Matt DeGroot

BA, 2006

Film Studies

Matt DeGroot graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2006 with a major in film studies. He went on to earn his Masters in Media and Public Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and spent time working for a public relations and production company in the area. He is now a Production Manager at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, where he finds himself functioning as a jack of all trades. He oversees three teams of producers, assisting them with their "creative slate," finding locations, managing casting needs, arranging for equipment, and supervising post-production and distribution. "All in all, this process helps crank out 60-70 new short videos each week, as if it were the old factory method of film production on steroids," says DeGroot. "Needless to say, I don't suffer for things to keep my days occupied." DeGroot continues to flex his creative muscles on the side, as well, writing film reviews and honing a stage play he hopes to soon have performed. Through it all, he offers encouragement to his fellow film nerds and students of film studies. "There are definitely jobs out there!"

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