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Fade In/Fade Out, Featuring a Cast of Interchangeable Characters

Matt Mullins, the newest addition to our creative writing faculty, is a multigenre writer who has written screenplays, playscripts, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. He is currently at work on a number of projects including a screenplay adaptation of his novel Genuflect, Gentlemen, a collection of short stories, a collection of poems, and a multimedia text/script that fuses the narrative and structural elements of scriptwriting with the formal and linguistic concerns of poetry.

Having tentatively titled the work Fade In/Fade Out, he envisions it as a manuscript featuring a cast of interchangeable characters who can be swapped in and out of the text’s script-poems, which also function both as self-contained pieces and as elements of a larger narrative whole. It’s an odd, ambitious monster, and he’s still trying to get the choke collar around its neck. To him, it seems something like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story that would enable readers to write their own “movie of the mind” while also serving as a series of scripts for directors and multimedia artists who want to actualize the script-poetry’s full visual potential. Ideally, the book will come with a compilation DVD featuring the end results of such work.

As a teacher of screenplay writing, Mullins plans to focus on helping students develop scripts that exhibit a strong sense of structure, theme, and story, regardless of if they are traditional or experimental narratives. He is also interested in documentary filmmaking and how the ease of access to digital recording technologies has and will impact the quality of art in visual media. He is extremely excited to begin teaching at Ball State and is looking forward to helping students more fully realize their work through collaborations with the telecommunications department and the Institute for Digital Entertainment and Education.

Over the last year or so, Mullins has had poetry and fiction published in literary magazines such as Harpur Palate, Hunger Mountain, Slipstream, subTerrain, 5th Wednesday, Umbrella, and Ugly Accent, among other places.
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