I've received a couple of emails from Manila. Paul Dumol, Ph.D. and Professor of Medieval Studies is also the Vice-Rector of the University of Asia & the Pacific. He was here in Rome during the past P&C Convegno: he talk ("Spirituality Onstage: Walking the Tightrope between the Sugary and the Preachy") and show us some videotapes of his recent writing's stage productions. We had a very interesting and enthusiastic conversation on screenwriting projects and now he is telling me that he has started a scriptwriting class at the UA&P. Some excerpts from his emails:
"...We just had the 4th meeting of my scripwriting class. I have 7 students, all from UA&P but one. This is a good number considering (a) the course is not credited for any program and (b) I can really attend to each one. I have a teaching assistant who is himself a beginning scriptwriter. Because the course is not credited in any program, I have only students who are really interested in writing.
The purpose of this first offering is really to help me fix the syllabus. I am gaining much experience. The students are starting from scratch--how to make beginnings, middles, and ends."
He does not forget the P&C past Convegno (the Rafael Jimenez Paper on "Narrative della Redenzione / Narratives of Redemption") and some of the recent topics :
"...I am happy to know that Poetica e Cristianesimo continues to be vibrant. We have to do something similar here. Please tell Rafa Jimenez I have finally seen "Amores Perros" and am sorely tempted to call it a masterpiece --above all the script, the stories. Yes, it was entirely appropriate to cite it in our conference last year. Its "hidden" theme is God, whom we feel all the more present because he is so absent, especially in the first 2 stories.
...Thank you for that beautiful review of "The Passion." (...) What a pleasure! I thought you would quote St. Josemaría and his ideal --that Christ's life should be in our minds "like a film." But the excerpt from "Santo Rosario" is even better."