Pro AD Seminars

Craig Huston


In one intense eight-hour day, Craig Huston will teach the myriad issues to be considered when planning and scheduling a shoot; techniques for running a film set; dealing with cast, crew, children, animals, locations and local officials; procedures for hiring and handling extras; tricks for staging interesting, believable background action, and much more.

With Jack Lemmon

“The Entertainer”

With Anson Williams &

Bette Davis  - “Skyward”

Total instruction time:  6-1/2 hours.  Starting time for the seminar is at your discretion and may be earlier or later than 9:00 a.m.  Running time is the same regardless of start time, with breaks and completion adjusted accordingly; e.g., a 10:00 a.m. start means ending at 6:00 p.m.


On-topic questions are encouraged throughout the seminar and will be answered immediately and thoroughly.  No waiting for final Q&A.


Mr. Huston will remain in the classroom as long as necessary after the seminar to answer questions on any topic, especially regarding careers in the motion picture and television business.  For interested students, he will explain how to qualify for membership in the Directors Guild of America as an AD and/or as a Director.  And he will informally answer all their questions about his experiences in, and impressions of, The Biz.

“Whenever film is being shot, for television or for theatres, the Assistant Director is the sine qua non, the indispensable person.  Burdened with a misleading title, the AD is the bond that holds the entire production together.  He or she is the trouble-shooter and ego soother, facilitator and communicator, people-mover and crisis-controller.”

Kenneth Turan  --  Film critic

TV Guide article:  "Assistant Directors: They Do the Dirty Work”

Setting the shot w/ James Earl Jones & Robert Duvall

“A Family Thing”









9:00 – 10:05

The AD's job; Script breakdown; Budget issues.

10:05 – 10:15

10-minute Break

10:15 – 11:20

Scheduling the film; Scouting locations.

11:20 – 11:25

5-minute Break

11:25 – 12:30

Pre-production duties; Tech scout; Production meeting.

12:30 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:35

The Call Sheet; Running the set; Dealing with crew, actors, children, animals.

2:35 – 2:45

10-minute Break

2:45 – 3:50

Hiring & handling extras;  Staging background.

3:50 – 3:55

5-minute Break

3:55 – 5:00

The Production Report; Safety responsibilities, procedures & liabilities; Twelve traits of the highly successful AD.