Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

Screening format: Blu-Ray (76 minutes)

Directors: Eric Radomski, Bruce W. Timm, Kevin Altieri, Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur, Dan Riba

Writers: Alan Burnett (story and screenplay), Michael Reaves (screenplay), Paul Dini (screenplay), Martin Pasko (screenplay)

Starring: Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Hart Bochner

"The Dark Knight fights to save Gotham City from its deadliest enemy."

In this animated feature set in the 1940s, the troubled yet heroic Batman (Kevin Conroy) is pitted against a mysterious figure who is rubbing out Gotham City's most dangerous criminals, and who many believe is the caped crusader himself. Batman's alter ego, millionaire Bruce Wayne, is about to get married to the lovely Andrea Beaumont (Dana Delany), who helps him recover from his need to avenge his parents' murdermeaning that his crime-fighting days may be numbered.

The UCSB Script to Screen series is proud to present a screening of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, followed by a Q&A with screenwriters Alan Burnett and Michael Reaves.

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.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Movie Trailer

The making of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm


Alan Burnett, Screenwriter

Alan Burnett is a television writer-producer particularly associated with Warner Bros. Animation, Hanna-Barbera Productions, DC Comics and Walt Disney television animation. Over the course of his career, he has won five Emmys for his work in television as well as three Annie Awards, two Humanitas Awards, and an Animation Writer of the Year Award from the Writers Guild of America. He has had a hand in virtually every DC animated project since the waning years of the Super Friends (1973). Burnett's contributions for Disney were largely a part of the 1990s Disney Afternoon, where he was attached to the Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985) and various projects set in the Scrooge McDuck universe. He has worked on many television shows, from The Smurfs (1981) to the DC special, Batman: The Animated Series

Since 2009, Burnett has been co-producing and supervising scripts for all the DTV productions from Warner Bros. Animation. He also wrote Green Lantern: First Flight (2010) and co-wrote Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011).

Michael Reaves, Screenwriter

Michael Reaves is primarily known for his contributions as scriptwriter and story editor to a number of 1980s and 1990s animated television series, including Disney's Gargoyles (1994) and Batman: The Animated Series (1992). He has also written media tie-in novels, children's books, and original fiction. He often collaborates with Steve Perry and won a 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program in his work on Batman: The Animated Series. Reaves has been working extensively with co-authors since 2004, and has written a multititude of novels in the past decade for the DC and Star Wars universes.

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.