Industry Insiders - First Assistant Director or How to Produce a Set -- Safely and Sanely

  1. Industry insider Greg Zekowski explains the traits and the skills needed to have a good dynamic with the director on set.

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  2. First Assistant Director, Greg Zekowski describes what it is like to work with directors that have different styles and how a first assistant director can adapt to that.

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  3. Industry Insider Greg Zekowski discusses how first assistant directors handle problems and conflicts on set ensuring safety, deadlines, and budget restrictions are all met.

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  4. First Assistant Director Greg Zekowski discusses Guild and SAG safety and filming regulations and how that effects working on-set.

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  5. Film industry insider Greg Zekowski talks about working with kids on set and the challenges directors face trying to follow SAG safety rules and regulations.

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Industry Insiders - First Assistant Director or How to Produce a Set -- Safely and Sanely

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The First Assistant Director is one of the most misunderstood of all positions among the show business crafts. The job title indicates someone who is in a subordinate position; the actuality is one of the most important in all of show business. It is…


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The First Assistant Director is one of the most misunderstood of all positions among the show business crafts. The job title indicates someone who is in a subordinate position; the actuality is one of the most important in all of show business. It is up to the first assistant director to, in effect, "produce" the set: he or she is responsible for coordinating EVERYTHING that is there; navigating the sometimes rough waters of departmental egos; making sure that time and money are balanced with art; and to ensure that at all times, safety is observed. Watch as First AD Greg Zekowski takes you through this sometimes mysterious, always challenging world.

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"Digital Media Industry Insiders" is a series of instructional videos featuring entertainment industry newcomers interviewing pros on all aspects of how the industry works, strategies for entering a particular field, and what areas are primed for greatest job growth.

Sponsored by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Department of Economic and Workforce Development Information Communication Technologies and Digital Media Sector Los Angeles Region.

Our videos are organized by career pathway, with industry pros representing each sector. Each pro is interviewed by recent industry incomers not only in their particular area but also in other crafts to show how the different aspects of production work together -- and where confusions can arise!

For more information about the entire ICT and DIgital Media sector, please check out ict-dm.net.

Individual channels targeting a specific area of production are:

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From Mad Men to Webisodes: An Insiders' View of Television's Changing Nature: Industry Insiders - TV Executive Syd Vinnedge: From "Mad Men" to Webisodes - An Insider's View of Television's Changing Nature

Post Production: Why "We Will Fix It In Post" Is Hollywood's Biggest Lie: Industry Insiders - Post Production: Why "We Will Fix It In Post" Is Hollywood's Biggest Lie

Sound: What You Don't Know About It Can Hurt You: Industry Insiders - Sound: What You Don't Know About It CAN Hurt You

Acting is a Serious Business: Industry Insiders - Acting: It's a Serious Business

Development: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About "Development Hell"...But Were Afraid to Ask: Industry Insiders - Development: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About "Development Hell"...But Were Afraid to Ask

Soft skills with Eva Bitar Arthur: Industry Insiders - Getting and Keeping a Job in Digital Media

Pilots (pilot episodes for series: Animation, Editing, First AD, Post): Industry Insiders - Series Pilots (Animation, Editing, First Assistant Directing, and Post)

and, for an overview of the Digital Media Educators Conference 2014, please see Digital Media Educators' Conference (2014-2015)

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