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). 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 has five movies opening up this year (2017): Ghost In The Shell, Downsizing, American Made, Transformers 5 The Last Knight and First They Killed My Father. Currently Jason is working with Seth MacFarlane on his new TV series for Fox called Orville. 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 »
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Stage 32 is excited to have locked in one of the top DGA Assistant Directors working in the industry today to do an exclusive Q&A with the Stage 32 community!
We brought in Jason Roberts, legendary AD, 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).
In this 60 minute Q&A session, Jason was live at the Stage 32 office to talk about the state of the industry and the importance of having a good AD running your set. PLUS he took questions from you, the Stage 32 community!
"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."
"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"
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!
Learn directly from Amanda Toye, a producer who developed over 100 drama, comedy, and reality projects to network and cable! Many filmmakers and writers struggle with the question of whether to relocate to Los Angeles or New York to build their careers. But for many, the realities of that are very difficult with money, family, other jobs, and roots already formed in another home. For international filmmakers, it can be an even more difficult transition. The good news is that because of the shifting landscape of the Hollywood system, it has never been more accessible from anywhere in the world. The expanding of a global marketplace, and the door opening opportunities of the digital revolution have made it possible for anyone to become noticed by Hollywood and share their work with an appreciative audience. In this lecture we’ll cover everything you need to know to get noticed, and begin building the kind of career you weren’t sure you could have without making the sacrifice of moving to Hollywood. Having worked with International Studios evaluating and discovering content creators from all over the world, and specializing in bridging the gap between innovative digital practices of development, distribution, fan development and Hollywood, Amanda Toye has worked with filmmaker, writers, and content creators from all over the world from her office in Los Angeles. She currently splits her time between San Jose, Costa Rica and Los Angeles.
Learn directly from award winning non-fiction producer of 8 films, Jim Young, President of Animus Films: Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried), The Words (Bradley Cooper), Life of a King (Cuba Gooding Jr.) - Exclusive for Stage 32 members! With all the recent success for true story dramas including 12 Years a Slave, The Butler, and Dallas Buyer's Club (among many others), it’s an exciting time in the marketplace for non-fiction. If you have found a story that truly inspires you and know it will make a great film, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start to make that happen. The easy part is finding the right story, the hard part is knowing what to do with it. Whether it’s a book, a newspaper or magazine article, a documentary, or even if it’s a story of someone you’ve met or are related to - If you want to learn how to take the kernel of an idea or acquire existing material and develop it into a feature length film, this is the webinar you need taught by one of the most experienced independent producers on the subject. Stage 32 Next Level Webinars is thrilled to bring you Developing a True Story Into a Film (Acquiring / Developing / Writing / Producing / Distributing), hosted by award-winning Producer Jim Young of Animus Films (Lovelace, The Words, Life of a King). Jim is a leading independent non-fiction producer, with 8 films under his belt. We are honored he is bringing his knowledge exclusively to the Stage 32 community. In Developing a True Story Into a Film, Jim will take you through the steps of acquiring the rights to a particular article, book or other printed material about, or the life rights of, a given person (or persons). From there he will cover writing and developing the script, getting buttoned up legally to avoiding pitfalls in the pre-production and production phases, and navigating the process of releasing and distributing the film. He will provide real life case studies using some of his own films as examples to help you gain real world experience and make the process painless.
Learn directly from Anne Marie Gillen, who has over 20 years of experience with independent film financing and has raised over $100M worldwide! There is no getting around it. If you want to make your own project, if you want to control your own career, you will need financing. In order to secure that financing you will need the necessary tools, language and know-how. Equity is King – and finding and closing it is the key component to funding every project no matter what the budget! This webinar will address 5 key strategies regarding financing that most filmmakers do not know. Are you stressed & overwhelmed with the thought of finding money for your film? Do you know how to talk the language of an equity investor? Entertainment is a high risk investment. Do you know how to mitigate that risk to get investors to a "Yes!"
Nowadays many independent film and TV productions that have multiple parties involved are looking for the best way to recoup profits on a completed project. One of the best ways to assure the parties involved with your film (producers, investors, financiers, sales agents and talent) see their returns is to have a collection account in place. A collection account is an account in the name of a neutral third party who receives revenues generated by an independent film or TV project on behalf of the multiple beneficiaries from local distributors. This process is called collection account management and is an effective tool to guarantee that the beneficiaries receive their share of the revenues. The beneficiaries include producers, investors, financiers, sales agents and talent. Often times financiers, production partners and international sales agents put a collection account up as a requirement before even boarding project. During this webinar we will explain the functions and benefits of having a collection account in place for an independent film or TV project, how collection account management is set up and which parties should be involved in the entire process. We will further discuss the allocation and distribution of revenues, how to put together the Recoupment Schedule, and the importance of signing, or being a beneficiary to, the Collection Account Management Agreement.
Learn directly from Patrick Raymond, a development executive at Mandalay Pictures which sold biopic Birth Of a Nation at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival for a record-breaking $17.5 million! Stage 32's "Deconstructing the Script" series has emerged as one of the most helpful ways to learn and improve your own screenwriting skills. By breaking down some of the top scripts in the marketplace, this exclusive series shows you choices screenwriters make in plot, dialogue, pacing, tone, world and description that will help inform your own writing. Even better - Stage 32 brings in working creative and development executives to break down each script - from their own perspective - so you can better understand how executives see writing and develop projects. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Deconstructing The Script: Oscar-Nominated Straight Outta Compton, we have brought in Patrick Raymond, Creative Executive at Mandalay Pictures, as your host to break down the script for this Oscar-nominated biopic. Recently Patrick's production company sold biopic Birth of a Nation at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival for a record breaking $17.5 million! Even though Straight Outta Compton is a biopic, the structure, themes and world-building is applicable to any narrative feature screenwriting. In this 90-minute online webinar Patrick will work through the script, identifying the key elements, characters, and plot points that make this more than just a biopic but also a statement, keeping the tone and voice consistent throughout as it relates to the subject matter. He will identify specific scenes that support the themes and identify not just specific plot points, but also highlight relevancy for the modern audience/culture. You will be able to see margin notes and specific script examples from Straight Outta Compton to learn how and why choices were made. As a development executive in Hollywood, Patrick has a plethora of experience reading and developing various musical biopics. Straight Outta Compton is one of Patrick's favorite scripts from 2015 and "...from a story and script level, stands as one of the best." Find out why by registering for this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar.