Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Screening format: DCP (Sony 4k Digital Projection)

Director: J.J. Abrams

Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt

Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Harrison Ford

Editors: Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Tickets are sold out. A standby line will be provided.  We will let patrons in on a first come-first serve basis if tickets become available.

The Force is calling to you. Just let it in... at the Pollock Theater.

Thirty-two years after the release of Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings together the saga’s original characters with with a new generation of heroes and villains.

This Script to Screen presentation of the film will be followed by a Q&A with Oscar®-Nominated editor Maryann Brandon. 

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.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

Script to Screen at the Oscar Wilde Awards - with cast and crew from Star Wars


Maryann Brandon, Editor

Maryann Brandon has worked as an editor, director and producer in film, animation and television. She is currently editing Passengers (Morten Tyldum), which will be released in December 2016. Her other recent work as editor can be seen in Universal’s Endless Love, Paramount’s Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness and DreamWorks’ animated films How To Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2.

She has also edited J.J. Abrams' Super 8 and Mission Impossible III (2006).  She received Academy, HPA, Saturn, and Eddie nominations for her work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness and How to Train Your Dragon. Brandon collaborated with J.J. Abrams on Alias, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series. She directed two episodes of Alias (“The Road Home” & “After Six”) and served as the producer for the fourth season. Her previous feature credits include Jane Austen Book, A Thousand Acres, Grumpier Old Men, Born to Be Wild and Bingo.

Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director

Matthew Ryan is Director of the Pollock Theater where he pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which professionalizes students by developing production skills with hands-on experience. Ryan created and hosts the Script to Screen series, which has welcomed prestigious guests like Oscar® winning screenwriter John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave and Oscar® winning screenwriter Alan Ball for American Beauty

Matthew Ryan began his career as a video librarian at the legendary Kaufman Astoria Studios. He became Associate Producer for Fox Movietone Newsreels putting together video packages for news stories. 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 focus is science fiction and comedy.