In Photos: Word Farm 2024

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Photo courtesy of Shane Rockenstein Carlson.

Shane Rockenstein Carlson

Photo Editor

In January 2024, UC Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) Writers Room club hosted its annual Word Farm Screenwriting Convention. This annual event brings in numerous professional screenwriters, producers, showrunners, directors, and more to speak to students about their jobs in the film and television industry.

Film & Media Studies Lecturer and co-creator of The Artful Dodger, James McNamara, speaks about developing a TV series from scratch. Photo courtesy of Shane Rockenstein Carlson.
Film & Media Studies alum, Word Farm founder, and TV writer Ian Weinreich runs a mock writers room. Photo courtesy of Shane Rockenstein Carlson.
UCSB Theatre alum and writer of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Noah Harpster, listens to student Cameron Kennedy Douglas’s film pitch. Photo courtesy of Shane Rockenstein Carlson.
Independent filmmaker and UCSB alum Trae Briers speaks about financing independent films. Photo courtesy of Shane Rockenstein Carlson.
Film and TV director and UCSB alum Tara Miele answers questions about writing and directing. Photo courtesy of Shane Rockenstein Carlson.
(From left to right:) Noah Harpster, manager and producer Jeremy Platt, Tara Miele, production manager Christie Kwan, and Trae Briers discuss and give advice on breaking into the industry. Photo courtesy of Shane Rockenstein Carlson.
Class of 2021 alum Michael Tran gives advice on moving to Los Angeles and taking one’s first steps in the industry. Photo courtesy of Shane Rockenstein Carlson.
UCSB alums and screenwriters Mia Resella (right) and Omar Najam (left) discuss pitching and creating shows. Photo courtesy of Shane Rockenstein Carlson.
Film & Media Studies and College of Creative Studies Professor Wendy Eley-Jackson discusses creating interesting characters and dialogue. Photo courtesy of Shane Rockenstein Carlson.

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