The Assistant Director
The First Assistant Director (AD) is the individual who has the prime responsibility for carrying out a director’s vision. The AD team organizes preproduction, breaks down the script, prepares the shooting schedule and communicates these needs to the cast and crew. During production, the 1st AD organizes and facilitates each day of production. The 1st AD not only coordinates and supervises the cast and crew, but is usually the designated Safety Officer on the set. They are in charge to make sure that every aspect of the shoot has been reviewed and communicated to assist the director in maintaining the shooting schedule.
Script Supervision and Continuity
The Script and Continuity Supervisor is essential to ensuring that scenes and shots will match and cut together in film, commercials and television. Good record keeping and sharp eyes ensure that even when shot miles and months apart, the viewers will never see the difference. The Script Supervisor not only keeps track of continuity but also keeps track of script changes and director’s notes for the Editor.
The class examines the role and responsibilities of the Assistant Director and Script Supervisor during prep and production including the necessary procedures, workflow, techniques and paperwork required to plan and run the set on large and small productions. Working with a television or feature film script, students break it down, create a production board, and produce a shooting schedule. The class times the script and keeps continuity paperwork. The class solves production issues, and completes the call sheets and forms used to run multi-million dollar projects.
Lectures, assignments and interactive class exercises will include:
- “Seeing” for Continuity
- Relationship with Directors and Producers
- Unions & Guilds
- Script Breakdown
- Call Sheets & Production Reports
- Timing and Scheduling
- Difference in Film and Television/studio or location
- Special Effects/Visual Effects
- Basic Directing/Editing Theory for Continuity
- Working with Actors
- Industry Realities/ Job Search Strategies
The course includes a notebook of handouts, reference lists and various forms - all of which are useful to students after the workshop. While feature films and television are stressed, the material is applicable to low-budget films, corporate and video projects.