Posts by: rmanley

Things to Do in Los Angeles When You’re Dead, or, The Radio Station Only Plays Red Hot Chili Peppers

Over the last three weeks, I have eaten Del Taco* twice, In-N-Out four times, and Pink’s Hot Dogs once. I have driven to get Jack in the Box at one in the morning and have been to Target six times. I’m not sure why that last part is important, but I wanted you to know that moving […]

Hooray, It’s LA!

Here in the MFA section of Film and Television at Boston University, we get really hyped up about something most people our age find absolutely detestable as a conversational centerpiece–the future.  A case could be made that we’re all just too engrossed in our own work, but the solution may be more ridiculous: it’s our […]

The Name of the Game

Suddenly, it’s two years ago.  I’m looking at graduate school, and I’m asking myself the big questions. I won’t lie to you–when it came to my decision to apply to Boston University–I only had one thing in mind.  Success.  I searched for the top ten graduate schools for screenwriting and ran down the list.  I […]

Admissions Deadlines and the Art of the Snowdrift Luau

Here it is: 2013. To be frank, I was like sixty-five percent sure that we wouldn’t live to see this night. I mean, I’m not saying that I buy into every single Mesoamerican prophecy that hits center stage, but I really had a good feeling about this one. Oh well. We can’t all be right […]

Your Finals Week Playlist

Every six months, writing students bang their heads against the walls for hours on end, repeatedly asking themselves why they waited until the end of the semester to do all of their rewrites and revisions. You can trust me on this. I’ve been doing it for years. So, as the only person who will ever […]

All I Really Needed to Know I Learned as your Teaching Assistant

Once a week, I lead a lecture section called Storytelling.  I consider it Screenwriting Zero, almost an introduction to the art of screenwriting. Now, the content isn’t anything new to me.  I’m not bragging, but I pulled out a B.A. in Creative Writing in Linguistics from a sub-state school, so I’m more than comfortable blowing hot […]

Don’t Judge Me, Stranger

As a graduate student, I find a pretty consistent need to get myself out of my own element.  Put simply: I can’t work at home.  There’re too many distractions.  Why in the world would I ever write a script when I could just as easily go a few days on Minecraft or catch up on […]

Meet Rucker Manley

The Art of Giving (or, “What I Did on My Thanksgiving Vacation”) Once a year, I throw a party.  Now, I can’t tell you what kind of party it is, but it’s Beersgiving, and you, prospective graduate student, are invited.  Except next year, it’s in Los Angeles. So here’s how it goes.  Fellow screenwriter Chris […]