FAQs

Self Certification

Is there a reduced rate for grades below 3rd AD who want to join the Guild?

Yes – there will be a reduced fee.

I work primarily in Continuing Drama, have two Film & Drama credits as Dailies outside of the AD department and my aim going forward is to stay an AD. Should I sign up at my current genre or sign up to where I aspire to be?

Count the number of days you have worked as a Daily in the AD Department. If under 50, apply as AD Trainee. If over 50, apply as AD Runner.

I stepped up recently and have been working on soaps and scripted comedies: do comedies fall under the Continuing Drama & Soaps strand, or Film & Drama?

Comedies recorded in front of an audience are covered in ‘Continuing Drama & Soaps’. Any other comedy is in the ‘Film & Drama’ strand.

Do ‘Days Worked’ include pre-production / recces? Or just shooting days?

Up to 25% of the ‘days worked’ can be Prep days. For example -

1st AD - maximum of 125 Prep days will count in the 500 days required
2nd AD - maximum of 125 Prep days will count
Crowd 2nd / Floor 2nd / 3rd AD - maximum of 75 Prep days will count

Do short films count as days worked in the Film & Drama strand?

No.

Where do Lock-offs stand in the Trainee progression role?

Lock-offs should be considered as AD Trainee days. Shadowing days can also be considered to help those close to completing their Trainee days to ensure they progress to AD Runner.

When self-certifying, what’s the best approach for someone who has recently stepped up? i.e. does an applicant with 1185 2nd AD days and 141 1st AD days join as a 2nd AD?

Self-certification is designed for ADs to join at their current grade, reflecting their experience in that role. To use the above example, the applicant has more than enough days to join as a full Guild 2nd AD, or they can join as a 1st AD and progress from there to complete the required days.

Which grades are appropriate to give me References?

References for self-certification can be as follows -

1st AD: 1st AD / Director / UPM / LP / Producer
2nd AD: 1st AD / 2nd AD / Director / UPM / LP / Producer
Crowd 2nd AD / Floor 2nd AD: 1st AD / 2nd AD / Director / UPM / LP / Producer
3rd AD: 1st AD / 2nd AD / Director / UPM / LP / Producer
Key AD Runner: 1st AD / 2nd AD / 3rd AD / Director / UPM / LP / Producer
AD Runner: 1st AD / 2nd AD / 3rd AD / Director / UPM / LP / Producer
AD Trainee: 1st AD / 2nd AD / 3rd AD / Director / UPM / LP / Producer

Do my days worked count if they were worked below minimum rate card fee?

The AD Guild is aiming to carry out another anonymous rates survey. We understand that not everyone’s experience so far will have been obtained at previous minimum and recommended rates. More information on this will be published as soon as we have it.

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