Scheduling for assistant directors and producers

Assistant Directing and Movie Magic


Prerequisites: None
Duration: 2 Days
Time: 10:00am – 4.30pm
Capacity: 15 students
Course Fee: $199

The First Assistant Director’s primary role in pre-production is to schedule the entire shooting period. In production, the 1st AD is then responsible for running the set, being the communication hub between departments, and ensuring successful execution of the schedule. This workshop will introduce you to the techniques used by successful ADs, even on the largest Hollywood film sets.

Assistant director is a daunting role, and in this course, experienced 1st AD Mel Siteman shows you how to wrestle the beast! Mel takes you through the process of running film sets, script breakdowns, setting priorities and key considerations, creating achievable filming days, and the use of industry-standard documentation and leading industry scheduling software, Movie Magic Scheduling. 

Students will receive two full days of interactive lectures and exercises and complete the course with skills that will apply on film productions large and small.


This course is designed for new Assistant Directors looking to up their skills, or filmmakers who want to find out if AD is the role for them. This course is also excellent for Producers, Production Managers, or filmmakers who intend to schedule their own films, a key element of pitching to funding agencies, networks or studios (especially as the resources often do not exist at the development stage to hire others to do the preliminary schedule).

Refund Policy

  • We have a strict, full fee 48-hour cancellation policy. If we receive your cancellation notice less than 48-hours before your course begins, you will not be issued a refund
  • If you provide notice of cancellation more than 48-hours before your course begins, you will be issued a refund minus a $30 administration fee

A realistic schedule is not only an integral part of budgeting process–determining the number of shoot days and required elements–but is the platform on which the success of the shoot is built. Thousands of key elements must turn up to the right place at the right time every single shoot day – a missing piece of the puzzle may end up with an incomplete scene. Scheduling mistakes can be extremely costly to the production!