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Alum shares Hollywood insights

by Larry LeDoux


One of their own returned Oct. 22 to tell members of the Press Club at HPU some of Hollywood’s secrets to getting a script made into a film.

Cari Carter, a 2003 journalism graduate with a writing minor, has made her education pay. She won a national award for Most Outstanding Community Service Reporting for her Kalamalama series on “Alcohol Awareness,” two of her scripts won awards in the HPU Playwriting Contest, and two of her short films were accepted by and debuted at the 2003 Hawai‘i International Film Festival.

Cari Carter


Carter just started what she calls “a fabulous new job” in Los Angeles “as a program coordinator for Writer’s Boot Camp, a career development program for film and TV writers.”

Of course she had an ulterior motive for visiting, she said. “It's part of my job to find cool people to put in our programs.” Carter explained that Writer’s Boot Camp (WBC, she called it) doesn’t advertise, so it’s always on the lookout for writers, established or learning.

“Anyone who wants to pursue a career in film and/or television writing should understand that writing is a process that takes time and effort to master,” Carter said. WBC is unique in its focus on the idea that “full conceptual development is the essential step in writing a great, industry-worthy script,” and in its ability to give writers a process and a set of tools they can use to accomplish this again and again.

“ WBC is especially helpful,” Carter said, “for anyone who is already working as a writer in the film industry and wants an environment where he or she can improve his or her craft or learn new tools for activating his or her writing.

It’s also useful for anyone who has a writing deadline approaching, and who needs assistance in brainstorming ideas or organizing to work most efficiently.”

The WBC provides many services to people who have a passion to write or a project they have always wanted to write, but who have never known how to start.

WBC is for “Anyone who has an interest in finding out more about how to write a screenplay and what the industry expects, or who just wants to learn some tools that will help him or her become a more effective storyteller,” Carter explained.

Carter identified several WBC clients who are top names in the television and screen writing industry, regular writers of such popular TV series as Friends and Sex in the City.

“ Regular enrollees generally range from writers on current network programs to first-timers and include working and well-established actors and directors looking to develop their own script ideas,” Carter said.

“ For those who are new to writing, “ Carter continued, “or who aren't as interested in making a career out of it, WBC is also one of the safest places to start because the program is entirely process rather than content oriented.”

Carter clearly loves her new job. “It's an exciting opportunity for me,” she said. “I'm in a creative environment that I love, and plugged into many of the best connections within the entertainment industry.” She added: “I love this place, and I would love to talk about the program and its benefits with anyone who's interested.”

To reach her, write to Cari Carter, Program Coordinator, Writers Boot Camp, 2525 Michigan Ave. Bldg. i, Santa Monica, CA 90404, or e-mail her at


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