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Working Together: Introduction to Production Office & Assistant Directing

June 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm


In partnership with the DGC-MB District
With Aaron Graham & Reed Makayev

Where: Distance Education – Zoom
When: June 20 & 21, 2020 – 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: $75.00
To register please call 204-989-9669

About The Workshop
Assistant Directing
Assistant Directing is a demanding career, one that requires excellent communication, listening, and organizational skills, as well as the ability to be a team player.

In this course, AD fundamentals are covered, which may be a refresher for some, but is a crucial element of building a solid foundation for a department that is dependent on teamwork. Topics covered include breaking down the duties and responsibilities of the various roles in the AD department, understanding the most valuable skills an AD can develop, looking at set etiquette and best practices, and getting into the daily details of how to survive and thrive as an AD.  We will also look at workflow, how to divide up tasks, and the challenges of working with a small vs. a large team.  We will also discuss the challenges of how to adapt quickly on a working film set, and how to support one another in order to create a less stressful work environment, and an efficient and effective team.

Production Office
Participants that undertake this course will learn about the workings of a production office and the assistant directing department. Production office personnel and the assistant directors work closely together during production and the participants will learn the various positions within the departments, the skills required to be successful, and what you can expect in during pre-production, production and post-production.

Here are some of the areas that will be reviewed during this course:

-Office Personnel, Office Services & Location

-Prepping the Production Office

-Assigning Offices and Departments

-Assigning Craft Services, Copier Space, Supply Space

-Travel Wall, Cast Wall and Distribution Center


-Phones, Internet and Fax


-Relating to other Departments & The Set

-Assistant directing work flow and requirements

-Effective communication strategies and how to work with other departments

About the Instructors
AARON GRAHAM
is a full member of the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) and was elected to serve on executive of the DGC Manitoba’s district council. He has served as a Production Manager and Production Coordinator on Winnipeg-based productions. Aaron also has an extensive background in freelance film writing including the publications Screem Magazine and Art Decades. A partial list of his interview subjects includes: Terry Gilliam,  James Gray, Richard Franklin, Charles B. Griffith, Stuart Gordon and Richard Linklater. 

REED MAKAYEV began his film career by fluke being hired as a Locations PA in 2004. He quickly made this work his primary focus and in 2005 began studying Film Production at Confederation College (Thunder Bay). After graduating he worked entry-level positions in many departments including Lighting, Grip, and Make-Up Special Effects before deciding to become an Assistant Director. Now, twelve years later, Reed works mostly as a 2nd AD and as of this year has been elected Vice-Chair of the Director’s Guild of Canada – Manitoba District Council.    

Film Training Manitoba is committed to creating an inclusive and healthy workplace where participants, instructors, and staff are treated with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate any forms of harassment and reserve the right to remove any patron creating an unsafe environment.
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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.
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  • 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.