Terry Borst

Terry Borst

BA, University of California, Berkeley
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles

Writers Guild of America member Terry Borst has worked as a professional screenwriter for 30 years. His writing credits include Midnight Runaround (a sequel to Midnight Run, which starred Robert De Niro); the independent film A Private War; many episodes of the popular internationally syndicated television series Bugs; and Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV (two of the most popular video games of the late ‘90s).

Borst has been commissioned to write feature-film screenplays for studios and a television series pilot for the BBC. He has performed uncredited script rewrites, optioned and sold screenplays to a variety of independent film and TV producers, and collaborated on the scripting and development of other video games.

In the past decade, Borst has developed and scripted videogame training simulations for the U.S. Army and for professional firefighters. His work in these areas inspired him to co-author two books about combining classical Hollywood storytelling techniques with game development processes, and these projects led to consulting assignments on cutting-edge intelligent narrative technologies in both the U.S. and UK.

Prior to coming to SFUAD, Borst taught screenwriting at UCLA, USC, and other universities. He authored Mastering Celtx, the first book about this new screenwriting and preproduction authoring tool. His scholarly interests include the continuing evolution of screenwriting in the 21st century and the convergence of media across multiple platforms. Since coming to The Film School, he co-founded and has been executive-producing SFUAD’s Outdoor Vision Fest®. He also has two feature film screenplays in development.


  • New Mexico Arts Grants, 2015 and 2016
  • Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences “Cybie” for best videogame scripting
  • Computer Game Developers Conference Spotlight Award nomination for best videogame scripting
  • Goldwyn Screenwriting Award Finalist

Teaching Philosophy
Students learn, of course, by doing . . . but the more we can locate objective criteria for evaluating the relative success of a story, the better the student filmmaker can craft rewarding narratives and satisfy audiences. Aristotle first wrestled with these issues, and we continue to wrestle with them today.

Courses Taught: Fundamentals of Story Development, Intermediate Story Development, Advanced Story Development, Writing for Television, Adaptation and Branding

Website(s): terryborst.com; imdb.com/name/nm0097503/

Contact Information: terry.borst@santafeuniversity.edu