Sunday, June 12, 2011

Put A Ring On It Interviews: John McGill (Assistant Director)

Put a Ring on it was John Mcgill's first time really ADing anything. No shorts. No features. So why on earth did I hire him? He's one of hardest working and easy to get along with people I've ever met in my life. I've seriously never seen anyone he meets not like him. And it's just this trait that I figured would make him a good AD. He gets serious when it's time and has no trouble telling folk what to do, but it's kind of hard to actually get mad at him. Well, I was right (as usual) and them some. John not only did a great job, he was the best freaking 1st time AD ever. I've only worked with one AD ever that did as good a job and she had a ton of experience and is a DGA director now. But I digress... The really amazing thing about John's performance is how young he is. This dude isn't even old enough to drink legally and he's already a top notch AD, a good writer and well on his way to becoming a fabulous director. He's the kind of up and comer that scares the shit outta me. When I was his age, I didn't know what the hell an AD did. Or a director really for that matter. Anyway, here's my interview with John.

1. So, you're black. What's that like?

John: It's fun you ass! People always think you can't do something and then you can and they're like "Oh crap he only did that cause he was black and stuff " lol

2. Put a Ring on it was your 1st feature as an Assistant Director. How was it?

John: A freaking nightmare in a can! I thought I was going to lose my mind but some how with the help of God i pulled trough. Now I'm ready for any kind of A.D. job. Can't be worse than this right?

3. What would you do different?

John: Honestly....Nothing. I try not live with regrets because I learn from my mistakes.

4. I'm much better looking than you. Is it really intimidating to work for someone as attractive as me?

John: Yeah, what ever you say..........( this guy is such a dick reporter)

5. What was the hardest part of production for you?

John: Day 3 when  everything was going to hell and I had a mental breakdown, I had to leave the set for lke 15 min but i said a prayer, drunk a coke, sucked it up and got back to the money, OG style!

6. What was the easiest part of production for you?

John: Yelling at people and seeing their " oh no he didn't just yell at me faces". Man that was fun!

7. If you had to be stuck on a island with one crew or cast member who would it be and why?

John: Blaine , That guy could build us a boat to get off the island!

8. Make up a question and answer it, I'm tired.

John: I don't think that far ahead, sorry Jack ;)

9. What's next for you?

John: Plan to film my short " Dr.Joylove's Stimulus Package for Heartbroken Women" this fall and finish up two more short screenplays before  the end of the summer. Plus anything you shoot my way of course.


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