FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (AD)
Role Details
MISSION OVERVIEW
​Seeking an experienced First Assistant AD to support the creation and development of LSS Universal
originals for television and streaming platforms.
Business Line: Television Production
Production Type:  Films | Show Series 
Position: Freelance 
Project Hire: Production Specific
Location(s): Los Angeles, CA | Atlanta, GA
DESCRIPTION
 
The First (1st) Assistant Director (AD) role ensures that the cast and crew are working on a schedule. They plan for that daily schedule, as well as the overall production timeline. As such, the 1st AD must have enough knowledge about each department on a film set in order to ensure effective communications. 
 
RESPONSIBILITIES

The AD must be able to:

  • Storyboards. The 1st AD first breaks the script down into storyboards that reflect how each scene will be shot.

  • Shooting schedule. Once the director signs off on the storyboards, the first AD creates an overall shooting schedule. The 1st AD clears the shooting schedule with the production manager, line producer, and crew department heads. The AD must ensure that all scenes are appropriately scheduled for when the applicable location, props, and cast are available.

  • Call sheets. Before each day of shooting, a call sheet is drawn up by the second AD in conjunction with the first AD. During production, it’s the first AD’s job to make sure that everyone is making their call times and the filming is progressing on schedule.

  • Calling the roll. During filming, one of the first assistant director’s primary responsibilities is what’s known as “calling the roll”. Calling the roll is when the 1st AD cues the various department heads (including camera operatorkey grip, and sound mixer) to prepare for filming to start.

  • Liaise with the crew. The 1st AD serves as the go-between for the director and the rest of the crew. If something needs to be communicated in either direction, it generally goes through the first AD.

  • On-set diplomat. The first AD is also responsible for controlling discipline on the set. If someone is not doing their job effectively or there are conflicts on set, it is the first AD’s job to resolve the situation. This may require taking disciplinary action or changing personnel when appropriate.

  • Safety. Safety is a priority on any film set and the first AD must also ensure that all health and safety standards are met. Each department has different precautions to ensure that cast and crew members aren’t in danger. The first AD oversees each department and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that each department head is maintaining a safe workspace.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
 
  • Previous experience as production assistants or runners

  • 5+ years working in the video production/film industry as a cinematographer.

  • Ability to multi-task and delegate

  • Effective communication skills

  • Good sense for organization and planning

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Basic knowledge and understanding of all the various departments found on a film set.