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1st AD Specific Requirements

REQUIREMENTS NYQL: FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
(Excerpted from Article 14 of the 2014 Basic Agreement between the DGA and the AMPTP)

14-403 (a) A Second Assistant Director shall qualify for the New York Area First Assistant Directors' Qualification List if such Second Assistant Director has been employed and completed at least five hundred twenty (520) working days as a Second Assistant Director in the production of motion pictures of the type covered hereunder. Of such working days, not more than twenty-five percent (25%) may be spent in preparation or office work, and at least seventy-five percent (75%) must be spent with the actual shooting company. Of the seventy-five percent (75%) spent with the actual shooting company, ten percent (10%) must be on distant location.
(b) Also, any individual who has been employed three hundred fifty (350) days in work as a First Assistant Director in the production of motion pictures of the type covered hereunder shall be eligible for placement on the New York Area First Assistant Directors' Qualification List. Of such working days, not more than twenty-five percent (25%) may be spent in preparation or office work, and at least seventy-five percent (75%) must be spent with the actual shooting company.
(c) An individual qualifies for the New York Area First Assistant Director Qualifications List from which First Assistant Directors may be employed only on multi-camera stage shows if the person has been employed and completed at least five hundred twenty (520) working days either as a Second Assistant Director in the production of motion pictures of the type covered hereunder or as an Associate Director or Stage Manager in the production of dramatic and/or variety programs of the type covered hereunder with at least one hundred twenty (120) days worked as a First Stage Manager in the production of multi-camera dramatic motion pictures of the type covered hereunder.

Of the working days described above, at least seventy-five percent (75%) must be spent with the actual shooting company. For the purposes of this provision, employment on a multi-camera stage show will be deemed to be with the shooting company on every workday of a week in which shooting occurs.