Escape from Film School

A Novel

Richard Walter

Thomas Dunne Books

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Escape From Film School tells the sprightly tale of a young man who makes it in Hollywood without ever leaving film school.

When Stuart arrives in California in the Sixties, he is fleeing the draft and he quite 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 -- and that of his beautiful and ambitious wife, Veronica; his beautiful and ambitious girlfriend, Ginger; and his loyal daughter, Rainbeaux -- also offers an incisive and satirical look at this bizarre, yet fascinating world. Like The Player, it is a dead-on, often hilarious and occasionally poignant tale about survival and redemption in Hollywood.

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1LENNY BRUCE WAS DEAD.That was the last thing we heard before the Blaupunkt blew, midway across the Penn Pike. Now, with no radio, Big Irish and I could do nothing to amuse ourselves but replicate Noo Yawk doo-wop sounds that were even then decrepit oldies.We slept whenever fatigue overtook us, inflating air mattresses at roadside. The second night, along what still remained of66, between Tulsa and Bartlesville, we gazed up at the Perseus showers and watched phosphorous meteors score the sky three, four, five times a minute, each and every one of them beckoning us to California.

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Richard Walter

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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Escape from Film School
A Novel
Richard Walter

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
June 1999
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ISBN: 9781429982122
ISBN10: 1429982128
256 pages
$7.99
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