On the feature article in this month’s newsletter, Richard Walter shares: “Last night at my house we watched Zero Dark Thirty. It’s not too bad. ‘Not too bad’ from me is really rather a compliment, as I’m notorious for hating all movies. I do not, in fact, hate all movies; I hate merely most movies. Read on for what you’ll need in your movie in order to hear me utter ‘not too bad (like Argo).’”
MONTHLY SCREENWRITING TIPS — Issue #28
(Argo poster image via MediaBistro.com)
UCLA Screenwriting Chairman Richard Walter Offers On-Campus UCLA Screenwriting Seminar Summer 2013 (Class FTV 135A–Open to UCLA and Non-UCLA Students)
Here is a rare opportunity for UCLA and non-UCLA students to enroll in an on-campus screenwriting seminar with Professor Richard Walter.
It’s easier to win admission to the Harvard Medical School than a seat in Professor Walter’s legendary screenwriting seminars at UCLA. He takes you all the way, from idea to draft to studio deal. UCLA-trained screenwriters have won three Oscars and five Oscar nominations in the past four years, and written ten movies for Steven Spielberg.
The class, FTV 135A, is offered in UCLA Summer Session ‘A’.
This advanced screenwriting workshop is especially designed for the summer session and is appropriate for new writers and also for experienced writers. It is a round-table roll-up-your-sleeves-and-write seminar. There are in-class writing challenges and also analysis of in-progress script pages written by students in the class.
The class meets on UCLA’S Westwood campus for six Monday afternoons from June 24 through August 2, 2:00 to 4:50 PM. The class, listed in the online catalog of courses as “FILM TV 135A ADV SCRNWRTNG WKSHP” (more info here) is open to UCLA students and also to students who are not enrolled at UCLA. Students receive 8 credits. All pre-requisites are waived.
To enroll and register students can visit: http://www.summer.ucla.edu/EnrollRegister/overview.htm.
Prospective students with questions on how to register can contact the UCLA Registrar’s office directly at (310) 825-4101, or Kathy A. Cabrera (Professor Walter’s media manager) at (678) 644-4122 or kathyAcabrera@yahoo.com.
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USA TODAY Op-Ed from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television screenwriting chair, Richard Walter, on the type of truth movie audiences seek: not mere data but emotion. “Art is the first part of ‘artifice’ and ‘artificial.’ To fully and faithfully serve audiences, film artists ought to take every liberty they can to make a movie more engaging.”
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