Q&A: UCLA Extension Alum Talks Journey to Becoming Hollywood Screenwriter

Dorothy Blyskal’s first job in the film industry was working as a production assistant on Clint Eastwood’s 2016 film “Sully.” Now, the UCLA Extension alumna is the screenwriter for Eastwood’s latest film, “The 15:17 to Paris,” which will be in wide release Friday. On Blyskal’s last job as a production secretary for reshoots of “Logan,”…

Exclusive Interview with David Misch: Veteran Comedy Writer, Performer & Teacher

David Misch has been a comic folksinger, stand-up comedian and screenwriter; his credits include the multiple-Emmy-nominated “Mork and Mindy”, the Emmy-losing “Duckman”, the Emmy-ignored “Police Squad!”, the Emmy-engorged “Saturday Night Live”, and the Emmy-ineligible “The Muppets Take Manhattan”. David’s written Funny: The Book and A Beginner’s Guide To Corruption; he blogs for The Huffington Post,…

Oscar-Nominated Student in Short Film Category

Jean de Meuron has watched the Academy Awards since he was a young boy growing up in Switzerland, despite the nine-hour time difference. This year, the alumnus will have a much closer vantage point as he walks the red carpet for the Oscar-nominated short film “La femme et le TGV,” of which he was an…

Screenwriting Student to Filmmaker on Creative Vision for Short Film

Filmmaker Carlo Olivares Paganoni invited his mother and her friends from Mexico to cook for his short film, treating the cast and crew to home-cooked chicken chilaquiles, molletes, tacos, flan and arroz con leche. Throughout his film career, he has worked for Cartoon Network Latin America and now writes and produces for Disney XD. Paganoni started school…

Gary Marshall and UCLA Extension Sneak Previews

Garry Marshall, who died on Tuesday at the age of 81, didn’t always get the respect of critics, but his many TV shows and movies earned the love of audiences over the course of half a century – and that’s not an achievement to be sneezed at. Giving pleasure is certainly one of the purposes of…