A Final Solution to the Agent Problem

Writers love to gripe and kvetch about the army of deplorables in the movie business who discount, dismay, and disrespect us. No parties catch more heat than agents. I’ve argued in my books and lectures that it’s easy to find an agent. What’s hard is having material worthy of showing to an agent. So many […]

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SCREENWRITING TIPS NEWSLETTER: MY LAST CLASS

After more than forty years teaching in UCLA’s screenwriting program, I have retired. At a research institution like the University of California, however, not teaching but ‘research’ or, in the arts, ‘creative activity’ is a professor’s first obligation. Before anything else, therefore, I am a writer. Writers never retire. The last meeting of my (some say legendary) Film/TV 434 section occurred […]

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Six-Week Online Screenwriting Workshop Limited to 10 Students

Enrollment is limited to ten students for the 6-week online screenwriting program I’ve designed to serve a small cohort of writers who believe in themselves. The first session will take place on Tuesday, 2/6. Now is the time to act. Click here now to learn more and register. UCLA-trained screenwriters have won five best-screenplay Oscar […]

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Fire, Bloodshed, and Parking

It’s not an official faculty meeting, a former dean remarked at a UCLA film department gathering, until someone complains about parking. For me, having joined the faculty forty years ago, the cost of parking has risen from about ninety bucks a year to about twelve-hundred. That’s a hike of more than a thousand percent. If […]

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Life Rights and Wrongs

Am I allowed to write a movie (or book or article) about you without your permission? Unequivocally and without hesitation the answer is: maybe. At the time of this writing, a former television reality show host and NY real estate developer has held the office of President of the United States for nearly a year. […]

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Six-Week Online Screenwriting Workshop Limited to 10 Students

Enrollment is about to limited for the 6-week online screenwriting program I’ve designed to serve a small cohort of writers who believe in themselves. The first session will take place on Tuesday, 2/6. Now is the time to act. Click here now to learn more and register. UCLA-trained screenwriters have won five best-screenplay Oscar nominations and […]

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RICHARD WALTER INTERVIEW – SHOULD SCREENWRITERS CARE ABOUT FILM BUDGETS?

Richard Walter was recently interviewed on Film Budgeteers (a very cool site + service that empowers any filmmaker to generate a budget in minutes). In the interview blog post, author Jeff Orgill shared: Film Budgeteers was ecstatic to land an interview with veteran screenwriting  professor and master screenwriter, Richard Walter. Walter has taught writing for […]

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Screenplay Readers Richard Walter Interview: Quick Screenwriting Insights from a Master

In a posting today, Screenplay Readers shared: “I recently did a quick interview with legendary screenwriter and screenwriting educator, Richard Walter. Walter has taught screenwriting for almost 40 years, and serves as Chairman of UCLA’s esteemed screenwriting graduate program. Not to mention, he’s a celebrated author and sought-after studio scribe in his own right, as well as […]

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THE WORST THING ABOUT HOLLYWOOD

I’ve written from time to time of my fifteen minutes of fame – actually about five or ten years – during which I appeared frequently in the media as a pundit, a talking head, on TV and radio political talk shows: over a half dozen Today Show visits, ten or fifteen on (may God forgive […]

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REAL VS. REEL – Richard Walter Commentary in The Script Lab

In a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece Mark Oppenheimer writes (appropriately enough on July 4th) of symbolism run amok: he complains specifically about flag-waving replacing true and thoughtful patriotism. [Full disclosure: At my house on national holidays and—displaced New Yorkers that we are—also on September 11th we proudly fly stars and stripes.] In the late ‘80s when the […]

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