Workshop Registration

Assistant Directing

This lecture based workshop provides practical information to the independent filmmaker on running an organized, safe and efficient production as an Assistant Director (AD). The Assistant Director is one of the most important job on set. Not only are they responsible for setting the tone of the crew, the 1st AD also creates the schedule and communicates with all departments and performers to ensure that everyone is on the same page so that the production stays on track and comes in on schedule. The Assistant Director team run the set in a safe manner, working within the guidelines as defined by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, and Section 21 Film And Television Health And Safety Advisory Committee. Participants will learn to break down a script and create an efficient schedule and all of the documents that go along with it. Explore with an industry professional the roles of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Trailer (4th) Assistant Directors, how to direct background action and efficiently run the floor, as well as how the Assistant Director works within a union and non-union environment.

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking workshop is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. This workshop is recommended as a companion to the Producing Dramatic Film, Directing Dramatic Film, Script Supervision and Production Management workshops.

Prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application. You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time for attendance and class participation. ONLINE workshops may be recorded for staff and facilitator assessment. Recorded material will not be made available to participants. Review all workshop policies before registering.

part 1: Mon 11 July 2022, 6 - 9 pm   
part 2: Wed 13 July 2022, 6 - 9 pm   
(Registration deadline is Mon 11 July 5:00 pm)

Instructor: Jason M. Washington

Jason Washington is a Canadian and British Film and Television Assistant Production Manager & 1st Assistant Director. Having 20 years of work experience on both the large and small screens with the US, Canadian and European industries including the projects Sort Of for CBC/HBO Max, The Handmaid’s Tale for MGM/Hulu, Star Trek Discovery for CBS/Paramount+, and Frontier for Netflix. Credits include Assistant Production Manager and Assistant Director work on projects with most major American Studios and Networks, including multiple credits with Warner Bros, CBS, NBC, Netflix, & Fox.  

Jason currently sits on the Executive Board for the Director’s Guild of Canada – Ontario District Council (DGC-ODC) as the Membership and Training Chair, having previously served two terms as the Assistant Director Caucus Rep.  

Category: Writing & Directing
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$105 /member$130 /nonmember