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Glynis Wozniak, a graduate of the BA Performance degree at the University Of The West Of Scotland in Ayr presents a a Benefit Production of Eve Ensler’s
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES st the
Bar Libertine, Ayr 7.30pm Thurs 8th April
DOORS OPEN AT 7PM! COME FOR DRINKS BEFOREHAND!
With Lissa Dougal Maggie Macleod, Storm-Skyler McClure and Glynis Wozniak
Produced and Directed by Glynis Wozniak, Inner Rhythm
Tickets priced £5 available from the venue on the night or from http://www.glyniswozniak.co.uk
Profits to benefit Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre, Hamilton
The Vagina Monologues is….
“Spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving . . . it is both a work of art and an incisive piece of cultural history, a poem and a polemic, a performance and a balm and a benediction.” —Variety
Come along to the Libertine on the 8th. Glynis will also be presenting the show at the Crawfordjohn Public Hall 7.30pm. Sat 10th April
10 weeks into the project, and the nine teams are now gearing up towards the industry pitch on the 19th of April. The blur of activity on the TWFTV Blog is evidenced by over 650 viewings of 50 postings. When you add that to all the postings on the Production Group Discussion Boards and the Team WIKIS, the class has generated over 2,000 separate posts, views or comments at all levels. Combine that with the good news that over 80% of the class has now created an ePortfolio through which their tutors will provide formative feedback for their individual episodes. This means the Team Writing For Television is proving that the new technologies, VLE and and ePortfolio can help to deliver a creative learning experience which can prepare our students for the modern web based environment outside of college.
That is not to take away from the face to face development and creativity which takes place at the weekly Team Sessions. Indeed, the most popular means of communication has proven to be the Magic Whiteboard. This miraculous material is made from statically charged polypropylene film. It allows you to create a whiteboard from a roll anywhere, in seconds. TWFTV students can be spotted with their rolled up white boards and Pen markers skulking around corridors looking for empty rooms and a convenient wall to attach their whiteboards . Depending on who then holds the conch/marker, they can discuss the finer points of how their third episode final act crisis will fit in to the overall series arc or whatever.
There is a great democracy in having a white board available at all times, no matter where the team is meeting. No one student can “take over” the meeting by controlling the computer or team log. The decisions must be taken openly, democratically, and the board stored as an aide memoir for the next meeting.
My next blog will be a full report of the Fourth Year Performance students Showcase at the CCA on Weds 31st. Full details of this can be found at http://wp.me/py36u-3J
The Team Writing for Television students are now into the 8th week of the process of creating a long running television series. All 9 teams have chosen their Series Idea, the Series Arcs are being developed, the individual Episodes allocated, and the Characters and their arcs are starting to crystallize. Things are going so well (famous last words), that I am now actively seeking clarification on what the Copywright situation is for Artifacts created through Assessed Modules at the UWS.
The TWFTV Blackboard Website Blog has been a hive of activity since last week. All told, 152 hits from 45 separate contributors reporting on the developments within the individual teams. The teams meet physically once a week in class where they will have a lecture on some theoretical aspect of Team Writing For The Screen , and then spend the rest of the class operating as separate powerhousing teams of writers. An allocated tutor , either myself, John Quinn or Dr Gill Jamieson operates as a Series Runner to sort out any developmental problems which may emerge.
Out of class, the teams can virtually communicate online with one another through the Blackboard Group Pages discussion boards, and also through the dedicated messaging service, Wimba. They then allocate a scribe who reports back on progress once a week to all their colleagues on the class Blog.
After the teams have gone through the process of defining all aspects of their Long Running Series Idea, they create their own strategy for marketing it. The core of this strategy will be contained in the Pitching Document which they jointly create online through their teams Published WIKI. This will then form the basis of the team pitch which this year will be delivered to Kate Croft of Shed Productions and Mike Ellen, Script Exec at BBC on the 19th of April.
Using a Team WIKI to deliver their final Pitching Document gives us the opportunity of assessing each individual team member in terms of the quantity and quality of their contributions, thereby obviating a major issue one always comes up against when assessing team work ” It’s not fair, I did more work than HE did”. This way we are able to accurately judge exactly who did what and when. There will be no hiding place!
Once the pitching is over, it will be up to each individual team member to write a full episode of the projected series which fits in with the Series and Character Arcs. They feedback their episode in draft from to their individual tutors through their own shared ePortfolio. Thus we will have a fully integrated, online developmental process going on from the initial weekly team meetings, through the Blog, the Discussion Boards, Wimba, and ePortfolio,
I’ll keep you up to speed with how the process is developing. Its worth noting that we started off the class with less than 2% of students actually having created an individual ePortfolio, to the point now where 82% of the class has successfully created one.
Onward and upward.
As I walked up the stairs of the Student Union in Storrie Street on Tuesday, I was a worried man. So far as I could work out, very few people had registered for my talk on “Chic Murray-Anatomy Of A Creative Project”. I shouldn’t have worried. The place was jam packed, and the session was a pleasure to take part in. A lively, interested audience ensured a healthy level of two way discussion , and as usual, I ended up with a fistful of cards and more contacts and ideas for Creative Initiatives both within the UWS and outside. En passant, I want to give a special vote of thanks to all my students who turned up for the talk, and then went on the the Pitching Session in the Library. The place was a hive of creativity, and seemed to make all the hard work that had gone into setting up the Creative Choices Festival worthwhile.
And it seems it is already paying off. Regular readers of my Blog will know that I am specifically interested in Cross Programatical Synergies within the Teaching in the Creative Industries.What does this entail? At heart, it’s an approach to teaching which seeks to mirror the reality of the outside world. Within the Creative Industries, creating a complex Cultural Artifact like a film requires the work of a whole team of specialists, Writers, Script Editors, Designers, Actors, Directors, Producers, Technicians, Editors and so on. So why do so many Programmes, Modules and Assessments require students to carry out tasks in which they have no wish to specialise? The simple answer is a lack of resources, and insufficient Cross Programmatical co ordination. That is why Writers may find themselves holding booms, Actors struggle to master the Intricacies of Final Cut Pro, and Musicians find themselves having to write Scripts for Music Videos.
How much better would it be if we were able to train Writers to Write Scripts, which were assessed and then handed over to Actors who wanted to act, who were then assessed and filmed by Filmmakers, edited by Editors, Produced by Producers and so on. The Learning Experience would be richer and deeper, and more importantly, students would be better prepared for their eventual release into the world of the Creative Industries. I am working on ways to create just such a learing experience at our Ayr Campus, and had a discussion with our Dean and members of the Quality Assurance staff on Thursday when we were given the green light to move forward on it.
Far more immediate and exciting is the development that as a direct result of attending my talk on Chic Murray, a group of students and graduates who specialise in Animation and CGI have approached me to see if I can get my Scriptwriting students to create viable 20 to 60 minute scripts capable of being transformed into animated shorts and features. The process is at an early stage, but it is very exciting and just the sort of thing that events like the Creative Choices Festival should be enouraging. So well done to all who came to the talk, and who knows, Chic Murray might well have succeeded in starting up a Creative Project from his vantage point in the Elysian Fields. Here’s to you Chic, and here’s to Cross-Programmatical Synergies. They speak of little else in Greenock.
I am grateful to Lindalouise Martin, one of our BA Performance graduates for the following information. Please support Lindalouise and her colleagues. It’s fantastic to see the seeds of creativity growing through the cracks of a dissolving economy.
Cleansed Ltd and Boyangel productions, are two Creative companies formed by UWS graduates and current students which have combined to showcase new talent in Ayrshire and the surrounding area. Currently they are providing two nights of intimate [email protected] The Libertine each month. This month’s “Monthly Monologues” on the 7th and 8th of March showcase one professional actor and two student actors from the UWS. The aim of the evening is to bring some quaility live theatre to ayrshire as sadly many arts providers in the area have gone dark.
Each month they will also showcase new talent by local writers.This is in the form of a 20 min monologue and this month and they are proud to announce they have B.P.M by UWS fourth year student, Andrew Campbell. This piece was showcased at On the Verge by RSAMD to great acclaim.
This month Monthly Monologues will be Mon 8th and Tues 9th March.
As well as B.P.M By Andrew Campbell, you will see The Fever by Wallace Shawn, Intro by Eric Bogosian and excerpts from The Vagina Monologues.
Ths month they are also proud to be showcasing Professional actor Jamie Wardrop. Jamie has a wealth of experience from stage to screen, and joining jamie will be David Campbell and Glynis Wozniak both UWS Performance graduates and up and coming actors.
Tickets are available @ the venue or on the night £5.
Please note the evening has adult content.
You can check out the Libertine at the address below.
7, River St
As a coda, Andrew Campbell will also be presenting Sarah Kane’s “Cleansed” @ Sloans Glasgow 31st March -1st April 2010 tickets are available @ http://www.tickets-scotland.com.
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