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Chapman University unveiled their state-of-the-art Marion Knott Studios, located at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, on February 10, 2007 in Orange, California.
An independent film company started by Chapman University's film department is wrapping up production on their first feature, Trigger. The fully-functioning production company, Chapman Filmed Entertainment, was designed to produce four to six micro-budget films each year produced, directed and written by Chapman alumni.
It's not the first time a university has tried to start their own production company. The University of Texas tried it a decade ago and it folded after just four films. But President and CEO Robert Bassett thinks the production-company model will boost Chapman University up to the levels of top film schools like AFI, USC, NYU and UCLA.
Robert Bassett, Dean of the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Taylor Maxwell, 2012 graduate of Chapman’s film dept and a production assistant on Trigger