Richard Walter

richard-walter-ucla-ventura-film-festivalUCLA Screenwriting Professor and Chairman, Richard Walter, shares with his participants the same unfailing foundations and principles that he teaches at UCLA, where he’s chaired the legendary screenwriting department for over 27 years.  Richard Walter is  head of UCLA’s Department of Film and Television. His former students’ screenplays include WAR OF THE WORLDS, SIDEWAYS, and THE SIMPSONS, to mention just a few.

Screenwriter Richard Walter is a member of the Writers Guild of America for thirty years, 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.

In China this year Walter conducted a one-week seminar for leading writers from across The People’s Republic. Among his students were the writers of “Raise the Red Lantern,” “Farewell My Concubine” and “King of Masks.”

“There were 100 writers crammed in the room,” Walter recalls, “from 22 Chinese provinces, and another 50 peering in through the doorway of an anteroom. An additional hundred writers were turned away for lack of space. This was my second visit teaching in China; I was in Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an in ’87, lecturing and consulting. I also taught at the Hong Kong’s Academy for the Performing Arts in the early ’90s. So you could consider me an old China hand!”