Script Development as a 'Wicked Problem'

Batty, C, O'Meara, R, Taylor, S, Joyce, H, Burne, P, Maloney, N, Poole, M and Tofler, M 2018, 'Script Development as a 'Wicked Problem'', Journal of Screenwriting, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 153-174.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Script Development as a 'Wicked Problem'
Author(s) Batty, C
O'Meara, R
Taylor, S
Joyce, H
Burne, P
Maloney, N
Poole, M
Tofler, M
Year 2018
Journal name Journal of Screenwriting
Volume number 9
Issue number 2
Start page 153
End page 174
Total pages 22
Publisher Intellect
Abstract 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' (Batty et al 2017), an expanded team of researchers follow up on those ideas and insights. In this article, then, we attempt to theorise script development as a 'wicked problem' that spans a range of themes and disciplines. As a 'wicked' team of authors, our expertise encompasses screenwriting theory, screenwriting practice, film and television studies, cultural policy, ethnography, gender studies and comedy. By drawing on these critical domains and creative practices, we present a series of interconnected themes that we hope not only suggests the potential for script development as a rich and exciting scholarly pursuit, but that also inspires and encourages other researchers to join forces in an attempt to solve the script development 'puzzle'.
Subject Film and Television
Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Keyword(s) script development
wicked problem
research paradigms
research methods
screen industry
creative practice
DOI - identifier 10.1386/josc.9.2.153_1
Copyright notice © 2018 Intellect Ltd.
ISSN 1759-7137
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