UCSB Script to Screen, hosted by Matt Ryan, was invited to the 2019 Writers Guild Awards and 2019 WGA Beyond Words. The interviews included many Oscar nominees.
Bo Burnham – Writer/Director, Eighth Grade, 2019 WGA Winner for Best Original Screenplay (Starts at 00:13)
Kevin Willmott – Screenwriter, BlacKkKlansman, 2019 WGA Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee and Academy Award® Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay (Starts at 02:15)
Topher Grace – Actor, BlacKkKlansman (Starts at 07:14)
Scott Beck & Bryan Woods – Screenwriters, A Quiet Place, 2019 WGA Best Original Screenplay Nominees (Starts at 09:15)
Eric Roth – Screenwriter, A Star is Born, 2019 WGA Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee and Academy Award® Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay (Starts at 11:36)
Will Fetters – Screenwriter, A Star is Born, 2019 WGA Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee and Academy Award® Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay (Starts at 13:19)
Barry Jenkins– Writer/Director, If Beale Street Could Talk, 2019 WGA Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee and Academy Award® Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay (Starts at 16:08)
Dimiter D. Marinov – Actor, Green Book (Starts at 17:25)
Joe Cortese – Actor, Green Book (Starts at 19:48)
Stephanie Gillis – Writer, The Simpsons, “Bart’s Not Dead,” 2019 WGA Winner for Best TV Animation (Starts at 21:30)
Bill Hader – Writer/Actor, Barry, 2019 WGA Winner for Best Episodic Comedy & Best New Series (Starts at 23:32)
John Aboud, Andrew Blitz, Michael Colton, Ed Helms, Elliot Kalan, Joseph Randazzo, & Sara Schaefer – Writers, The Fake News with Ted Nelms, 2019 WGA Winners for Best Variety/Comedy Special (Starts at 25:02)
Adam McKay – Writer/Director, Vice, 2019 WGA Paul Selvin Award Recipient, WGA Best Original Screenplay Nominee and Academy Award® Nominee for Best Original Screenplay (Starts at 26:21)
Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel – 2019 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement Recipients (Starts at 27:27)
Matthew Ryan, Host
Matthew Ryan has been the Pollock Theater Director since the theater opened in October 2010. He created and hosts the Script to Screen series, which has welcomed prestigious guests such as writer/director/producer Jordan Peele (Get Out), writer/director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), screenwriters Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), and writer/director/producer David Mandel, actor Tony Hale, and actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (VEEP).
Ryan oversees the Pollock Theater Internship, which offers industry-level experience in live multi-camera television production and event planning. TV shows produced by students through this program have generated 15.1 million online views on the UCTV broadcast cable station.
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.