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Chapman Filmed Entertainment is a partnership between Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and private investors designed to produce commercially viable feature films that will serve as a launching pad for some of the country’s top young filmmaking talent.

Slated to produce four to six pictures per year in the micro-budget range ($250,000 - $1M), Chapman Filmed Entertainment is a sustainable, fully-functioning production company.  Utilizing Chapman University’s professional and production resources, the company is tapping into the emerging trend of micro-budgeted films in the independent film arena.

The current constraints of the traditional economic models of independent filmmaking, combined with enhanced and increasingly accessible technology, position Chapman Filmed Entertainment to take advantage of the production and social media talents of the new era of young filmmakers and storytellers.

Employing a combination of Dodge College graduates in key creative positions, top students as assistants and a select group of established industry professionals in both crew and mentoring roles, the productions are designed to keep costs low while maintaining high creative standards.  At the same time, the productions will build a bridge into the industry for talented Dodge College students and alumni.

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  • Robert Basset, President and CEO of Chapman Filmed Entertainment. Robert Bassett, President and CEO – Chapman Filmed Entertainment was developed by Bassett as an avenue to promote the creative work of graduates of Chapman University, recognized as one of the top film schools in the nation. As the Dean of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Bassett successfully raised $52-million to build Marion Knott Studios, a 76,000-square-foot state-of-the-art studio complex, complete with sound stages and pre- and post-production facilities, which opened in 2006.  A visionary educator who pioneered the integration of digital technologies in film education, Bassett oversaw the conversion of the film school’s entire curriculum to the use of digital technology in the early 90’s, long before others followed suit. He has also assembled a world-class faculty with a combined filmography of more than 300 feature films, a record unmatched among full-time faculty at other film schools. Read more.



    Harold Hewitt, EVP and COO, Chapman University.Harold Hewitt, Chief Financial Officer – Hewitt is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Chapman University. Over the years he has focused his career on identifying and resolving financial planning and management issues as well as providing strategic leadership at several Southern California non-profit institutions, primarily in the discipline of higher education. Read more.






    Travis Knox, Vice President of Production and Development, Chapman Filmed Entertainment.Travis Knox, Vice President of Production and Development - Accomplished producer Travis Knox, a 1993 graduate of Chapman University, oversees development, production and all day-to-day operations. Knox’s recent credits include Warner Bros.’ “The Bucket List” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, and New Line Cinema’s “Hairspray” starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken and Queen Latifah. Knox previously served as Executive Vice President of Feature Development at Storyline Entertainment. Read more.






    Barbara Doyle, Executive in Charge of Production Management, Unions and Budgets, Chapman Filmed Entertainment.Barbara Doyle, Executive in Charge of Production Management, Unions and Budgets – Doyle is the Chair of the Film Division at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and a former production associate at Tri-Star Pictures where she was involved in the production of more than 40 feature films. Read more.







    Judd Funk, Head of Business Affairs, Chapman Filmed EntertainmentJudd Funk, Head of Business Affairs—Funk has a joint appointment as a Professor in Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and Chapman’s School of Law. He was formerly Senior Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for New Line Cinema. Read more.

  • The first film produced by Chapman Filmed Entertainment is the thriller “Trigger.” The company optioned the script from Max Enscoe and tapped Chapman alumnus Basel Owies, ’10 M.F.A. Film Production, to direct the feature.

    A character-driven thriller, “Trigger” examines two men fixated on what triggers the enormity of evil: a father whose life is destroyed in pursuit of a monster, a son caught in a deadly charade as he tries to unravel his father’s obsession.

    Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Spring 2013 in Orange, CA.

    Director Basel Owies graduated from Dodge College’s Conservatory of Motion Pictures in 2010.  His short films have won several awards including Best Featurette at Red Rock Film Festival for his thesis film, “Forced Perspective.”

  • Funding for Chapman Filmed Entertainment will be provided by a combination of equity investors and donors supporting the company’s educational mission.  Film costs will be kept low through the use of Dodge College’s state-of-the-art production and post-production facilities.

    For information on becoming an investor, please call 714-997-6765 or email cfe@chapman.edu.

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    Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

    One University Drive

    Orange, CA 92866