TV Directors Assistant

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'Live to air', 'Live sport', Game and Panel Shows, and News & Current Affairs all have one thing in common -- the Director’s Assistant (DA).

This intensive two day course is a practical, hands on introduction to the role and responsibilities of the television Director's Assistant. It’s an excellent first step into the multi camera control room, and you will be taught in our state-of-the-art HD control room at AFTRS.

The course will cover all responsibilities of the Director’s Assistant from the program rundown and show timings to on-air calls and getting the program off-air, on time.

The course will cover:

  • Different genres and formats of programs including sport, news and entertainment and their unique setups
  • A brief on how a control room works, equipment and related professions
  • The preparation of an on-air rundown and building your own rundown
  • Industry terminology to use in a control and studio environment
  • Back timing and program timing
  • Live timing with calls to studio talent, cameras, audio and director
  • Music and dance timing, blocking and calling camera shots for the director
  • Stopwatch techniques to time stories, voice overs and graphic supers

The main course tutor will be Tracey Hoddinett who has over 20 year experience in the industry. Tracey has been a senior DA on a wide variety of programs from music to panel shows, live sport, news, and current affairs.

***DISCLAIMER*** AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If a participant wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee. For more information on AFTRS Open's policies, including refund policies, please see our policies page​ . ​


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