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.



  • 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



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.




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.



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


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



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.

Hi Kenny,

I also would like to train for one of the AD positions. Paramedics have got to be multitaskers and be aware of many details of the changes in the patient’s condition and the environment surrounding them also. I see that in the ALL of the AD positions. 

I hope someday to work on a set somewhere with you and any of the folks I met in the class.

Again best wishes,

Don Williams                          
Williamstown, WV – September 2017  



The workshop is either subsidized by a local group such as a film school, or film commission, or paid per ticket by the student. IF you would like the live seminar to come to your city, please email us – and we’ll start a registration list. When thirty-five (35) registrants have accrued, we will open registration.


please inquire via an email request – Email F.I.T.S.



Private Consultant: Dependant on size and scope of the of project

please inquire via an email request – mailto: Email F.I.T.S.

careers and dreams are worth investing in

(hint: this is a more affordable, practical and results driven investment than a typical film school degree)


Click on any photo = slideshow

Hi Kenny,
I just spent 4 days working on Dark Sky up here in NWT and while I wasn’t an AD, the things I learned in your course were invaluable on set. 
Scott Clouthier

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