In October, The Boot Cake screened at Astra Film Festival in Romania. One of Europe’s most highly regarded documentary festivals, Astra began in 1993 as a festival devoted to ethnographic films and broadened its focus to creative documentary. In 2014, the centenary of the debut of Chaplin’s Tramp character on screen, Astra programmed three films in a special Chaplin-themed section. I love their graphic above. Astra screened two of Chaplin’s short films The Fireman (1916) and Easy Street (1917). And, to our great honour, The Boot Cake.
Earlier this year, my book Screenwriting in a Digital Era was published by Palgrave Macmillan. I aimed to examine a range of practices for writing for the screen. Looking back to prehistories of the form, my book links screenwriting and visual storytelling to visual and oral storytelling. From the shadow playwrights of twelfth-century Europe to semi-improvised ensemble films played out on the streets of cities around the globe. Looking to the future, Screenwriting in a Digital Era examines the blurring of genres, production stages and roles in digital ecologies and the practices of sustainable screenwriting.
Adrian Martin (Goethe University, Germany) wrote:
‘Kathryn Millard’s brilliant book asks: what is involved in writing for the screen in a digital era? Surely much more than just words on a page. With images, sounds, fragments of story, impressions of place and research materials, we improvise, perform, assemble, re-mix on our computers. We project our imagination into the world (real or otherwise) that we hope to capture on screen. Conventional accounts of screenwriting find the classic story templates wherever they look; Millard, by contrast, finds the ‘seeds of the new’ everywhere in the experiments of the past. Hers is the first truly international survey to look beyond Hollywood for its rich and varied inspiration. It is a book for the future of cinema and all screen media’.