Escape from Film School: A Novel

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Macmillan, 1999 - Fiction - 243 pages
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When Stuart arrives in California in the '60s, he is fleeing the draft and literally stumbles into USC's film school. Within a few weeks he is living out of his car and making student films with stolen equipment. Within a few years he is rubbing elbows with a young Mike Ovitz and other characters pulled straight from the pages of Variety. Blessed with a biting wit and a jaundiced eye, Stuart is a keen observer of the machinations, power plays, and absurdities of the movie biz. His account of his own circuitous progress offers an incisive and satirical look at this bizarre, yet fascinating world.
 

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ESCAPE FROM FILM SCHOOL

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The chairman of UCLA's film- and television-writing program debuts with (what else?) the story of a hapless film student who stumbles into fortune and, eventually, modest fame. Queens-born Stuart ... Read full review

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Richard Walter writes fiction, non-fiction and screenplays. He is a professor at UCLA where he chairs the graduate program in film and television writing. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.

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