Pavel Jech Presents on short film screenplay writing at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop

Pavel Jech Presents on short film screenplay writing at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop

Pavel Jech Presents on short film screenplay writing at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop

Guest lecturer Pavel Jech, former Dean of FAMU, the Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague and currently at Chapman University, gave excellent insights into the craft of writing a short film screenplay at January’s MFA workshop.


Questions about the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting?

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Why Don’t We Know Their Names? Whooping Cough Killed 6,000 Kids a Year Before These Ex-Teachers Created a Vaccine

Research for the book I’m in the middle of brought me to learn that the Whooping Cough was invented by two female former teachers.

Much as I love all Jonas Salk did for the world (and gave his patent away for free to help children), WHY wasn’t I ever taught about these women??? — Rosanne

Whooping Cough Killed 6,000 Kids a Year Before These Ex-Teachers Created a Vaccine

Whooping Cough Killed 6,000 Kids a Year Before These Ex-Teachers Created a Vaccine

As the Great Depression raged, scientists Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering developed the first effective pertussis vaccine on a shoestring budget.

After a long day in the laboratory in 1932, Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering walked out into the chilly Michigan evening with specially prepared petri dishes, called cough plates, in tow. The two scientists were on a mission to collect bacteria in the wild: one by one, they visited families ravaged by whooping cough, the deadliest childhood disease of their time. By the dim light of kerosene lamps they asked sick children to cough onto each plate, dimpling the agar gel with tiny specks of the bacteria Bordetella pertussis.

Read the entire article at the History Channel

Save The Date: Bad Ass Movie Motherhood: From Leia to Ripley and Back Again – March 22, 2020 — Cal Poly Pomona University Library

Save The Date: Bad Ass Movie Motherhood: From Leia to Ripley and Back Again - March 22, 2020 — Cal Poly Pomona University Library

Bad Ass Movie Motherhood: From Leia to Ripley and Back Again
March 24, 2020 — Cal Poly Pomona University Library

with Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr Peg Lamphier

Claudia Puig Speaks On Film Critique at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (3 photos)

Claudia Puig Speaks On Film Critique at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (3 photos)

Claudia Puig Speaks On Film Critique at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (3 photos)

Claudia Puig Speaks On Film Critique at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (3 photos)

Claudia Puig Speaks On Film Critique at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (3 photos)

Claudia Puig, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, came to January’s workshop to discuss the art of film critique as well as the current state of Diversity in Media. She also curates two film festivals and spoke about how to work the festival circuit to gain attention for your writing career.


Questions about the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting?

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Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (5 photos)

Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (5 photos)

Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (6 photos)

Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (6 photos)

Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (6 photos)

Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (6 photos)

Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (6 photos)

One of the highlights of January’s Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting workshop came in the form of a story structure seminar with screenwriting Jane Anderson (The Wife, Olive Kitteridge, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio) held on the Henson soundstage. Her energy and honesty in discussing her work and her life in the business was greatly appreciated.


Questions about the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting?

Leave a comment here or email me, Executive Director, Dr. Rosanne Welch and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.


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From The Journal Of Screenwriting V10 Issue 3: From dialogue writer to screenwriter: Pier Paolo Pasolini at work for Federico Fellini by Claudia Romanelli

Highlighting the articles in the past editions of the Journal of Screenwriting, of which I am the Book Reviews Editor. Hopefully these abstracts will entice you to did a little deeper into the history and future of screenwriting. — Rosanne


From dialogue writer to screenwriter: Pier Paolo Pasolini at work for Federico Fellini by Claudia Romanelli

Pier Paolo Pasolini was a poet, novelist, essayist and filmmaker who also worked as a screenwriter for some of the most important Italian directors including Mario Soldati, Mauro Bolognini and Bernardo Bertolucci, to name a few. While Pasolini’s poems, novels and films are widely studied, his work as a screenwriter has not attracted much critical attention. This is partly because Pasolini tended to collaborate with directors whose artistic tastes were very different from his own, making it difficult to understand what he could possibly bring to the films on which he worked. The fact that he took his first steps in the screenwriting teams for which Italian cinema was famous has also contributed to downplay his screenwriting activity. One such example is his contribution to Federico Fellini’s screenplays. Fellini first approached Pasolini because he wished to revise the dialogue in Le notti di Cabiria, which he thought lacked the authentic feel of the language spoken in the Roman slums where the film took place. Although critics have always assumed that Fellini discarded Pasolini’s revisions to his scripts, archival sources tell a different story, revealing Pasolini’s key contribution to Fellini’s work and his eagerness to leave a lasting impression on it.


The Journal of Screenwriting is an international double-blind peer-reviewed journal that is published three times a year. The journal highlights current academic and professional thinking about the screenplay and intends to promote, stimulate and bring together current research and contemporary debates around the screenplay whilst encouraging groundbreaking research in an international arena. The journal is discursive, critical, rigorous and engages with issues in a dynamic and developing field, linking academic theory to screenwriting practice. 

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#MeetTheGraduatesMonday: Wynne Racine

Every Monday we will be profiling a member of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting 2020 graduating class. This exciting, fresh crop of writers are the future of the industry and are going on to do BIG things, so get to know them now! 

Get ready to meet another member of the 2020 Stephens Cohort: Wynne Racine! #MeetTheGradsMonday

#MeetTheGraduatesMonday: Wynne Racine

Wynne Racine is a journalist who has spent much of her career writing for newspapers and television. For more than a decade she also produced a weekly, half-hour news program. Along the way, she owned a radio station formatted for kids (KKYD), wrote chapters for high school text books and was a regular contributor to a Russian magazine. Wynne entered the Stephens MFA program because she wanted to write a screenplay based on the life of her grandfather. With the help of Stephen’s mentors, that screenplay is now complete and, as of this writing, being considered by a major motion picture studio.


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Carol Barbee Speaks at Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (5 photos)

Carol Barbee Speaks at Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (5 photos)

Carol Barbee Speaks at Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (5 photos)

Carol Barbee Speaks at Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (5 photos)

Carol Barbee Speaks at Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (5 photos)

Carol Barbee Speaks at Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (5 photos)

Carol Barbee Speaks at Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (5 photos)

Carol Barbee, creator and showrunner of Netflix’s Raising Dion came to speak to the combined 1st and 2nd year students during January’s workshop. She outlined how she pitched her take on the original IP, how she hired her writers room, and how the create stories for the first year series – which has been given a pickup for season two so watch for it!


Questions about the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting?

Leave a comment here or email me, Executive Director, Dr. Rosanne Welch and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.


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Children’s Animation Panel at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (3 photos)

Children’s Animation Panel at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop

Children’s Animation Panel at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop

Children’s Animation Panel at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop

Children’s Animation Panel at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop

MFA mentor Maria Escobedo (Dora the Explorer, Give a Mouse a Cookie) organized a children’s Animation panel for January’s workshop so MFA candidates were treated to a visit by Laura Kleinbaum (Butterbean’s Café, Esme and Roy) and Jenny Keene (Phineas and Ferb, Big City Greens). 


Questions about the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting?

Leave a comment here or email me, Executive Director, Dr. Rosanne Welch and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.


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From The Journal Of Screenwriting V10 Issue 3: Network television writers and the ‘race problems’ of 1968 by Caryn Murphy

Highlighting the articles in the past editions of the Journal of Screenwriting, of which I am the Book Reviews Editor. Hopefully these abstracts will entice you to did a little deeper into the history and future of screenwriting. — Rosanne


 

Network television writers and the ‘race problems’ of 1968 by Caryn Murphy

This article examines the development of television scripts in the crime drama genre within the context of US commercial broadcasting in the network era. In 1968, public discourse around race relations, civil rights and violence reached a height following the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr and Robert F. Kennedy, and the release of a government study on urban uprisings by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. Ironside (1967–75, NBC) and N.Y.P.D. (1967–69, ABC) are two crime dramas that drew on recent events related to black militants and white supremacy in order to appeal to viewers with socially relevant entertainment during this time. The archival records of screenwriters Sy Salkowitz and Lonne Elder make it possible to trace the development of one episode from each series over the course of multiple drafts. This analysis of the script development process explores the relationship between public discourse, industrial context, commercial agendas and creative priorities. Ironside and N.Y.P.D. are both crime dramas, but an examination of both series yields points of divergence which help to illustrate the norms of the network system in terms of act structure, genre tropes, and the oversight of standards and practices.

 


The Journal of Screenwriting is an international double-blind peer-reviewed journal that is published three times a year. The journal highlights current academic and professional thinking about the screenplay and intends to promote, stimulate and bring together current research and contemporary debates around the screenplay whilst encouraging groundbreaking research in an international arena. The journal is discursive, critical, rigorous and engages with issues in a dynamic and developing field, linking academic theory to screenwriting practice. 

Get your copy and subscription to the Journal of Screenwriting Today!


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