By ANDREW SCHOTZ
4:33 PM PDT, July 28, 2011
Jon Recher is feeling competitive this week. He hopes his newest movie, "Crazy, Stupid, Love," rules the box office when it opens on Friday.
Recher, a 1998 Smithsburg High School graduate, was a "second-second assistant director" on the film, which stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon.
Recher's growing résumé also includes "I Love You Phillip Morris," "Waitress" and "Memoirs of a Geisha."
As second-second assistant director, Recher, 30, said he works on planning and scheduling. He'll take a script and "tear it into pieces," coordinating scenes that are not sequential in the story, but will be shot together.
Recher's path to Hollywood started with a detour through music.
While growing up, he was in a jazz band. He also played locally with 13th Tribe, a band he described in a 2002 Herald-Mail story as a "little bit ska, a little bit punk."
He said he was a music major at Kentucky Christian University, then switched to arts and humanity, with music as a minor.
He started thinking more about nurturing his other strong interest, film.
In college, Recher acted and directed and helped his school develop an editing system.
He had an internship at the L.A. Film Studies Center, where he got to work with legendary horror film director Wes Craven, he said.
His first movie after graduating from college was an independent comedy, "Two-Minute Heist," which was released in 2009. Recher said he worked with the art department, as a grip and on lighting.
A short time later, Recher was a production assistant for "National Treasure." He said his duty was mainly keeping passersby from interfering with filming on the streets of Washington, D.C.
Recher went back to Los Angeles, with no work lined up, but found some jobs — largely through networking.
First was "Starkweather," about a killing spree. Recher said an assistant director on that film invited him to work on three other movies.
On the next film, he became friends with someone with whom he had worked on five movies.
Last weekend, in Oklahoma, Recher finished filming part of a movie called "Yellow," which follows the journey of a girl heading home. It's expected to come out next year.
Another film, called "Brake," has wrapped up filming, too, and is awaiting release. Recher said it's a counterterrorism story, but he can't say more.
Recher has co-produced a movie of his own, called "White Whale." A promotional website for the film calls it "a tale of the distant future, a bleak post-apocalyptic world where humanity lives on the brink of extinction."
Recher has a few tales about celebrities with whom he has worked, including the time he told Jim Carrey that "Dumb and Dumber" was his first date movie.
Yet, he said, some people were more excited to see him on camera as a production assistant during a reality show called "Merge."
Recher said he likes his work, even when it's a string of 16-hour days, but he's glad to be back in Washington County this week to see "Crazy, Stupid, Love" with his family and friends on opening day.
"I really can't think of a better place," he said.