Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Project Management Happy Hour

PM Happy Hour is the place for frank and honest discussion about real world issues in project management. We do it in a way that’s not too dry, though it may get a bit salty from time to time.

Each episode, your hosts Kim Essendrup and Kate Anderson we will cover a problem faced in project management today, and share practical advice, real-life examples and the occasional project horror story.

Not only that, but every podcast is also an online class! Our host is a PMI Registered Education Provider, who has structured each podcast as an easy-to-listen-to lesson. To get credit, go to our web site at, purchase your class, take the test (based on the content from our podcast) and you get your PDU certificate instantly!

Jan 12, 2022

Did you ever watch the credits at the end of a movie and think, “wow, that’s a lot of people?” You’re right. Hundreds or thousands of people engaged to deliver a massive, multi-million dollar project that is a feature film. How do they do that? 

Our guest today walks us through the project behind a feature film: how do they plan a movie? How do they get funding? Who is really the PM in charge of pulling this thing off? (hint: it’s not the director)

This episode is a trial of a new format, “The Project Behind It” where we explore the projects behind the amazing every-day things around us. Like the format and want to see more? Let us know! 

About our amazing guest, Eli Aultman

Eli Aultman is a production and development executive in film and television and an award winning independent producer whose projects have premiered at festivals such as SXSW, TriBeCa, Slamdance, and XOXO. 

Their credits include projects in both the Star Wars and Marvel universes. They are a cofounder of Doubletake Entertainment, which leverages strategic partnerships with foreign governing bodies and private equity to develop and finance cutting-edge location-based entertainment, audiovisual content, and interactive media, and they are currently working as a consultant in the emerging field of virtual production. They hold a Juris Doctor in Intellectual Property from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Macalester College.

You can find out more about Eli via IMDb, LinkedIn, and Clubhouse


Get access to all podcasts, PDU certificates, bonus content, exclusive member Q&A webinars and more from our membership!


We love to hear about your tough PM issues, so please hit us up at or on Facebook at and we’ll see if we can help you. If we use your question, we’ll send you a PM Happy Hour coaster you can enjoy at your next happy hour.