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Production Perks: An Evening with Robert Jones

January 31, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

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

Join us for a Q&A with SCA Professor Robert Jones as he discusses his amazing career as film editor and screenwriter. Clips from Bob’s films will be screened, including SHAMPOO, BEING THERE, COMING HOME, HEAVEN CAN WAIT and THE LAST DETAIL.

Moderated by Associate Professor Tom Abrams
A reception will follow the event

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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

Free Admission. RSVPs Required. Open to All.

About Robert Jones

Robert C. Jones is an award winning film editor and screenwriter whose credits include It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?, Love Story, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Bound For Glory, Heaven Can Wait, Days of Thunder, Invitation To A Gunfighter, Ship Of Fools, and Bulworth. As an editor, Jones has had notable collaborations with directors Hal Ashby, Arthur Hiller, Warren Beatty, Stanley Kramer, Ida Lupino and John Cassavetes.

He has been nominated three times for the Academy Award for Film Editing (Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), and Bound for Glory (1976). As a screenwriter, Jones wrote Being There (1979), and received an Academy Award for his screenplay to the 1978 film, Coming Home.

Robert Jones is married to psychology professor Sylvia Hirsch, and is the father of two daughters: Hayley Sussman, a Ph.D. psychologist like her mother, and Leslie Jones, an Oscar nominated editor like her father. Bob is the son of Oscar nominated film editor and director, Harmon Jones.

Filmography (Selected titles)

Crazy in Alabama (Antonio Banderas-1999), Bulworth (Warren Beatty-1998), City Hall (Harold Becker-1996), Love Affair (Glenn Gordon Caron-1994), Days of Thunder (Tony Scott-1990), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (Arthur Hiller-1989), Heaven Can Wait (Warren Beatty and Buck Henry-1978), Bound for Glory (Hal Ashby-1976). Nominated for Best Editing Oscar., Shampoo (Hal Ashby-1975), The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (1974), The Last Detail (Hal Ashby-1973), Man of La Mancha (Arthur Hiller-1972), Cisco Pike (1972), Love Story (Arthur Hiller-1970), Paint Your Wagon (Joshua Logan-1969), I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (Hy Averback-1968), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Stanley Kramer-1967). Nominated for Best Editing Oscar and for ACE Eddie., Tobruk (Arthur Hiller-1967), Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title (Harmon Jones-1966), The Trouble with Angels (Ida Lupino-1966), Ship of Fools (Stanley Kramer-1965), Invitation to a Gunfighter (Richard Wilson-1964), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Stanley Kramer-1963). Nominated for Best Editing Oscar and for ACE Eddie., A Child is Waiting (John Cassavetes-1963).


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