The research demonstrates the need for writer as designer, collaborator and orchestrator. Transmedia provides opportunities to develop a storytelling method that has the ability to create and imagine new communities. It opens up possibilities for involvement and participation in post conflict issues, issues that are seldom explored publicly in Northern Ireland.
Anna is an award-winning filmmaker and writer and has had works screened at film festivals throughout the world, on television, in museums and at live events. Anna started out working independently as a freelance editor on documentary programmes for Channel Four. In 1988 she moved from London to Leeds to join a media facilities and production company known as Hall Place Studios. While there Anna developed skills as a producer and made a wide range of videos and 16mm films for cinema and broadcast as well as running training courses in film.
With Bekki Wray Rogers she set up a production company known as Frigid Films in 1999 that made short films. At the same time Anna took up writing and has since made a number of shorts and theatre productions from her scripts. Her current interests centre round writing for transmedia and multi-platform production. She has collaborated with Bellyfeel Productions in Manchester to write and produce Bolton Storyworld – a transmedia prototype made with students at the University of Bolton.
Anna worked the University of Bolton before joining Leeds Beckett in 2014. Her academic interests include screenwriting, transmedia narratives, Northern Irish cinema and film-making practice. Her interest in transmedia production is an extension of her long history of engagement in arts and media activism in support of a ‘democratic media’. As well as making transmedia productions Anna has been studying the practices and processes of large and small transmedia companies and the effects these have on their storytelling practices.
Anna is currently studying for a PhD at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham in the area of transmedia production and the form’s ability to explore narratives relating to the complexities of the Northern Irish experience.
Anna is course leader for the BA Filmmaking and I am Head of Screenwriting at the Northern Film School and teaches modules on the BA and MA that are related to screenwriting.