The Advanced Games Research Group and the Film Practice Research Group present:
As part of the CCI Graduate Show Week, we welcome you to a one-day Symposium for academics and industry professionals to explore the intersection of screenwriting practices and academic research. There is a particular focus on industry partnerships and academic collaborations and also on practice-based research.
Keynote Speaker: Stephen Follows, film data researcher, educator, writer. Website stephenfollows.com
There will be panel and paper presentations throughout the day. Everyone is welcome, with the symposium particularly suitable for anyone interested in writing for film, TV, games and online.
In today’s burgeoning media landscape, writing for screens reflects on the broad range of opportunities for the storyteller, from TV and film to computer and video games and interactive drama. The Writing for Screenssymposium offers discourse on how the practice of writing for screens has evolved and how, in a post-Bandersnatch landscape, there are more opportunities and collaborative methods to present narratives on screen than ever.
The increasing visibility of interactive, non-linear storytelling outside of its typical home territory of games, alongside an ever-growing demand for high quality writing within contemporary games, presents opportunities for interdisciplinary sharing of theory and practice. The availability of consumer virtual and augmented reality equipment has created a substantial sector within the marketplace hungry for new content and unique experiences that make full use of the new modalities of interacting and experiencing stories that are available.
But how innovative are the stories that we are presenting on screen? How do different media forms approach challenges such as the role of the author and the authorial voice versus an audience that is willing, in some cases expecting, to be co-creators of a narrative experience? Is there a finite number of ways to present story in the postmodern vacuum of ideas and adaptations? Does a hyper-local commissioning approach still mean that a truly global worldview eludes our streaming content? Do the statistics about female and BAME writers offer up cause for concern, in seeking to find and present different perspectives of the world? From Fortnite to Bandersnatch, Killing Eve to Roma, this Symposium seeks to explore zeitgeist issues in the screen storytelling landscape.
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