First Step In Writing A Screenplay by UCLA Professor Richard Walter

49 thoughts on “First Step In Writing A Screenplay by UCLA Professor Richard Walter

  1. If you look up his bio,its funny.Hes written a lot of stuff just nothing good.Hes a studio hack.Probably get hired on the spot if you copy his style knowing studios.

  2. "you see all these sequels and prequels, they're trying to minimize risk."

    Truer words than ever. I celebrate originality and freshness, and I emplor every aspiring screenwriter to do the same!

  3. I'm a musician but I have an immense passion for films and filmmaking. Related to screenwriting, I always read that the best thing is to write everyday. I have never written anything in my life. How should I start? What do I write about everyday? Do I write in a script format already or just a Word sort of format with nothing but "words"?

  4. I totally understand of what he's saying….. I see it as letting your characters talk among themselves in your head – and just write it down – and start up something between them – then let it age like a good Mead. BUT first, go out and live life to experience interesting things to spice up your writing. I've been a long-time songwriter but just started writing scripts – Cheers!

  5. I love these interviews! I really appreciate the fact that the interviewer doesn't interrupt to summarize what they say or try to assist them get the words out, she just lets them talk and sometimes it gets messy but it's raw and truthful.

  6. " You have to be available its never easy to get into & you have to own that ! " Muse exist and they inspire everyday but you have to be willing to open your self to them

  7. IM am the only one who caught that !!!!!!! Go back and watch what he said about the Muse!. Mythical beings also in Christianity. They're purpose is to inspire artist of all trades

  8. Man, these professors have little to no actionable advice. It’s just memories and anecdotes and yadda. I’m getting academic flashbacks lol

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  10. what the fuck is he talking about? Is the title incorrect, or is he rambling on about not the title?

  11. "The writing down is the thinking of it". So true. The amount of times I've had the outline all settled in my head, and then as soon as I start putting it down it morphs and takes on unexpected turns.

  12. He talks like an artist who doesn't want to be controlled. Sure, a script can develop into different things IF YOU LET IT. If you have a good outline and know the story you want to tell and plan it properly, there is no reason you can't follow your outline related to the major events. There are many versions that a story can become. Guys like this get off on "discovering" a story accidentally…like your imagination has a life of it's own. That's just silly and will more often than not cause you to waste a lot of time. You will write bad stuff and then have to keep rewriting. If you know where you want to go..you can write great stuff while headed in that direction…and just clean it up or rewrite sections later.

  13. The outline should be a living document. When you have a problem with the script, change the outline and then the script. There should be a numbered point in the outline for every numbered slug line in the script. Keep them in sync.

  14. Your videos are very easy to watch, not only because of the interesting information, but also because of your natural, honest way of speaking. .

  15. "Well this guy got murdered. He got killed. … Well I thought that was something to write a script about."
    Minds of Writers.

  16. I worked really hard on a screenplay last year and was runner up in a contest from https://readmorebookstore.com/product/film-script-contest/ . The prize wasn't great, but a small studio offered some money for the writes. Even though I think the script was worth more, it's almost worth it just, to get your first credentials, just to use competitions until you get noticed. I've been getting paid to write ever since.

  17. I love listening to this guy…I could listen to him for days….
    He is not only giving useful info, but he is so animated and interesting…
    A real person with a great personality!!!!

  18. I find it most helpful to sketch out an outline WHILE I'm writing my first draft. That way you have that balance between structure and organic story-telling that's tricky for many writers to pin down.

  19. Great vid! I'm not sure about the "no planning" suggestion, though. Sometimes it depends on the kind of story you're writing, and I think people should just do what works for them. There seems to be this idea that planning takes the authenticity and spontaneity out of writing, but think it depends on how you do it. Planning out a story shouldn't be thought of as something absolute and immutable. It's more like just creating a guideline to start from in case you get stuck. It's important to leave room for growth during the writing process. The outline /plan is just the beginning, and the story will inevitably change and grow in unexpected ways with each draft. Planning an outline doesn't have to be tedious and analytical, you can go by the same intuition and gut instincts you go by when writing on the fly. Only difference is, you're doing it in your head instead of on paper. For me, it's like watching different cuts of the same movie and I never know what's going to happen until it happens, then I gather my favorite scenes /ideas from each of my favorite "versions" and put together an outline to start from.

  20. When he said "Twilight" I almost got an heart attack, then he said "Twilight Zone", and I was "phew". Excellent.

  21. This guy sounds cool but sometimes they sound way more arty then their work let on. I dont know his resume but I remember watching a video of a screenwriter and he's going on and on about the grind and how characters is a transitional process between story and conflict and all these flowery words. I went and looked up some of his work and he wrote a few episodes of 21 Jumpstreet lol. I mean he can write a story from A to B but you would think the guy was Alfred Hitchcock the way he was going on about it. I'm sure for every one who has a fantastic script and story most are just writing inane crap but it gets published so thats something.

  22. "I remember asking Neil Simon…" Name dropping, that's a really cool way to impress people. What's next, a video on the day you gave Tolstoy advice when he got writer's block while writing War and Peace.

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