Exciting environments, fast-paced, high profile people
Assistant Director (Film & Television) (Former Employee) – Toronto, Ontario – 10 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.
Working with high profile people, free gourmet catered lunches, well paid
Extreme long-hours, often erratic hours, shooting outdoor in winter