August 18, 2000
Los Angeles, CA The Assistant Directors Training Program is now accepting applications for its Class of 2001. Established in 1965, the program is a joint venture of the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Each year the program accepts approximately 10 to 25 individuals from among more than 800 applicants.
Assistant Director Trainees are paid to work and learn on the sets of various feature films, TV series and television movies. Trainee assignments during the past year included The Perfect Storm, The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Arli$$, Popular, Wonder Boys, Jack and Jill, Sports Night, Thirteen Days, NYPD Blue, Galaxy Quest, Judging Amy, and The Grinch. Trainees are currently assigned to E.R, City of Angels, Malcolm in the Middle, The West Wing, Double-Take, Star Trek: Voyager, Providence, X-Files, The Practice, J.A.G., Resurrection Boulevard, Attila the Hun, Angel, Wishcraft, Crime Scene Investigation and many other productions.
While "on the set," Trainees learn administrative and organizational production skills including set operations, paperwork, and how to supervise cast and crew members. They also study the working conditions and collective bargaining agreements of more than twenty guild and unions. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, Trainees are placed on the Southern California Area Qualification List as Second Assistant Directors and become eligible for membership in the Directors Guild of America.
Eligibility requirements are listed in ADTP application. Interested individuals can download applications from www.trainingplan.org or have applications mailed to them by phoning the ADTP office at 818-386-2545. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than November 13, 2000.