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Grad follows dreams to Tinseltown

Scott Stuber, right, and Vince Vaugn on the set of ?Couples Retreat,? take a break from filming in the shade. Stuber graduated from UA in 1992 with a degree in media arts.
Scott Stuber, right, and Vince Vaugn on the set of ?Couples Retreat,? take a break from filming in the shade. Stuber graduated from UA in 1992 with a degree in media arts.

Scott Stuber always knew he wanted to work in the movie business.

“”When I was a kid, I loved movies and sports,”” he said.

Stuber graduated from the UA in 1992 with a degree in media arts, and now works as a producer. His latest film, “”Couples Retreat,”” opens tomorrow.

Stuber is originally from Los Angeles, but wanted to go to school out of state and liked the UA campus.

As a producer for the film, Stuber hired the writer, cast and director and worked on the script.

“”Basically, you’re responsible for everything from beginning to end,”” he said. “”It’s an all-encompassing job.””

Everyone can relate to the dynamic of “”Couples Retreat,”” Stuber said.

“”It’s all about relationships, which we all have and have gone through,”” he said.

The movie was filmed in about three months last fall in Bora Bora, and premiered Monday. Stuber said it was fun to reunite with the cast for the premiere, because they went their separate ways after shooting the film.

“”It’s like a homecoming, essentially,”” he said.

Vince Vaughn co-produced the movie with Stuber. He said they took the job seriously, but had fun at the same time.

“”We share similar taste in comedy,”” Stuber said.

One of Stuber’s favorite movies to work on was “”The Break-Up,”” since it was the first movie he produced.

“”It has a special place in my heart,”” he said. 

A typical day for Stuber consists of meetings and phone calls with directors, actors and agents. If he is in the process of shooting a movie, he spends his days on set approving ideas and designs.

“”The great thing about the job is there are no two days that are alike,”” Stuber said.

Stuber has been in production for 18 years. When he returned to Los Angeles after graduation, he found work as a production assistant for commercials and music videos before being a marketing assistant at Universal Pictures. He then worked for director Richard Donner for about six years. Stuber now has his own production company.

“”The job is that you’re constantly looking for new things that inspire good stories,”” he said.    

Stuber said he still follows Arizona football and basketball. He said they are strong programs, and he’s eager for them to “”come alive.””

Stuber said the UA provided him with a strong foundation in literature and film, which prepared him for his current career.

“”The main thing you have to know is how to tell a story,”” Stuber said. “”Those are the building blocks of what I do each day.””

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