AD Protocol – simplified

On productions that run sound directly into the camera, we utilize a simplified version of the school’s 1st AD shooting cadence protocol. It is simplified because there are fewer technical considerations (and often fewer crew members), but it still follows the basic protocol of blocking, rehearsing, and going for picture.

You should study and practice these call outs ahead of time, so that you can use them with confidence on the actual shooting day…

Blocking

  • The Director puts actors in first position and walks everyone through blocking of the action, making sure the actors are clear on movement. If needed, the 2nd AC places marks on the floor for the actor to hit.
  • Make sure DP knows what the camera move is.
  • Make sure Boom Op is clear on his/her position and get boom line (no boom in shot).

Rehearsal

  • 1st AD:
    “LOCK IT UP. WE’RE GOING FOR REHEARSAL.”
    “IS CAMERA READY?”
    “IS DIRECTOR READY?”
    “EVERYONE QUIET”
  • Director: 
    “ACTION”
    “CUT”
  • The Director communicates with the actors and the 1st AD checks with camera and sound how it was for them.
IF NOT GOOD
  • Director: 
    “I’D LIKE TO GO AGAIN”
IF GOOD FOR EVERYONE
  • 1st AD:
    “LET’S SHOOT IT”

Going For Picture

  • 1st AD: 
    “LOCK IT UP. WE’RE GOING FOR PICTURE”
  • 2nd AC puts the slate in frame.
  • 1st AD:
    “ROLL CAMERA”
  • Camera Op:
    “SPEED”
  • 2nd AC:
    “MARK”
  • 2nd AC claps the slate and gets out of frame; Camera Op makes sure the frame is steady and focused.
  • Camera Op: 
    “SET”
  • Director: 
    “ACTION”
    “CUT”
  • Unless there is an immediate restart, Director communicates with actors and 1st AD checks quietly with camera and sound if it was a good take.
IF NOT GOOD
  • Director:
    “I’D LIKE TO GO AGAIN”
IF GOOD FOR EVERYONE
  • 1st AD:
    “MOVING ON. OUR NEXT SET-UP IS…”