Write and Shoot: Narrative Filmmaking

Course Description

Write and Shoot: Narrative Filmmaking is a hybrid writing/production course that guides students through the process of completing a 2-3 minute narrative film. Students will write scripts for short fiction films, and then, by filming them, learn to apply the fundamentals of digital video production. Initial classwork will include visual writing exercises, DSLR cinematography instruction, script work, and basic fiction film production. Students will continue on in groups of three to develop, film, edit, and critique 2-3 minute narrative films based on a shared class theme or narrative premise. This course is truly INTENSIVE and requires a significant amount of work (including nights and weekends) outside of class and daily deadlines for submission of creative work.

This course fulfills the Creative Expression (CE) requirement.

Meet the Instructor(s)

Adam Tobin

Adam Tobin

Adam Tobin is a Senior Lecturer in the Film and Media Studies Program in the Department of Art and Art History, where he teaches Screenwriting, Script Analysis, Adaptation, and Visual Writing. He has also taught Television Writing, Screenwriting, Pitching, and Improvisational Speaking for Stanford Continuing Studies.  He worked as a story analyst for Jim Henson Pictures and ran pitch seminars at DreamWorks Animation and Blue Sky Studios. A graduate of Stanford (Class of 1993), Adam received an M.F.A. in screenwriting from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and has written for many U.S. networks.

Kristine Stolakis

KRISTINE headshot

Kristine Stolakis is a BAFTA-nominated documentary filmmaker dedicated to making creative and well researched stories. She co-runs Paper Bridge Films where she is currently directing PRAY AWAY (working title), a feature documentary on the history and ramifications of the conversion therapy or "pray the gay away" movement. Pray Away is executive produced by Johnny Symons. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide including Hot Docs, Doc NYC, the European Independent Film Festival, and Frameline as well as at the National Gallery of Art and Alaska Airlines. She has directed and/or filmed documentaries for The New Yorker, The Atlantic (Editor’s Pick), and Mother Jones, and her films have been covered in BuzzfeedMs. Magazine, and Broadly. Her films The Typist and Where We Stand are currently Staff Picks on Vimeo. She also works as a documentary producer and is currently producing Attla, a co-production of ITVS and Vision Maker Media. She holds an M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from New York University. She currently teaches at Stanford University. She proudly hails from central New York and North Carolina.