Conference 2022 Screenwriting Research Network

Wednesday, 21st, Evening: Free Reception and Welcome at Vienna Town Hall 

Friday, 23rd, Evening: Dinner at Heuriger 


22nd September, 10:00 HS 3

Keynote Eleftheria Thanouli:

complexity and/or accessibility? character, agency and plot structures in post-classical narration


Thursday, 22nd

HS 3 Panel 1, 11:15 – 12:45:

Theorizing Screenwriting

Chair: Rosamund Davies

Paolo Russo:Screenwriting as a complex system
Adam Ganz:Suggesting stories, Storyfinding Venatic narratives, and screenwriting
Steven Maras:Screenwriting, the Doxa, and Symbolic Violence


Thursday, 22nd

HS 3 Panel 2, 15:00 – 16:30:

The Languages of Screenwriting (Research)

Chair: Eleftheria Thanouli

Gabrielle Tremblay & Craig Batty:The Dominance of the English Language in Screenwriting Research
Ann Igelstrom: The Universal Language of Storytelling: a help or a hindrance?
Kim Larkin: Dual Language screenplay and Hybrid Identities


Thursday, 22nd

HS 510 Panel 1, 11:15 – 12:45:

Feminist Screenwriting Historiography

Chair: Kerstin Stutterheim

Anna Weinstein:The Women Writers of Film & Television Website Project: Curated Research & Soft Launch
Pablo Gonçalo: Chains, escape, freedom: speculating with Frances Marion’s unfilmed screenplays
Diego Sheinbaum:Reworkings of the Melodramatic Cinematography Tradition in Mexico: Paz Alicia Garciadiego, Beatriz Novaro and Laura Santullo.
Rosanne Welch:From Jeanne to Suso to Julie to Spike: How Jeanne Macpherson's Manual on Screenwriting Influenced Italian Realism which Influenced Black Independent Film in the U.S.


Thursday, 22nd

HS 510 Panel 2, 15:00 – 16:30:

Female Voices

Chair: Rosanne Welch

Ana Sofia Torres Pereira:How Women Write Films: A Case Study of Portuguese Cinema
Phoebe Hart: The Local Impact of the Global #MeToo Movement – The Female Voice in Contemporary Australian Screenwriting
Amanda Doherty:Dismantling the patriarchy through screenwriting: Biopics as a tool for readdressing the silencing of women’s history
Carly Wijs & Ernest Mathijs:Sois belle et tais-toi: the dominance of the male gaze in global screenwriting


Thursday, 22nd

HS 415 Panel 1, 11:15 – 12:45:

Teaching Screenwriting Now and Then, Here and There

Chair: Armando Fumagalli

Romana Turina:Globalizing Screenwriting in Class – a Pilot Project for a Novel Method in the Teaching of Character Development
Indranil Chakravarty:Eurocentrism in Screenwriting Pedagogy
Jan Černík:Frank Daniel: The beginnings of a famous screenwriting teacher
Arto Koskinen:Teaching Screenwriting from Inside Out


Thursday 22nd

HS 415 Panel 2: 15:00 - 16:30:

Beyond Boundaries

Chair: Paolo Braga

Anna Zaluczkowska:Writer/Reader as Performer
Anthony Mullins:Beyond the Hero’s Journey — using character arcs to challenge the “triumphant” and “transformative” worldview of the Hero’s Journey in order to encourage alternative storytelling approaches and voices.
Joakim Hermansson: The hero’s thematic journeys in advertisement films
Mike Cummins: Screenwriters in the Global Twittersphere


Thursday 22nd

HS 316 Panel 1: 11:15 – 12:45:

Sounding Screenplays

Chair: Eva Novrup Redvall

Gabriel M. Paletz:Writing Sound in the Screenplay: Innovations in the Hollywood Form
Pascal Rudolph:Sounding Scripts: A Typology of “Screenplay Music”
Claus Tieber:The screenwriter as musical adviser


Thursday 22nd

HS 316 Panel 2: 15:00 - 16:30:

Practice Research Table Read

Chair: Stephanie Schwarz

Maxine Gee with Imke van Heerden & Anil Bas:A Meeting: AI-Assisted Screenplay Generation.
Clarissa Mazon Miranda:The Case of the Partridge Hunt
Beth McCan:A Calling


Thursday, 22nd

HS3 13:30 - 15:00:

round table discussion 1

Diversity: Among Screenwriters – Within Screenplays

Nina Kusturica
Arash T. Riahi
Eleftheria Thanouli
Rafael Leal
Chair: Asja Makarevic


Friday 23rd

HS 3 Panel 3, 10:00 - 11:30:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Chair: Claus Tieber

Balázs Zágoni:Michael Curtiz's unknown screenwriter
150 years from the birth of Transsylvania’s first glocal screenwriter
Brett Davies: First Empire: Re-examining Leigh Brackett’s authorial presence in The Empire Strikes Back


Friday 23rd

HS 3 Panel 4, 11:45 - 13:15

Non-Western Modes of Narration

Chair: Dina Iordanova

Radomír D. Kokeš: Narrative construction in Czech silent cinema storytelling: National and international tendencies
Kerstin Stutterheim:Natural Light (Természetes fény) (H 2021, Nagy Denes) in dialogue with Come and See (USSR 1985, Klimov)
Margaret McVeigh:Tracing Patterns in Landscape and Meaning in Global Cinematic Storytelling
Ruth Mellaerts:The (un)importance of conflict: looking for different storytelling modes


Friday 23rd

HS 510 Panel 3, 10:00 – 11:30:

De-Colonizing Screenwriting

Chair: Maxine Gee

Christina Milligan:Storytelling in Māori films: a path to decolonization
Phil Mathews:Motivation and character arcs. A truly global approach or the pervasiveness of a western narrative hegemony?
Érica Sarmet:Excess, horror and the wild pleasure in fiction feature screenplays


Friday 23rd

HS 510 Panel 4, 11:45 – 13:15:

Universal Storytelling?

 Chair: Nicole Kandioler

Marie Macneill:In Search of Mermaids: is there universality in screenwriting and storytelling?
Ole Christian Solbakken:Pre-word storytelling - a report from an experimental writing process
Rex Obano:Cultural Neo-Colonialism in British/ African Film: The narrative, the Development and the Creation of an "elsewhere"


Friday 23rd

HS 415 Panel 3, 10:00 – 11:30:

Localizing Screenwriting

Chair: Rafael Leal

Kingsley Oyong Akam:Script to Screen: Portraying Social Realism and the Metaphor of Rape in Emem Isong’s Code of Silence (2015)
Chris Neilan:Reimagining the First Act: Hou Hsiao-Hsien and the Languorous Cinema of Place (Videoessay)
Clarissa Mazon Miranda:Screenwriting of Brazilian biographical productions in the context of globalized streaming
Danica Renn-Giles:Towards an understanding of the role of film and viewer value-alignment in local and global fiction film preferences


Friday 23rd

HS 415 Panel 4, 11:45 - 13:15:

(Re)Searching New Paths

Chair: Christina Milligan

Nathali Herold Solon Pilegaard & Heidi Philipsen:The creative potential of storyworlds in screenwriting and -development
Karin Verelst:Technology, representation, narration. Universality from another point of view
Gabriele SindlerDonat Keusch:Analyzing Screenplays: Development, Practice and Benefits of "The SSO- or *40-Steps-Method" - From practical use to theory and back again
Sam Marinov:Bakhtin's theory of chonotope and its possible applications in screenwriting research and analysis (part I)


Friday 23rd

HS 316 Panel 3, 10:00 - 11:30:

Storytelling in TV and Streaming

Chair: Paolo Russo

Øyvind Vågnes:Narrativizing Cultural and Collective Trauma in Mad Men
Brenda Robles:The first asides of House of Cards, a case of a backstory-based character construction compared against the first soliloquy of Shakespeare’s Richard III.
Luisa Cotta Ramosino & Laura Cotta Ramosino:A broader allegiance: How an Israeli show about an ultraorthodox family became a global hit
Ruth GutierrezPablo Castrillo & Isadora Garcia Avis:Showrunners of Spain: Outlooks and Challenges in the Post-TV Writers’ Room

Friday 23rd

HS 316 Panel 4, 11:45 - 13:15:

Writing for Children and Teenager

Chair: Joachim Schätz

Eva Novrup RedvallKatrine Bouschinger Christensen:Writing entertaining family fiction with a natural science mission:  The case of the Danish television Christmas calendar ‘Christmas of the Comets’
Florian Krauß: Glocal and extended screenwriting in DRUCK/SKAM Germany
Giulia Cavazza: Developing empathy: the adventures of Pinocchio between USA and Italy


Friday, 23rd

HS 3 14:15 - 15:45

round table discussion 2

The State and Future of Screenwriting Studies and the Screenwriting Research Network

Craig Batty
Margret McVeigh
Paolo Russo
Ann Igelstrom
Rosanne Welch
Chair: Claus Tieber


Saturday 24th

HS 3 Panel 5, 10:00 – 11:30:

Authorship Revisited 

Chair: Adam Ganz

Tom Freitas: The art of subverting: The post-horror narratives in Robert Eggers work
Birger Langkjær:Social schemes and the unexpected: The scenic unit in Ruben Östlund’s storytelling
Eleanor Yule:Liminality and hybridity in Ben Sharrock’s Limbo (2020)
Rosamund Davies: Authorship and Collaboration in Screenwriting aka How Many People Does it Take to Create an Author?


Saturday 24th

HS 3 Panel 6, 11:45 – 13:15:

Screenwriting Historiographies

Chair: Jan Cernik

Martina Pfeiler:Ulrich Steindorff’s Das Seebiest (1930) as Economic and Ethic Treatments
Rita Benis: How migrant filmmaking shaped Portuguese screenwriting models


Saturday 24th 

HS 510 Panel 5, 10:00 – 11:30:

Concepts and Characters

Chair: Claus Tieber

Armando Fumagalli: Dark Protagonists in Cinema and TV
Paolo Braga: Movie speeches – a classification proposal
Marco Ianniello: Character Composition in Serial Drama Are “western” paradigms of character development relevant to scripting long form characters arcs in serial television drama?
Raffaele Chiarulli: From Italian Concept to High Concept. Different ways to a global screenwriting


Saturday 24th

HS 510 Panel 6, 11:45 – 13:15:

Animated Screenwriting

Chair: Irena Georgieva

Northrop Davis: Manga and Anime’s Global Adaptations - How to Make them Well
Maria Oltolini:Once Upon a Time in Japan: Ponyo and the Ecological Fairytale
Artem Prokhorov:Propp and Campbell united: Russian and Western story structures together in Pixar animation


Saturday 24th

HS 415 Panel 5, 10:00 – 11:30:

Remapping Brazilian screenwriting studies

Chair: Pablo Goncalo

Rafael Leal:The embodied script and the end of writing
Fabiano Grendene de Souza: The Short Film Screenplay in Brazil: Space, Dialogue and Social Criticism 


Saturday 24th

HS 415 Panel 6, 11:45 – 13:15:

Storytelling and Co-creation for Global Change: A Worldbuilding Methodology

Chair: Paolo Russo

Ash Eliza Smith:We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Environmental Futures and Post-Pastoral Speculation in Flyover Country
Trossero, Ignacio:World Building Storytelling - Junk Global Consortium - Argentina Chapter 
Michael Bentham & Mark Carey: Screenwriting as 'Strategy': towards a working definition of narrative fiction filmmaking methodology


Saturday 24th

HS 316 Panel 5, 10:00 – 11:30:

Nations, Cultures, and Screenwriting in Transition

Chair: Craig Batty

Michael Welles Schock:Samurai to Six-Guns: Personal Reflections on a Failed Trans-national Genre Adaptation
Shmavon Azatyan: Cultural Transformation in the screenplay Pam and Dave
Matthew Dabner: What ails the nation? Theme as a site where the nation can be asserted in scripted SVOD dramas


24th September, 13:30 HS3

Keynote Dina Iordanova:

bridging platforms and continents: the normative narrator