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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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