Stayci Taylor's research seeks to discover how traditional script development practices serve or diminish the integrity and, in particular, the ‘funniness’ of women in mainstream comedy features.
At the heart of her practice-based research is the notion of perspective and how it is (or could be) written. Through writing a screenplay she aims to uncover where a default (male) perspective might be assumed in screenwriting and what impact this has on a comedic female protagonist when expectations inherent in reading (or watching) a woman do not always, as the project argues, facilitate an audience’s ability to find her funny.
Apart from looking at traditional script development practices, she also examines film production hierarchies.
- Anchorwoman: Comedian comedy, screenwriting, and the gendered systems of producing funny film celebrities, Celebrity Studies Conference, UK, 2014
- The Model Screenwriter: A Comedy Case Study
- Great Writing: The International Creative Writing Conference, UK, 2014
- Student representative, HDR DSC Subcommittee, 2014
- HELP Creative Writing Peer Group, 2013–2014
- Screen Cultures Research Group, 2013–2014
- Grain of Truth: Academic/comedy panel show and podcast www.grainoftruth.com.au
- Finalist – SWANZ (Screen Writing Awards of New Zealand), Best Script (comedy) Golden Episode 3 2012
- Winner – Qantas Television Awards, Best Mäori Program, Körero Mai 2005
- Finalist – Qantas Media Awards, Best Info/Education Program, Körero Mai 2005
- Researcher: Stayci Taylor
- Supervisors: Lisa French and Craig Batty