Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD


Kira-Anne is a script consultant, a researcher and a lecturer in screenwriting, with 25 years of experience working in the British, American and Chinese film and TV industries. She is also the author of THE SCIENCE OF WRIING CHARACTERS: Using Psychology to Create Compelling Fictional Characters, forthcoming from Bloomsbury.

She began her career assisting director Stanley Kubrick in the production of Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Next followed a stint working within the BBC's groundbreaking Virtual Studios department, after which Kira-Anne took posts as a Visual Effects Technical Director and then VFX Producer for ESC Entertainment, a Warner Bros company. After assisting in the production of The Matrix Revolutions (2003)The Matrix Reloaded (2003)Catwoman (2004) and The Ladykillers (2004), Kira-Anne retrained in screenwriting at UCLA. She wrote two original TV series which were optioned and developed by the BBC and ITV, before founding her screenplay consultancy in 2006. Since then she has worked with hundreds of writers and producers across the world and specialises in character development, transnational story consultancy and box office forecasting. 

As a visiting lecturer, Kira-Anne has taught screenwriting at graduate and postgraduate level at Raindance, the Met Film School, the University of Suffolk, Falmouth University, Regent's College and Surrey University. She is also an honorary Guest Professor at the Jilin Animation Institute, China's largest animation academy. Kira-Anne has provided research-based screenwriting workshops to the London College of Communication, the London Film School, Bangor University and Script Fiesta at the Warsaw Film School. She is a regular speaker at Raindance and the London Screenwriters' Festival.

In addition to her consulting work for production companies and film investors, Kira-Anne also works with screen agencies including Film London and Northern Film and Media.

In 2017, Kira-Anne was awarded a PhD for her research into forecasting a film’s box office from its narrative.