The UCSB Script to Screen series examines the screenplay and its transition to the screen from the perspective of writers, directors, producers, and actors. The intimate, state of the art Pollock Theater provides the perfect environment to connect visiting artists to our patron audience, which consists of aspiring production students, the Santa Barbara community, and Guild & Academy members. We reach an expanded audience by turning these Q&As into a television show that airs on the UCTV broadcast cable station. These episodes are produced and directed by our Pollock Theater student staff and Interns.

UCSB Script to Screen has had the privilege of hosting many esteemed honored guests, including an impressive five Oscar winners and 15 Oscar nominees. Some of the UCSB Script to Screen guests include writer/director Damien Chazelle for Whiplash, screenwriter John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave, screenwriter Alan Ball for American Beauty, production designer Adam Stockhausen and producer Jeremy Dawson for The Grand Budapest Hotel, actor Malcolm McDowell for A Clockwork Orange, screenwriter/producer Anthony McCarten and producer Lisa Bruce for The Theory of Everything, and screenwriters Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz for 10 Things I Hate About You.

UCSB Script to Screen: On Location has expanded our series out of Santa Barbara and into the heart of the industry itself. We’ve taken UCSB Script to Screen to the red carpet, attending events such as the WGA and DGA Awards. This has given us the opportunity to interview talent that have garnered a combined 11 Oscar wins and 46 Oscar nominations. This includes director Morten Tyldum & writer Graham Moore for The Imitation Game, author George R.R. Martin for Game of Thrones, actress Jennifer Lawrence & writer/director David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, director/actor Ben Affleck for Argo, and director Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity. Recently, UCSB Script to Screen was invited to the 2015 Comic Con: The Walking Dead to record some fantastic interviews.

UCSB Script to Screen is sponsored by the department of Film and Media Studies, The Carsey-Wolf Center, and UCSB Alum writer/director Scott Frank. It is hosted and exacutive-produced by the Pollock Theater director, Matt Ryan, and co-produced by Pollock Theater student staff.

Script to Screen Featured Videos

Spotlight with Oscar-Winning Nominee for Best Original Screenplay - Josh Singer



Trumbo with Director - Jay Roach & Screenwriter - John McNamara




American Beauty with Oscar-Winning Screenwriter - Alan Ball




Whiplash with Director & Oscar Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay - Damien Chazelle




12 Years A Slave with Oscar-Winning Screenwriter - John Ridley




The Theory of Everything with Oscar Nominated Screenwriter/Producer - Anthony McCarten & Producer - Lisa Bruce



A Walk Among the Tombstones with Writer/Director Scott Frank 




The Grand Budapest Hotel with Oscar-Winning Production Designer - Adam Stockhausen & Oscar Nominated Producer - Jeremy Dawson



Lost with Executive Producer/Director - Jack Bender




2015 WGA & DGA Awards with Oscar Winning Screenwriter Graham Moore & Oscar Nominated Director Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game.  Oscar Nominated Screenwriter Jason Hall - American Sniper, Author George R. R. Martin  - Game of Thrones and many more



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