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The Writer's Studio: Trailer Moments: Brainstorm Your Story by Writing its Movie Trailer

February 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

The Writer’s Studio is a free workshop series open to all students from all majors. Come study the art of writing in intensive, fun, hands-on workshops with dynamic faculty from the Creative Writing program, the Stanford Storytelling Project, and others. You’ll leave with an expanded understanding of what your writing can do.

"In a world where ..." writers are struggling to develop and organize their stories, what can we learn from movie trailers? Quite a bit, actually. These mini-stories jam-pack character, conflict, and memorable setpieces into just a few short minutes. By breaking down various trailers we'll explore the core concepts and relationships of a story and the most powerful lines of dialogue. We'll also begin to brainstorm the dramatized elements of your own original story, television episode, or film.

Adam Tobin is a Senior Lecturer teaching screenwriting in the Film & Media Studies program in the Department of Art & Art History. He received his MFA in screenwriting from USC School of Cinematic Arts and worked in industry in Los Angeles and New York. He created the comedy series About a Girl and the reality show Best Friend's Date for Viacom's The-N Network, and has advised animation studios including DreamWorks Animation, Aardman Animation, and Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios. He also wrote the book and lyrics for She Persisted: the Musical, a New York Times Critic's pick at the Atlantic Theatre Company.

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Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, Stanford Storytelling Project , Creative Writing Program
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