"Conversations With..."

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television “Conversations With...” Speaker Series is an intimate interaction between SCA students and leading writers, producers and directors in the motion picture industry, television and other areas of the cinematic arts.

Past Guest Speakers

  • Jerry Bruckheimer (C.S.I., Black Hawk Down)
  • Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13)
  • Baz Luhrman (Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge!)
  • David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks)
  • Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Generations )
  • Julie Taymor (Frida, Across the Universe )
  • And many others...

Traditionally, the “Conversations With...” speaker series is held on Friday afternoons with a discussion hosted by an M.F.A. writing student and then followed by a lengthy audience Q & A session.

Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg '90 addresses students as part of the "Conversations With..."
speaker series

“Conversations With...” is generally reserved for students of the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television, but will, on occasion be opened to other SCA students and guests. Audio from the sessions is recorded. Podcast are available on the School of Cinematic Arts Web site or iTunes.

The “Conversations With...” speaker series was initially established as the Zaki Gordon Speaker Series.

Lists of Speakers