What does an Assistant Director do?

If you sit through the credits of a movie, you’ll find hundreds of types of jobs that people do to create a film. The one I’m highlighting today is The Assistant Director.

The assistant director (AD) is one of those jobs that has many tasks, and is invaluable to the production. The assistant director is mostly charged with keeping people safe and ensuring that the production stays on schedule. They do this my wrangling actors, ensuring that crew are accounted for at all times, making sure the sets and stunts are safe, and keeping a close eye on the clock.

An assistant director is essentially the mom of the crew. It is a task that requires some hearty project management skills.  They are in charge of knowing where every person and inanimate object should be. They know what has happened, and what still needs to happen on set. crew members, directors, producers, and actors are all asking them for information, or being given information from them.

Unfortunately, this sometimes makes them the least favorite person on set. However, in an industry where time is literally money, they’re an invaluable part of the production crew. Whenever I have one on my crew, I always treat them with plenty of respect, and give them plenty of tools and authority to work with.

Royalty-free music

Because copyright infringement has been a hot topic recently, I feel that this post should be helpful.

When you’re making a film, short, or commercial, a lot of times you’ll need to add music in to enhance the experience. However, for those of us without access to someone who creates their own music, this can be difficult to do. And because most of the music out there is copyrighted, it costs an excessive amount to acquire the licenses, it pushes the project outside of the budget range.

I have two websites that you can use as resources to acquire music for your project. Their cost is much smaller than it would be to create your own, or to license the most recent top 40 hit.

The First is Freeplay Music. It has a laundry list of different genres and situations that are available to download. And if it is something that you want to use, there are different pricing structures depending on your needs.

The Second is Audio Jungle. This site has everything from background audio to sound effects. Most tracks are extremely affordable. As with most sites, there is also a pricing structure based on how you will be using the sound files.

And there you have it: places to acquire audio for your productions. Use them often!

Edit: Don’t forget Music Revolution! Details in first comment. My favorite feature is being able to select music based on the influences that you want. In other words, if you want to use Guns ‘N Roses, but Axl Rose is asking for more than your budget, they have some more affordable options.