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Working Filmmaker Series: Portlandia

Feb 8, 2013, 11:00 am12:30 pm
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Portlandia PosterCinema Studies continues the Working Filmmaker Series with a panel discussion comprised of members of the TV production crew of Portlandia. Learn about production career opportunities in Oregon from working professionals.

Friday, February 8, 2013 — 11:00 am – 12:30 pm — Lawrence 115

Producing Reality Television: Stephanie Drachkovitch, 44 Blue Productions

Nov 16, 2012, 11:00 am12:30 pm
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Stephanie Drachkovitch, Working Filmmaker

UO graduate Stephanie Drachkovitch, Executive Vice President of 44 Blue Productions spoke to students, staff and faculty about what it takes to make a living producing reality television on Friday, 11/16/2012 in the Cinema Studies lab.

Over 70 people attended this engaging presentation about how to pitch a story to industry executives. Her new series Married to the Army: Alaska premiered on Sunday, 11/18/12 on the OWN network.

Cinema Studies sponsors the ongoing Working Filmmaker Series to connect students with industry professionals throughout the school year. This series is made possible by the generous donation of Nancy and Dave Petrone.



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Brian McWhorter: Composing Music for Media

Oct 10, 2012, 4:00 pm5:00 pm
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Cinema Studies invites you to attend an informal talk: Composing Music for Media

Join us for this unique opportunity for students to learn what it takes to make a living composing and making music for media during an informal talk by University of Oregon Associate Professor of Trumpet, Brian McWhorter.

This event is FREE to to the community, students, staff & faculty.

The Working Filmmakers series is funded by a generous donation from Dave & Nancy Petrone.

Original score performed live!

As Part of Cinema Studies’ continuing Film on Film series, Brian McWhorter composed and arranged a new score for a live performance of the 1929 film, Ed’s Coed, the first ever full-length motion picture made by college students. The live score will be performed live by Beta Collide during the screening of Ed’s Coed Friday & Saturday, October 12th & 13th at 7pm in PLC 180.

Read the Eugene Weekly article “Beta Collide gives Ed’s Coed a new spin” here:


Mark Shapiro: Laika Animation Studio

May 24, 2012, 1:00 pm2:30 pm
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Ever Wonder What Happens Behind the Scenes of a Stop-Motion Production?

Catch a rare glimpse of Portland’s own world-renowned animation studio, LAIKA and its new animated film ParaNorman (in theaters August 17). Learn what LAIKA does to create movement in 24 frames per second.

LAIKA is an animation studio that produces features and shorts. Its first movie, Coraline, was released on February 6, 2009.

Cecilia Montiel: Production Designer

Apr 23, 2012, 12:00 pm1:30 pm
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Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Cecilia Montiel graduated from Lima’s Escuela de Diseno with an emphasis in environmental design.

Cecilia Montiel has worked as a production designer, art director and prop creator for numerous major motion pictures.

After creating props for REPO MAN and STRAIGHT TO HELL, Montiel was invited to work as Art Director on Alex Cox’s film WALKER; she was Production Designer for most of Cox’s subsequent films, including HIGHWAY PATROLMAN, REVENGERS TRAGEDY, and  Montiel also designed THE MASK OF ZORRO and THE LEGEND OF ZORRO (director Martin Campbell) as well as FROM DUSK TIL DAWN and DESPERADO (Robert Rodriguez).

Cecilia Montiel has been based in Venice, California for the last 25 years and travels back and forth to Mexico and Perú.

Matt Piedmont: Director and Screenwriter

Oct 14, 2011, 10:30 am12:00 pm
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Matt Piedmont, Director and Screenwriter

Matt Piedmont is an award winning writer and director. He won an Emmy for his writing during the six years he wrote for “Saturday Night Live”. The short film he wrote and directed, “Brick Novax’s Diary”, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for best short film, as well as winning the Ellen Award for best short film at the Aspen Film Fest. And he recently directed his first feature film, “Casa De Mi Padre”, starring Will Ferrell, Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, which will be released in March of 2012,so look for it then. His next project is the feature “The Velvet Bull” which he wrote and will direct early next year.


Greg Snyder: Motion Picture Editor, Pixar

Feb 25, 2011, 11:00 am12:00 pm
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Greg Snyder graduated from the University of Oregon in 1992 with a degree in Telecommunications and Film. He joined Pixar Animation Studios in April 2001, as an assistant editor on Monsters, Inc. and went on to contribute his editing talents to the Academy Award®-winning Ratatouille and this year’s critically acclaimed box office hit, Toy Story 3. Greg was also the editor for Disney Pixar’s latest short film, Day & Night. Prior to joining Pixar, Greg worked for studios such as American Zoetrope, Turner, Warner Bros., and Dreamworks/PDI on several feature projects, including Shrek and The Iron Giant. Greg was a film fanatic from an early age, and his early interest in how movies are made inspired his career in the editing world.

Bill Birch: Actor & Screenwriter

Nov 5, 2010, 11:00 am12:00 pm
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Bill Birch graduated from the University of Oregon in 1990 with a degree in Theater Arts. Soon after he moved to Los Angeles where he works as a professional actor and screenwriter. He’s appeared in dozens of shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, CSI Miami, NCIS and The Unit and has sold everything from Chevy’s (the car) to Chevy’s (the restaurant) while appearing in over 100 television commercials.

As a screenwriter, Bill has written several screenplays now in development at various movie studios around town. Highlights include, Shazam!, Warner Bros. Live-action movie of the DC superhero, Captain Marvel, One Finger Salute, a story about the beginnings of the NASA Program (with Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper attached to star) and Collared, an original sci-fi thriller he recently sold as a pitch and is currently writing.

Joerg Foth: Director, Germany

Oct 13, 2010
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Jorg Foth was born in Berlin in 1949. He studied directing at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1972 to 1977. Starting in early 1980s, Foth lobbied for a role for the youngest generation of DEFA filmmakers in studio structures. He was finally promoted to director in spring 1990, a few months before the studio was closed. Since 1991, Foth has worked in television and film, as well as theater. A roundtable discussion on film making and the ins and outs of making films under different national systems, technical issues, aesthetic issues will be presented.