2nd AD Responsibilities (BTH)

Pre-production

  • Help 1st AD coordinate the Tech Scout. Establish where the restrooms, parking, staging, base camp and set will be.
  • Prepare Crew Deal Memos for everyone at the production meeting.
  • Assist Producer in securing lunches, craft services, volunteers, and extras for all days of shooting.
  • Assist Producer in obtaining craft services the night before production.
  • Assist the Producer in casting by scheduling and participating in auditions if necessary.
  • Prepare and make copies of all the paperwork needed on set.
  • Create the Call Sheet, including a maps. Have Producer approve it and email no later than 12 hours before the next day’s call time.
  • Communicate any changes to the schedule to the entire cast and crew.
  • Check the weather periodically to monitor adverse conditions. Have a back-up plan.
  • Double check every logistical piece of information and make sure nothing has been forgotten.

Production days

Start of day:

  • Arrive at set FIRST, 30 minutes to an hour early.
  • Open and establish contact with location. Record the state and location of things, ground rules.
  • Get yourself and 1st AD on headset/walkies immediately. Headsets are required for ADs. Sign out the rest to crew.
  • Establish BASE CAMP: Crew, truck parking/equipment staging area/ craft service/ green room.
  • Have crew members sign in & out using the iPad. Have cast verify work time using the Performers Time Report.

Throughout the day:

  • Maintain the craft service table throughout the day to make sure it is stocked.
  • Stay at base camp and handle the phones, paperwork and actors. Know where everything and everyone is.
  • Escort the actors to and from set.

Meals:

  • At lunch make sure everyone signs the Meal Sign-In Sheet.
  • Announce “30 minutes left on lunch” when the last BTL crew member has gone through the line.
  • Make periodic announcements on time remaining on lunch.
  • Make sure lunch does not exceed one hour.

End of day:

  • Make sure 2nd AC, Script Supe, and Sound Mixer meet at end of day to verify reports. Collect all reports.
  • Complete the DPR and have it approved by the Producer. Then distribute within 2 hours after wrap.
  • Organize all the of the Daily Production Paperwork for the Producer and deliver in a 3-ring binder or folder.
  • Collect the camera card and sound cards, and deliver to Producer at the end of the day.
  • With Producer, clean and secure location. Be the LAST TO LEAVE (except perhaps Art Dept).
  • Leave everything better than when you arrived.

Post-production

  • Assist in wrapping production paperwork if necessary.