USA TODAY Op-Ed — Movie audiences seek emotion, not data

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 […]

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Monthly Screenwriting Tips from Richard Walter: NO LEARNING ALLOWED

The University of California is a research institution. Faculty’s second obligation is to teach. First is what traditional disciplines call “research.” (In The Arts it’s called “creative activity.”) From time to time I’m asked, “Does the University tolerate faculty, in addition to their professorships, engaging in off-campus careers?” They don’t merely tolerate it; they require […]

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The Writer – Not Director – Is the First Artist in Film

Michael Cieply, the main New York Times reporter covering Hollywood, had a recent piece wondering why mainstream directors of mainstream movies had not been snubbed by the Academy in favor of international directors of quirky, indie, (relatively) low budget movies. I don’t like to answer a question with a question, but, Who cares? I love […]

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