Essentials of Screenwriting – Complete Film Courage Interview with UCLA Professor Richard Walter


Richard Walter is an author, educator, screenwriter, commentator, consultant and chairman of the University of California, Los Angeles graduate program in screenwriting.

Students from Walter’s screenwriting program at UCLA have written projects for Steven Spielberg, and many successful Hollywood productions, including three Academy Awards for best screenplay: Dustin Lance Black for Milk and Alexander Payne for Sideways and The Descendants. Other past students of the UCLA program under Walter’s direction include these television and film screenwriters: Sacha Gervasi – The Terminal; Dan Mazeau – Wrath of the Titans; Felicia Henderson – Fringe, Gossip Girl, Soul Food (television series), Everybody Hates Chris, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; Caroline Williams – The Office, Modern Family; Don Payne — The Simpsons; Paul Castro – August Rush; Tom Shadyac – I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Bruce Almighty, Dragonfly, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar; David Koepp – Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Carlito’s Way, War of the Worlds, Angels & Demons; Gregory Widen – The Highlander, Backdraft; Scott Rosenberg – Beautiful Girls, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, High Fidelity; Scott Kosar – Amityville Horror, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Crazies, The Machinist; Audrey Wells – The Game Plan, Shall We Dance, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Kid, George of the Jungle, The Truth About Cats & Dogs