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This video was created by University Of The West Of Scotland students to publicise and market their Contemporary Screen Acting Degree.

If you have a Higher National Diploma or equivalent in a Performance -based subject, then this two year top up Degree Programme is designed for you.

Contemporary Screen Acting At UWS


This Video was made by UWS Contemporary Screen Acting students.


Make Up artist Irene Blair, Director Michael Hines with Brian Cross and Dr Julie Thomson of the Innovation & Research Office during the shoot.

  Click here to view The video I produced for the Innovation & Research Office (IRO)   at University Of The West Of Scotland.

The video was premiered at  UWS  ’Open for Business’ Master Class and Business Networking  event  at UWS Paisley Campus (P Block), Friday the 7th December.

In this Inspired Business Support Showcase, West Of Scotland  business people, from new start ups through SME’s to large organisations  had  an opportunity to mingle with their  peers and meet our academics and students . Delegates were able to discover how large and small organisations are already benefiting from the staff expertise and student talent available at UWS.

Grants for collaborative projects, work placements and sponsored research can help bring fresh thinking from UWS to your business was all discussed. Participants learned about funding, accessing UWS student talent and courses which can be tailored for manufacturing , service industries or the public sector.

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General Erwin Rommel accepts the surrender of Major General Victor Fortune
St Valery En Caux June 12th 1940

I am presenting a short paper on my PhD thesis  as part of the  “Work In Progress”  seminar series at the University Of  Glasgow. The paper is entitled ”  17 Letters To My Brother : A Scottish Soldier Writes Home.” Covering the period of 1938-1945 in epistolic form, it  chronicles the story of an infantry soldier in the 51st Highland Division. The seminar will take place at 1pm on Friday 23d November in the Edwin Morgan Room, 5 University Gardens Glasgow.Very happy to see any friendly faces to witness my talk on how my PhD is going after 14 months into the process.Oh and David Belcher can come too.


Screenwriting in a Global and Digital World
6th Screenwriting Research Network International Conference
August 20 – 22, 2013
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
This is a call for papers for the annual international conference on screenwriting research, this year organized by the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. The Screenwriting Research Network is a research group that commenced in 2006 within the Louis Le Prince Research Centre, at the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), University of Leeds. The Screenwriting Research Network now consists of academics as well as practitioners interested in research centered on screenwriting studies. The network has achieved a critical mass in recent years with conferences taking place in Leeds (2008), Helsinki (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Brussels (2011), and Sydney, Australia (2012). The sixth conference widens the geographic spread of the network to North America, taking place in Madison, Wisconsin, USA (2013).
The Screenwriting Research Network is comprised of scholars, writers, and practice-based researchers devoted to rethinking the screenplay in relation to its histories, theories, values and creative practices. The aim of the conference is to continue, and expand, discussions around the screenplay and to strengthen a rapidly emerging, and global, research network. The Journal of Screenwriting, first published in 2009, stands as testament to the vitality of the screenwriting network across traditional and practice-based research. This is in addition to growth in the publication of screenwriting monographs by scholars in the network, including books on screenwriting by Steven Price, Steven Maras, J.J. Murphy, and Jill Nelmes, among others. The new Palgrave Studies in Screenwriting series grew out of this organization. The SRN is also building an online forum for scholars and practitioners interested in this subject
The key theme of this next conference is “Screenwriting in a Digital and Global World.” This speaks to the complex and changing nature of screenwriting as a result of both digital technology and globalization. The conference hopes to raise questions about past, current, and future creative practices in scripting in various forms of media, both old and new.
Keynote speakers will be confirmed early in 2013.
The conference is interested in all types of research related to screenwriting in its many forms. We would like to invite abstracts for research presentations on (but not limited to) the following topics:
• Cross-cultural collaboration in screenwriting
• Screenwriting traditions in different national contexts
• Screenwriting and transnationalism
• Screenwriting and the pressures of globalization
• The history of screenwriting around the globe, including Hollywood
• Industry changes in the digital age and what it means for writers of film and television
• Questions of authorship in highly collaborative digital media projects
• Database narratives and interactive, non-linear storytelling
• Transmedia storytelling – “world building” and constructing narratives that reach across multiple platforms
• Writing for games (including video games and ARGs)
• Theorizing and analyzing screenwriting software
• Writing for online video as a new genre and profession
• Screenwriting archival research
• Theorizing screenwriting and the screenplay
• Reflections on narrative theory and dramaturgy
• Practice-based research
• Case studies on individual writers or texts
• Genre-orientated considerations of screenwriting and the screenplay
• Adaptation in moving image screen works
• The role of writing in non-fiction film, television, and other forms of media
• Screenwriting for animation
• Writing for episodic television
• Screenwriting in independent cinema
• Alternative forms of scripting
Call for Papers
Time allotted to each paper is 20 minutes plus discussion. Abstracts (250-300 words) may be submitted until January 1, 2013. Earlier submissions are welcome. Please remember to state your name, affiliation and contact information. Include a brief statement (100 words) detailing your publications and/or screenwriting practice.
Please send your abstract as a WORD document, with the email subject heading “SRN Conference Abstract” to: [email protected]
More information on the program as well as cost, traveling and accommodation details will be available on the conference website as this becomes available.
The conference is supported by a grant from the Anonymous Fund of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is being organized with assistance from the Department of Communication Arts at UW-Madison and the Screenwriting Research Network.
For further information, please contact J. J. Murphy, [email protected] or Kelley Conway, [email protected] at Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, USA.
Conference Co-Directors:

Professor Kelley Conway and Professor J. J. Murphy, Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.


Screenwriting in a Global and Digital World
6th Screenwriting Research Network International Conference
August 20 – 22, 2013
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
This is a call for papers for the annual international conference on screenwriting research, this year organized by the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. The Screenwriting Research Network is a research group that commenced in 2006 within the Louis Le Prince Research Centre, at the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), University of Leeds. The Screenwriting Research Network now consists of academics as well as practitioners interested in research centered on screenwriting studies. The network has achieved a critical mass in recent years with conferences taking place in Leeds (2008), Helsinki (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Brussels (2011), and Sydney, Australia (2012). The sixth conference widens the geographic spread of the network to North America, taking place in Madison, Wisconsin, USA (2013).
The Screenwriting Research Network is comprised of scholars, writers, and practice-based researchers devoted to rethinking the screenplay in relation to its histories, theories, values and creative practices. The aim of the conference is to continue, and expand, discussions around the screenplay and to strengthen a rapidly emerging, and global, research network. The Journal of Screenwriting, first published in 2009, stands as testament to the vitality of the screenwriting network across traditional and practice-based research. This is in addition to growth in the publication of screenwriting monographs by scholars in the network, including books on screenwriting by Steven Price, Steven Maras, J.J. Murphy, and Jill Nelmes, among others. The new Palgrave Studies in Screenwriting series grew out of this organization. The SRN is also building an online forum for scholars and practitioners interested in this subject
The key theme of this next conference is “Screenwriting in a Digital and Global World.” This speaks to the complex and changing nature of screenwriting as a result of both digital technology and globalization. The conference hopes to raise questions about past, current, and future creative practices in scripting in various forms of media, both old and new.
Keynote speakers will be confirmed early in 2013.
The conference is interested in all types of research related to screenwriting in its many forms. We would like to invite abstracts for research presentations on (but not limited to) the following topics:
• Cross-cultural collaboration in screenwriting
• Screenwriting traditions in different national contexts
• Screenwriting and transnationalism
• Screenwriting and the pressures of globalization
• The history of screenwriting around the globe, including Hollywood
• Industry changes in the digital age and what it means for writers of film and television
• Questions of authorship in highly collaborative digital media projects
• Database narratives and interactive, non-linear storytelling
• Transmedia storytelling – “world building” and constructing narratives that reach across multiple platforms
• Writing for games (including video games and ARGs)
• Theorizing and analyzing screenwriting software
• Writing for online video as a new genre and profession
• Screenwriting archival research
• Theorizing screenwriting and the screenplay
• Reflections on narrative theory and dramaturgy
• Practice-based research
• Case studies on individual writers or texts
• Genre-orientated considerations of screenwriting and the screenplay
• Adaptation in moving image screen works
• The role of writing in non-fiction film, television, and other forms of media
• Screenwriting for animation
• Writing for episodic television
• Screenwriting in independent cinema
• Alternative forms of scripting
Call for Papers
Time allotted to each paper is 20 minutes plus discussion. Abstracts (250-300 words) may be submitted until January 1, 2013. Earlier submissions are welcome. Please remember to state your name, affiliation and contact information. Include a brief statement (100 words) detailing your publications and/or screenwriting practice.
Please send your abstract as a WORD document, with the email subject heading “SRN Conference Abstract” to: [email protected]
More information on the program as well as cost, traveling and accommodation details will be available on the conference website as this becomes available.
The conference is supported by a grant from the Anonymous Fund of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is being organized with assistance from the Department of Communication Arts at UW-Madison and the Screenwriting Research Network.
For further information, please contact J. J. Murphy, [email protected] or Kelley Conway, [email protected] at Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, USA.
Conference Co-Directors:

Professor Kelley Conway and Professor J. J. Murphy, Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.


CAST CALL - WCA winning Short film script is now in production – Sewing Solutions will have a rolling audition on WEDNESDAY 21st NOV with two slots of 6-7 pm and 7-8 pm.  SHOOT DATE is SAT 8th DEC with rehearsal tbc to suit successful applicants.
Please reply to email with your name, CV/Headshots, contact mobile/email and which audition slot you are able to attend. Audition venue is in city centre and will be notified with time slot to auditionees. Please note this a CV/Work experience/Showreel piece with great opportunities for contacts, and catering on shoot. No expenses unless previously discussed and signed off by Production Team.

FEMALE LEAD, Age range 20-30
MALE LEAD Age range 20-35,
FEMALE NEIGHBOUR Any Age considered.
Production Designer - 50′s set – location recce Saturday 12 noon
CAST and Prod Design please Email Linda at [email protected]

CREW - DOP, Camera Assist/focus, Runners, Transport, Location Manager, Catering
CREW pelase email Neil at [email protected]


 

PRESTIGIOUS DRAMA UK RECOGNITION FOR THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMMES

·         University of the West of Scotland – BA (Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting

·         University of the West of Scotland – BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

·         University of the West of Scotland – BA (Hons) Performance

Three University of the West of Scotland (UWS) degree programmes are among the first in the UK to achieve Drama UK Recognition – a New Level of Quality Assurance for Drama Training Providers.

Drama UK, the organisation which champions quality drama training in the UK, has awarded the first of its brand new quality marks to three courses at UWS – BA (Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre, and BA (Hons) Performance.

The new quality mark entitled ‘Recognition’ offers students and their future employers assurance that a course with this award has been through a rigorous assessment including a visit from a panel of industry experts to ensure that it delivers what it promises and provides a real benefit to the industry.

Ian Kellgren, Chief Executive of Drama UK, said: “We are delighted to award the first of our Recognition marks. We have piloted this new level of quality assurance thanks to support from Creative Skillset.”

Historically, industry accredited quality assurance has only been available to vocational courses at conservatoire drama schools. The development of this new quality mark is part of Drama UK’s mission to broaden the reach of its quality assurance in the sector.

Kellgren added: “The drama training landscape has changed significantly since quality assurance for drama training was originally set up by The National Council of Drama Training (NCDT) in the 1970s. We have acknowledged that there are now many more providers in this sector and there is a need to provide quality assurance for courses that are less vocational than conservatoire training but offer a very real benefit to the industry.”

Drama UK took on the Quality Assurance role from National Council for Drama Training (NCDT) when it merged with the Conference of Drama Schools in June, and continues to champion quality drama training in the UK through advocacy, advice and assurance.

Jane Robertson, UWS Senior Lecturer and Performance Area Subject Leader said “We are delighted that all three UWS performance related degree programmes are among the first in the UK to be granted Drama UK Recognition, a quality assurance mark that UWS staff and students are very proud of.”

A new Drama UK website, www.dramauk.co.uk, is due to launch later this year and will contain the full list of all Accredited and Recognised courses as well as other vocational training available. There will also be information and advice for students looking for drama and technical theatre training.

Notes:

UWS School of Creative and Cultural Industries – a Skillset Media Academy www.uws.ac.uk/cci provides industry-ready degree programmes, designed by staff with wide-ranging experience in broadcasting, film, journalism, music, performance and the visual arts. It strives to produce graduates who will be able to compete successfully in their chosen sectors, set up their own production company/creative business, and demonstrate a critically aware, theoretically informed view of their discipline. The School leads UWS’ Skillset Media Academy – one of only three Skillset Academies in Scotland – an industry-accredited network of excellence.

 

Drama UK provides a unique link between the theatre, media and broadcast industries and drama training providers in the UK. It gives a united, public voice to this sector; offers help and advice to drama students of all ages; and awards a quality kite mark to the very best drama training in the UK.

Creative Skillset (www.creativeskillset.org) is the Creative Industries’ Sector Skills Council (SSC) which comprises TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging, publishing, advertising and fashion and textiles. Its aim is to support the productivity of our industry to ensure that it remains globally competitive. It does this by influencing and leading; developing skills, training and education policy; and through opening up the industries to the UK’s pool of diverse talent.

Congratulations to all staff and students involved in the bidding and evaluation process!


Katie Morag in her habitual white jumper, kilt...

The  first paperback edition of Katie Morag  (1986).

A year ago, on the day of the Scottish BAFTA’s in 2011, I met with Don Coutts and Lindy Cameron of MoveOnUpTV over a leisurely Americano in Clive Ramsay’s cafe in Bridge Of Allan.

Sitting on the table between us was a copy of one of  Mairi Hedderwick’s Katie Morag stories. They asked me what my take on scripting a potential TV adaptation might be.
I told them about the research we had been carrying out at University Of The West Of Scotland as part of our Team Writing For Television module.
TWFTV is a level 9 Module which tasks teams of student screenwriters to come up with the Bible and individual Scripts for a new Long Running Television Series. I told them that after 5 years of work on this at UWS, my colleagues Dr John Quinn and Martin McCardie  had developed a robust methodology which would precisely fit the demands of the  creation of 26 Episodes of a new, live action Katie Morag series.
Lindy and Don obviously liked what I had to say, and a  month later, we started work on the proposal. We built up a team of writers, then worked collaboratively on the specifics. Starting with  Theme, Tone and Genre, we went on to create a detailed series arc grid,  individual Episode ideas,  thrashed out a detailed proposal ,  and finally wrote the first 5 Episodes. (If you look closely at the picture you will see the actual grid that we used.)

Martin McCardie, Lindy Cameron, Jan Storie, Louise Wyllie, Stuart Hepburn & Sergio Casci in the Move On Up TV HQ in Cromarty.

A  year later I am delighted  to announce that the BBC has finally committed to 26 Episodes of this wonderful children’s drama to be filmed in Lewis next year.  Congratulations to Lindy and Don, and to writers Martin McCardie ,Sergio Casci, Louise Wyllie and Jan Storie.
 Full details can be found on the BBC Press release below. Look out for Katie Morag and the Troublesome Ted!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/katie-morag.html
If you are interested in studying Film Making and Screenwriting at University Of The West Of Scotland, you can find all the details here.

English: Oscar Wilde, three-quarter length por...

On Trial In Ayr!

I’m indebted to my colleague Jo Ronan for this  news of forthcoming work :

“UWS Performance graduate Jamie Walker has asked us  to publicise an exciting new perfomance in the atmospheric environs of Ayr Court House.

Tickets for The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde have just this second become available can be purchased from the links below. The performances are limited to an audience of less than 30 persons each show due to the size of the venue and health/safety.

Venue: Ayr Courthouse, inside Ayr Town Hall.

Purchase tickets through the links below:

Thursday 29th November
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/193745

Friday 30th November
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/193426

Saturday 1st December
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/193746

Jamie Walker (Actor/Photographer/Videographer) BA (Hons) Performance
Http://www.jamie-walker.com

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