On Thursday, February 16th, Point TV held a forum with television and film director, Bobby Roth. The session included screening two episodes that Roth directed: Lost and Grey’s Anatomy. He has also directed films, such as Heartbreakers and Berkeley, as well as directing for several other shows, which include Prison Break, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Revenge, The screening was followed by a Q&A session in Skype with Roth.
Roth answered questions about the industry and the process of television drama and filmmaking — which gave those in attendance a better idea of what it is like to be a working director.
“I thought it was really interesting,” said Dylan Walch, a junior Business major, “I didn’t know how intricate the process was or anything about the film industry, so it was interesting to learn about.” The majority of those that were in attendance at the event were media communications majors, but there were also several business, broadcast journalism, and science majors in attendance as well.
“I thought it was great that I could pick the brain of someone who works in the industry,” said Jonathan Pickett, a senior broadcast journalism major. “And, it was nice to hear thoughts from a professional.”
Those in attendance heard a myriad of stories from Roth’s own experiences trying to break into the industry, as well as the advice that he had to give to young filmmakers.
“I thought it was a great opportunity for us,” said Nick Macedo, Point TV’s Station Manager. The opportunity to talk to anyone in any industry is an important thing for young college students. It gives them more of a perspective of the industry they will be entering and provides them with a look at it from more experienced eyes. All who attended appreciated the chance to talk and listen to a director in the industry provided, and hear about the struggles and great experiences that are a part of the filmmaking and TV industries.