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Screenworks has teamed up with the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) to bring their popular ASSISTANT DIRECTING FUNDAMENTALS short course to the Northern Rivers. This means that regional people can learn the fundamentals of being an Assistant Director in this two-day course led by Industry expert 1st Assistant Director Liam Branagan. This is the only Assistant Director's course in Australia approved by the Australian Director's Guild (ADG). Spaces are limited to 20 people and priority is will be given to  NSW regional practitioenrs.  Attendees will need to complete the registration process and answer the questions to be considered for a place. Cost is $20 for both days for Screenworks members and $40 for both days for Non-members.

What will I learn?

An understanding of challenges of coordinating a film set and the nitty-gritty, day-to-day stuff you need to know to be a great AD. Attendees can expect to learn about the roles & responsibilities of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Assistant Director roles during both pre-production and production. Course content will cover:

  • Breaking down a film script
  • Developing a shooting schedule
  • An introduction and demonstration of the Movie Magic software
  • Managing the film set & the Assistant Director team
  • Working with actors and extras
  • Liaising with all departments
  • Communication and using 2-way radios

Is it right for me?

This course is being offered to regional practitioners with some on-set or production office experience and who are keen to get onto shoots as floor runners, PAs or Third ADs.

However, if you are keen to work and up-skill in the Screen Industry, with a view to eventually being a Director, Producer or First AD , you'll gain valuable and current industry knowledge and skills.

Spaces are limited so priority will be given to Northern NSW locals in the first instance before opening up spots to  regional NSW practitioners and finally regional Australian practitioners. 


  • This course is taking place in person in Northern NSW and is best suited to people living close to Ballina as there is no provision for travel or accommodation funds. Priority will be given to Northern  NSW practitioners in the first instance before we open up spots to regional NSW practitioners and finally regional Australian practitioners. Metropolitan candidates won't be considered for a place. 
  • Places are strictly limited to 20 attendees, please ensure you can make the date before registering.
  • To be considered for a place, candidates will need to complete the registration process and answer the questions.
  • All attendees will be notified by email by Wednesday 9th November at the very latest.
  • Attendees will need to bring their laptop with WIFI connectivity, Microsoft word and Excel. Don't forget your charger! Please contact if you don't own a laptop and need to discuss options.
  • Lunch won't be provided please bring you own and any snacks and a water bottle. There will be rolling tea and instant coffee across both days.
  • A full agenda will be sent out to approved attendees before the course starts. 
  • If you require any assistance with the registration process, please contact Screenworks Project Manager, Louise Hodgson on or 0415 092 917.

COVID-Safe Event

If you have any symptoms of COVID, we advise attendees to test and stay away if they receive a positive result. Hand sanitiser and masks will be available. 


Course Tutor:

Liam Branagan

Guest speakers:

Nerida Groth, Assistant Director 

Annie Kinnane, Producer


AFTRS Assistant Directing Fundamentals is delivered by Screenworks as part of the Regional Crew Development program supported by Netflix and the NSW Department of Training.

Our event partner and presenter of the workshop is AFTRS​.

If you are experiencing financial hardship, please email Ken Crouch, Screenworks Chief Executive Officer, to receive a ticket fee waiver.


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