The Mechanics and Art of Being An Assistant Director

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Taught by Jason Roberts

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Who Should Attend:

  • Global audience - all are welcome
  • Filmmakers, TV makers & content creators
  • All on-set production crew
  • Creatives interested in learning how crucial the AD role is on set
  • Actors wanting to better understand an AD's role on set

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Class hosted by: Jason Roberts Jason Roberts IMDB

(AD for Angelina Jolie, Doug Liman, Michael Bay, Alexander Payne, Seth MacFarlane)

Jason Roberts is a DGA Assistant Director with over 30 years of experience, who has FIVE movies opening up this year alone including; Downsizing (Directed by Alexander Payne starring Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz), Ghost In The Shell (Directed by Rupert Sanders starring Scarlett Johansson), American Made (Directed by Doug Liman, starring Tom Cruise), Transformers 5: The Last Knight (Directed by Michael Bay, starring Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins) and First They Killed My Father (Directed by Angelina Jolie). Currently Jason is working with Seth MacFarlane on his new TV series for Fox called Orville. Over the years Jason has worked on a myriad of different kinds of projects. Some of the notable bigger budget films have been: Heat, Saving Private Ryan, 2Fast 2Furious, Collateral, Team America, Almost Famous, Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol and Jurassic World amongst others. Jason has also worked in the independent community on such notable films as: The Call, No Good Deed, The Good Doctor, Shrink, The Pool, Fun Size and Killing Zoe. Jason has hand a hand in several TV series ranging from: The original Melrose Place, Baywatch to Party of Five, and more recently: Better Off Ted, Dexter, Chicago Fire, Criminal Minds Suspect Behavior, Gang Related and Empire. Jason was born and raised in Los Angeles. He started his career working with and being an assistant to: John Ritter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Donner, Joel Silver and Ian Bryce. He worked as a PA on several movies and was accepted into the DGA Trainee Program in the class of 1993. He’s been a member of the Directors Guild since 1995. Jason has taught a variety of seminars in film production and working with background for: Central Casting, Chapman University, UCLA and USC. He is looking forward to sharing his many years of knowledge and expertise in the field of Production. Full Bio »

Summary

CLASS 1

Section I: THE OVERVIEW

1. Introduction to Jason 


2. Creative Aspects of the Job

  • Prep – Breakdown & Scheduling from Script to Game Plan 

  • Shooting – Set Management & Directing Background 

  • Differences between Film&TV; Day & Night; Stage & Location

  • Working Relationship between the AD and Director, Producer, DP & Actors 


3. Why We Do It

  • What I’ve learned over the years 

  • We are a mix of; Traffic Cop, Bartender, Kindergarten Teacher, Cheerleader, Psychologist, Juggler & CEO 

  • Day to day Energy, Pace, Crew Moral and Motivation 

  • Tools of the job. Shoes and what to carry in your pockets 

  • The need for outside influences and a life away from the work 


Section II: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS 

1. Prep (In this section Jason will share his computer screen to show how to actually breakdown a script using two scenes from Jurassic World as an example. Inputting it into Movie Magic Scheduling and then using that material as a launching board for teaching call sheets and other paperwork)

  • 1st AD – What is Expected
 (Schedule, Scout, Dept Meetings, Background and how to do it) 

  • 2nd AD – What is Expected
 (Assist 1st, Rehearsals, Fittings, Interface with Actors, Tech Scout, Background Casting) 
 

2. Shooting

  • 1st AD – What is Expected Run the Set, Move the Company Forward, 
Execute the Schedule 

  • 2nd AD – What is Expected Assist 1st, Set BG, Prep Next Day, Run 1st Team, Communication Liason with Office and Rest of World 


3. Safety

  • Meetings 

  • Legal Responsibility 

  • Knowing When to Say No, Knowing how to say no 

  • Know all the Equipment 

  • Know what it takes to get it done 

  • Trust in your Departments 


Live Q&A with Jason - bring your questions! 

 

CLASS 2 

Section III: THE FUN PART - PAPERWORK

1. Paperwork

  • Call Sheet 

  • Production Report 

  • Exhibit G “Sag” Sheet 

  • One-Line Schedule 

  • Shooting Schedule 

  • Cast Day Out Of Days 


Section IV: ON-SET STORIES & PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

  • Practical stories to show good and bad days of the job

Live Q&A with Jason - bring your questions!

What You'll Learn

This Saturday take an epic Master Class online with one of the top DGA AD's in the business: Jason Roberts.

Jason will be calling upon his 30+ years of experience to teach the mechanics of an AD’s role - including prep, shooting, working relationships with the director, producers, cinematographer, actors, and all tools you need (learn more below!). Plus, Jason will:

  • Break down 6 pages of the Jurassic World shooting script
  • Leave you with an AD Production Packet - templates that you can use on your own projects: Script Pages, Call Sheet, Production Report, Story Boards, Partial One-Line & Shooting Schedule

See Jason's "60 Minutes With" Q&A here:

"Jason's webinar was fantastic. I really enjoyed it. I loved his work ethic. That's why he's where he is today."

"Jason was and is wonderfully inspiring!"

"It was fascinating to hear Jason's perspective from his vast experience!"

"I thought it was great. There's never enough time when someone like Jason is on, but for the limited time we did have, it was well handled and very much appreciated." **see more below!

About Your Instructor

Jason Roberts is a DGA Assistant Director with over 30 years of experience, who has FIVE movies opening up this year alone including; Downsizing (Directed by Alexander Payne starring Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz), Ghost In The Shell (Directed by Rupert Sanders starring Scarlett Johansson), American Made (Directed by Doug Liman, starring Tom Cruise), Transformers 5: The Last Knight (Directed by Michael Bay, starring Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins) and First They Killed My Father (Directed by Angelina Jolie). Currently Jason is working with Seth MacFarlane on his new TV series for Fox called Orville.

Over the years Jason has worked on a myriad of different kinds of projects. Some of the notable bigger budget films have been: Heat, Saving Private Ryan, 2Fast 2Furious, Collateral, Team America, Almost Famous, Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol and Jurassic World amongst others.

Jason has also worked in the independent community on such notable films as: The Call, No Good Deed, The Good Doctor, Shrink, The Pool, Fun Size and Killing Zoe.

Jason has hand a hand in several TV series ranging from: The original Melrose Place, Baywatch to Party of Five, and more recently: Better Off Ted, Dexter, Chicago Fire, Criminal Minds Suspect Behavior, Gang Related and Empire.

Jason was born and raised in Los Angeles. He started his career working with and being an assistant to: John Ritter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Donner, Joel Silver and Ian Bryce. He worked as a PA on several movies and was accepted into the DGA Trainee Program in the class of 1993. He’s been a member of the Directors Guild since 1995.

Jason has taught a variety of seminars in film production and working with background for: Central Casting, Chapman University, UCLA and USC.

He is looking forward to sharing his many years of knowledge and expertise in the field of Production.

Schedule

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017: 11am - 1pm PDT - Class + Q&A
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017: 11am - 1pm PDT - Class + Q&A

Testimonials

"Jason's webinar was fantastic. I really enjoyed it. That's why he's where he is today."

"Just chiming in to say what a great job Jason did."

"Always a pleasure to hear passionate committed professionals discuss their work."

"Major bonus points that he so clearly "pays it forward" by encouraging and providing guidance and apprenticeship to up'n comers."

"Jason was and is wonderfully inspiring!"

"It was fascinating to hear Jason's perspective from his vast experience!"

"I thought it was great. There's never enough time when someone like Jason is on, but for the limited time we did have, it was well handled and very much appreciated."

"I really appreciate how gracious, authentic and generous Jason was with his time and in how he answered all the questions. He was specific, thoughtful and straightforward."

"Jason was extremely helpful, a great orator, and very pleasant. It was wonderful to hear him speak and participate!"

"Hope to see Jason again!"

"It was great hearing about his personal experience and tips, and think there are a few pointers (especially with his personal philosophy) I can definitely apply moving ahead!"

"Very informative. Thanks. It's interesting to get the AD's perspective."

"I thought it went great!"

"I was very inspired."

"It was extremely helpful to understand more about the inner workings of the industry, Jason's process and story, the importance of mentorship, and understanding more about different positions and their importance on set."

"First of it's kind for me in the 'behind the scene' look at his life in the business.. Quite fascinating. I'm sure he has many many stories to tell. Boy, that was a fast hour."

"I really enjoyed hearing insight and answers from a working professional."

"Fantastic!"

"Even though directing isn't really my department, it was such a pleasure to hear the wonderful stories Jason has, and he has really provided me with some great insight even from a production point of view."

"For me as a Director in Colombia, understanding and hearing about how movies are made in the states really give me the approach to get closer to the dream of working with big studios in USA"

 

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Q: What is the format of a class?
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A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand class, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!

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Reviews Average Rating: 5 out of 5

  • Great class! The anecdotes were as valuable as all the nuts-and-bolts info! All I would ask for the future is that maybe cover doing the forms by hand - for those of us who either can't afford the software, or like me, would rather learn the hand-written old school way, so the software makes deeper sense. Thanks!
  • Totally amazing, kind of a tour de force of assistant directing from someone who is the real thing!
  • Feedback for Jason Roberts’ “The Mechanics and Art of Being an Assistant Director” Hi, As requested by Jason and Stage32 webinar feedback form, here is feedback from the webinar. Positive’s I really liked the two-part session, as this allowed for the participant to absorb material from the previous week. As I work seven days per week, the class time was convenient. Noticing that there were other participants from other countries, I think was a landmark event! Jason is very intense as a presenter, which I like, because he is very knowledgeable. He really filled up my buffer (as the saying goes), which I didn’t mind. I really enjoyed the handout materials, and it was good to receive a Handout packet for both weeks. I believe I have received value for the tuition paid. Thank you for your first-time experience delivering an online class! More Upcoming Positive’s Because I will probably be meeting you sometime in the not-so-distant future, I am not giving you any “not-so-positives.” Has Jason considered: • Teaching for other online institutions. Other teaching curricula ideas for Stage32 webinars: • Jurassic World: the Entire Filmmaking Process – where Jason would cover the initial stages, through Production and various department, to the Final version of the film. • The Making of an Action-Adventure Film – where Jason could differentiate this film genre from another genre, production-wise. • The Making of a Marvel Studios movie – what’s involved in bringing a Graphic Novel character from printed page onto the big screen. Jason’s active use of his Apple Airbook, has also prompted me to invest in an Apple notebook (hardware & software). I currently use a PC for my other client workflow, but working in the Entertainment field, I will need to have two different laptops. As computers was my first career, it’s been 31 years since I’ve last operated an Apple (Macintosh computers, MacBook). I can still learn.
  • I highly recommend this class. Jason is an excellent communicator and generous professional with a wealth of knowledge that he graciously shared. He was thorough, specific, and inspiring. Thank you, Jason.
  • First off, thank you Jason for staying late! I really felt you should have had a three day class because there was so much great information to be covered. One of the things that I enjoy about these instructors are the stories they share about their own work experiences. The class was very helpful for anyone starting out on Movie Magic, and the insight of Jason on who they use it for productions is quite helpful. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in becoming a Union AD.
  • Five Star.
  • As an Actor I found myself interested in crew work and becoming a 1st AD is my second passion next to Acting. I found Jason's class informative and interesting. I highly recommend Jason's class to everyone who wishes to be an AD. Thanks Jason from Australia

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