In Summary - First Assistant Director - TV/Film
First Assistant Director - TV/Films typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - First Assistant Director - TV/Film
The First Assistant Director breaks down the script with the Director. This involves taking account of the script content, time limitations, locations and cast availability. He/she then consults with the Production Manager the schedules for shooting and the sequence in which the scenes will be shot.
Providing assistance to the Director is then the main function of the 1st A.D. This includes calling cast and crew on set for rehearsals; liaising with the crew to get everything ready for action on set according to the schedule; calling the shots and directing background action involving minor cast members and extras.
The 1st A.D. determines the cast and crew calls (dates and times when they are required) and supervises the preparation of the call sheet. The 1st A.D. is responsible for determining overtime requirements and getting authorisation for them from the Production Manager, for securing minor cast contracts and for ensuring that extras sign release forms.
He/she is also responsible for supervising health and safety on set that involves taking action to control risks and eliminate hazards and taking action in the event of incidents, accidents and emergencies.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crewmembers.
- Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
- Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
- Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.
- Compile cue words and phrases, and cue announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.
- Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.
- Identify and approve equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.
- Consult with writers, producers, or actors about script changes, or "workshop" scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.
- Select plays or scripts for production, and determine how material should be interpreted and performed.
- Study and research scripts to determine how they should be directed.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Interests - First Assistant Director - TV/Film
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
A First Assistant Director needs to be hard working and highly motivated. The ability to work as part of a team is important.
It is desirable that the 1st A.D. has a full driving licence.
Entry Requirements - First Assistant Director - TV/Film
Pay & Salary - First Assistant Director - TV/Film
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 43k - 60k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - First Assistant Director - TV/Film
The Arts Council of Ireland
SIPTU (Film & Entertainment Branch)
Irish Film Board