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Brad Riddell

About Brad Riddell

Brad Riddell has written four feature films on assignment for Paramount, MTV, Universal and independent producers. Brad’s first film, American Pie: Band Camp, sold over a million copies in its first week of release on DVD and is now syndicated on TBS. His most recent film, Crooked Arrows, was released nationally in theaters in 2012, and is the first mainstream lacrosse movie ever produced. Brad taught MFA and BFA screenwriting courses at USC in Los Angeles for six years, and then undergraduate courses at SUNY Oswego for one, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts in Chicago.

Back to the Chalkboard: Empathy and LIFE ITSELF

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! In a recent text exchange with a screenwriter friend of mine, I lamented, “Life is Sooooo F*#king Hard!” Without getting into the details of my travails, I can tell you I don’t have Ebola virus and I am not homeless and starving. I understand...

Back to the Chalkboard: Screenwriting Polygamy

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! It’s a Sin! No manager or agent will represent you. No studio or producer will buy your script. You must build your brand and be consistent! You must not confuse the very smart, often Ivy League-educated people who run production companies, studios, and networks!...

Back to the Chalkboard: Robin Williams and the Value of Comedy

Brad Riddell has written four feature films on assignment for studios and independent producers, and is a screenwriting professor in DePaul University’s School of Cinema and Interactive Media. In 1990 I was about to graduate from high school and head off to the University of Kentucky. Despite starring in the senior class play and...

Mission of the Moment

Back to the Chalkboard: The Mission of the Moment

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Have you ever found yourself in a singular moment where you felt hyper-driven to achieve a very specific goal? I’m sure you have, and I bet you can think of something better than that time your morning was placed in serious jeopardy when your...