Boss Casting are happy to announce a new addition to the casting desk. Welcome Jonathan! With great experience in the industry and four years of being an Assistant Director, you may recognise this familiar face… Want to know more? Check out our Q&A below!
Hey Jonathan for those who don’t know you, please introduce yourself…
I’m Jonathan and I’m just joining the Boss Casting team after 4 years of working as a freelance Assistant Director. I’m sure I’ve seen and worked with many of you before either on the floor or during fittings days. For those who I haven’t met yet, I’m looking forward to getting started and saying hi – I’m sure we’ll get along great…unless you’re a Liverpool fan (Merseyside is BLUE!)
You were an AD, how was that?
Being an Assistant Director was tough but rewarding. It was also incredibly varied and took me to many different parts of the country and hundreds of fantastic locations.
What did you learn being an AD?
I learnt new things every day as an AD, not just about the job but also about life and people. You learn to deal with a severe lack of sleep and the importance of a very thick coat on winter night shoots! What you pick up most is this incredible attention to detail, organisation and time-management which I think is a useful skill to apply to any aspect of life.
Tell us about some productions you’ve worked on…
Choosing a favourite job is almost impossible as they’re all so different but some of my most memorable productions include ITV’s Little Boy Blue; the tragic story about the murder of 11-year-old Evertonian Rhys-Jones. This story was closer to home for me as like Rhys was, I am an Everton super fan and remember how his death shocked and appalled both the club and people of Liverpool. It was an honour to be a part of bringing that story to screen.
Working on big feature films like Tolkien and Downton Abbey (both in cinemas later this year!) were insane to work on. From the knee-deep muddy trenches in minus temperatures to grand ballrooms and white tie – working on those jobs were exactly what I had pictured filmmaking to be like – being a part of them was like a dream come true!
What inspired you to get into the world of booking?
Call me crazy, but my favourite days on set were the massive crowd days! I always found working with supporting artists to be one of the most rewarding parts of being an AD. Often they have such varied backgrounds and have great stories to tell. I’ve met some wonderful characters who I now consider friends as well as colleagues and I can’t wait to work with them in my new job!
…plus no more standing in a freezing car park at 4am!
How does it feel joining the Boss family?
Honestly, I can’t wait to get started. The team have been so very welcoming from day one. I got a great feeling walking into the BOSS building for my interview and I’m looking forward to getting my head down and working hard to help the team, the clients and watch BOSS grow.
What can our SA’s look out for with Jonathan on the Booking desk?
Now is a great time to be a part of film, TV and commercial production in the north. We’re living in a bit of moment with more and more productions basing themselves up here. This means there’s an increasing need for Supporting Artists and with the contacts and relationships I have made as an AD, I’m looking forward to working hard to place everyone on fun and rewarding jobs!