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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 +.

To find out about future offerings of this course, register your interest. For more information email info@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ** 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 you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee 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.

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