“Besides his excellent teaching record, Dr. Taylor is a prolific researcher and superbly productive writer. He seems to have a knack for identifying new developments in film, media and their studies. Dr. Taylor appears to be that rare case of a scholar who is equally strong in teaching as well as academic research…” Professor, Winfried Fluck (ret), John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies, Berlin. (JFKI)
This Weblog is designed to briefly introduce the various work activities of Dr. Alan Taylor (Oxon) – founder of Currach Film & Media – in the specialist areas of Film Studies and Screen Studies as these have developed from the UK, to Germany, Eastern Europe, South Africa, and Ireland.
I have focused my teaching on literature, film & media since graduating from both the London Film School, the Institute of Education, University of London and the Department of Education, Oxford University. My core specialist interest in film is screenwriting in which I have acted as consultant, University lecturer and workshop leader.
For 2018-2019 I serve on the Oxford University Alumni Mentoring Programme.
- Media Literacy Ireland (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland)
- The Screenwriting Research Network.
- The Oxford University Education Society.
- The Alumni Mentorship Programme, University of Oxford
- & Associate Member of the London Film School.
- The European Network for Cinema and Media Studies
- The International Association for Media Education
At the core of my pedagogic practice is an abiding enagement with Media Literacy and advancing rhetorical empowerment, whether that be in film, media, or the written word.
SOUTH AFRICA: My lecturing role in South Africa (2009-2014) combined courses in Motion Picture Production, Film Theory and Criticism and Research Methodology. Professorial duties embraced curricular development, conference attendance and paper presentations (London, Cape Town), community work and expanding the international profile of the TUT Film Programme (ie, securing CILECT membership). Invitations were also accepted to be an External Examiner for the Department of Visual Communication at Open Window (Pretoria) and Course Verifier/Consultant (Film and Media) for the Quality Committee of the South African Council of Higher Education, also in Pretoria.
RECENT BOOK PUBLICATIONS
Mavericks in Action: New Hollywood, New Rhetoric, and Kenneth Burke (pp. 334). Now published.
“Film Mavericks in Action critically considers the work of four pivotal film director rhetors – Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, Michael Cimino and Francis Ford Coppola. Their varied career arcs are contextualized by a panoramic account that, from the 1920s to the present, considers Hollywood primarily as a “languaged industry”, a symbolic Order, grounded in principles of identification, hierarchy, courtship and burdened with its own ambiguities of substance. The study thus draws upon the prodigious work of literary theorist, philosopher, social analyst and educator Kenneth Burke (1897-1993)”.
CILECT Publication: The 21st Century Film, TV, and Media School Book Project.
I am concept founder, co-editor, and chapter contributor.
2018: VOLUME 1: Challenges, Clashes, Changes (November, 2016, 476 pp.).
This is a collection of extended chapters by film and media specialists from across the technical disciplines. It is the first such publication from CILECT – The International Association of Film and Television Schools (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision). Now available as e-book here.
2019: VOLUME 2: Teaching and Learning Film Direction
Editing and assembly of this volume is now underway (Winter 2018-2019). The book will be available for the CILECT 2019 Congress in Moscow. The editing team remains the same: Alan Taylor, CILECT Director Prof. Dr. Stanislav Semerdjiev, President Prof. Dr. Maria Dora Mourão & Dr. Cecilia Mello, Universidade de São Paulo, Department of Film, Radio and Television. Announcement details are here.
Finally, student’s work based on an assignment asking
What IS Independent Cinema?:
Not everyone who chased the zebra caught it, but he who caught it chased it.” ~ South African Proverb
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