June 18, 2021

Screenwriters Hubbel Palmer and Max Adams join F&MAD Faculty

This year, the Department of Film and Media Arts welcomes two new screenwriters to their faculty.Hubbel

First, screenwriter Hubbel Palmer joins the faculty this month. “I'm so pleased to be joining the Department of Film & Media Arts at this exciting time,” Palmer said. “I have been so impressed with the faculty and students that I have met so far.”

Palmer and his writing partner Chris Bowman are known for writing Masterminds (2016) and Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016), and are recipients of Variety’s annual “10 Screenwriters to Watch” award. They were recently hired by Walt Disney Studios to put a modern twist on Swiss Family Robinson, and have several screenplays in development. 

In contrast to national success, the start of Palmer’s screenwriting career is far more local. Here in Utah, he took a class with Professor Paul Larsen. “Paul helped me find my voice as a writer and gave me the encouragement I needed to pursue film as a career,” Palmer said. “I’m proud to have the chance to work with Paul and expect to continue learning from him.” Palmer and Bowman’s first collaboration began with their film American Fork, which Palmer wrote and Bowman directed. It was set and shot here in Utah. “Hubbel has not only written million-dollar movies in Hollywood,” said department chair Andrew Patrick Nelson, “He wrote and produced an acclaimed independent film that was shot in Utah. That range of experience and expertise is invaluable.” 

Screenwriting courses are some of the most popular classes in the department, and we are excited to have Hubbel Palmer teach F&MAD students this fundamental filmmaking skill. 


max adamsMax Adams also joins the faculty this month as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Max Adams is an author and award winning screenwriter. She has written professionally for Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, and Universal Pictures.

Max is a former volunteer AFI Alumni reader and WGAw online mentor, has appeared as a speaker at AMPAS, USC, and Film Arts Foundation, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Utah and a former lecturer and instructor at New York Film Academy, is the author of The Screenwriter’s Survival Guide and The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide, is the founder of two international online screenwriting workshops, and has the dubious distinction of having been dubbed “Red Hot Adams” by Daily Variety for selling three pitches over a holiday weekend — which made her agents cry. In a good way. 

For more about Max and her work, please visit https://seemaxrun.com

This fall, Max will be teaching FILM 3920 - Visual Writing. This course is designed to give students hands on craft tools they may immediately apply in their own writing to express visual imagery in their film on the script page. Emphasis is on using and describing visual elements including space, light, and surface textures in narrative description to create strong vivid impressions of locations, objects, and characters on the page to enhance a reader's experience reading material and allow a reader to "see" the film as the reader reads the script. If a reader cannot "see" the film, reading the script, a reader cannot build the set, direct the shot, shoot the film, or experience the movie a script will become. In this class, the goal is to strengthen and enhance writing craft skills to make all of the above happen on the page. The class meets online on Wednesdays from 6-10pm. 

To apply to register for this course, email a 5-10 page PDF screenplay sample to

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