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Film Finance 101 (Day 1 of 2)

Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Lillis Business Complex, Room 312
955 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR

Have you ever wondered what goes into getting a movie financed? Join us for an interactive Professional Edge workshop to learn about the business side of the film industry. Participants will have a chance to learn from industry insiders about the considerations they make when developing a budget and pitching to potential investors. The session includes a discussion with film industry business plan expert Louise Levison, as well as Movie Money Confidential director Rick Pamplin and producer Maggie Pamplin.

During the workshop, participants will team up to build a basic budget for different film genres and concepts. Teams will have the opportunity to practice pitching their project to a panel. Participants will leave the workshop having developed a deeper understanding of the complexities of developing a budget and pitching to investors.

Registration is open to all UO students and no prior experience in the film industry is required. The skills learned in this workshop are transferable into creative and entertainment industries such as journalism, publishing, commercials, and music.

To get the most out of this experience, registrants are expected to watch Movie Money Confidential prior to the workshop (a screening link will be emailed to registrants in advance).

In signing up for the workshop, registrants are committing to attending both days (Thursday, October 13, 6:00-8:30 p.m. in Lillis 312 and Friday, October 14, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. in Chiles 125B).

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Meet the Instructor

Kyle Kaczmarek is a business development and sales executive with more than 25 years of professional experience in the entertainment industry. He is an expert within the niche areas of digital media, distribution, and new technology, having experience in strategic planning, business development, team leadership, project management, and supply chain management.

As CEO and cofounder of Kaczmarek Digital Media Group, Inc., Kaczmarek is responsible for the development and growth of profitable new business; developing and maintaining effective key partner relationships within the organization; and analyzing market trends and capitalizing on domestic and global market opportunities to create high-profit, high-visibility partnerships through product development, brand positioning, and innovative marketing and new media solutions.

Accountable for overseeing corporate sales goals and projections, he also manages the organization's strategic business goals, quality customer service, and workforce processes, all while staying abreast of state-of-the-art technology and new business opportunities.

Kaczmarek holds an Executive MBA from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science in film production from Ithaca College. He serves on the Executive MBA's Alumni Board of Directors and is chair of the Region 10 Moo Duk Kwan Dan Association.

About Professional Edge

Professional Edge is an industry informed collection of short courses designed to help students develop cutting-edge skills essential in the modern job market. Build targeted, practical skills in an interactive and engaging format and distinguish yourself in a field of other job applicants. As a participant, you'll receive guidance from instructors informed by the latest business trends and leave with tangible tools and stories you can leverage in your career search.

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