Craig Batty is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at RMIT University. He moved to Australia in 2012 from the UK, where he taught screenwriting at Bournemouth University. He has authored, co-authored and edited eight books, including Screenwriters and Screenwriting: Putting Practice into Context (2014), The Creative Screenwriter: Exercises to Expand Your Craft (2012), Screenplays: How to Write and Sell Them (2012), and Movies That Move Us: Screenwriting and the Power of the Protagonist’s Journey (2011). He also publishes articles and chapters on screenwriting practice, creative practice research, teaching screenwriting, and HDR supervision. He completed his PhD by screenwriting practice and now supervises in this area. Craig is a screenwriter and script editor, with experiences across short film, feature film, television and online drama. His most recent project as script editor is the feature film I am Evangeline – a drama about cloning, starring Georgia Flood – which is due for release in 2015.
Marsha Berry is program manager for BA Creative Writing in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. Marsha is an ethnographer and artist whose practice includes poetry, video art, and new media. She is the co-editor of Mobile Media making in an Age of Smartphones (2014) and has been researching in the area of mobile media and creative practice since 2005. She is a core member of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre and an affiliate of Screen Cultures at RMIT. Her research uses an ethnographic approach to explore how mobile media technologies help us rethink space and place, and the opportunities these new understandings provide for creative practice.
Dan Binns is a media lecturer at RMIT University. Dan’s primary interests are Hollywood genre films (particularly the war film), cinema and the digital, and telling stories across and between media. Dan’s doctoral research will be published in 2016 as Looking Down the Barrel: Observations of the Hollywood War Film Genre from World War I to Iraq. Dan produced The Aussie Who Baffled the World for National Geographic in 2011, and worked on three series of The Code for Fox Sports from 2010 to 2014. He has developed and produced corporate and transmedia projects for clients as diverse as Toyota, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and the Adventist Media Network.
Lisa French is Deputy Dean in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. She has written extensively on Australian cinema, particularly in relation to gender. She co-authored the book Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute (2009 & 2014), and was the co-writer/editor of the anthology Womenvision: Women and the Moving Image in Australia (2003). Her professional history in film and media includes a wealth of experience in education (she is the recipient of two national ATLC teaching awards), and also in the management, curatorial, creative and strategic direction of screen culture activities (including three years as the director of the prestigious St Kilda Film Festival and nine years as a director of the Australian Film Institute). She has contributed to the Australian film industry through her service on many boards, including the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), and Women in Film and Television (WIFT) and The Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM). Her film projects include producing the film Birth of a Film Festival (2003), a film about the first Melbourne International Film Festival.
Suya Lee is a PhD Candidate at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Her project-based research is in farce comedy screenwriting, and it includes writing a farce comedy script. She will be presenting her Completion Seminar in late 2015. She presented with a penal at the Sightlines Conference held by RMIT University’s Screen Cultures, 2014. She has an MBA (with Merit) from Bradford University School of Management, UK, & a BFA Honors (Fine Arts) from York University, Toronto, Canada. Her short film, “Not Committed”, went to the Cannes Film Festival (out of competition) in 2007. She had won the Open Door Pitch Contest at the Innoversity Creative Summit, Canada, & won a TV development deal with Alliance Atlantis.
Rachel Wilson teaches media production and research in the School of Applied Communication at RMIT. Her current research includes mobile media, community media and critical communication (trauma) and is developing a National Online Student Film and Video Archive in conjunction with ASPERA (Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association). Rachel is interested in the juncture between theory and creative and professional practice and her Masters explored themes such as female autobiography and the representation of memory and trauma within cinema.
Shaun Wilson is an artist, film maker, and educator who makes work about memory. His non narrative works include the 51 Paintings Suite, an ongoing pentology of five feature films and narrative works include his current feature in production The Last Man in Vegas. Shaun is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Media & Communication at RMIT University. His work can be found at: www.shaunwilsonresearch.blogspot.com www.51paintings.com www.lastmaninvegas.com