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Paul Chitlik

Clinical Associate Professor of Screenwriting


School of Film and Television



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Clinical Associate Professor Paul Chitlik has written for all the major networks and studios. He was story editor for MGM/UA'S The New Twilight Zone, and staff writer for Showtime's Brothers. He has written features for Rysher Entertainment, NuImage, Promark, Mainline Releasing, and others. He has directed episodes and been coordinating producer for Real Stories of the Highway Patrol and U.S. Customs Classified. He wrote and produced the first network movie, Alien Abduction, shot on digital video for UPN. He also wrote, produced, and directed a special for Travel Channel on Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey Circus. Most recently, he wrote, produced, and directed "The Wedding Dress," a made for the web feature available on He has taught workshops at UCLA, UNIACC (Chile),University of Barcelona (Spain), ESCAC (Spain), EICTV (Cuba), University of Zulia, (Venezuela), and for ScreenWest (Australia)


University of California, Berkeley; Case Western Reserve; UC San Diego; University of Madrid.

B.A., Comparative Literature


Areas of Expertise

Creative WritingTeachingScreenwritingEditingFilm ProductionFilm & Television DevelopmentHigher EducationTheatre

Industry Expertise

  • Education/Learning
  • Motion Pictures and Film


WGAW Award Nominee | professional

Nominated for an episode of "The New Twilight Zone."

GLAAD Award Nominee | professional

For the episode that was submitted by "Los Beltrán."

Genesis Award Winner | professional

For DVD, Showtime and HBO movie.


  • Television Academy
  • Writers Guild of America West
  • U.S. State Department Consultant


  • English
  • Spanish

Media Appearances

Industry Optimistic on New Cuba-U.S. Era

The Hollywood Reporter  


Writer-director Paul Chitlik, who has taught screenwriting at the Havana’s film and television universtiy, EICTV, Film School, said while the country was "still very poor and short on resources," Cuba has made "some amazing strides in moving towards capitalism." Chitlik, whose new feature The Wedding Dress is set for a January 2015 release, said "opportunities to shoot (in Cuba) abound - not to mention the number of old American cars driving on the streets."...

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US viewers watch Sopranos finale

BBC News  


Hollywood screenwriter Paul Chitlik says the character is a person audiences love to hate. "Inside ourselves we know we should not be liking this person - he is a killer. "On the other hand, he has got a depth to him that we've rarely seen in mobsters so we want to see what's going to happen to him, just like we want to see what's going to happen to our Uncle Ralph."...

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Interview with Paul Chitlik

Movies Matter  

I recently spoke with screenwriting instructor and award-winning writer Paul Chitlik, who writes on the hidden structure of screenplays, sequences, and scenes, and how to fill them with believable, complex, and compelling characters...

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Lights, Camera, Access | Written By

Paul Chitlik on how people with disabilities face a lack of industry representation because of a lack of opportunity.

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