One of the roles of the first assistant director or 1st AD is to shield the director from the onslaught of opinions and feedback from every member of the cast and crew. This can be overwhelming to a film director trying to focus on the creative decisions associated with directing a movie. First time directors must learn to use their 1st AD so they can concentrate on directing the film.
- In the next training series about working on set,…we'll dig into crew positions, perhaps…most notably, the role of the First Assistant…Director, or First AD.…The First AD kind of runs the set.…They typically control the schedule and make sure…everything is running smoothly.…Another aspect of First ADs that I find…tremendously helpful is how they kind of…shield you from the barrage of ideas…that everyone has for the film.…And, that's one of my favorite things about…Gevin Booth, the First AD on "The Assurance".…When he initially welcomed the cast and crew…on the very first day of production,…he made it clear that they should…go to him with any issues that they have.…
- Chad really needs to focus, as the Director,…on the action and everything, so if…you observe something, if you have a question,…or anything, come up to me or Bry.…Bry's the Second AD.…Please just ask us and we can tell Chad,…if we need, or we can take care of the problem.…- The Director's already under so much pressure,…and has so many decisions to make.…
Watch and learn how to shoot a script, using visual motifs, atmospherics, framing, and different types of shots to tell the film's story. Find out how to give direction to your crew and be a good leader, while staying on budget and on schedule. Plus, get tips to improve shots during retakes or in post, and to become a better director, storyteller, and communicator.
Note: Like the rest of the Creating a Short Film series, this course was shot during the production of The Assurance. It offers a unique window into the actual struggles and challenges filmmakers have to overcome to get films made. Find the rest of the courses in the series on Chad's author page.
- What a director does
- Interpreting the script
- Scouting locations
- Choosing the tone and theme of the film
- Using motifs
- Shaping the story through visuals
- Being a good leader on set
- Respecting budgets and schedules
- Planning shots
- Moving the camera: on a tripod or dolly or in handheld shots
- Using rolling takes
- Framing shots
- Adding atmospherics
- Directing in post-production
- Becoming a better director
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 01 Producingwith Chad Perkins1h 6m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 02 Writingwith Chad Perkins3h 17m Intermediate
1. Preparing for Production
2. Themes and Tone
3. Shaping the Story
4. Running the Set
5. Planning Shots in a Scene
6. Getting the Shot
7. Improving the Shot
8. Directing in Post-Production
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