O.C.’s Chapman University to start producing feature films
You've seen movies from DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox, but now Orange County's Chapman University is launching Chapman Entertainment -– a for-profit film-production company in a first-of-its-kind venture associated with an academic institution.
The new company, announced Wednesday, plans to make, own and distribute five to 10 feature films a year.
The company will make commercial movies in the so-called micro-budget range of $250,000 to $625,000. The films will lean toward youth-friendly genres such as comedies, thrillers and horror films, and will be aimed at a youthful demographic "that is more likely to embrace and access new media distribution channels," according to a school-issued statement on the new venture.
Bob Bassett, the private college's longtime dean, said the venture is for alums -– "people we've already trained and who have chops."
"Our students are production assistants all over Hollywood right now, but we want to do something that's going to put them in the driver's seat," Bassett said.
-- Reed Johnson