Dr Ian W. Macdonald researches and teaches media practice, with screen narrative and screenwriting as his main research interest.
My research interests radiate from a focus on the ‘screen idea’ and the conceptualisation of moving image narratives (of all types) as a product and as creative practice. I am therefore interested in screenwriting in particular (which I have taught as both practice and theory for nearly 20 years). This includes the concept(s) behind a film/TV show, the industrial practice of pre-production, the theories which seek to explain the practical and creative processes of production (including film, TV, narrative, creativity and other theories), and the histories of film and TV practice (with its assumptions and conventions). The latter includes an interest in archiving and organising moving image material and documentation.