500 Days of Summer (2009)
Screening format: DCP (95 Minutes)
Director: Marc Webb
Writers: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Jospeh Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend
"This is not a love story. This is a story about love."
Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t. This post modern love story is never what we expect it to be — it’s thorny yet exhilarating, funny and sad, a twisted journey of highs and lows that doesn’t quite go where we think it will. When Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a hapless greeting card copywriter and hopeless romantic, is blindsided after his girlfriend Summer (Zooey Deschanel) dumps him, he shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days “together” to try to figure out where things went wrong.
The UCSB Script to Screen series celebrates the start of its 4th season with 500 Days of Summer. We are honored to have a post-screening Q&A with screenwriter Scott Neustadter (The Fault in Our Stars, The Spectacular Now, and the upcoming Paper Towns).
The UCSB Script to Screen series examines the screenplay and its transition to the screen from the perspective of writers, directors, producers, editors, and actors.
UCSB Script to Screen is sponsored by the department of Film and Media Studies, The Carsey-Wolf Center, and The Scott Frank Fund for Screenwriting. It is hosted and executive-produced by the Pollock Theater Director, Matt Ryan, and produced by the Pollock Theater student staff.
Scott Neustadter, Writer
Scott Neustadter and his writing partner, Michael H. Weber, wrote the script for 500 Days of Summer that has been hailed by some critics as “this generation’s Annie Hall." The offbeat script captures relationships with humor, wit, and a big heart, but refuses to shy away from the truth in a romance that was not meant to be.
Finding the true voice in characters is one of the most difficult tasks a screenwriter must do. Scott Neustater and Michael H. Weber have given voices to beloved characters like Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) from The Fault in Our Stars, Sutter (Miles Teller) and Aimee (Shailene Woodley) from The Spectacular Now and Margo (Cara Delevingne) and Quentin (Nat Wolff) from the eagerly anticipated upcoming release of Paper Towns.
Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director
Matthew Ryan started his academic career at NYU to run the Cantor Film Center, where he produced a range of events from a screening and Q&A with Martin Scorsese to a media conference with then President Bill Clinton. In 2008, he received a MFA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University.
Now, he is director of the amazing Pollock Theater. He pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which is a selective program offering industry-level experience to students interested in event planning and live TV production. The TV shows produced through this program have generated more than 10.6 million views on UCTV. Many of these episodes come from events in his own series, UCSB Script to Screen, including 12 Years a Slave with Oscar®-winner John Ridley and American Beauty with Oscar®-winning screenwriter Alan Ball.