On Friday, October 4, at 3pm, in Hodges Library Auditorium, The Cinema Studies Committee is hosting a panel discussion on “How Movies Get Made in Contemporary Hollywood.” If you’ve wondered how projects like The Hunger Games or World War Z or Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Gangster Squad get made, this is the panel for you. On hand will be four Hollywood producers currently working in development and production in the movie capital; all four will talk briefly about their work and be available for questions about their experiences in the movie business.
Participants include Matt Milam, a UT Grad who is currently a Senior Vice President of Motion Picture Production and Development for Skydance Productions, which recently released World War Z and has Mission Impossible 5 in development. He will be joined by three others: Jon Silk, who works at Warner Bros, as a Senior Vice President of Production at Lin Pictures, where he co-produced Gangster Squad; Will Russell-Shapiro, a Senior Executive for Aversano Productions, which has been involved with Safe House (starring Denzel Washington) and The Last Airbender (directed by M. Night Shymalan); and Bryan Unkeless, Senior Vice-President of Production and Development at Color Force, where he co-produced The Hunger Games and also helped develop the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise.
A reception in honor of our four guests will follow in the Mary Greer Room on the second floor of Hodges Library, room 258 (on the southwest corner of the building). The event is free and open to the public. This is a great opportunity to talk with industry insiders about the current state of Hollywood movie production; please join us for the festivities.