Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:00pm
Type of Event: 
Lecture
Event Location: 
Construction & Engineering Hall
Admission: 
Free and open to the public

Commencement speaker Harley Jessup (BFA ’76) and screenwriter Mike Rich (‘81) will discuss their work in a program centered on clips from their most iconic films. Moderated by Peter Betjemann, Director of the School of Writing, Literature, and Film.

Harley Jessup has worked at Pixar Animation Studios since 1996, where his credits as production designer include such films as CocoRatatouilleCars 2The Good Dinosaur, and Monsters, Inc.Previously at Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic, and Disney, he worked on The Hunt for Red OctoberJames and the Giant Peach, and many other films. He received an Academy Award for Visual Effects for Innerspace in 1988.

Mike Rich broke onto the screenwriting scene in 1998, when his screenplay for Finding Forrester won the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship and became a box-office hit starring Sean Connery, Rob Brown, and Busta Rhymes. Since then, he has become a go-to screenwriter in Hollywood, with credits that include such films as The RookieSecretariatRadio, and Cars 3.

Free and open to the public

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