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The journal is now approaching its third year of existence and attracting an impressive mix of articles, yet there are still many aspects of this fascinating subject still to be explored. This issue, focused on the history of the screenplay, is especially timely because of the government cutbacks in the United Kingdom, which give serious cause for concern regarding the effect they will have on the arts and humanities, higher education and the national libraries. These cutbacks are posing a particular problem at the British Film Institute (BFI), which houses the national library for film and TV, where not only the library is under threat of removal to a smaller base, with restricted facilities, it is also proposed that the research archive and viewing facilities will move from Central London to Berkhamsted, with likely staff redundancies.
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Document Type: Editorial

Publication date: 2011-03-15

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  • The Journal of Screenwriting aims to explore the nature of writing for the moving image in the broadest sense, highlighting current academic thinking around scriptwriting whilst also reflecting on this with a truly international perspective and outlook. The journal will encourage the investigation of a broad range of possible methodologies and approaches to studying the scriptwriting form, in particular: the history of the form, contextual analysis, the process of writing for the moving image, the relationship of scriptwriting to the production process and how the form can be considered in terms of culture and society. The journal also aims to encourage research in the field of screenwriting, the linking of scriptwriting practice to academic theory, and to support and promote conferences and networking events on this subject.
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