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.


Laura Green is a documentary director and editor who hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has directed five short documentaries, Lady Razorbacks, Neve & Sons, DISASTER (a personal geography), Installation, and Everybody’s Business. They have played at numerous festivals, including Palm Springs Shortfest, Aspen Shortsfest, Sarasota Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Outfest, and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. She most recently edited True Son, a feature length documentary, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in April, and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at UNAFF. She is also a lecturer at Stanford University and the Art Institute of California – San Francisco

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.