Entering the borderland: Creative process and the quest for mythic resonance in the work of an Australian screenwriter
A presentation by Ben Glass
Thursday, August 2, 2012 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15
This lecture will consider the hypothesis that an emerging screenwriter can gain a more instinctual and intimate understanding of myth from a ‘direct’ dialogue with the archetypes within one’s own body, than from what can be garnered solely through an intellectual understanding of the mythic storytelling frameworks that have been popularised within the screen industries.
The lecture explores the challenges I have faced as an emerging storyteller attempting to write Australian myths for domestic and international television audiences. I will focus on representations of myth by referring to scenes from some contemporary films, and will also talk to my experiences in developing my current projectBorderland, a proposed 10 x 1 hour drama series targeted at an international subscription-television audience. Specifically, I will explore the creative modalities I have either developed or adopted in order to gain a better understanding of myth’s foundations, the archetypes.
Ben has recently completed a Doctorate of Visual Arts through the Griffith Film School, where he focused his efforts on aspects of the creative process he utilized for the purposes of mythic story creation, specific to the screenwriting stage of production. Ben has written and produced short films funded by Qpix and Screen Queensland. He was also involved in the creation of The Brink Expedition, an online primary education tool that incorporated the adventures of an around-the-world cycling and sailing odyssey. Through these experiences Ben has developed a keen interest in the works of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung, and hopes to continue exploring myth and the archetypes through future film projects and other adventurous enterprise.