On April 14, the AD/UPM Council West’s 2nd AD Committee held their annual brunch in the Guild’s Los Angeles Boardroom. This year’s gathering was entitled Opportunity Knocks, Opening the Door to More Work, and featured discussions about how 2nd ADs can find employment in a wide variety of mediums from feature film to webisodes created for the Internet.
The morning began with a breakfast/social mixer, after which Second AD Committee Co-Chair Jennie O’Keefe welcomed the attendees and introduced Council Chair Marie Cantin who spoke about the goals of the event. Cantin was followed by Associate Western Executive Director Jon Larson, who stressed the significance of recent contractual gains for the Second AD category. O’Keefe then kick-started the event with a brief discussion about the changing landscape of production and how 2nd ADs can find a place in it. The floor was then turned over to consecutive teams of invited panelists who used their expertise in various production environments to enlighten the audience.
First up were Associate Director Andy Nelson and Stage Manager David Charles, who covered the area of Reality TV in a conversation moderated by 2nd AD Committee Member Craig Harris. Charles stayed on for the next topic, a discussion of the world of Multi-Camera production with Associate Director Mimi Deaton, moderated by Committee Member Carrie Rudolf. The subject of Out of Town Features/TV (aka Distant Location) was handled by 1st AD Mike McNerney and 2nd AD Christophe Le Chanu and moderated by Paul Schneider and John Nolan. 1st AD Van Hayden walked the audience through the world of Webisodes and other productions for the Internet with moderator Athena Pesante. Then 1st AD/ Council Second Vice Chair Susan Zwerman and moderator Tim Engle discussed the important work that 2nd ADs do in the arena of VFX and Motion Capture. The morning’s final discussion featured 1st AD Ron Rapiel and 2nd AD John Elmore in an exploration of Commercial production moderated by Redelia Shaw.
After these short presentations, attendees who had further questions were able to participate in the breakout discussion groups with the panelists. Informative production materials relating to states' tax incentives, production lists, select Internet links, copies of the Jefford’s Rules, Welch’s Rules and a synopsis of guidelines relating to working with minors were also available to all attendees.