The second assistant director or 2nd AD on a low-budget independent film crew works under the direction of the first assistant director or 1st AD to help run the movie set. On larger film productions, the second assistant director probably stays at the production offices while the film is being shot. On smaller film and video productions, the role of 2nd AD is more fluid.
- Most of the local short films I've worked on…don't have a big enough crew to have…a 2nd Assistant Director, or 2nd AD.…But Bry Troyer volunteered to work for free…just to be a part of this project.…And Bry is a really talented filmmaker in his own right,…so I had him be 2nd AD.…As a 2nd AD, Bry worked under Gevin's direction…since Gevin was the 1st AD.…On bigger movies, 2nd AD usually stays behind…at the production office to answer questions and such,…but it was a small time here.…We didn't have a production office.…So I kept Bry close.…He's always willing to help wherever he's needed…and his personality is just so refreshing.…
I put Bry in charge of all the paperwork.…Because I needed releases for people for both the film…and this training on lynda.com,…there was a lot of paperwork…and I knew that I could trust Bry with it.…I also gave Bry dominion over all the extras.…This was one of my best decisions on this project.…Bry handled recruiting extras in preproduction,…and that was one major task…that I just didn't have to worry about at all.…
Find the rest of the courses in the series—on everything from script writing to directing—on Chad's author page.
- Understanding the role of different crew members
- Sending out call sheets
- Using a slate
- Keeping continuity with a script supervisor and production photographer
- Keeping the crew fed, happy, and safe
- Rescheduling shoots
- Dealing with wardrobe for a large cast
- Using special effects makeup
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Intermediate
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
"The Assurance"7m 43s
1. Common Crew Members
2. Film Production Basics
4. Keeping the Crew Happy
5. Our Big Resets
6. Working with Props
7. Preparing to Shoot
8. Special Effects Makeup
Final thoughts1m 33s
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