Jason Walker is the executive director of Jaybird St. Productions; here is a link to it’s Facebook page:
Q: What inspired you to start Jaybird Productions?
A: For literally as long as I can remember, I’ve only wanted to be an artist & entertainer. My experiences growing up from childhood into my mid-20s have led me to a love & appreciation for all arts, but I’ve primarily focused on acting, poetry, & music. In my late 20s, I attended the New England Institute of Technology for Video & Radio Production; I felt that knowing what happened behind the camera/microphone would give me a better understanding of what was required of me in front. During my mid-30s, I entered the RI film & TV community; I helped groups like the RIFC & SENE, & I watched some of the best operate behind the camera. After being lead producer for the Providence 48 Hour Film Project for 3 years, I felt like I could start directing & producing film; after my first production, “Who’s Cafe”, received great reviews, I decided to continue in this vein.
Q: What kind of services do you offer?
A:JSP takes the work I’ve either written myself or found elsewhere & produces quality projects for distribution. We also plan events to promote these projects & search for other artists to promote, without altering said artists’ processes.
Q: What can you offer that other production companies can’t?
A:Every production company can do what the others do. Some people think that they have a special knack & don’t want to give away trade secrets, but I disagree with that philosophy. We can’t be in all places at all times, but if someone we turn down then asks us for a recommendation to others, we need to be sure that those we recommend would do a job of sufficient quality. What makes JSP different from the other companies is what makes every company different: the people. No one else will bring my ideas, my open & creative mind, my sharp eye & ear, or my process to the table, so nothing will look, sound, or otherwise be like what I do.
Q: What was the most challenging thing you ever had to produce?
A:Being lead producer for the RIFC’s Providence 48 Hour Film Project was a challenge, because I had to take point on everything. Coordinating the schedules of venues, judges, & volunteers isn’t an easy thing, but I had some great help & managed to pull off some great events for those three years.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it effect running your production company?
A:I don’t have a day job. Right now I have other funds that assist me in managing day-to-day life, so that I can focus on making this endeavor fruitful, but I would be homeless, if I had to be, just to make sure nothing distracted me from working in this capacity.
Q: You contributed writing to Shallow Graves magazine, what is the theme?
A:SG is a magazine devoted to all things sci-fi/fantasy. This ranges from medieval & magical fare, like Game of Thrones & Lord of the Rings, to supernatural & horror, like the Nightmare on Elm St. & Friday the 13th franchises.
Q: What made you interested in writing for it?
A:I was personal friends, as well as colleagues in theater, with the owners & editors, & they needed assistance in not just getting articles but also promotional events. I did some research for them & provided reviews.
Q: What do you like about LA?
A:LA is a warm & vibrant city, & its communities are diverse. There’s a place for every type of artist/entertainer/media person. Also, it’s large enough so that, if you don’t feel successful in one area, you can just go into another.
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A:Due to the immense size of the city & county, & to the fast-paced nature of today’s society, travel requires independent transportation; if you’re not in LA proper, the Metro system doesn’t work well for those who do more than just perform.
Q: If you could meet a famous producer who would it be and why?
A:I have ideas for bettering the industry & society as a whole, so I would want to meet a producer who has not only the ability to make this happen but the interest interest in doing so. People like Oprah Winfrey & Ellen DeGeneres are well-known for their giving natures, plus they understand what it means to be on either/both sides of the camera; I would like to meet one of those ladies.
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