Oklahoma City University News
‘24’ Assistant Director to Give Public Speech at OCU
Watching from the living room couch, the audience might not realize that it takes 150 people to enable TV action hero Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) to rescue the world each week. Fans of the show will get a chance to hear about what is required to make the Fox television hit program “24” come to life with a presentation at 8:30 p.m. April 30 at Oklahoma City University.
The OCU Moving Image Arts Program will host Assistant Director Richard Rosser, who will give a presentation called “Filming the TV Action Series ‘24’; How 150 People Help Jack Bauer Save the World Each Week.” The lecture is free to the public and will be held in the Kerr McGee Auditorium of the Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.
Rosser has served as first assistant director since the show began. It is currently in its seventh season.
Rosser will speak about visual effects and production design, using his work experience as a departure point for an expanded discussion about film as a collaborative art form. Included in his presentation will be film clips from “24:Redemption,” the Fox special event shown in November 2008.
Rosser is a native of Oklahoma City and a graduate of Deer Creek High School in Edmond. He received a business degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., and a master of fine arts in film production from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. While at W&L, Rosser won a Student Academy Award for his animated film “No One For Chess,” and while at NYU he wrote and directed “Price Check” for the HBO series “Cinema Workshop,” winning an award for Best Film at the Photographic Society of America’s annual competition.
After graduation from NYU, Rosser produced national commercials for Fritos, Ameritech, Chex, and Snapple and music videos for the Allman Brothers Band, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, and Tanya Tucker. He segued into television production as a first assistant director on “The Adventures of Pete and Pete,” “The Dana Carvey Show” and Al Franken’s “Lateline.”
Subsequently, he moved to Los Angeles, where he was working on Disney Channel’s “Lizzie McGuire” when Rosser was tapped to become first assistant director on the first season of “24.” During the spring hiatus for the show, Richard is shooting a pilot for the re-make of “Melrose Place” and is scheduled to begin the eighth season of “24” in mid-May.
Rosser is the son of OCU adjunct film professor Linda Kennedy Rosser and her late husband, Ronald E. Rosser.
For information about the presentation, call the OCU Petree College of Arts and Sciences at (405) 208-5446.