"The Assistant Director holds the whole film together.  Everything that happens is funneled through the AD, on the set and off.  If the AD doesn't do the job well, the picture will go over-budget, have unhappy actors and crew members, and will not achieve the Director's vision."

Roger Young

Emmy- & DGA Award-winning Director

"Prior to Craig Huston's seminar, I possessed the common misconception that an Assistant Director was a 'director-in-training.'  However, Mr. Huston quickly revealed how distinctly different the roles of Director and AD are by educating his audience on the unique duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Director.  Regardless of your job on set, it is absolutely essential to understand and appreciate the work of the Assistant Director, which makes Craig Huston's seminar a necessity."

Austin Hepp

Senior film student, Ball State University, Indiana

Do you know what an Assistant Director does?


Every professional film, whether major studio or independent, has a team of Assistant Directors.  They are the movie's coordinators, communicators and problem-solvers; the most visible and vocal leaders during both pre-production and filming.  They create the shooting schedule; they lead location scouts and production meetings; they run the film set and supervise the crew; they direct background action (extras); they create call sheets, production reports and other required documentation; they ensure adherence to union & guild regulations; they are responsible for cast & crew safety.


Are you teaching your students how to do this?


ADs relieve the Director of technical, organizational and logistical responsibilities so that he or she can concentrate on staging and performances of the actors and achievement of his or her creative vision for the movie.


ADs serve the Producer and production company by ensuring the film proceeds safely, efficiently and economically: on-schedule, on-budget and in compliance with all applicable contracts and regulations.


Yet many university film schools ignore the craft and techniques of this important position while concentrating solely on directing, producing and the various technical skills.  Directors of student films are distracted by crew questions and production problems, diminishing the time and energy they can devote to telling their story through shot-selection, staging and performance.  What goes onto the screen suffers because the Director lacks a strong right-hand person to supervise operations behind the camera.


Craig Huston's Pro AD Seminar is designed to teach prospective Assistant Directors what is required of them, and the skills and techniques to fulfill their mission.  Equally important, it teaches aspiring Directors, Producers and technical crew what they should expect and demand from their ADs.


The seminar covers scheduling and preparation for the shoot, balancing creative vs. financial issues, how to run a film set smoothly and efficiently, problem-solving techniques, how to deal with artistic temperaments, working with children and animals, techniques for staging believable, creative background action that enhances the scene, legal responsibilities of the AD and the production company or university for ensuring a safe work environment, and much more.


Years of experience are required to become a professional Assistant Director.  But, with intelligence, determination and training, a young filmmaker can quickly become competent to function as a valuable and productive leader on any student film or lo/no-budget indie production.  This seminar will provide the training your students need.

Pro AD Seminars

Craig Huston

With Yul Brynner & Michael Crichton  -  “Westworld”

Running the set - “A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon”