“Batman” Producer, Michael Uslan Speaks at Montclair State

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Michael Uslan listens to a question from Edward Summer.

Noted film producer Michael Uslan, the driving force behind the “Batman” movies and producer of many others, recently spoke at Montclair State as part of the Film Forum series sponsored by the Filmmaking Program of the University’s College of the Arts.

Addressing a standing-room-only audience in University Hall, Uslan told the story of how he went from being “just a kid from New Jersey” with no money or show business connections to his current status as a major Hollywood film and Emmy Award-winning television producer, author, lecturer and comic book authority.

Uslan entertained the audience—primarily students from the Filmmaking Program eagerly looking for insight into how to find their place in the industry—with insider stories of the film industry and of life in Hollywood while encouraging them to follow their dreams and to not give up in the face of the difficulties they will inevitably encounter. He also shared valuable tips on what to do and what not to do when trying to break into the business and details of how he did it.

The forum was moderated by Edward Summer, the producer of “Conan the Barbarian” as well as a contributor to numerous other films ranging from “Star Wars” to “Little Nemo.” In addition to sharing his own stories and industry insights, Summer posed relevant questions to Uslan and moderated the question and answer session with audience.

The Montclair State Film Forum series gives students and members of the community the opportunity to hear and speak to professional filmmakers of all backgrounds. The next visiting filmmaker in the series is Amos Poe, a leading figure of the No Wave Cinema movement and creator of films such as the now-classic, “The Blank Generation” and the neo-noir, “Frogs for Snakes.” He will speak on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in University Hall, Room 1010.

More information and a complete schedule of the Film Forum is available here.

Read The Bergen Record article on Michael Uslan and the Film Forum here.