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Very Long hours
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON12 April 2018
- 13-16 Hour days on set.
- Standing most of the day.
- Work with amazing cast and crew.
- Can be stressful at times.
- Do not recommend working in this industry if your have or plan on having a family.
Pros
Working with awesome people
Cons
Extremely long hours
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DGC fails to negotiate compensation or career advancement of its members
Assistant Director (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC10 February 2018
The Directors Guild of Canada has failed to evolve as the industry progresses. It is run by people who have more or less failed in the business and instead of promoting the growth of it's own members, it provides grants and recognition to non members who haven't worked a day on a DGC production.
Pros
medical coverage
Cons
everything else
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be prepared to work LONG hours
Production Assistant (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC3 May 2017
If you don't need sleep ever, or can stay in a general same spot for 13+ hours , then this is the job for you. A lot of people can't handle the hours of being a production assistant so keep in mind the hours you will have to work and say good bye to any kind of social life.
Pros
free food
Cons
long hours
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Production Assistant - Day Call (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC24 April 2017
Long days with many options of your job for the day. Can move up into numerous positions from the starting position as a PA. I've learned the basics of film and how to have a easily successful none stressful day through experience. Most enjoyable part of the job is the crew that becomes your family. Hardest part turns out to sometimes be the long days.
Pros
Takes care of their workers
Cons
Long Hours
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Long hours, but super fun!
Production Assistant (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC9 May 2016
Long days. 15 hours min.
Fast and things are usually up in the air.
They feed us. Great food.
I love the people I work with.
Its different people every set.
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Great Union, competitive in Toronto.
AD Apprentice (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON24 February 2015
It's a large Union, with lots of great professionals working in it, but it would be nice if they helped you get work like what NABET, and IATSE does.
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Over 30 years in film/television/music productions
Freelance Production Manager (Former Employee) –  ON27 January 2015
It has been my desire to retire from film production and live full time in Grey County. Which, in turn, means working in Grey County!
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Exciting environments, fast-paced, high profile people
Assistant Director (Film & Television) (Former Employee) –  Toronto, Ontario10 August 2014
Working on major film sets (Total Recall, Robocop, Suits, etc) is a very exciting job with an incredible amount of responsibility-- though there is no 'typical day'.

Depending on the demands of the location, the shot, or the directors' vision the job could change drastically and encompassed anything from working directly with major celebrities to make sure they adhere to a tight timeline, keeping 7 different departments informed of real-time changes, or organizing and processing groups of 400 or more performers.

I reported directly to the senior Assistant Director team, who were different on each show and usually great people. The most challenging part of the job was the long-hours, often consisting of 18 hour days or 100 hour weeks.

The most enjoyable part of the job was both the autonomy to make decisions and the environments. 50% of the shoots were in a studio the other 50% were on-location at some beautiful and truly unique sets across Toronto and the surrounding area that typically aren't accessible to the public.
Pros
Working with high profile people, free gourmet catered lunches, well paid
Cons
Extreme long-hours, often erratic hours, shooting outdoor in winter
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