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!
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"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"
Learn what it takes to be an Assistant Director from the Assistant Director of blockbusters like Mission Impossible, 2Fast 2 Furious, Transformers and more! Includes a detailed break down of 6 pages from the Jurassic World shooting script Countless filmmakers have started as AD's before finding their own projects to helm--even Martin Scorsese and Alfred Hitchcock! So what exactly does an Assistant Director do? And how can you become successful in this key role? Jason Roberts is one of the top DGA Assistant Directors in the business and has worked with filmmakers such as Michael Bay, Doug Liman, Alexander Payne, Angelina Jolie and more. Over his 30+ years of experience as an AD, Jason has helped manage projects such as HEAT, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, COLLATERAL, ALMOST FAMOUS, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, JURASSIC WORLD among many others. Jason has built a name for himself as a go-to and effective AD on set which has allowed him to contribute to countless films, TV series and maintain a career over decades. He's now going to share how he is so successful in his role. In this epic master course, Jason will call upon his 30+ years of experience to teach you the mechanics and art of an assistant director's role, including prep, shooting, working relationships with the director, producers, cinematographer, actors, and all tools you need . Plus, Jason will: 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 Praise for Jason's Stage 32 Class "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!" "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 class."
Welcome to the final Writers' Room webcast of 2019! The last broadcast of the year was the Write Now Challenge: Plot Twists! This month you were challenged to write a scene in 3-5 pages that tells a story with a major plot twist. This is no easy feat and perhaps the most difficult challenge we have faced to date! There is also a special question and answer session during the broadcast, where members asked me anything about the industry, the craft, the business, your screenwriting career or any other burning questions you may have!
4 part class taught by award winning screenwriting career coach and author Lee Jessup! AVAILABLE ON DEMAND! Finishing your script may be one of the hardest steps, but it's only the first! Now what? Despite its reputation, many writers are still surprised at how hard it is to not only break into the entertainment industry, but sustain a screenwriting career once inside. What you need is a proven mentor, someone who can give you the know-how to help you break into Hollywood with stunning success. Stage 32 Happy Writers is excited to bring you the previously-recorded 4 part class: Breaking Into the Industry – Creating and Maintaining a Screenwriting Career taught by Lee Jessup, award winning Screenwriting Career Coach and author of the best-selling screenwriting book, Getting it Write. Learn everything you need to know to help jump-start your screenwriting career from a seasoned veteran who has coached WGA members, Golden Globe and Emmy nominated writers, best-selling authors, and contest winners. Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class. Although Lee is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all listeners to participate!
“What’s your story about?” Having a perfect logline ready to answer that question can help give you the best chance of seizing the opportunity when you are asked. Your logline is your most important asset. It's invaluable for keeping you focused on what makes your story unique and for always making sure that you nail the first impression when someone asks you about your work. Having the perfect elevator pitch ready to go can make or break you when the opportunity presents itself. Why do so many creatives struggle with coming up with that one-sentence? How do you get better at honing your logline? Stage 32 is here to help you. We have brought in Emmy-award winning producer Lane Shefter Bishop who has sold over 30 PROPERTIES in the last 6 years - all from pitching just a logline. Touted as “The Logline Whisperer”, Lane Shefter Bishop has the specific tools you need to help you know how to sell what you write! In this exclusive Stage 32 Webinar, Lane will give you insider information on how you can best position your project to sell your work to agents, editors, publishers and producers. Lane has successfully sold projects to various networks and studios, including NBC/Universal, ABC/Disney, CBS, Lifetime, Sony and 20th Century Fox. All of these projects have one thing in common – they began with a single sentence, a top-notch logline. After all, you can have the best material in the world but, if you get on the phone or in a room, you need to know how to sell it with your logline! Praise For Lane "Lane made loglines so simple. I'll be able to take the 3 tenents with me for every one of my projects moving forward. I struggled with loglines and this really helped clarify things for me." - Alan B.
You have a great feature film idea and story to tell but you don't think you have the money to produce your movie. However, that really shouldn't stop you from making your film. The industry is filled with filmmakers who broke in with movies made on a shoe strong budget that resonated with decision makers, reps and audiences alike. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you’ll learn how you can produce a high-quality film on an ultra-low budget, and the tools you need to make it happen. You’ll find out how to pick the perfect project and identify what you need to successfully produce it, all on a micro-budget. You’ll also find out what to do once you finish making your film, with tools to find distribution so that audiences can see your movie. Showing you how it’s all done is producer and unit production manager Aymie Majerski, the founder and CEO of LotusShark. She’s produced low-budget indies such as SANTA’S PROMISE, HEALING RIVER, NOTZILLA, 4192: THE CROWNING OF THE HIT KING, and 7 BELOW. In addition to film projects, Aymie and her team at LotusShark produce digital content for Showtime, Spotify, HBO, YouTube Originals, the OTR International Film Festival, and more. Aymie will provide you with essential information she’s learned over her many years of experience producing low-budget features, including: Choosing the right story Perfecting your script for a low-budget shoot Building your budget from pre-production through post Sourcing your funding Managing your team Locking locations Casting your film Production insurance needs How to shoot fast and safely Finding distribution And examples of pre-production checklists You can't let fear, budget or industry access hold you back from making the film that can change the trajectory of your career. But with this fantastic Stage 32 webinar, you can gain the tools that you need to make your idea into a finished film without a lot of money at your disposal. It's all about being creative! “Aymie not only knows her stuff because she has been in the trenches and uses real world examples but she does so in a fun and approachable way and truly cares and wants to help other filmmakers” Sara T.
During this Executive Hour we welcome special guest AKEELAH AND THE BEE and BRIAN BANKS filmmaker Doug Atchison! AKEELAH AND THE BEE was released by Lionsgate and starred Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and Keke Palmer. His script for AKEELAH has recently been adapted into a stage play which is being performed around the country. Doug wrote the screenplay for BRIAN BANKS, which was produced by previous Writers' Room guest Amy Baer, released in August of 2019, and for which Doug won the 2019 Humanitas Prize. The film was directed by Tom Shadyac and stars Greg Kinnear, Aldis Hodge, and Morgan Freeman.During this webcast Doug discusses writing AKEELAH, working as an independent writer/director, how he gets hired for screenwriting assignments, what most writers struggle with when writing a screenplay and how to approach writing a true story!