to screenwriting for animation: more details soon.

 

Some practical information

 

6.          Please, note: Milan will be hosting the fashion week from September 19, but accommodation can be tight also for the previous days as well as prices could increase. For this reason, we recommend to book your hotel as soon as you can.

 

7.          For delegates arriving the day before the Conference, we are planning a Milanese aperitivo (very light dinner), on the evening of the 12th, from 6.30 to 9 pm. Additional details about menu, prices and location will be updated on the internet site of the conference.

 

8.          If you are planning to do some tourism in Milan in your free time, we suggest some touristic landmarks like Duomo, Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio (which is very close to the University), La Scala, Pinacoteca di Brera. Furthermore, very close to the University, near the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, you can visit The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci: we strongly suggest, if you are interested, to book your visit as soon as you can. Entrances are limited to a small number of people per day. At the moment, you can book only until June, but from today to May it is all booked: so you have to check when they open booking for September.

You can find further information for your booking here: https://www.vivaticket.it/index.php?nvpg[tour]&id=744&wms_op=cenacoloVinciano&Language=ENG (please note that on other internet sites different from the official one, prices rise significantly; the normal and official ticket is 10 euro).

 

9.          From the area where the University is located, it is also very easy to go to the Como Lake: there are many trains (more than two per hour) which leave from Cadorna station and arrive exactly in the Lake shores in one hour. 

 

10.       More details about the dinner of September 14th will be given soon. We have the possibility to be at the Orti di Leonardo Restaurant, which is very close to the University, in a wonderful location, but we are considering also other possibilities.

 

Keynote speakers

 

Last, but not least, we are very happy (and very proud) to announce our confirmed keynote speakers (more details about their bios and publications on the dedicated page on the site of the conference):

 

Eleonora Andreatta, Director of Rai Fiction (the area of Tv drama and Tv series of the Italian public broadcaster Rai: 500 hours per year of Tv series)

 

Paolo Braga, Ph.D., assistant professor at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, where he teaches Writing for Cinema and Television; member of the board of the Master in International Screenwriting and Production at UCSC.

 

Warren Buckland, Reader in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University.

Daniele Cesarano, Head of Drama RTI-Mediaset group, and screenwriter (Romanzo criminale/Crime Novel, Suburra).

 

Luisa Cotta Ramosino, Ph.D., creative producer (Medici, Masters of Florence) and screenwriter (Un passo dal cielo, Distretto di polizia).

 

Neil Landau, Director of the MFA Writing for Television Program at UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, and screenwriter (Tad: The Lost Explorer , Capture the Flag, Sheep & Wolves).

Contacts

For any question or enquiry regarding payments, accommodations, etc.

Formazione.permanente-mi@unicatt.it

Phone (+39) 02  7234.5834  (or 7234. 5701)

For any question or enquiry regarding the academic program:

srnconference2018@gmail.com

SRN Executive Minutes May 2018

Screenwriting Research Network Executive

Minutes of Executive meeting 12:30 (Vienna time) 18th May 2018 (by Skype)

Present: Claus Tieber (Chair), Ian Macdonald (Minutes), Christina Milligan, Ronald Geerts, Carmen Sofia Brenes (from 12:55).

Apologies: Anna Zaluczkowska

  1. Minutes of previous meeting

Two errors were noted and corrected minutes will be circulated.

Action: IM

  1. SRN Awards

Claus Tieber had drafted a list of questions to be resolved, for the good management of the Awards, including e.g. categories, criteria, communication etc. A detailed discussion outlined the views of the Exec. CT will complete these ‘FAQs’ with their answers, and circulate to the Exec members for final approval.

Action: CT

  1. Elections to the Executive from 2018

Armando Fumagalli had suggested Eleonore Fornasari as Elections Officer. She had agreed to do this, and the Executive were happy to confirm their agreement. IM will contact her, and will circulate the Timeline of deadlines which should be adhered to, in preparation for the AGM.

Action: IM

  1. Early Career Representative

IM reported that John Finnegan of Falmouth University (UK) had been contacted and was delighted to be co-opted as our first Early Career Representative. His first meeting with the Exec will be in Milan on 12thSeptember at 15:00 hrs.

  1. Milan Conference

There are at the present time 130 registered participants. The AGM will be held on 14thSeptember from 13:00-15:00, and the Exec Council will meet in person on 12thSeptember at 15:00 (agenda items to CT, please).

Action: CT 

  1. 2019 Conference

Guilhermina Castro and Daniel Ribas had been in contact with Anna Zaluczkowska, and had offered some suggestions for conference theme, dates and keynote speakers. The exec expressed some concern that the dates might be a little too late for European academics, and that the possibility of the first or second week in September should be discussed. There was a welcome for the first thematic suggestion – Screenwriting and Disruptive Narratives– and further discussion about the other suggestions. IM will talk with AZ about views expressed.

Action: IM, AZ

  1. Journal of Screenwriting

CT expressed friendly concern that the Journal of Screenwriting was not as visible to non-subscribing members as it might be, and was not making good use of the email list or Facebook page (nor indeed Newsletter) to call for papers or announce new issues. IM explained some of recent activities of the Editorial Board. CT expressed willingness to help with advertising/promoting issues, and IM will convey this information to Steven Price.

Action: IM, CT

  1. Any other business: Newsletter

CM reminded us that a new edition was in preparation and asked that any contributions be communicated to her and Carmen.

Action: All, CM, CSB

  1. Date and time of next meetings

13:30 Vienna/Brussels time on Friday 8thJune 2018, by Skype.

SRN Executive Minutes April 2018

Screenwriting Research Network Executive

Minutes of Executive meeting 12:30 (Vienna time) 20th April 2018 (by Skype)

Present: Claus Tieber (Chair), Ian Macdonald (Minutes), Christina Milligan, Anna Zaluczkowska, Carmen Sofia Brenes (from 12:40).

Apologies: Ronald Geerts

  1. Minutes of previous meeting

These were accepted.

  1. SRN Awards

Three distinguished scholars have accepted our invitation to be the first Jury for the SRN Awards. They will be officially announced at the Conference in September, and the Awards for Best Book and Best Article will be presented at the Conference in Porto in 2019. They are currently coming up with a list of FAQs about the process, and CT will liaise with them on behalf of the EC.

Action: CT

  1. Elections to the Executive from 2018

No suggestions had been received for someone to act as Returning Officer/Elections Director at the conference in September. Discussion produced two names and they will be approached.

Action: IM

  1. Newsletter

CM had not received any further feedback, but CSB had got two emails in support, and noted that some people had joined the Facebook group. A new call for information/news will be sent out soon.

Action:  CM, CSB

  1. Milan Conference

There are at the present time 111 presenters, 50% from the USA/UK/Australia. There will be a special panel on Animation chaired by Paul Wells. The AGM will be held on 14thSeptember from 13:00-15:00, and the Exec Council will meet in person on 12thSeptember at 15:00 (agenda items to CT, please).

Action: CT 

  1. Early Career Representative

The meeting considered applications and decided to co-opt John Finnegan of Falmouth University (UK) as the first Representative of Early Career Researchers. IM is to inform him and he will begin attending Exec meetings from September.

Action: IM

  1. 2019 Conference

Contacts for the Porto conference are confirmed as Guilhermina Castro and Daniel Ribas.

  1. Any other business: SARP

IM reported that more entries have been received for the pdf document, and that he would update this before releasing the next draft to AZ for inclusion on our website.

Action: IM, AZ

  1. Date and time of next meetings

12:30 Vienna/Brussels time on Friday 18thMay 2018, by Skype.

SRN Executive Minutes March 2018

Screenwriting Research Network Executive

Minutes of Executive meeting 12:30 (Vienna time) 16th March 2018 (by Skype)

Present: Claus Tieber (Chair), Ian Macdonald (Minutes), Ronald Geerts, Christina Milligan

Apologies: Anna Zaluczkowska, Carmen Sofia Brenes

  1. Minutes of previous meeting

These were accepted.

  1. SRN Awards

Following an exchange by email, a list of six possible judges was drawn up (3M, 3F). IM will draft an invitation to be sent by Claus to them in an agreed preferred order. We are seeking three who will agree to serve for a year. The Awards and the names of the judges will be announced at the conference in Milan in September.

Action: IM, CT

  1. Early Career Representative

The new Newsletter has included the information that we will be seeking an Early Career Representative, and IM will now follow this up with an amended official Call for Nominations as agreed by email with Claus on 27thFeb. The deadline will now be June 1stand the first appointee will serve from the date of the AGM (Friday 14thSeptember).

Action: IM

  1. Milan Conference

At the time of meeting, 40 people had registered, and the PhD students pre-conference meeting on Wednesday has been organised, along with an animation panel. All keynotes are now in place. Claus will continue to liaise.

Action: CT

  1. 2019 Conference

It is now confirmed that the 2019 conference will now be in Porto, with the expectation that the Oxford conference will take place in 2020. We need to appoint a liaison person from the Exec. Claus will contact Anna and Carmen to see if they wish to volunteer.

Action: CT

  1. Newsletter

The newsletter had now been released to the SRN, to general acclaim. The meeting thought it was excellent, and offered congratulations to Christina and Carmen on a useful and professional job. There was considerable optimism about the prospects for future newsletters. It was noted that the newsletter is on our FB site, and should be added to our website. Any information for inclusion should be sent to Christina in the first instance.

Action:  CM, AZ

  1. Promoting other events

We had received a request from the Aegean Film Lab to promote an event which might be of interest to SRN members. After discussion it was agreed that this was fine (exchanging information useful to the field is what we do), but that we should also discuss the role (if any) of advertising and our activities when we meet face to face in Milan.

Action: all

  1. Elections to the Executive from 2018

IM requested suggestions for someone who could act as Returning Officer/Elections Director at the conference in September. Please send via email.

Action: all, IM

  1. SARP

IM had circulated a draft pdf, to a favourable reaction from the members of the Exec. IM would update this before releasing it to AZ for inclusion on our website.

Action: IM, AZ

  1. Date and time of next meetings

12:30 Vienna/Brussels time on Friday 20thApril 2018, by Skype.

Screenwriting Archives and Resources Project (SARP)

Screenwriting Archives and Resources Project (SARP) A worldwide statement of screenwriting resources.

April 2018

Introduction

The Screenwriting Archives and Resources Project (SARP) is an initiative of the Executive Council of the Screenwriting Research Network (SRN). The SRN is a group of scholars worldwide whose research focuses on the genesis, generation and development of screen ideas, i.e. those intended to become moving image productions, whether fiction, fact or entertainment, in any medium (e.g. film, TV, interactive etc.).

Scholars of screenwriting have, until the 2000s, tended to work in isolation from like- minded others, often in academic environments where screenwriting is seen as a specialism in the industrial sense, of some interest within the broad study of Film, or Creative Industries and other sub-fields of Media, Media Practice, Communication and Cultural Studies. Screenwriting scholars have now come together to focus on
the practices, processes, discourse, industry and cultural meanings of developing screen ideas; and in following these interests, we have discovered that the collection and preservation of textual material (including scripts, screenplays etc.) has been badly neglected by both academics and archivists, with a few honourable exceptions. This database is intended to draw together information on the collections that do exist, providing us with a greater awareness of what’s available, and therefore also – sadly – what is not.

This document is compiled from a basic questionnaire available to anyone, whether scholar, practitioner, archivist or enthusiast. It is available as a pdf on the SRN website noted above, and will be updated as often as is necessary. We invite you to send us a completed questionnaire on new collections, or where corrections are necessary to our current information. Organised A-Z by country, information herein is freely available to all, though we would like to be credited in any publication which uses it. Many thanks to all our contributors!

Please send questionnaire returns, or any queries, to Ian W. Macdonald (i.w.macdonald@leeds.ac.uk).

Full details can be found at the link below

SARP Data~April 2018