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.
Series of still photographs on film, projected in rapid succession onto a screen. Motion pictures are filmed with a movie camera, which makes rapid exposures of people or objects in motion, and shown with a movie projector, which reproduces sound synchronized with the images. The principal inventors of motion-picture machines were Thomas Alva Edison in the U.S. and the Lumière brothers in France. Film production was centred in France in the early 20th century, but by 1920 the U.S. had become dominant. As directors and stars moved to Hollywood, movie studios expanded, reaching their zenith in the 1930s and '40s, when they also typically owned extensive theatre chains. Moviemaking was marked by a new internationalism in the 1950s and '60s, which also saw the rise of the independent filmmaker. The sophistication of special effects increased greatly from the 1970s. The U.S. film industry, with its immense technical resources, has continued to dominate the world market to the present day. See alsoColumbia Pictures; MGM; Paramount Communications; RKO; United Artists; Warner Brothers.
Written text that provides the basis for a film production. Screenplays usually include not only the dialogue spoken by the characters but also a shot-by-shot outline of the film's action. Screenplays may be adapted from novels or stage plays or developed from original ideas suggested by the screenwriters or their collaborators. They generally pass through multiple revisions, and screenwriters are called on to incorporate suggestions from directors, producers, and others involved in the filmmaking process. Early drafts often include only brief suggestions for planned shots, but by the date of production a screenplay may evolve into a detailed shooting script, in which action and gestures are explicitly stated.