McLoughlin, Aaron (2012) Gravy. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


To many aspiring writer/directors of feature film breaking into the industry may be perceived as an insurmountable obstacle. In contemplating my own attempt to venture into the world of feature filmmaking I have reasoned that a formulated strategy could be of benefit. As the film industry is largely concerned with economics I decided that writing a relatively low-cost feature film may improve my chances of being allowed directorship by a credible producer. As a result I have decided to write a modest feature film set in a single interior shooting location in an attempt to minimise production costs, therefore also attempting to reduce the perceived risk in hiring the writer as debut director.

As a practice-led researcher, the primary focus of this research is to create a screenplay in response to my greater directorial aspirations and to explore the nature in which the said strategic decision to write a single-location film impacts on not only the craft of cinematic writing but also the creative process itself, as it pertains to the project at hand.

The result is a comedy script titled Gravy, which is set in a single apartment and strives to maintain a fast comedic pace whilst employing a range of character and plot devices in conjunction with creative decisions that help to sustain cinematic interest within the confines of the apartment. In addition to the screenplay artifact, the exegesis also includes a section that reflects on the writing process in the form of personal accounts, decisions, problems and solutions as well as examination of other author’s works.

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ID Code: 50947
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Portmann, Geoffrey & Silver, Jonathan
Keywords: screenplay, script, screenwriting, writer, director, film, movie, motion picture, cinema, feature, Australia, comedy, low budget, single location, structure, paradigm, gurus, Syd Field, linda seger, Christopher Vogler, Robert Mckee
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2012 00:40
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 02:20

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