First Assistant Director

A First Assistant Director is the Director's right arm and the liaison between the Director and the crew. He's the one who, once all final determinations are made during pre-production, prepares and issues a final shooting schedule and a selection of breakdowns (schedules of extras, stunts, special equipment, picture vehicles, etc.). The First AD is instrumental in setting the director's pre-production schedule, and in conjunction with the director and UPM, oversees the survey and selection of shooting locations. During principal photography, the First runs the set, is largely responsible for ensuring that each day's work is completed, directs background action and supervises crowd control and is the one who yells "Quiet on the set!" On episodic television where the directors constantly change, the First AD has a great deal of input and more of an opportunity to shape the outcome of a show.

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