SRN Executive Meeting
Monday 22 November October 2021 10 pm GMT/UTC
Tuesday 23 November 2021 7.00 am AEST (via Teams)
Circulation list: Rosanne Welch (RW), Rose Ferrell (RF), Rafael Leal (RL), Jan Cernik (JC), Isadora Garcia Avis (IGA), Shaopeng Chen (SC), Margaret McVeigh (MM),
Minutes of previous meeting
RF – proposes accepting.
IG – Seconded.
SRN Conference Vienna 2022 (Guests: Conference Hosts: Claus Tieber & Stephanie Schwarz Uni of Vienna)
CT gives information on planning stages. Funding in process. One has come through. Fee for conference will be similar to past (in vicinity 100 Euro). Special rates for ECRs. Keynote speakers invited. Discussion of narrative new perspectives, one on Cinema in Diaspora and practical keynote – masterclass at film academy by (female director nominated for Oscar 2 years ago).
- Elefteria Thanouli, University of Thessaloniki, Greece
- Jigna Desai, University of Minnesota (not yet confirmed)
- Götz Spielmann, writer-director
CFP reminder will go out in early December on old website. Plus FB site. Awaiting new graphic logo.
Reception at City Hall on night before – Wed 21st. Outdoor event in the works.
3 day conference, a few rooms available, will affect how many can present. Round Tables in the works.
AGM on middle day – Friday – to collect more members will start with Round Table as happened online for Oxford conference to bring in Austrian screenwriters with members of Network.
Presentation for next conference will be near the end. Close with award ceremony.
EC organizes members of jury for awards. Which jury member will be in person in Vienna?
EC will make graphic design certificates for the book and article award winners.
Sponsored by Tom Stempel at first.
Last EC I was part of we decided to give away a lifetime achievement from time to time – to someone who had done a lot for screenwriting studies and to the SRN. We had intended to give it in Oxford. We should prepare a video of colleagues congratulating him.
Framing the AGM with all these events should bring in more attendees.
Planning room for work groups to meet in person.
Asks for suggestions of anything else needed for the program.
Print program or only online?
MM – I’ve attended conferences with apps that held programs and other info. Those who want can print their own copy. Might use a billboard display for everyone to check.
CT – Room events will be posted on the doors. Registration will have a full list. Internet access from the university.
MM – Final meeting of this EC before conference. Chance to let the chairperson explain what will be in the AGM meeting.
CT – Will find a room on Wednesday for that. Perhaps during lunch.
MM – So we need to find a new judge for the awards. Possible sponsorship for monetary award.
CT – Due to Covid we should set a date for deciding if this conference should go online. Much depends on if members can find funding from their universities.
RW – For travelers across the ocean we should settle the date by May/June. Revisit this question in April.
MM – In Otago they had to pay to rent the rooms at their uni – do you have to do that?
CT – One room only. But if we cancel we don’t have to pay.
JC – Are you considering limitations such as requiring vaccinations?
CT – You have to be currently. Some colleagues in the UK aren’t given funds to travel to the EU right now.
RF – Is there a minimum number you need to attend?
CT – We can have a small number but what happens to those who can’t come?
RW – How many attended the South American regional conference?
RF – 20 or so – wonderful for meeting and getting to know each other but not planned as the full, annual conference.
CT – When we have questions for EC to organize a conference do we email the whole EC or is there a contact person?
MM – I will do that but then CC all others if they need to know. Thanks to Claus and Stephanie for their report today. We are looking forward to meeting you both in person in Vienna in September.
SRN Digital Marketing updates (Newsletter, Facebook etc)
MM – Congratulations to Jan and Isadora on a wonderful first newsletter.
JC – It will come out quarterly.
MM – Constitution doesn’t say the ECR has to do FB posts so we should look for a new plan.
RF – Perhaps ECR assembles material – sends to other member to do posting. Or ask newsletter person to do FB.
MM – Table this for next month agenda.
JC – We could have call with ECR to think about sharing communication duties.
MM – Excellent.
SRN Executive proposed dates for meetings 2022
All good – just moved Aug. 22 to 29 for Spanish holidays.
SRN Action Plan 2022
MM – Going over Action Plan. What should we prioriticize. Covering topics in Action Plan – we can look into any website business next meeting.
–Approach Jill Nelmes or Jule Selbo?
RF – We should research all the top academics in the field now. We could all have a list at the next meeting. Might find someone who isn’t an English-first speaker.
MM – Action item – we will all come with a list of a few people to approach. Bring a short bio.
JC – Warren Buckland?
RW – He works with Paolo so he could be asked. But we are replacing a female academic so we should keep that in mind.
IG – I can look at non-English speakers and bring a list.
RF – Great way to keep it international.
MM – Need to check the publication dates required for entrants.
MM – Point #7 – how to attract international membership beyond current members.
RF – Ongoing – I’m about to put out a new post about asking colleagues to join the network. It’s always worth adding a sentence to communications with non-members to see if they know about the Network. I just met on the ECR Symposium a dual-language screenwriter and asked him about other colleagues.
MM – Points 10 and 11 have to do with posting short videos and continuing the online oral history. Ongoing. #12 is to support working groups. Has that become so normalized that we can’t add much to that?
RF – Our role is to encourage them but not necessarily to motivate them. They may be stumbling a bit but they have to live in their own worlds and manage themselves. The script reading from the online conference worked well as a way to show how the practice-based working group works. Such groups have their own lives but not sure the EC has a place in pushing them on.
MM – I wonder how many new members we have who might not know about the working groups – we could post about them in the newsletter with contacts.
IG – If we coordinate the marketing strategy and do something like ‘The Month of the Working Group” – we can discuss that at the next meeting to establish.
RF – We should check in with the coordinators to see if they are still in existence and want the support.
IG – We can do that closer to the time we plan the next newsletter.
SRN Academic Papers Database
RF – A new member said she joined in order to Access our database. She wasn’t yet a student and needed articles for study. As I understand it we only have the bibliography list – we need to find who set that up to see what state it is in. If it’s a going concern we can post more about it. Meant to offer everyone a growing list of new materials worth using.
MM – There are certain key pieces that have advanced our discipline so it’s worth collecting them for new members to learn.
RF – We need to add coordinating the next oral history interview to get that done this year.
– Screen Industries Growth Network email plus other business
MM – Meeting adjourned 2:18pm PST.