Jan. 31, 2012
Good news! We have all been really hard at work, making the MU FPC Valentine's Day Film Festival a reality. 11 Films have now commenced production. They have been  cast, crewed and have directorial leadership. If you want to see more about the films in the festival you can check out the tab at the top of the page, where we have more information.

Jan. 4, 2012
Just wanted to direct people to our new Facebook Fanpage. This will be a place where we update people on current happenings in MU FPC world, as well as posting funny/educational things we find on the internet.

We also have a Twitter

Jan. 1, 2012
Happy New Year everybody! Exciting things are happening this year with film production in Columbia, MO. We are pleased to bring you the Valentine's Day Film Festival.

Want to write a script and see it made into a movie? Want to direct a short film? Are you an actor looking to break into film work? Maybe you just want to know more about filmmaking. Get involved with MU Film Production Club's Valentine's Day Film Festival. Writers submit scripts 5-7 minutes in length by Jan. 17. Directors are assigned scripts on the 19th. Open casting call that weekend. Films are produced over three weeks. Final film submissions due by February 14. Submissions will be judged and then shown to the public on the 18. Awards will be given in several categories. For more information contact or 


Nov. 14, 2011
 Just another reminder that our next General Committee Meeting is tomorrow night in Tate Hall Room 22 at 6pm. Hope to see you all there.

Nov. 11, 2011
To everyone who showed up to the "Run and Gun Sound Workshop" with Prof. Brian Maurer and Wednesday night, thank you for your interest and participation. Brian has a breadth of knowledge ranging from Audio to Directing and Writing. If you have any questions, feel free to email him at

Oct. 31, 2011
Happy Halloween Everyone!
Sent out another email today. A reminder that our next meeting is on November 15 at 6pm in Tate 22 (auditorium). We will als0 be kicking off our workshops next week with "Run and Gun Sound" with Professor Brian Maurer on Nov. 9 at 7pm in Tate 22. We will also be holding our first writing workshop that week. Time TBA via email.

Oct. 19, 2011
Just a reminder that our second meeting is tomorrow at 6pm in Strickland Hall Room 210. Be there!

Sept. 20, 2011
Just sent out an update email about the applications. Notes from the meeting were attached as well.

Columbia, MO film in the news

MU introduces 23 new student organizations

Ashley Todd said more groups have tried to get started than ever before.

By Amanda Svoboda

Published Oct. 18, 2011

"We've heard from more groups trying to get started this semester than we've ever had before," said Ashley Todd, vice chairwoman of administration for the Organization Resource Group.MU officially welcomed 23 new student organizations to its campus Wednesday, Oct. 5, upon approval by the Committee on Student Organizations, Government and Activities.


Another new organization making its name on campus is the Film Production Club, which accepts students from a wide variety of majors and interests. President DJ Shewmaker said the club is looking for people in every aspect of the film-making process, including writers, editors, directors, actors and crew members.

"Pretty much anyone you can find in a film-making industry, we will have something for them when they come in our club," he said.

The club's primary goals are to educate students interested in film production, create opportunities for students to get involved in productions through funding and eventually produce a number of films every semester.

"I feel as if we are providing a necessary outlet for creativity here at Mizzou," Shewmaker said.

Shewmaker said there are about 70 people who have said they want to be active participants within the organization. The club's second meeting is Thursday in Strickland Hall.

"We accept anybody that wants to join," Shewmaker said. "In fact, a lot of us are from different disciplines."

See the rest of the article at:

Local director screening 'The Pardoners' at Ragtag Cinema

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 | 6:29 p.m. CDT; updated 10:39 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 31, 2011

COLUMBIA — Local film director Brian Maurer thinks Missouri is a great location for a Midwest film studio.

"You have river flats, lakes, plains, lowlands, farms, metro areas and small towns — everything except mountaintops," Maurer said. "You have four seasons. You have two international airports and a regional airport nearby. You don't have to go anywhere else because everything you need is right here.”

"The Pardoners" Trailer

trailer for the "The Pardoners" can be seen on vimeo.

Maurer wants to remind Columbia residents that in spite of the economic downturn and budget cuts that resulted in the closing of the Missouri Film Office in June, the local filmmaking community is alive and active, and it's not going anywhere. 

“There’s a group of people who are trying to make sure that film doesn’t die here in Missouri,” Maurer said. “We’re still all here. We’re still doing our thing.”

His current "thing" is a modern day retelling of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," called "The Pardoners," which Maurer describes as a "three-way free-for-all." 

The 17-minute short film focuses on three criminals who are secretly plotting to kill off their partners to avoid sharing a large sum of money, Maurer said.

At 11 a.m. Sept. 17, the Ragtag Cinema will host a free screening of "The Pardoners", followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast and crew.

The short film is designed to whet viewers’ appetites and pique their interest in the larger project, an hour-long pilot for a television show.

See the rest of the article at 

And more about this production and the state of Columbia film here:

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