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The Direction Department

Amma Asante directing A Way of Life.

Perhaps the best known role within the Direction department is that of Director, the person who is ultimately responsible for the creative vision and overall style of a feature film. Within this department, the Director is also supported by a number of Assistant Directors, who ensure that the Director's artistic ambitions are achieved during the filming process by providing logistical, organisational and time-management support.

Other roles in the Direction department include the Script Supervisor (who oversees the continuity and editability of each sequence as it is shot). The most junior role is that of Runner, which encompasses a wide range of general support duties, and which is also conventionally accepted as the entry-level position within not only the Direction department, but within the film Production sector as a whole.

Further details and occupations found in this area are detailed below:

The Direction Department

Within the film industry, the Direction department is a subset of a larger occupational group referred to as 'Production'.

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First Assistant Director

The First Assistant Director (aka First AD or First) is the Director's right hand person, taking responsibility for a number of important practicalities so that the Director is free to concentrate on the creative process.

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Third Assistant Director

The main function of the Third Assistant Director (aka Third AD or Third) is to support and assist the First and Second ADs in whatever ways are necessary on the set or location.

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Film Director

Director Lord Attenborough on Closing the Ring

The Director is the driving creative force in a film's production, and acts as the crucial link between the production, technical and creative teams.

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Second Assistant Director

The Second Assistant Director is the First Assistant Director's right hand person.

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Runner or Floor Runner

The role of Runner is the accepted and conventional entry-level position within the film production industry - the first rung on the ladder.

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