TV Series Development at UCLA

What is tv series development? And why it could be more useful to you than a tv screenwriting class. “Tell me about this tv series development workshop you’re teaching. Why would I want to take it?” Ric Gibbs: Anyone can tell you that the growth in scripted television series has skyrocketed recently. That means the growth in job opportunities for […]

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Students Pitch at MipTV

This year was the inaugural ‘Student Pitch Challenge’ at MIPTV.  For those who don’t know it, MIPTV and MIPCOM are the two biggest trade conferences in the television industry. It’s where networks come to debut their new shows. It’s where television distributors come to expand their territories. And – increasingly – it’s where creators come to pitch and sell early-stage […]

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Teaching Television in 2019

Ric Gibbs / Instructor UCLA Extension / Entertainment Studies Program It is a long held maxim at film and television programs that the only way to teach television is to teach screenwriting. This makes a good deal of sense, since the producers of a series are (for the most part) the writers of that series. So why not start with […]

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Zoe 2018

Zoe 2018 – Sci-Fi / Drama / Love Story / A.I.  screenplay: Rich Greenberg, Director: Drake Doremus, Producers: Ridley Scott, Lawrence Bender While reviews for Zoe 2018 are mixed (some are even poor!) I believe this is a film that has been sadly underestimated. Its ratings have been skewed by a small number of cranks on ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ who must […]

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Portrait of a Life Well Lived

Occasionally, I find myself wanting to share people from my life. It’s what I call my Portrait of a Life Well Lived series. Anyone who has taken a class with me or even glanced at my book ‘Quick, Where’s My Cape?’ will know we are ALL constantly benefiting from those who have done things right. This is a eulogy I […]

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Why I wrote ‘Quick, Where’s My Cape?’

QUICK, WHERE’S MY CAPE? by Ric Gibbs, Mythmaker Films & Media, Los Angeles California, 2017. SELF-HELP/Personal Growth Some time ago I began casting about for a book idea big enough to encompass the many lessons of in my twenty-five years of travel, human observation, and professional storytelling. At the same time, I was nagged by a strange and growing recognition […]

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Wonder Woman Comes of Age

Not only is Wonder Woman likely to be the best superhero movie of this summer, it may well take its place within the pantheon of truly great mythological sagas, reimagined for the big screen. It’s a coming of age story, it’s a love story, AND a story of female empowerment that goes beyond cliches. Add to all this, its heroine […]

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Why Character is Everything in Screenwriting

Next month (April and again in June) I am teaching a class in Story Analysis at UCLA Extension. Teaching has given me a chance to revisit some of the most important lessons I’ve learned in 20+ years of screenwriting, and foremost on that list are the principles of CHARACTER. “A story starts with a character” – Frank Daniel Although screenwriters […]

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Fairytales, Real Life, and Baseball

For the past several months, I’ve been writing a book about how certain myths recur again and again in the lives of men. And how each of us are unconsciously recreating these stories, through the characters and content of our seemingly ordinary lives. Most times, this underlying architecture is pretty hard to see. But occasionally, it makes itself obvious. As […]

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