DIY and the Micro-Budget Feature Model

October 18, 2017, 7:00 PM

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Producing Track of the Production Division presents 

DIY and the Micro-Budget Feature Model

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
SCA 108 at 7:00 PM

Open to all SCA students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Please RSVP to confirm that you are planning to attend!



Literary Agent, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

SUE CARLS, a Los Angeles native, attended undergrad at Duke University and Law School at New York Law School. She began working at CAA in Summer 2013 in Motion Picture Business Affairs working for Keith Sears. She then worked for Jay Baker and John Garvey and was promoted to agent in June 2016.


ERIC B. FLEISCHMAN was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Maryland. A product of the University of Southern California's undergraduate film production program, his curiosity led him to Paramount's (at the time) newly-founded Insurge division and then to another (at the time) up-and-coming producer on the Paramount lot, Jason Blum. Upon graduating, Fleischman began working at Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, intent on finding a way to employ the micro-budget horror model for genre films in the independent space. After being a part of twelve feature films under the Blum banner, Fleischman ventured out to produce independently with his company Diablo Entertainment in 2014. He has independently produced eighteen feature films in the last four years, including Sundance 2016's CARNAGE PARK and SLEIGHT and 2017's TriBeCa's FLOWER.



NATALIE QASABIAN graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2014 and has been building her career as an indie film producer since. After graduation, she went on to work with producer Jamie Patricof at Electric City Entertainment. In the summer of 2015 she produced a short film, "Join the Club,” directed by Eva Vives, which premiered at Sundance 2016. Her feature credits include three Duplass Brothers features: "Rainbow Time," "Take Me," and "Duck Butter." Most recently she produced "Search," a feature-length thriller told entirely on computer screens starring John Cho and Debra Messing, and "Nina," a Sundance Lab's feature film starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Common. Natalie is also currently pursuing an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Finance and Investment Executive, 30West

ADAM PAULSEN is a finance and investment executive at 30West, after serving as agent at CAA in the Film Finance and Sales Group. He formerly worked for The Weinstein Company in the areas of development and acquisitions. Prior to that, he independently produced, worked for director Larry Charles on “The Dictator,” and for Bob Shaye’s Unique Features. Adam launched his career in independent film working for production companies Bona Fide Productions and Big Beach Films.


JOE SILL is a filmmaker who recently completed directing his first feature, STRAY. He originated the story with writers JD Dillard and Alex Theurer, and crafted a majority of the visual effects for the film himself. Sill began his career studying film direction and advertising at Chapman University, and interning at Anonymous Content. He went on to make short films and commercials, receiving considerable viral attention across several pieces. “Modern Spaceship,” a spot he created for Tesla, most notably received Elon Musk’s praise and Tesla’s official endorsement. Since, he has directed Apple, Nike and NASA, working with top artists and renowned scientists to tell stories centered around wonder and hope. Sill is represented at CAA and Magnolia Entertainment.

Jason E. Squire
Associate Professor of Practice
Editor, The Movie Business Book
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