Here are some links
chosen by Lew and friends. We are not responsible for all the content on these sites, but
deem them worthy of your attention.
Screenwriter's Utopia A smorgasbord of how-to articles, contests, classes, forums and more.
Coppola's American Zoetrope An ambitious labor of love, Coppola's American Zoetrope is a safe
harbor for writers of screenplays and short stories looking for
exposure. Uploaded short stories and screenplays are considered
for Zoetrope magazine and American Zoetrope Productions. You might
even get to talk to Mr. Coppola in the chat room.
WGA The Writers Guild of America, west. Your union, once youve
become a professional. More than just the members site.
Filled with content from their magazine, Written By, links to
specialized reference sites, agents, script registration, and
IndieProducing.com Lews UCLA colleague and friend Myrl Schreibmans site.
Content-rich and useful to both professionals and students, visit
this one often.
alma mater and academic home. Theatre,
Film, and Television Department includes the Screenwriting
Program, the Professional Production Program, Digital Media. For
those who cant fulfill the demands of a degree program,
check the Summer
Session schedule for Screenwriting classes.
Annex Lew and his protégé Jim Dalessandro teach at the Learning Annex in San Francisco,
and there are others around the country. Not affiliated with the Learning Exchange in
Sacramento, where Lew also teaches.
MovieBytes.com The most comprehensive source for contest information, results,
and interviews with contest winners. Sign up for Frederick
Menschs great newsletter.
Maltin Online TV
critic and megafan Leonard Maltins new site. He regularly
updates it with new essays about movie history. A well-designed
site with lots of good content.
Movie Database IMDB is the most comprehensive source for the minitiaeu of movies.
From full credits to running times, IMDB is your source. While
not infallible, it's a good first choice for checking credits.
Ebert Features interviews, essays on film, and more.
Levin Lews colleague at UCLA, best-selling novelist Michael Levin. Mr.Cranky Mr. Cranky hates everything. But beyond the jaundiced eye, Mr.
Cranky actually knows movies and respects them, which is why he
hates bad work.
CraftyScreenwriting.com Screenwriter/Producer Alex Epsteins site. One of Lews
most memorable students, Alex is currently showrunner for a Canadian sci-fi series.
The Crafty Screenwriting Blog http://complicationsensue.blogspot.com
Wordplay Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot's tutorial for intermediate and advanced
screenwriters. From the writers of Shrek, Aladdin, The
Mask of Zorro, The
Road to El Dorado, and others. Over 40 lengthy columns on
the craft and business of screenwriting (written by Terry) with
guest columns by colleagues. Lew recommends these columns to his
Hortons Website Film historian, author, university professor, mentor, screenwriting
tour host, and instructor; Andy Horton wears many hats and wears
Walter Author, chair of the UCLA Screenwriting Program, and mensch nonpareil.
A kind and generous teacher.
Teo Professor of New Media at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Lew
thinks shes brilliant.
Scenare.cz Lews friend, Markéta Docekalovás screenwriting
portal in the Czech Republic. In Czech, with some English. Coming
soon, a directory of talent in Eastern Europe, including technical
crew and creative talent. Marketa is the show runner for a Czech
FilmFestivals.com Schedule of future festivals and entry information for filmmakers
and news from current events.
It Cool Harry Knowles has the rumor and hot news on movies before anyone
else. What's fact and what's rumor? You decide.
JumpTheShark A site devoted to the moment when a TV series goes down hill.
So named for the episode on Happy
Days when the Cunninghams went on a Florida vacation and Fonzie
water-skied over a shark.
Myths About Copyright Not specifically for screenwriters, but good, solid information.
To copyright your scripts, go to
the Library of Congress or use the WGA Registration Service.
Office Guru Current figures and historical perspectives. Projections for each
weeks openings. Gitesh Prabda knows this inside and out.
The numbers are important because it helps you plan your movie
attendance. If you see a movie is tanking and is likely to lose
screens, you plan accordingly.
of Superior, Nebraska Pamela and Lew Hunters home town. Aptly named.
Superior Tour and
Travel. Okay, no website for Rhonda Edwards, but shell give
you old-fashioned service for a reasonable price on all your travel
needs. Pamela and Lew dont take a trip without consulting
University Lew's undergraduate alma mater.