Assistant directors deflect a lot off of other people. A lot of the time, especially in my position, you just kind of have to take things and grin and bear it and just smile and nod and do your job. Jenna Fraser, Trainee Assisitant Director
The (AD) Assistant Director helps the director communicate with the cast and crew to accomplish everything that needs to be done on schedule. The AD department is essentially on-set management
Positions discussed in this episode:
1st Assistant Director: The person in charge of creating the schedule, running the set and keeping a certain pace during shooting. As the director's right hand, the 1st AD operates as the conduit between the crew and the director.
2nd Assistant Director: The person responsible for organizing work for the next day by way of the call sheet, doing departmental paperwork and production reports. S/he may also set background extras.
3rd Assistant Director: The person who oversees the performers' on-set, accompanying them to the set when ready.
Trainee Assistant Director: The entry-level position in the A.D. department.