ASSISTANT DIRECTING

The Director’s Team

We provide a study of the unique tasks, processes, systems and skill sets of the Director’s team. If you are a seasoned Director, weathered crew member, or new to the industry, this seminar and manual will help you understand how all that magic comes together. Along with the Production Office staff and Producers, the Director’s team schedules and manages the show and its Cast and Crew.

 

Why are we shooting scenes in this order?

What is call time for next Tuesday?

Why is there a pre-rig?

 

If you clearly understand the various nuances and duties of each position, you will appreciate how a small team keeps the ‘boat’ floating and sailing in the right direction.

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • DGA and DGC Guild regulations and definitions
  • Pre-production duties of each team member
  • Production duties of each team member
  • Key Set PA / Trainee duties
  • Script breakdown and scheduling
  • Call Sheets
  • Production and Wrap reports
  • Processing and choreography of Extras
  • Walkie-Talkie management
  • Safety obligations 
of the AD staff
  • Resume and Interview overview

CREATOR:

 

Kenny has been working in the movie industry for 20+ years within the Assistant Directing department in the capacity of 1st AD, 2nd AD, 2nd 2nd AD, Key set PA and Extras Wrangler. He has honed skills on shows such as “Runaway Jury,” “Roswell“, “Judging Amy“, “Dude, Where’s My Car?“, “End of Days,” and the American classic “Moby Dick” filmed in St. Julian, Malta. His latest film was “Look Away” which is set for release in 2018.

 

 

 

 

SEMINAR & MANUAL CONTENT:

When you attend our Assistant Directing Seminar, you will receive a copy of our comprehensive book.  Inside, you’ll find detailed information to help you prepare for a career in the AD Department.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                           

Scene One  – The Director’s Team and the Guild (s)

Scene Two – The 1st Assistant Director

Scene Three – The 2nd Assistant Director

Scene Four – The 2nd 2nd Assistant Director / 3rd Assistant Director

Scene Five  – The Production Assistant Team / Trainee Assistant Director

Scene Six – Background Performers

Scene Seven – Walkie Talkies

Scene Eight – Set Safety

Scene Nine – Resumes & Interviews

 

 * This training manual will be available for PDF download purchase

OR

for hardcopy purchase (plus shipping and handling) by Winter 2018 *

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

 

Emerging and veteran Directors must understand the intricacies of their team
 to be effective leaders. Producers, office staff, and the crew should have a basic understanding of how these unique individuals make it possible to focus on the single job they’ve been hired to perform – be it lighting, catering, or applying make-up. Finally, for those of you who aspire to be astute and effective Assistant Directors – come learn from someone who has been there, and may do things differently then you.

It was at your seminar in Savannah, GA that I learned about the DGA Training Program. I applied to that, got in, worked a couple of years in New York, and now I’m back in Atlanta. Currently on Cobra Kai season two. Hit me up if you’re ever in town and need a 2nd AD!

Jim Lanier
Cobra Kai Season 2
Key 2nd AD

Hi Kenny,
I just spent 4 days working on Dark Sky in the North West Territories of Canada. I wasn’t an AD, the things I learned in your course were invaluable on set. 
Cheers,
Scott Couthier

I just finished reading the Assistant Directing manual today … WOW!

Coming from absolutely no experience in film production at all, this manual was both extremely insightful and encouraging! It opened my eyes to so many factors and logistics that can go into a single day of smooth-running film. Thank you!

John Sluis