Writing Presents... FRANKENWEENIE in 3D and SCA Alumnus John August

October 2, 2012, 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

Writing Presents..., the SCA Alumni Screening Series and Walt Disney Motion Pictures invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Frankenweenie in 3D

Directed & Produced by Tim Burton
Screenplay by SCA Alumnus John August
Produced by Allison Abbate and Don Hahn
Followed by a Q&A with John August, moderated by SCA Writing Professor Howard Rodman
7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


This event will have strict anti-piracy security: cell phones, cameras, and laptops will not be permitted into the theater. Please leave your recording devices outside of the theater in advance.

Opens in movie theaters nationwide on Friday, October 5th, 2012

About Frankenweenie

From creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience.

Provided courtesy of Walt Disney Motion Pictures. Rated PG. Running time: 87 minutes.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here

Visit the Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Frankenweenie


About the Guest

JOHN AUGUST -- Screenwriter, SCA Alumnus

John August has an endless imagination that has inspired some of the most memorable and fantastic movies of the past decade. August recently wrote Dark Shadows for frequent collaborator Tim Burton. Based off of the seminal television series of the same name, the film stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Grace Moretz, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Christopher Lee and Helena Bonham Carter.

August recently signed on to write the big-screen adaptation of the supernatural graphic novel Preacher for Sony. Sam Mendes will direct the film about a preacher given supernatural powers who searches the country to find God. 2007 saw August’s feature directing debut, The Nines, which premiered at Sundance in 2007. The Nines is a film of three interlocking stories, all starring Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis and Melissa McCarthy. Sony and Newmarket Films distributed.

As a screenwriter, his credits include Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish and both Charlie’s Angels movies. He wrote and co-produced Go, which debuted at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

For television, August created the short-lived show D.C. for The WB, along with pilots for Fox and ABC. He is a frequent advisor to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and also runs a Website aimed at budding screenwriters.

Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, August earned a degree in journalism from Drake University in Iowa and an MFA in film from the Peter Stark program at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles.

HOWARD A. RODMAN -- Moderator, SCA Writing Division Professor

Howard A. Rodman is Vice President of the Writers Guild of America West.  

His screen adaptation of Savage Grace, starring Julianne Moore, premiered in the Directors Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival in May, 2007 and was released domestically in 2008. It was nominated for a Spirit Award in the Best Screenplay category. August, from Rodman's original screenplay, starring Josh Hartnett, Rip Torn and David Bowie, was also released in 2008. In 2006, Rodman wrote a one-hour dramatic pilot for HBO entitled 213, for director Rodrigo Garcia and producers George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, and Grant Heslov. Rodman's adaptation of the Joseph Mitchell book Joe Gould’s Secret was the opening night selection of the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 and was released that year by USA Films. In the course of his career he's worked with Soderbergh (who gave sleazy characters in the films The Underneath and Traffic the name of "Mr. Rodman") as well as with Maurice Sendak, Clive Barker, Chantal Akerman, David Lynch, Michael Lehmann, Peter Bogdanovich, Tom Cruise (whose directorial debut Rodman co-wrote), and the late Michael Jackson. He just completed an American adaptation of the Danish noir Terribly Happy, and is currently at work on a screenplay for Ben Stiller's company Red Hour and Twentieth Century Fox.

He is an artistic director of Sundance Screenwriting Labs and advises the January and June labs in Sundance, Utah. He's also advised and directed labs in Parati, Brazil; Wadi Feynan, Jordan; Rocherfort and Vittel, France; and Kent, England.

In addition to serving as the WGAW's vice president, Rodman was the founder and co-chair of the Guild’s independent screenwriters’ caucus. He was recently named a trustee of the Writers Guild Foundation. He has served as chair of Film Independent's Spirit Awards Dramatic Competition jury, and as chair of the annual USC Scripter Awards. Rodman serves on the Board of Advisors of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media in Galway, Ireland, and on the American delegation to the Franco-American Cultural Fund in Paris. He is a member of the Writers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.

His novel, Destiny Express has been published in the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Japan and Italy. It was blurbed by Thomas Pynchon, who termed it "Daringly imagined and darkly romantic -- a moral thriller." Rodman's screenplay F. was selected as one of "Hollywood's Ten Best Unproduced Screenplays" by Premiere magazine. He is the former editor-in-chief of The Cornell Daily Sun. His essays appear in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and on The Huffington Post. He has been a guest on the PBS Lehrer News Hour and on Elvis Mitchell's The Treatment.

After serving for five years as Chair of the Writing Division, Rodman stepped down in 2007 to devote more time to teaching and writing.

About the SCA Alumni Screening Series

The School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by SCA alumni and faculty throughout the Spring 2012 semester. All screenings and events will be free of charge and open to the public, although we do ask for an electronic reservation for each screening, which can be made through the website for each individual screening. Many screenings will be overbooked to ensure that capacity is met in the theater. Some screenings will be run from digital sources.

To view the calendar for the SCA Alumni Screening Series, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open EXCLUSIVELY to USC students, faculty, staff and alumni. NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Please bring a valid 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 screenings 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 $10.00 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: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu