"The Handbook of Script Development provides a creative and critical guide for those who study, teach and work on the development of stories for the screen. The larger, international perspective is highly valuable in today’s media climate where screenwriters sell stories to streaming services with an eye on collecting viewers from all over the world. Such a cross-cultural product requires exposure to new ideas in how scripts are developed which is exactly the perspective I discovered in these pages."
--- Dr Rosanne Welch, Executive Director, Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting
The Palgrave Handbook of Script Development
provides the first comprehensive overview of international script development practices. Across 40 unique chapters, readers are guided through the key challenges, roles and cultures of script development, from the perspectives of creators of original works, those in consultative roles and those giving broader contextual case studies. The authors take us inside the writers’ room, alongside the script editor, between development conversations, and outside the mainstream and into the experimental. With authors spanning upwards of 15 countries, and occupying an array of roles – including writer, script editor, producer, script consultant, executive, teacher and scholar, this is a truly international perspective on how script development functions (or otherwise) across media and platforms. Comprising four parts, the handbook guides readers behind the scenes of script development, exploring unique contexts, alternative approaches, specific production cultures and global contexts, drawing on interviews, archives, policy, case study research and the insider track. With its broad approach to a specialised practice, the Palgrave Handbook of Script Development
is for anyone who practices, teaches or studies screenwriting and screen production.
Stayci Taylor is a Lecturer in Media at RMIT University, Australia. She is an award-winning screenwriter and researcher, published widely on screenwriting, web series and creative writing.
Craig Batty is Dean of Research (Creative) at the University of South Australia. He is an award-winning educator and researcher in the field of screenwriting, and is also a writer, script editor and script consultant.