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On the set of HITCHCOCK

Took my UCLA class to watch Sacha Gervasi, a former UCLA screenwriting student, direct Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in the final scenes of his film, HITCHCOCK, which will probably be out before the end of the year. Great to see him develop the subtle nuances of the story as the takes progressed through the evening. It’s going to be an interesting film.

A few days later, I did an interview about Sacha, the Hitchcock film and his next one on Hervé Villechaiz. (Link to that article at the bottom)

I repeatedly make the point in Letters to Young Filmmakers  and in my classes that, on average, it takes about nine years to get a studio film made – even for major directors and producers.

When I first got to know Sacha while he was a student, Read more »



“Letters to Young Filmmakers is full of wisdom, insight, anecdote, and knowledge distilled from years of experience, relationships, and contempla­tion. His genuine understanding of how the film business operates makes his advice to young filmmakers sound, inspiring and, above all, useful.”

— Geoffrey Gilmore, Director, Sundance Film Festival, 1990-2010; Chief Creative Officer, Tribeca Enterprises.

“Wise, kind, and direct. Howard Suber’s advice is as piercing as Don Corleone  telling Michael who not to trust, and just as vital. I LOVE this book!”

— David Koepp, screenwriter Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, Spider-Man, War of  the Worlds, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

“This master teacher of film provides us with a multitude of brilliant insights and sound, sage, advice. He has mentored generations of writers, directors, and producers with his intelligence and compassion for the art of film and the industry that sometimes manages to produce it.” 

— Tom Sherak, President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.   Read more »