7 The Director’s Team and 2nd Unit

DOI: 10.4324/9781003324201-9

The director’s team consists mainly of the director, the first assistant director (1st AD), second assistant director (2nd AD), second second assistant director (2nd 2nd AD), DGA trainee (if it is a DGA shoot), and set production assistants (set PAs) (Figure 7.1). Other crew that works closely with the director include the director’s assistant, choreographer (if needed), dialogue coach (if needed), and storyboard artist. This chapter covers the duties and responsibilities of each. Because the director and 1st AD work together so closely, some time is spent on their relationship. In addition, since the ADs run the set, this chapter contains a section on set operations. Finally, ...

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