Every Great Story Begins With A Core Wound – Peter Russell Tribute Video

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Peter Russell, Screenwriter and Film & Television teacher (LA Story Doc / Peter Russell Script Doctor). 

Peter was a beloved guest that we interviewed many times. His interviews were lively, charismatic, and spoke to developing fully formed characters that walked the line between good and bad. Legendary story doctor for Hollywood, Peter taught at UCLA Extension and Pepperdine University. 

His teachings still live on at PeterRussellScriptDoctor.com. Peter was a friend and mentor to writers worldwide. He included his own story in teachings, sharing fragile part of his wounds that we can all relate to. Peter started as a story analyst in the 1990s, and read over 3,000+ screenplays for major film and television giants including Imagine Entertainment, Participant Productions, HBO, CBS, Walden Entertainment and others. 

As he read these scripts, he started seeing deep, hidden patterns in the best stories. He wrote these down and started getting jobs FIXING writer’s stories. Peter was invited to teach at UCLA in 2004, and it became a passion, too. 

He was UCLA’s Teacher of the Year in 2009. He taught Television pilot and Film story creation at Pepperdine University’s Seaver College Screenwriting MFA program, at Story Expo in LA and New York, and many others. Peter sold two television pilots in 2018/2019. 

This video compilation of Peter’s take on film and television highlights his love and honor for story.

He will be greatly missed. 

His teachings are available online at PeterRussellScriptDoctor.com.


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