2nd Assistant Director Course – Sold Out

With Emily Drake and Penny Charter

Saturday, January 8 & Sunday, January 9, 2022

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Zoom Session

DGC Members and MDC-MAP Participants – Cost: $25 deposit, returned upon completion of the course

General PublicCost: $50

Click here to register! choose “2nd AD Training” from the list

About the Course

Day one: This day is designed to walk you through the role of the 2nd AD in Pre-Production. Creative the prep schedule, breaking down a script, meetings, paperwork, scheduling, communications are just some of the subjects that will be covered.

Day two: This day is designed to walk you through the role of the 2nd AD during the shooting phase of production. Creating the call sheet, scheduling, communications are just some of the subjects that will be covered. Please note that Movie Magic Scheduling is not covered in this course.

About the Instructors

Emily Drake
After many years working in various disciplines in the theatre community, Emily Drake started working as a Trainee Assistant Director in 2002 in Winnipeg.  Nine film and television projects and three years later she moved to Toronto, where she continued her work as an AD, working as a 2nd Assistant Director for the first time in 2007. Emily’s favourite projects have generally fallen under the category of Limited Run Series, on which she was part of one AD team shooting 6 episodes at once.  

Penny Charter has been a DGC member and AD for over 25 years. She has worked at every level in the department but has spent a good part of her career working in Toronto as a 2nd AD on such feature films as Crimson Peak, Molly’s Game, and Nightmare Alley. She has also had the good fortune to work in other cities in Canada such as Montreal and Vancouver and also to work abroad on such projects as Hart’s War, The Company and Hercules.


FTM is a non-for-profit charity of the Province of Manitoba’s sector council program through the Department of Economic Development and Jobs. FTM builds a highly skilled and adaptable film industry workforce to support the activities of Manitoba production companies. FTM collaborates with members of the film and television industry to identify the training needs within the community. 

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