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Prep & Shoot: Introduction to Assistant Directing

December 5, 2015 - December 6, 2015



with Elizabeth Scherberger, AD


Saturday, Dec. 5th  &  Sunday, Dec. 6th, 2015  |  10 am – 5 pm

Red River College – Princess Street Campus, 160 Princess St.  |  Room P318




The main duties of an Assistant Director (AD) are to assist the director, coordinate all production activity, and supervise the cast and crew on production. The AD is considered the key link between the director and the cast and crew, and also the liaison to the production office, providing regular progress reports about the production.

This hands-on, two-day workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive look at the role of an assistant director.

Day One – PREP DAY

The instructor will begin the day by reviewing the workshop expectations with participants and then divide them into teams. Each team will outline their plan for day two (the shoot day), create a mock callsheet, scout potential locations, conduct a production meeting and then make any adjustments or changes to the call sheet before distributing at the end of the day.


The second day of this workshop will begin with a safety meeting and then participants will shoot the first scene of the day as a group. For the second, third, and fourth scenes, participants will be assigned different duties in rotation, giving everyone a chance to experience each position. The instructor will end the workshop with a question & answer period.




Who Should Take This Course

  • New entrants or existing crew who are interested in working as an assistant director.
  • Production assistants who want to work in the AD department.
  • Those applying for permit or membership status with DGC – Manitoba.


About the Instructor

ELIZABETH SCHERBERGER is an experienced assistant director and instructor. Her strategic expertise and masterful scheduling always generates structure to deliver her director’s vision on time and on budget. Elizabeth’s diplomacy was born out of the colourful personalities that she encountered with each movie and became a constant source of inspired approaches. Based in Toronto, she is available for work worldwide.

Her AD credits include Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Falling Skies (TV series), Blue Bloods (TV series), Flight 93, Saving Grace (TV series), and the upcoming Standoff.



Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
  • Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
  • Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
  • All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours. We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.

Course Registration

Registration can be done in one of two ways:

In Person – cash, cheque, VISA and MasterCard, and debit are accepted. (Please make cheques payable to Film Training Manitoba.) Our offices are located at 100 – 62 Albert Street, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

By Phone – VISA and MasterCard only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669. *We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.

Cancellation Policy

  • Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.
  • No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.
  • Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.

Breaks and Refreshments

All course participants are responsible for their own lunch.


December 5, 2015
December 6, 2015


Film Training Manitoba


Red River College – Princess Street Campus, Room P318
160 Princess Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1K9 Canada
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