The Mechanics and Art of Being An Assistant Director

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Taught by Jason Roberts

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Class Schedule (2 sessions):
Saturday, Apr 8TH 11 - 1PM PDT
Saturday, Apr 15TH 11 - 1PM PDT
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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

Stage 32 Next Level Education has a 97% user satisfaction rate.

Class hosted by: Jason Roberts

(AD for Michael Bay, Alexander Payne, Angelina Jolie)

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 »

  

Stage 32 is excited to have locked in one of the top DGA Assistant Directors working in the industry today, Jason Roberts, to do his first-ever exclusive online class for the Stage 32 community! Over a jam-packed 2-PART online class plus ONLINE Q&A session, Jason will teaching the specific mechanics necessary to be the best Assistant Director possible. After working on hundreds of studio and indie films as well as television shows, Jason has amassed insurmountable experience as an AD. Join him as he takes an in-depth look at this key role on a set.

If you register for Jason's exclusive online class you will receive $100 off Movie Magic Premiere, Budgeting or Bundle! Plus, one lucky student will get a copy of the documentary LEGENDARY AD, featuring Jason Roberts. 

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."


Summary:

CLASS 1 - APRIL 8, 2017 11am PDT - 2pm PDT

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, Clown, Kindergarten Teacher, Cheerleader, Psychologist, Clown, 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! 

 

CLASS 2 - 1 HOUR, APRIL 8, 2017 11am PDT - 12pm PDT

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!


Schedule:

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017: 11am - 2pm PDT - FULL Assistant Director Class 
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017: 11am - 12pm PDT - Q&A Session

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.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is the format of a class?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
If you have Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion): The webinar software does not support these operating systems. If you are running one of those operating systems, please upgrade now in order to be able to view a live class. Upgrade your Windows computer / Upgrade your Mac computer

Q: What if I cannot attend the live class?
A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
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!


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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60 Minutes With Jason Roberts (AD for Michael Bay, Alexander Payne, Angelina Jolie)

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