After the typewriter: the screenplay in a digital era

Kathryn Millard*

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This article aims to contribute to contemporary debates about screenwriting as a process of developing the screen idea; about the ways in which formatting conventions from an earlier era of cinema may restrict innovation in screenwriting; and about shifting practices of screenwriting in a digital era in which images and sound play a potentially more significant role. Additionally, it questions the use of terms such as 'blueprint' to describe the relationship between the screenplay and the proposed film that it represents. The article draws on the author's body of practice-led research as a writer and director of feature films and documentaries, as well as histories of screenwriting, film production, comics and the graphic arts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-25
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Screenwriting
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • screenwriting
  • scriptwriting
  • screen practice research
  • digital cinema
  • independent film
  • script development


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