Scriptcast 46: Richard Walter

In this episode, I spoke with Professor Richard Walter, Chair of the UCLA Screenwriting Department about some of the broader concepts behind screenwriting.  Matt was absent (but who’s counting?)* but overall it was a fun and enlightening conversation.  Enjoy!  -Eric

* No one is counting.  But if they were counting, they would count this as absence #6.**
** That number is fabricated.  No one is actually counting.


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