Profession assistant video and motion picture director

Assistant video and motion picture directors are responsible for the organisation, scheduling and planning of the cast, crew and activities on a set. They assist the video and motion picture directors, maintain budgets and ensure that all production activities go according to schedule.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Film production process

    The various development stages of making a film, such as scriptwriting, financing, shooting, editing, and distribution.

Skills

  • Consult with production director

    Consult with the director, producer and clients throughout the production and post-production process.

  • Realise health and safety policies

    Ensure updating of health and safety (HSE) policies for their application in organisational procedures.

  • Analyse goal progress

    Analyse the steps which have been taken in order to reach the organisation's goals in order to assess the progress which has been made, the feasibility of the goals, and to ensure the goals can be met according to deadlines.

  • Handle paperwork

    Handle work-related paperwork ensuring that all relevant requirements are met.

  • Coordinate rehearsals

    Create rehearsal schedules for actors and crew, maintain all contact information, and set up any additional meetings for the cast and production staff.

  • Apply company policies

    Apply the principles and rules that govern the activities and processes of an organisation.

  • Collaborate with a technical staff in artistic productions

    Coordinate your artistic activities with others who specialise in the technical side of the project. Inform the technical staff of your plans and methods and obtain feedback on feasibility, cost, procedures and other relevant information. Be able to understand the vocabulary and the practises about technical issues

  • Manage staff

    Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.

  • Develop project schedule

    Define the project completion stages, and create a timeline. Synchronise necessary activities, taking into account the convergence of production elements. Establish a schedule.

  • Apply organisational techniques

    Employ a set of organisational techniques and procedures which facilitate the achievement of the set goals set such as detailed planning of personnel's schedules. Use these resources efficiently and sustainably, and show flexibility when required.

  • Coordinate transportation

    Scheduling of transportation operations.

  • Manage budgets

    Conduct cost estimates and budget planning. Monitor the budget, as well as costs and expenses. Forecast the budget development continuously. Report on the budget.

Optional knowledge and skills

recruit personnel attend read-through ensure visual quality of the set create storyboards liaise with financiers content marketing strategy cinematography copyright legislation fix meetings analyse weather forecast audiovisual equipment purchase props present storyboard search for a suitable location write work-related reports liaise with event sponsors calculate production costs

Common job titles

  • Senior content producer
  • Assistant manager, worldwide new media servicing
  • Operations assistant (administration)
  • Manager of technical operations
  • Director, post operations