College of
Arts and Sciences

Mitch Brian

Mitch Brian
Teaching Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

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Mitch Brian received his BA in Film Production from California State University, Northridge and his MA in Communication Studies from UMKC. Before moving to Kansas City he taught screenwriting at Columbia College, Hollywood. He has written teleplays for all the major networks as well as HBO and FX. He co-created and wrote episodes for Batman: the Animated Series and co-wrote the NBC mini-series The 70’s. He has written feature screenplays for directors Chris Columbus, Oliver Stone, Luis Mandoki and Robert Schwentke as well as for producers including Gina Davis, Mike Medavoy and James Ellroy. His screenplays have dealt with a variety of historical figures including John Brown, Frank Luke, Thomas Jefferson, J. Paul Getty and Lana Turner. His literary adaptations include Far From the Madding Crowd, Dracula, The Totem and Seven Days in May. He wrote and directed the award winning short films Hang Ups and James Ellroy’s Stay Clean. His courses in Communication Studies include Intro to Film Studies, Intro and Advanced Screenwriting, Directing Actors and Scenes, and Film Adaptation. His film studies classes also include “The Ancient World in Film” and “Concepts of the Hero in Ancient Literature & World Cinema.” He is a published playwright and co-host of the podcasts “Alien Minute”  and  “007 x 7.”