Journal article

Script development as a 'wicked problem'

Craig Batty, Radha O'MEARA, Stayci Taylor, Hester Joyce, Philippa Burne, Noel Maloney, Mark Poole, Marilyn Tofler

Journal of Screenwriting | Intellect | Published : 2018


Both a process and a set of products, influenced by policy as well as people, and incorporating objective agendas at the same time as subjective experiences, script development is a core practice within the screen industry – yet one that is hard to pin down and, to some extent, define. From an academic research perspective, we might say that script development is a ‘wicked problem’ precisely because of these complex and often contradictory aspects. Following on from a recent Journal of Screenwriting special issue on script development (2017, vol. 8:3), and in particular an article therein dedicated to reviewing the literature and ‘defining the field’, an expanded team of researchers follow u..

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