The Filmmakers

Film 101: Who run the world? Assistant directors

They're in charge of keeping everything on schedule, so don't ask them to fetch you a damned coffee.

They're in charge of keeping everything on schedule, so don't ask them to fetch you a coffee

They're in charge of keeping everything on schedule, so don't ask them to fetch you a damned coffee. 1:09

Of everything we've covered so far on Film 101, there's no job title more puzzling than assistant director. They're not the same as a second unit director. (For more on that one, please review last week's lesson.) They're not the assistant to the director, either — and they're definitely not going to fetch you a damned kombucha.

Just to make things more confusing, movies often have multiple assistant directors — four or more of them — each with their own specific responsibilities. But every A.D. has this in common: they're working to keep everything orderly and on schedule. It's a stressful job, and the subject of today's lesson in Film 101. Watch!

Previously covered on Film 101:

Film 101: The second unit director

Film 101: The art director

Film 101: The steadicam operator

Film 101: The foley artist

Film 101: The props master

Film 101: The best boy

Film 101: The gaffer

Film 101: The boom mic operator

Watch The Filmmakers this Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC Television, or stream it at cbc.ca/watch. After the episode, stick around to see this week's feature presentation, Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner).​

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