Screenwriter Paul Castro, a member of the Writers Guild of America for almost a decade, has extensive professional experience in film, television and digital media. He has been a hired-gun writer for the top studios in town. While still a UCLA MFA grad student, Paul landed a three picture, million-dollar deal sparked by co-chair Richard Walter. That deal included two of his original screenplays, one of which became the Warner Bros. feature film hit, “August Rush,” starring Robin Williams, Kerri Russell, Freddie Highmore,Terrence Howard and Jonathan Rhys-Myers. That same year Paul directed two music videos for RCA records and was awarded The Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Grant Award. Legendary Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine heralded Paul Castro as one of the best screenwriters she’s ever worked with in her fifty years of movie making. Paul’s original screenplay “Eileen’s Ice,” starring Ms. MacLaine, will begin production in 2009. Paul wrote it in co-chair, Richard Walter’s 434-screenwriting class in 2000. Paul has been part of the UCLA family as a student and faculty member for twelve years.
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