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June 1995, Week 1


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"James F. Boyle, PhD" <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 5 Jun 1995 01:34:00 -0400
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Date: 95-06-04 18:52:21 EDT
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How would I look into becoming a screenwriter for comedy?
The answer is simpler than you think.  I teach screenwriting at Cal State LA
(and taught it many years at USC).   Take a screenwriting class.    There are
guides to the film school.   Talk to your state film commission about
screenwriters in your area.  Or send away for a script - from "Script City"
in Hollywood - they mail them for about $20 a copy.  (and have for years).
  I feel the actual screenplays are the best writing teachers.  (Not the
published scripts but that actual xeroxed artifact.).   By the way, I am
starting a screenwriting column on the world wide web.
There are comedy classes all over the place.  Danny Simon offers a very good
one in Los Angeles.  Call Samuel French Bookstore in Los Angeles and they can
advise you on a selection of film books on the topic of writing comedy for
the screen.
Of course, it helps to have talent. (grin).
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