Andy Guerdat

Instructor Biography:

Writer-producer; WGA member who has sold feature screenplays to 20th Century Fox, MGM, Walt Disney Studios, Village Roadshow Productions/Warner Bros., Disney Sunday Movie, and NBC and the play Red Remembers. A recipient of the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Screenwriting, Mr. Guerdat is a contributing author to Cut to the Chase (Gotham Books/Penguin).

Instructor Statement:

My screenwriting teaching philosophy stems from my movie watching experience: most movies stink not because they’re badly structured, but because they’re boring. Audiences respond to passion, so I try not to get between students and the germinal inspiration of their stories. Because nobody ever walked out of a movie theater and said, “Wow, what a great movie! The inciting incident in act one was perfectly placed!” Well, nobody except another screenwriting instructor. I try to guide my students with feedback that help them tell their stories more effectively and communicate the passion they’ll need to make their screenplays stand out from the formulaic majority.

Our Students Say it Best!

“Andy really takes the time to review each student’s work and then gives individual, unbiased feedback. He continues to stress how to write, not abstract theories, but proven principles to empower students to become better writers who can produce pages.” —Writers’ Program student

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