Assistant Director ADG Approved

Sydney - Sep 15 2018

AFTRS Sydney
Sep 15 2018 - Sep 16 2018
Attendance Pattern
Two days, Sat & Sun, 9am to 5pm
Liam Branagan
Course fee
$450 / $405

​The only Assistant Director’s course in Australia approved by the Australian Director’s Guild (ADG).

Industry expert 1st Assistant Director Liam Branagan (Wonderland, Home And Away, Doctors) will lead this two day course, targeted at those wanting to learn the fundamentals of being an Assistant Director.


It covers the importance of pre-production, the process behind developing a shooting schedule, utilising the latest scheduling software, and the challenges of coordinating a film set.

Course participants will explore the responsibilities of the Assistant Director including resource efficiency, workflow management and OH&S.

This course will include industry professional guest speakers who perform key crew roles that are vitally important to the Assistant Director.

At the end of the course you will come away with a detailed understanding of the following areas:

1st AD:

  • Breaking down and scheduling a script
  • The complex issues involved in the scheduling of a film
  • Brief introduction to Movie Magic Scheduling & other scheduling software
  • Differences in scheduling films, TV & commercials
  • Role of the 1st AD in relation to the production department, the producer, the director & the crew
  • Coordinating a film set - key tasks
  • OH&S responsibilities

2nd AD:

  • Pre-production responsibilities - rehearsals, assisting on recces, planning and communication
  • Production responsibilities - the call sheet and logistics
  • Managing actors & the ‘Circus’, information dissemination
  • Liaising with all departments - principally the production department
  • Differing responsibilities on films, TV & commercials

3rd AD:

  • Pre-production responsibilities - rehearsals & preparation for shoot
  • Production responsibilities - assisting the 1st AD, setting background action - managing cast & crew
  • Information dissemination - liaising with the all departments on set - principally with the 2nd AD
  • Differing responsibilities on films, TV & commercials
  • Management of 2-way radios

To be a great 3rd & 2nd AD, you need to get down to the nitty-gritty, day-to-day stuff.

This is it. Learn from the best.

Places are limited!


“Learned loads! Really strong intro to the role of an AD on set. Understanding much deeper now - thank you! Love Liam’s teaching style - clear, descriptive, approachable with lots of industry examples.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Liam was fantastic and so were the guest speakers. Learnt a lot and feel like I have a thorough understanding of the logistics of being an AD.”


This course is designed for those with some on set experience, either amateur or professional, and is not suitable for set novices.

This course is only open to students aged 18 +. If you are under 18, you will not be eligible to attend this course.


Liam Branagan has worked for over twenty years in television and feature film as an Assistant Director both in Australia and in the UK, which has provided him with extensive international industry experience and professional contacts. Liam has worked on a great variety of productions, from features such as Backyard Ashes to TV drama such as McLeod's Daughters, comedy, reality TV, docu-drama, short films and commercials. He has also worked as a teacher of both Creative Producing and Assistant Directing.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281

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The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.