IS THERE AN APPLICATION FEE?There is no fee to apply to the Program.
DO I EARN MONEY DURING THE PROGRAM?As a work Training Program, when a Trainee is assigned to a production, s/he becomes an employee of the production company and is paid specific wages as set forth in the DGA collective bargaining agreements. Trainees are also enrolled in a health insurance plan, at no cost.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF THE PROGRAM?The Training Program is a full two years in duration. A minimum of 350 production days must be worked over that time period.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE TO APPLY?Experience is not required, but a candidate must have a strong and committed interest in film production. The Program will provide all of the training necessary to become an AD.
WILL THIS PROGRAM HELP ME TO BECOME A DIRECTOR?The career of an Assistant Director is completely different than that of a Director. The Training Program will not lead toward directing.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE AGE OF A TRAINEE?To be accepted into the Program, one must be at least 21 years old. Many Trainees have several to many years of life/work experience beyond that.
DO I NEED TO LIVE IN NEW YORK TO BE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM?People apply to the Program from all across the country. If accepted, a Trainee must reside in the New York City vicinity. Most of the productions that will be assigned are in the greater New York area.
WILL I NEED A CAR?There is no need to have a car here in NY. If public transportation is not available near the shooting location, transportation will be provided by the production.
DO TRAINEES WORK ON OUT OF TOWN PRODUCTIONS?While it is not a requirement for a Trainee to work on a location job, the opportunity does arise from time to time.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER GRADUATION?Upon competion of the Program, graduates are eligible to join the Directors Guild of America in the category of 2nd Assistant Director.