Written by Peter Olivares
Passion, persistence and performance. Those words describe Rick Pamplin and his 38-year career in the motion picture industry. Beginning in Michigan as a news reporter for WEYI-TV, CBS for Flint, Saginaw, Bay City and Midland, Rick learned how to tell a story with a camera, write copy, edit, apply sound and music, make deadlines, produce on a budget and communicate with a mass audience.
After attending Culver Military Academy and graduating from the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, he continued his education at the University of Michigan-Flint while working in television. He later edited the award-winning student newspaper, The University News, and worked with friend and future Academy Award® winner Michael Moore ("Roger & Me," "Fahrenheit 9/11").
Moving to Hollywood in 1976, Rick continued his education at Antioch College and had the good fortune to become neighbors with Sylvester Stallone, a little-known actor at the time. After seeing "Rocky," Rick wrote articles about Stallone for national magazines to pay for his college, studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute, worked as an extra in movies, did crew jobs and received a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications from Antioch College and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University.
Homeless and broke, more than once, after graduation, Rick worked as a magazine editor, freelance writer, radio talk show host and screenwriter. By accident he fell into teaching screenwriting and, later, low-budget filmmaking. He became a popular Los Angeles teacher with sold-out classes, was profiled in newspapers and magazines, and sold projects to studios such as Walt Disney Pictures and Warner Bros. and directed his first feature film "Provoked."
He also sold film projects to The Guber-Peters Company, an independent production company at Warner Bros., and partnered with producer Robert Kosberg ("Commando," "12 Monkeys") for several years pitching and selling movies developed in Pamplin's screenwriting classes.
In 1994 Rick became an independent filmmaker and set up his own company at Universal Studios Florida, then the largest working movie studio outside of Hollywood. He has produced, written and directed several award-winning films including "Michael Winslow Live," "Magic 4 Morons," "Hoover" starring Academy Award® winner Ernest Borgnine and "A Dog’s Life: The Oscar Lose Story."
Pamplin also consulted and worked on several Florida-based projects including the Disney feature film "The Waterboy" starring Adam Sandler, a documentary on the popular boy band 'N Sync, and served as Creative Consultant on the nationally syndicated TV series "National Lampoon’s Comedy Night School."
In 2008 Pamplin relocated to G-Star Motion Picture Studios and G-Star School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida as “Filmmaker-in-Residence.” After six months, Pamplin left G-Star and is now based in North Palm Beach, Florida as an independent filmmaker, consultant and writer where he works with his wife, Maggie Phipps Pamplin, an accomplished artist and filmmaker.
The Pamplin Film Company has successfully developed and invested over one million dollars in three independent feature films; "Crimebusters," "City of God" and "A Beautiful Life" which Pamplin will direct from his own original screenplays. Other projects in development include "Big Daddy's Barbeque," based on the play by comedian Jeff Wayne, and "Godless" based on Pamplin's original screenplay.
Consulting client projects include a National Lampoon feature film which opened theatrically, a feature length documentary "What is the Electric Car?" distributed by Celebrity Home Entertainment, "Gator Boys" a one-hour reality series airing on Animal Planet, two best-selling books and a 2013 Super Bowl commerical.
In 2014 Pamplin successfully developed and signed an agreement to produce his first original reality TV series, working with Hollywood producers Jeffrey L. Weaver and Eric Streit ("Little People, Big World").
Passion, persistence and performance have served Pamplin well as he embarks on the biggest challenges and opportunities in his almost four decade-old career.
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PFC Films Now Available via Video-On-Demand
The Pamplin Film Company (PFC) was founded in 1994 and is a Florida-based, award-winning, full service motion picture company. PFC is a Florida Department of Revenue Qualified Production Company, proud member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and signatory to both the DGA and the Screen Actors Guild.
PFC founder Rick Pamplin announced the signing of eight new distribution deals for PFC films which are now streaming on-demand. "The future of film distribution is streaming, especially for independents, and we are thrilled to be on the ground floor of this expanding new market. Video-On-Demand offers filmmakers exciting opportunities to access larger audiences, create new revenue streams and reduce marketing costs," says Pamplin. New markets include Amazon, Big Star, iTunes and Netflix. (Click on our CONTACT page for direct links.)
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Going Hollywood: PFC Founder Rick Pamplin directing his first film on 16mm in 1976 at the Los Angeles International Airport.
L.A. Distributor Agrees to Theatrical Releases for 5 New PFC Films
PFC to Develop "Big Daddy's Barbeque" Into Feature Film
Award-winning indie filmmaker Rick Pamplin and headliner/stand-up comedian Jeff Wayne have reached agreement to make Wayne's one-man show "Big Daddy's Barbeque" into a feature film. Wayne has toured with the show for 10 years and has given over 1,000 performances. Variety says "Wayne is a one-man riot." The Los Angeles Times proclaims "Hilarious, Wayne is a new Will Rogers!" Pamplin and Wayne first worked together in Hollywood in the late 80's. "I see the film version as W.C. Fields meets 'Death of a Salesman'," says Pamplin. Wayne and Pamplin will produce and co-write the screenplay with Pamplin directing.
Los Angeles-based Nemours Marketing has agreed to provide theatrical releases for five upcoming independently produced PFC feature films. The five films are "Big Daddy's Barbeque," "Crimebusters," "City of God," "A Beautiful Life" and "Godless." Nemours currently handles distribution for four PFC films -- "Michael Winslow Live," "Hoover," "Magic 4 Morons" and "A Dog's Life: The Oscar Lose Story."
Tom Bliss Named VP of Sales & Investor Relations
Tom Bliss brings a strong, diversified sales and marketing background to PFC from corporate America with international sales, business consulting and 12 years of real estate experience. His background includes site selection and market analysis for two major international companies and holding the position of Vice President of Investor Relations for two public corporations. Bliss will supervise sales for PFC projects and ancillary markets, and he will also coordinate sales for PFC Consulting, fundraising and oversee PFC Investor Relations.