Arriving in Los Angeles in 1991 after working at the Seattle International Film Festival for three years and booking movie theaters up and down the west coast, Hal has worked for more than 25 years in the Los Angeles film industry in multiple capacities ranging from filmmaker, studio-writer for Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures & STARZ, to casting session director on hundreds of commercials and such films as Lasse Hallström’s WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE and Spike Jonze’s I’M HERE. Hal also works as an acting teacher at Hal Masonberg’s Commercial Acting Workshops in Los Angeles.
Hal’s first feature, THE PLAGUE (2006) was a narrative film that was profoundly altered in post-production by the attached studio and producers until the film and story no longer represented Hal’s vision or intent. Hal – along with much of the film’s cast and crew -has publicly disowned that cut of the film, but the experience itself created an impassioned desire and mission to make films that directly address the creative process, as well as deeply explore themes of both social and personal identity.
Hal’s vast experience and travels have brought him to a place where creating works of personal expression are a top priority.
Hal is also a photographer specializing in Live Performance Photography, as well as a film-editor & cameraman.
Hal Masonberg is the president of Off Leash Films and is committed to making thought-provoking films and television programs that not only challenge and entertain, but reflect the quality and fearlessness of the cinema he grew up with.