Screenwriter Richard Walter shares business and film strategies, news, and success stories. His students have written more than 10 projects for Steven Spielberg, plus blockbusters and indie productions, including Milk and Sideways. A storytelling guru, movie industry expert and chair of UCLA's graduate program in screenwriting, Walter knows everyone in the business -– and all the side businesses.
Screenwriter Richard Walter has been a member of the Writers Guild of America for thirty years and is a writer of substantial professional experience throughout the media. He is a published novelist, and the author of, Escape From Film School and Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing.
He has written numerous feature assignments for the major studios and has sold material to all three networks. He has also written many informational, educational, and corporate films. Walter lectures on screenwriting throughout the world, and has toured The People's Republic of China, the Middle East, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico, Spain, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Toronto. He also lectures all over the United States.
He has appeared on "O'Reilly Factor," "Today," "Hardball," "ABC Primetime," "Scarborough Country," "CBS News Nightwatch," NPR, KABC-Talk Radio and numerous independent television and radio stations. More than a hundred newspaper and magazine articles have described his work and the program he directs at UCLA.
Richard Walter, chairman of UCLA's screenwriting program, says the Star Wars saga may have taken place in a galaxy far, far away, but the story was actually inspired by the strained relationship between filmmaker George Lucas and his own father. Walter urges budding screenwriters to draw on personal experience to create meaningful screenplays.