Transcultural Screenwriting: Telling Stories for a Global World
The world in which we live and work today has created new working conditions where storytellers, screenwriters and filmmakers collaborate with colleagues from other countries and cultures. This involves new challenges regarding the practice of transcultural screenwriting and the study of writing screenplays in a multi-cultural environment. Globalisation and its imperatives have seen the film co-production emerge as a means of sharing production costs and creating stories that reach transnational audiences.
Transcultural Screenwriting: Telling Stories for a Global World provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of screenwriting as a creative process by integrating the fields of film and TV production studies, screenwriting studies, narrative studies, rhetorics, transnational cinema studies, and intercultural communication studies. The book applies the emerging theoretical lens of ‘transcultural studies’ to open new perspectives in the debate around notions of transnationalism, imperialism and globalisation, particularly in the screenwriting context, and to build stronger links across academic disciplines.
This volume combines methods for studying, as well as methods for doing. It draws on case studies and testimonials from writers from all over the globe including South America, Europe and Asia.
Transcultural Screenwriting: Telling Stories for a Global World is characterised by its scope, broad relevance, and emphasis on key aspects of screenwriting in an international environment.
Dr Carmen Sofia Brenes is Professor of Poetics and Screenwriting at Universidad de los Andes, Chile, and is interested in the practical and professional current validity of Aristotle’s Poetics in screenwriting. She has conducted seminars on screenwriting in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Finland, and has advised screenwriting productions in Chile, Uruguay, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and Belgium. Her books on screenwriting are used manuals in more than 20 undergraduate programs of screenwriting in Latin American and Spanish universities.
Dr Patrick Cattrysse is an independent researcher. He currently teaches narrative studies and adaptation studies at the Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium, and screenwriting studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, as well as Media Theory and Criticism and Intercultural Communication at Boston’s Emerson College European Center, the Netherlands. Patrick Cattrysse is also the Head of the Vlaamse Script Academie (www.vsa-fsa.org), a research and training center for aspiring and professional screenwriters.
Dr Margaret McVeigh is a writer and film academic who lectures in screen studies and heads the screenwriting program at Griffith Film School at Griffith University, Australia. She has worked in the media both in Australia and overseas, and holds a Masters of Screenwriting by Creative Practice and a PhD in Film and New Media Narrative. Margaret has published and presented at conferences in Asia, Europe, the USA, South America and Australia on the creative process, the writing and making of transnational films, and the development of intercultural competencies.
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