New York Stories on Screen


Taxi Driver, All About Eve, Do the Right Thing, Sex and the City … the list goes on and on. From the beginning of film New York has starred as a complex, shifting arena for iconic and personal stories. This course will investigate feature films and television episodes filmed in and around New York to examine the structure and mechanisms of narrative on the screen, the “engineering” of filmic story. Each week features one assigned film or episode followed by lecture and discussion revealing the hidden mechanisms at work. We begin with the “standard model” of three-act structure and progress to more dynamic variations in storytelling.

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.