Assistant Directing and Floor Managing
Duration 1 year
Next intake September 2021
Application deadline 06 May 2021
This unique 13-month Postgraduate Diploma course aims to give students the skills and capabilities for a successful future career as a First, Second, Third Assistant Director and/or Floor Manager. It is delivered in partnership with the BBC and with the support of the Assistant Directors Association and the Production Guild.
Being an Assistant Director or Floor Manager is a demanding role that requires a level head, self-confidence and strong communication to ensure a production is delivered successfully. They are responsible for the operation of the shooting set/television studio. Their objective is to provide the director with everything they need to realise their vision.
Students will collaborate with those in other specialisms to make films and TV entertainment shows – with all production costs met by the School. A 10-day work experience placement is included.
All NFTS students can attend Masterclasses. Recent guests include David Fincher (Fight Club), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Ben Wheatley (Free Fire), Rapman (Blue Story), Louis Theroux, Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Denis Villeneuve (Bladerunner 2049), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Sam Mendes (1917), Asif Kapadia (Senna), Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), Russell T Davies (Doctor Who) and Tommy Gormley (Star Wars - The Force Awakens).
This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.
The NFTS wants to encourage applications from the brightest and best talent out there, whatever your background. That’s why we have made scholarship funding available for this course – find out more here.
What you will study
This course combines practical experience on fiction films and TV Entertainment shows with industry work experience placements and intensive training.
During the course there will be a range of other specialist workshops on a range of relevant topics, such as Working with Talent, Supporting Artistes, setting background action, Digital FX, Freelancer Toolkit, CV and interview techniques, etc.
Specifically students will learn about:
- Reading a script and developing a shooting schedule
- How to use relevant industry software (e.g Movie Magic and Final Draft)
- The impact of budget, cast availability and script coverage on the shooting schedule
- Supporting the hiring of locations, props and equipment
- Leading a technical recce
- Set and Studio Floor protocols and etiquette
- Liaising with the production office to create call sheets, movement orders and other production paperwork
- Managing a set or studio floor with confidence during a shoot
- Managing talent
- Health and Safety and First Aid
The course is run by Richard Lingard, whose credits include The Escapist and Looking For Victoria.
Every year, our students work on a number of short films.
We are looking for people who are practically- minded and who have a good general education, although there are no specific educational requirements for this course. We would expect those applying to have had hands-on experience of film, television or other related creative production activity either via their previous University or College experience or professionally.
While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification.
If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course. We are unable to accept your application if you do not.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
How to apply
Application deadline: 06 May 2021
Applicants must supply no more than two A4 pages telling us about a production or event you have worked on how it could have been better organised and managed. Include information on whether the production had a budget etc.
Applications open 4th January 2021.
We are happy to receive applications from 4th January until the midnight of the application deadline date.