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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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First Assistant Director - TV/Film

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First Assistant TV/Film Director
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€43 - 60
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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The First Assistant Director (1st A.D.) is the link between the Director, the cast and crew.


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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.


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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.


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Organisation: The Arts Council of Ireland
Address: 70 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 618 0200 CallSave 1850 392492
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Organisation: SIPTU (Film & Entertainment Branch)
Address: Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 6412
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Organisation: Irish Film Board
Address: Queensgate, 23 Rock Road, Galway
Tel: (091) 561398
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