Koolitaja: Grits Makarenko (UKR) (1st AD nt Frightened Rabbit 'Get Out', rež. Greg Davenport)

Osalejate arv: 10

Koolituse keel: inglise

Toimumiskoht: Tallinn, Narva mnt 27, Nova (BFM)

This is a 3-day workshop offers young film professionals better background understanding of 1 AD task, duties and obligations in commercials. Workshop will shortly introduce some of the basics of 1 AD and 1 AD team roles and their working tools. Grits Makarenko who has worked as 1 AD for more than 10 years will also share his personal experience on set, as well as talk about special conditions filming.


Day 1, 10-16

What is 1 AD

10-12 Lecture

  • Difference between Assistant Director and Director’s Assistant
  • Difference between TV, Music Video, Feature film, commercial shooting
  • Main 1AD obligations (logistics, communication, detalisation, breakdowns, call sheets...)

12-12.30 Lunch break

12.30-14.30 Lecture

  • Difference in approach to 1 AD in America, Europe and Moscow workflows
  • 1 AD credos and important statements, communication and information. Unofficial 1 AD obligations and a bit of psychology

14.30-15.00 Coffee break

15.00-16.00 Questions and answers


Day 2

Tools of 1 AD

“Brain, voice, hardware, and software”

 10.00-12.00 Lecture

  • Document workflow (production paperwork)
  • All documents and reports that 1 AD may be involved in: production brief, director’s treatment, timing, production schedule, breakdowns, director’s boards, PPM books, contact reports, shootplans, location maps etc

12.00-12.30 Lunch break

12.30-14.30 Lecture

  • His MAJESTY Callsheet

14.30-15.00 Coffee break

15.00-16.30 Lecture

  • Software (Artemis, Sunseeker, VFX Screen etc)
  • Hardware (radio communication, walkie talkies and hands free, keys); loudspeakers; playback systems; on set „stand by“ pouch bag of 1 AD)
  • Shooting logistics by by sun, by axis, by size, by cast, by location, by traffic direction, by continuity, by equipment, by art department, chronologically
  • Q & A


Day 3

Day on set

10.00-13.00 lecture with practical assignments

  • Booking
  • Getting Treatment
  • Location scout
  • Casting recall
  • Pre Pre-Production Meeting (PrePPM)
  • Location recce
  • Pre-production meeting (PPM)
  • Fitting
  • Tech recce
  • Production Meeting
  • Day on set

13.00-14.00 lunch break


14.00-16.00 masterclass

Tips and tricks (special condition shootings and surprises)

  • thermal cameras
  • extreme conditions
  • Motion Control
  • High speed cameras
  • kids in shot
  • car shooting
  • 360 cameras
  • Drones
  • Stunts
  • Animals
  • Pyrotechnic
  • Trains
  • extra multiplying
  • funny stories, and Gags from personal experience


About Grits:

Grits has worked as 1st AD since 2006. He comes originally from Ukraine and his resume includes over 500 successful projects, including over 300 with international crews. He has worked as Assistant Director with world famous film directors and DOPs, such as Jan Kounen, Thed Lennsen, George Jeccel, Joni Botha, Luis Gerard, JP Seresin, Dario Piana, Andrew Bolter, Ben Dolphin, etc. 


Katrin Sigijane
BFM koolitusjuht

aadressNarva mnt 27, 10120 Tallinn

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