La La Land (2016)
Screening format: Sony 4K Digital Projection (2 hours 8 minutes)
Writer/Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling
Production Designers: David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Community $7, Students $5
Tickets will be released on Tuesday, May 9th.
In La La Land (dir. Damien Chazelle, 2016) aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) traverse a decidedly contemporary Los Angeles infused with the spirit of Hollywood's golden age musicals and rendered in the vivid primary colors of Jacques Demy's whimsical mid-sixties work (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort), a feat of alchemy for which guests David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco took home this year's Academy Award for Best Production Design.
UCSB Script to Screen will host Academy Award Winning Production Designers David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco for a post-screening Q&A. The event will be moderated by Pollock Theater Director Matt Ryan.
David and Sandy are a husband and wife duo who have worked together on more than 20 films in the past 25 years. They have colloborated with some of the most talented filmmakers today, including Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and most recently, Damien Chazelle and Aaron Sorkin. After working with Quentin Tarantino on Reservoir Dogs in 1992, they continued working with him, designing Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and Inglorious Basterds, which received the BAFTA Nomination for Best Production Design. Their design work on Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums was featured in the Smithsonian's National Design Triennial in 2003.
La La Land has received widespread critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including 7 Golden Globe wins, and 14 Academy Award nominations. For their work on this film, David and Sandy received the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Production Design, the Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design and a BAFTA nomination for Best Production Design. David and Sandy now divide their time between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.
Moderator Matthew Ryan
Matther Ryan, Pollock Theater Director, pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which helps students to develop professional production skills through hands-on experience. Ryan created and hosts the Script to Screen series, which has hosted exciting events like a discussion of 12 Years a Slave with Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley, a discussion of American Beauty with Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball, and a discussion of Hidden Figures with writer/producer/director Theodore Melfi, actor Kevin Costner and President of Fox 2000 Pictures Elizabeth Gabler.
Matthew Ryan began his career as a video librarian at the legendary Kaufman Astoria Studios. As Events Manager at New York University’s Cantor Film Center, he produced a series of film programs that included evenings with Martin Scorsese, Tim Robbins and Alec Baldwin. In 2008, he received an MFA in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. His primary writing interests are science fiction and comedy.
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. Script to Screen: La La Land is co-sponsored by Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB