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Howard Suber

For 47 years, Howard Suber has taught generations of screenwriters, directors, producers, and film scholars at UCLA's celebrated film school, and his former students are today creating films and television programs and teaching film studies throughout the world.

He created and for many years chaired UCLA's current Film and Television Producers Program, which is focused on the realities of the modern film and television industries. He has team-taught with, or brought into the Producers Program, many of the most important movie studio heads, agents, producers, lawyers, and executives in the industry.

Suber is also well-known and widely respected outside the academy. He has worked for all of the studios and networks during the past four decades as a consultant and expert witness on issues involving authorship, creative control, the creative process, and copyright. He has also been retained by corporations to advise them on strategic business plans and to explain to their own employees the nature and structure of the film business.

Suber has received two “Lifetime Achievement Awards” from film festivals and UCLA’s “Distinguished Teaching Award.” He has lectured widely in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China. His previous book, The Power of Film, was published Michael Wiese Productions in 2006.

Articles by Howard Suber

Breaking the Screenwriting Rules

Everybody in Hollywood knows the top three rules of screenwriting:

1. Write what you know.
2. Films must have a happy ending.
3. Films must have three acts.

But few people know what these rules all have in common:

They are all wrong.

Rule #1: Write What You Know

There is no writer alive who has not been advised, "Writ... (read more)