An Interview With Jaybird St. Productions Director Jason Walker

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Jason Walker is the executive director of Jaybird St. Productions; here is a link to it’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/JaybirdStProd 

 

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.

 

 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

 

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