Brian Price

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Lecturer in Film Studies
Brian Price is an award-winning screenwriter and director who has worked with major studios, independent producers, and television networks around the world, including Universal, Warner Bros., Endgame, Blaspheme Pictures, Scanbox Entertainment, Hudson River, and Mother Films.
His creative work has won such accolades as Best Screenplay at Scriptapalooza, Toronto’s Indie Spirit Award, Best Documentary at the New York Independent Film Festival, the Frank Capra Prize at the DC Independent Film Festival, and the Pollie Award for Outstanding PSA.
As an instructor, Brian has taught screenwriting at UCLA for over 15 years, teaching in the MFA, undergrad, and Professional programs. He developed and chaired the MFA Screenwriting Program at the Brooks Institute, and teaches regularly at Johns Hopkins, RIT, and Hollins University, where he currently also serves as Program Director of the MFA Film and Screenwriting Program. For the past 10 years, Brian has taught the popular Yale College Seminar, Classical Storytelling and Modern Screenwriting, and for the past four years, a Humanities FYS that examines classical dramatic theory in relation to contemporary storytelling.
Brian’s screenwriting students have been nominated for Golden Globes, Emmy’s, and just this year, won the National Board of Review for Best Adapted Screenplay. He is the author of Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting (Focal Press), which is now required reading in screenwriting programs around the world.
Currently, Brian resides in Bethesda, MD with his wife Celia, sons Maddox and Levi, and new kitten Mando. He is especially proud of the $.13 residual check he receives every quarter for his work as a harried copy editor on TV’s Melrose Place.


BA, Film and Theater Studies, Yale University 1988
MFA, Screenwriting, UCLA School of Theater Film and Television 1999


Price, Brian. Classical storytelling and contemporary screenwriting: Aristotle and the modern scriptwriter. Routledge, 2017.