Production Perks: An Evening with writer/director & SCA Alumnus Matt Reeves

November 8, 2011, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Join us for a Q & A with writer/director & SCA Alumnus Matt Reeves as he discusses his career in film and television. Clips from Matt's projects will be screened, including CLOVERFIELD, LET ME IN and MR. PETRIFIED FORREST, the SC short that got him his break.

Moderated by Associate Professor Tom Abrams

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, SCA Complex


About Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves first gained industry attention with his award-winning short “Mr. Petrified Forrest” after graduating from USC’s prestigious film school. He got his start in Hollywood when a screenplay he penned in college with classmate Richard Hatem was purchased by Warner Bros. in 1995 and later turned into Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. Reeves made his feature directorial debut with the 1996 dark comedy The Pallbearer, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, David Schwimmer and Barbara Hershey. He developed the screenplay with co-writer Jason Katims through Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. In 1999, Reeves co-wrote and co-produced James Gray’s critically acclaimed feature The Yards, starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron. Reeves was one of the creators of the popular television series “Felicity,” starring Golden Globe Award®-winning actress Keri Russell. Reeves served as executive producer with partner and co-creator J.J. Abrams. He frequently directed episodes during the show’s four-season run, including the 1998 pilot for the WB network. He came to feature-film prominence in 2008 as the director of the acclaimed sci-fi horror hit Cloverfield. The modestly budgeted film set a domestic record for a January release and went on to gross more than $175 million worldwide. His next film, Let Me In was released in October 2010. According to Metacritic, it was one of the ten best-reviewed wide release films of 2010 and the best reviewed film of the year in the horror category.

Reeves is currently writing a film for Universal based on the Ray Nelson short story "8 O'Clock in the Morning". He is also developing Twilight Zone for Warner Brothers, This Dark Endeavor for Summit and The Passage for Fox 2000. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.


About Tom Abrams

Tom Abrams is an award-winning screenwriter and director whose films have won prizes in both the United States and Europe. Tom’s short film SHOESHINE received an Academy Award Nomination and won the Montreal World Film Festival. His short film PERFORMANCE PIECES was awarded the short film prize at the Cannes Film Festival. CONVERSATIONS WITH THE BEAST, a film Tom co-scripted, won an award at the Berlin Film festival, and A MOUTHFUL OF ANTS, a thriller Tom also co-scripted, won the Jury Prize at the Malaga Film Festival in Spain. In the fall of 1992, Tom shared an Emmy Award with the writing staff of the animated television series RUGRATS. Past scripts include HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL for Warner Bros., THE CAPTAIN'S WIFE for Fox 2000, THE AMERICAN PRINCESS for New Line Cinema, THE BATTLE OF ONO for John Woo and Terence Chang, METAL MACHINE for James Jacks at Universal, and GAMEBOY CHARLIE for Bruckheimer producer, Chad Oman. His most recently produced project is SMOKING ACES:ASSASSIN’S BALL for Universal Pictures. Tom is also an international script consultant who’s taught filmmaking in more than 15 countries and has a joint appointment in the SCA Production and Writing Divisions.

About Production Perks

A speaker series hosted by the SCA Film and Television Production Division, featuring workshops, masterclasses and Q&As with top television and film directors and actors. Admission is free, although you must be a USC student, faculty or staff member to attend.

Check-In & Reservations

This event is free of charge and open to the general public. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA events are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Tom Abrams