Episode Eleven: The AD Experience
You may assume that an assistant director on a film set is helping to actually direct the movie. Judging by the name alone it would be easy to come to that conclusion. What you may not know is that the ADs are responsible for coordinating every department on set and all the actors as well. The different AD jobs are some of the most important on a film project and definitely not for the faint of heart.
Episode Eleven Guests
Josh Garrell is a Producer and Director who began his career working as an AD. He has worked on projects from ten million dollar features to zero dollar shorts to music videos, commercials and industrials ranging everywhere in-between. He was given his first opportunity by a friend and strongly believes in doing the same for other people whenever possible. He is very fond of the saying “lead by example”, as that is the best way of motivating the people around you while making sure you don’t forget where you come from. Josh is an Emerson graduate who originally hails from NY. He would like you to know that he is always looking for new job opportunities, so please feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org… oh, and he would also like the ladies to know he’s single…
Dominik Rausch, born and raised in Stuttgart, Germany, began to write and produce short films in 1999. After starting out as a documentary filmmaker, he discovered that it is narrative and commercial filmmaking, where his true strengths are. After reading and learning about the great spirit of American filmmaking, Rausch, then 20, decided to move to Los Angeles in 2007 to acquire his Bachelor of Art in Film and TV Producing at Columbia College Hollywood. In 2008, his internship as assistant to the producers of the critically acclaimed indie feature April Showers lead to many more assistant directing jobs on film, TV, and commercial sets, including projects for Comedy Central. Dominik met actress/writer Illeana Douglas during the filming of April Showers, where they formed a friendship and have since worked together on the first season of her innovative and successful web series Easy to Assemble. Rausch has come on board to coordinate production and relations with IKEA for the web series and as a producer to season 2. He is excited to be producing and working with Illeana on future projects.
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