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Assistant Directing Fundamentals

On the set of ‘Somewhere In Between’ | Dir. Emily Boyard and Elise Cociuban

Become an Assistant Director

Learn the fundamentals of being an Assistant Director in this two-day course led by Industry expert 1st Assistant Director Liam Branagan. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet other industry professionals in key production roles. This is the only Assistant Director’s course in Australia approved by the Australian Director’s Guild (ADG).

Covers pre-production, developing a shooting schedule and utilising Movie Magic scheduling software

Explores the responsibilities of the Assistant Director including resource efficiency, workflow management and OH&S

Learn about the challenges of coordinating a film set and the nitty-gritty, day-to-day stuff you need to know to be a great 2nd or 3rd AD

Is Assistant Directing Fundamentals right for you?

This course is designed for those with some on-set or production office experience. If you are keen to work in Production, with a view to eventually being a Director, Producer or First AD in TV or film you’ll gain valuable knowledge and skills.


  • An understanding of the role of 1st AD, including breaking down and scheduling a film, and coordinating a set.
  • The different responsibilities of the 2nd AD and 3rd AD covering pre-production and production responsibilities, including managing actors, liaising with all departments, and information dissemination.

Meet Your Tutors

Liam Branagan

Liam Branagan has worked for over twenty years in television and feature film as an Assistant Director both in Australia…

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What you will need

This course is designed for those with some on-set experience, either amateur or professional. This course is only open to students aged 18 +.

Assistant Directing Fundamentals Offerings


29 Jun 2024 to 30 Jun 2024

Sat - Sun, 9:30am-5pm

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price including the early bird discount, as it is currently more than 14 days from commencement of the course.

Building 130, The Entertainment QuarterMoore Park NSW 2021

For more information please email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877 or to register for future offerings click here


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This course is for students aged 18+ only.

If a student 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 penalty.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled by AFTRS prior to commencement a 100% refund or credit note of the course fees paid will be provided.

Should AFTRS need to cancel a course after commencement, but before its completion, reasonable efforts will be made to reschedule. If rescheduling is not feasible, it is at AFTRS sole discretion to issue either full or partial credit notes depending on the circumstances.

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If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with AFTRS that the course is confirmed before you make your travel bookings. This decision is dependent on course enrolments meeting minimum numbers. AFTRS is not liable for any travel or accommodation costs incurred through course cancellation at any time for any reason.

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