Film Industry Training Seminars LLC
ASSISTANT DIRECTING WORKSHOP
Beyond The Basics | Film Crew Essentials
Kenny Chaplin - DGA/DGC Assistant Director
TWO (2) DAY SEMINAR
Saturday | April 07, 2018 | 10am-5pm
Sunday | April 08, 2018 | 10am-5pm
Missouri State University
Craig Hall, Room 203 - Springfield MO
FREE - SPECIAL SCREENING of "GET OUT"
(discussion to follow)
Friday | April 06, 2018 | 7pm
Missouri State University
Robert W. Plaster Student Union, Room 200 (Theater)
Augmented with road weary tales from the field, Kenny Chaplin dispels the myths of working in the film industry and introduces you to the Director’s Team. In this seminar, you'll learn the requisite tools to understand the duties, culture, and responsibilities of the Assistant Directing department.
If you are currently a working Production Assistant - come learn what your boss does - so that YOU can become unforgettable to the Director's Team.
If you want to work as an EXTRA in film and TV - this workshop is for you!
Kenny provides a study of the unique tasks, thought processes, and skill sets of the Director’s Team. You’ll learn definitions and nuances of the 1st AD, 2nd AD, 2nd 2nd AD, Basecamp and Key Set Production Assistants. This information is seldom documented, yet if clearly understood, it’s proper use will guarantee you as a ‘stand out’ in the AD team and help earn you another gig.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Director’s Team Roles
- Directors Guilds Regulations, Definitions, Fees, Paperwork, Wages
- Pre-production & Production Duties of EACH of the AD Team Members
(1st, 2nd, & 2nd 2nd/3rd ADs, Key Set & Basecamp PAs)
- Script Breakdown & Scheduling from a 1st AD perspective
- Creating Call Sheets, Prep Schedules, Production & Wrap Reports
- Basecamp Specifics and On-Set Protocol & Etiquette
- Processing, Choreography and Wrapping of Background Extras
- Walkie-Talkie Management and Administration
- Safety Obligations of the AD Staff
- Film Ready Resumes & Interview Overview
ABOUT KENNY CHAPLIN
Kenny Chaplin has been a part of the Director’s Team in film & television for over 20 years. He’s a member of the Directors Guilds of America (DGA) and Canada (DGC). He’s provided call times to the likes of Ethan Hawke, James Garner, Ray Liotta, Donald Sutherland, and Abigail Breslin. He has had to 'wrangle' the likes of Dustin Hoffman, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Sean Penn, Eva Longoria and many others.
Kenny’s credits include feature films such as Terrence Malick’s "The Thin Red Line," Ang Lee’s “Ride With The Devil," and Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies." His television series credits include "Judging Amy" starring Amy Brenneman and Tyne Daly plus "Roswell" with Katherine Heigl.
KENNY CHAPLIN on IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
DAY 1 | SATURDAY | APRIL 07
DAY 2 | SUNDAY | APRIIL 08
The Director's Team and the Guilds
- Defining roles within the department
- The Guilds
The 1st Assistant Director
- Personality and Job description
- Breaking down the script
- Schedule creation
- Child actors
- Scheduling terminology
- Running the set
- Safety meetings
The 2nd Assistant Director
- Job description
- Prep schedule creation
- Meetings and tests
- Logistics schedule
- Trailer breakdown
- Call sheet creation
- Tools of the trade
The 2nd 2nd / 3rd Assistant Director
- Job description
- Setting up basecamp
- Processing the cast
- Exhibit G
- The production report
- Daily Wrap report
- Wrapping the day
The Production Assistant Team
- Job description, PA positions, internships
- Working with the cast and crew
- Define BG roles
- Your kit
- Setting up holding
- Skins and vouchers
- SAG and ACTRA
- Choreography of BG and vehicles
- Wrapping BG
- BG terminology
- Types and ordering
- Managing and distribution
- Operating and channel distribution
- Accessories, lingo and culture
Film Set Safety
- Personal concerns & set concerns
- Hypothermia, heat and lifting
- Workplace hazards
- Working with animals, stunts, SFX and water work
Resumes & Interviews
- Where to find work
- Cover letter, resume examples and pointers
- Guilds, Unions and working conditions
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Anyone interested in or already working in the entertainment industry will gain valuable insight from this seminar. Emerging and veteran Directors must understand the intricacies of their team to be effective leaders. Producers, office staff, cast and crew should have a basic understanding of how other departments operate and make it possible for them to focus on the single job they’ve been hired to do – be it acting, lighting, set decoration, props, catering, costume and make-up, etc.
For those that aspire to be astute and effective Production Assistants and/or Assistant Directors - come learn from someone who has honed his skills in Hollywood's trenches. For those wanting to work as EXTRA's in film and TV - this is definitely for you!
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
You will meet Kenny personally, receive a free copy of his extensive manual, hear and meet local film industry guest speakers, receive a free resume review, and come away from the event with the courage and assurance to walk onto a movie, TV, video, or commercial set with film veteran confidence.
WHAT PAST ATTENDEES ARE SAYING
“Kenny Chaplin’s presentation is invaluable, dynamic training for anyone interested in a career in the film industry!”
Cynthia Collins – Former President/CEO of FILM Atlanta Inc.
“I have 15 years in the entertainment business. I took a chance to broaden my skillset & experience to include film. I learned more than I could've imagined at your presentation, Kenny. Since, I have been brought on a number of paid projects. I have been a PA, filled in for a script supervisor on a SAG project, been 2nd AD on a SAG TV pilot, producer and extras casting director (twice).”
JNae Kai - Atlanta, GA
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