Jay Williams

1st Assistant Director, Production

1st Assistant Director Dubai. As an Assistant Director I see my role as integral and vital to any production – being the Director’s support, the Producer’s Representative, and the Crew’s motivation. Having worked my way up through the ranks, my day-to-day perspective is fuelled by years of hands-on experience within various disciplines of the industry. I’ve seen my job description written as First Assistant Director, often as 1st assistant director and 1stAD for short. And a girlfriend affectionately named me Jay the First, but it’s all pretty much the same. I use both Movie Magic and Gorilla Scheduling, for smaller jobs I like Shotlister. But I can get my head around most software and I wrote this website www.filmservices.me that you’re reading now. I work as both 1stAD and Production Manager, and for the companies I really like Line Produce as well. My love affair with film started at the age of five growing up around Elstree Film Studios.
I began working in the industry as a tracking car driver progressing to become an integral part of the camera crew, and from 1990-1995 I Key Gripped four features, before moving to Spain. Based in AndalucíaI worked consistently on car commercials for the following five years, before I decided to set up my own location and service- company. In 2001, after working on a TV feature in Ibiza as local Production Manager, I negotiated a deal with VFG to leave their generators and lights with me in Spain where I operated their equipment for two years. Following this period I concentrated on working on freelance productions up until 2010, when I returned to the UK on family business. I am now based in Dubai. Having worked my way up through the ranks, my day-to-day perspective is fuelled by years of hands-on experience within various disciplines of the industry. Fundamental attributes of being a First AD, as I see it, are to anticipate where delays or problems could occur, and to take steps in advance to prevent them. Also to ensure that the AD team under my supervision is a hub that allows information to travel in all directions between the technical, creative and logistical teams, to hopefully accomplish works of art. In addition to this, flexibility is key due to constantly changing logistics. To this end, I am comfortably aware that schedules must be adhered to for budgetary reasons. Over the years I have worked on feature films, commercials and music videos, with artists including Robert De Niro, Freddie Mercury, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. I have worked with directors such as Mike Leigh, Storm and Bob Keen. 1st Assistant Director Dubai.

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About me

1st Assistant Director Dubai

Male
born on 16 November 1962
Country of Birth
UK
Passport Issue
UK IPS
Visa Status
My own Company & Visa
Company
Film Services
Personal Car
Yes
Licences
UAE Full including heavy vehicles, UK Full including Heavy Class 1 & Motorcycles unlimited cc,

Equipment I Own

Canon EOS 20D for location shots.

Canon EOS 550D for video.

Canon 10-18mm, 50mm, 17-85mm, 75-300mm

Credits

Date
Program
Position
Program type
Director
DOP
Producer
Link
Date
1 January 2022
Program
Dubai Tourism
Position
1st AD
Program type
Commercial
Director
Jad Eid / Farah Alameh
DOP
Elias Trad
Producer
Nas Sadd
Link
Date
1 January 2022
Program
Etihad
Position
1st AD
Program type
Commercial
Director
Kenton Oxley
DOP
Elias Trad
Producer
Dean Zarif
Link
Date
1 January 2021
Program
ADEK
Position
1st AD / PM
Program type
Corporate
Director
Isaac Kumer
DOP
Various
Producer
Janita
Link
Date
1 January 2020
Program
Dynamo
Position
1st AD / PM
Program type
Commercial
Director
Alex Hartman
DOP
Bob Pound
Producer
Dean Zarif
Link
Videos

Images