Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Jaws (1975)

Screening format: DCP (123 Minutes)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Carl Gottlieb and Peter Benchley

If you forgot what terror was's back on the big screen.

One of the most iconic monster movies in film history, Steven Spielberg's Jaws gripped audiences while making them fear going swimming again.

Released in the summer of 1975, Jaws was seen by over 67 million Americans, essentially creating the “summer blockbuster.” Starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, and a 25ft mechanical shark. This Script to Screen presentation of the film will be followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, writer/actor who also co-wrote the hit Steve Martin comedy, The Jerk.

There will be a post Q&A Jaws themed reception in the Michael Douglas Lobby.

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.

Jaws Trailer

1975 Steven Spielberg Interview on Jaws

Carl Gottlieb, Writer/Actor

Carl Gottlieb, co-screenwriter of the classic film Jaws (1975), has won numerous awards and worked with many talented individuals throughout his long and acclaimed career as a screenwriter, actor, director, and author.  In addition to screenwriting and acting in Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3D, and Dr. Detroit (starring Dan Aykroyd), Gottlieb co-wrote The Jerk (1979), starring Steve Martin, who Gottlieb also directed in the Academy Award-nominated short, The Absent-Minded Writer.  Gottlieb also won an Independent Spirit Award in 2007 for a mini-short for which he coauthored the script, won an Emmy for his writing on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour for CBS, and was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for the Jaws screenplay. In 2010, the Writers Guild honored him with the Morgan Cox Award in recognition of his decades of service to the WGA and to the community of writers.

In addition to his work in the industry, Gottlieb has authored two bestselling books with iconic musician David Crosby, wrote The Jaws Log about making the film on-location, and co-wrote The Little Blue Book for Filmmakers: A Primer for Directors, Writers, Actors and Producers.  Gottlieb has also lectured internationally and taught screenwriting at Columbia University, the American Film Institute, the University of Miami, and the University of Southern California. Currently, Gottlieb continues to work on multiple screenplays to add to his long list of writing credits in both television and film.

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, Script to Screen, including 12 Years a Slave with Oscar-winner John Ridley and American Beauty with Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball.