My Fifteen Minutes

My fifteen minutes of glory and fame (it was more like four or five years) have come and gone. There was a time when I constantly appeared on radio and TV political talk shows: maybe ten times on Today, a dozen on (may God forgive me) The O’Reilly Factor, perhaps two dozen on MSNBC’s Hardball […]

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How Does A Writer Know They Are Good Enough? Film Courage Interview with UCLA Professor Richard Walter

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Are Movies With Too Much Realism Boring? Film Courage Interview with UCLA Professor Richard Walter

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My Favorite Film Critic

I rarely read movie reviews. Here and there I may peek at a review, but never one that treats a movie I have not yet seen. My reluctance is not because I want to avoid spoilers. The reason is this: if a reviewer loves a film, I’m likely to find it disappointing. Conversely, if a […]

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Why Screenwriting Is So Difficult – Film Courage Interview with UCLA Professor Richard Walter

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WRITE WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW (WITH THANKS AND APOLOGIES TO JULIAN HOXTER)

Thirty years ago I was profiled in The Wall Street Journal. Their reporter called me–I’ve memorized it—“… the prime broker for Hollywood’s hottest commodity: new writing talent.” I mention this not to brag—though it’s surely worth bragging about, and I’m a shameless braggart—but to explain why agents and producers approach me regularly in search of […]

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Screenwriting Tips: Finance 101 for Screenwriters

A well known and somewhat wacky NY stage actor friend of mine was irresponsible regarding the way he managed his money. ‘Wacky actor,’ I expect, strikes many as a redundancy. His finances were handled by an old neighborhood pal whom he’d known since grade school. The kid had become an accountant. As his bookkeeper and […]

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UCLA Screenwriting Chairman Richard Walter Offers On-Campus UCLA Screenwriting Seminar – Summer 2015 (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 at UCLA. It’s easier to win admission to the Harvard Medical School than to the graduate screenwriting program that Professor Walter has chaired and co-chaired for more than thirty years. He takes you all the way […]

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To The Stars Through Adversity Interviews Richard Walter on Essentials of Screenwriting

In a recent interview on “To The Stars Through Adversity” with host Svetlana Kim, Richard Walter talked about the essentials of screenwriting and his long tenure as chair of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s MFA Screenwriting Program. Listen to the full program online at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/svetlanakim/2014/10/10/richard-walter-professor-and-screenwriting-chairman-ucla  

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LONELY AT THE TOP – A DIRECTOR’S NARCISSISM

Not the director but the writer is film’s first artist, if for no other reason because she’s first. There’s no use for upscale stars, fancy effects, and sophisticated equipment without a worthy script. – Richard Walter LONELY AT THE TOP – A DIRECTOR’S NARCISSISM Heave a sigh of relief. If you’ve been losing sleep worrying about […]

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