We are currently looking for an AD for our 'Openings' feature film production - shooting starts in early November
What you do in this position?
The primary role of a 1st Assistant Director is to help the Director in the making of the film in the time allowed, dictated by the Producer/budget - but assisting the director in such a way as to allow them as much time as possible to concentrate on the creative process rather than on all the practical/organizational elements involved.
1st AD's have two main responsibilities:
Pre-production (the period before filming starts) where they prepare the 'schedule', (a filming timetable that shows which scene is to be shot on which day and what needs to pre-booked/hired to achieve that) and Production (during the shoot) where their main task is to ensure that the production sticks to the schedule.
The main task in Pre-production is to break down the script into a production schedule. This involves gathering info from the script and discussing the schedule with the Director to see which scenes they want to spend the most time on. The 1st AD has to then weigh up the Director's artistic ambitions against the constraints of budget and time.
The 1st A.D. will also be liaising with all other Head of Departments (Cameras, costume, make-up design etc), gathering up as much info as possible that will have an affect on the schedule.
Scheduling also depends on the availability of actors and whether there are any child actors required (they can only work during certain times of the day depending on their age). Scheduling also depends on location restrictions, whether scenes take place during night or day, whether specially hired equipment is required or there are any stunts / vehicle movement / SFX / Animals / special Make-up for the actors, etc, etc.
The 1st AD ends up with a shooting schedule that tells all departments what is happening on any given day.
They also manage the technical recces, keeping Heads of Dept's up-to-date with any changes in the shooting order and also collating new information from any new locations that will affect the schedule.
Pay is dependent upon availability and experience. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
Production title: Openings
Union / Non-Union: Non-Union
Production Type: Independent
Project length: Aprx. 90 - 100 mins
Project format: 16:9 HD
Posted on: Monday, Sept. 28, 2011
Production location: Denver/Boulder Colorado
Production Company: Avenstar Productions
Film Website: openings-movie.com
Director: Mark McGinnis
Producer: Mark McGinnis/Kim McGinnis
Writer: Pamela Cuming
Casting Director: Kim McGinnis
Music: Lisa Boston and Peter Kater
Audition Location: TBD
Shooting Location: Colorado - Multiple Locations
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