Roles and Responsibilities

▸ By Peter D. Marshall



When you think about your career as a director, it’s unlikely that you spend a lot of time fantasizing about being an assistant director. Most of us who aspire to work as a filmmaker see ourselves at the helm, leading a team of professionals to create the great films that we’ve already envisioned. We don’t see ourselves supporting the director, or supporting the producer. We want to create. We want to carry the responsibility—the burden and the glory.

But there’s a simple truth about the film and television industry: On every set, there has to be an assistant director. There are many directors working today who began their careers as assistant directors. ...

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