How To Spot A Bad Director – Jason Satterlund


Film Courage: Does a director automatically deserve respect?

Jason Satterlund, Filmmaker: [Laughs] No, I mean I think that the director automatically wants respect but they don’t necessarily deserve it. When you see frustration from directors it’s because they don’t have any respect and people are just walking all over them, that usually comes from a director that is not prepared and just not doing the job that they’re supposed to be doing. They need respect, they should have respect because you’re in charge of usually something larger. Even if it’s a smaller production, you still have got some money on the line but you’re the person in the position of a pile of money, you have a target that you’re aiming for at the end of it with some sort of story or something. You have to dictate things to all these other departments. If they don’t have your respect they are not going to be delivering their best work more than likely because if they don’t like you, if they don’t respect you or don’t want to be there, they’re going to probably just try to power through the day. That’s really bad. You don’t want your team members in that position. I don’t think that if you find yourself in that position it’s not necessarily because you have experience or not. That usually doesn’t have anything to do with it. It usually has to do with your preparation. Directors who are not prepared really lose the respect of their crew very quickly because the worst possible thing you can do on set as a director is not know what you want, to sit there, a clock is ticking and you’re…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

Jason Satterlund on location for his latest film THE ABANDON (written by Dwain Worrell)


Jason Satterlund is an award winning film director who has been working on films for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in all areas of production including directing, producing, writing, cinematography, and editing. He works all over the world directing, commercials, documentaries, music videos, and feature films. 

Early on he developed his skills as a storyteller and uses them to this day on projects as diverse as sci-fi steampunk action films, high end commercials, underwater sea life in the tropics, television shows, top country music artists in Nashville, Tenn, and feature films. He is the only person ever to conduct a night shoot in the ancient city of Petra, and the first person in America to use film lenses on an HD camera. 

Satterlund has done extensive work for clients such as Warner Brothers, Bon Jovi, Amazon, Microsoft, Jack White, CNN, Hallmark Entertainment, ABC, and the country of Jordan. 

He is creator and director of the award winning feature film, “The Record Keeper,” which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London, and won the first annual Geekie Awards. 

Satterlund’s latest film THE ABANDON (written by Dwain Worrell) features a wounded soldier awakening in a strange cube that tests his physical and mental limits as he attempts to find a way to escape against a ticking clock.

Miles Willis [played by Jonathan Rosenthal] and Jason Satterlund on set for THE ABANDON
On set for THE ABANDON


U.S. soldier, Miles Willis, is shot and wounded during an intense firefight in Iraq. As he tries to radio for help, a sudden blinding light surrounds him, and he awakens to find himself trapped in a strange, colorless cube with nothing inside but his own combat gear. As time passes, the cube begins to change: fluctuating extreme temperatures, random shifts of gravity, and strange writing appearing on the walls. His only communication is with one person — a mystery woman who calls him on his satellite phone, claiming to be trapped in a similar space. As the clock ticks, the two of them must figure out who has them, why they were taken, and how to escape.

A film by Jason Satterlund

Written by Dwain Worrell

The film stars Jonathan Rosenthal, Tamara Perry, and Regis Terencio 

Produced by Victoria Hadeler and Regis Terencio 

Executive Produced by Jonathan Rosenthal and Jordan Foley 

Edited by Jason Satterlund 

Cinematography by Ray Huang 

Music by Geoff Koch 

From Mill House Motion Pictures 

Runtime is 1 hour 36 Minutes 

This drama/thriller film is not yet rated





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