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Breaking Down The Roles: 1st & 2nd AD

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We were happy to announce our second webinar in the Celtx Industry Series set for June 30th, 12:30PM EST. Breaking Down The Roles: 1st & 2nd AD, co-hosted by Chris Agoston and Shannon Hawes of Netflix’s new series Sex/Life.

When the Celtx Team started seeking out potential partners for this Industry Series webinar, we wanted to find working professionals that anyone in the film & television industry could relate to. So we started discussing a partnership with two experienced AD’s that have worked on well known series such as Locke and Key, The Plateaus, Republic of Doyle, Designated Survivor, and Star Trek Discovery.

We thought Shannon and Chris would be the perfect team to facilitate this conversation, and that their experiences would prove to be valuable to our community. Plus, the Netflix series Sex/Life series currently being produced looks like it’s going to be great!

Professionals and beginners alike were welcome to join us for a discussion with Chris and Shannon on the importance of the Assistant Director (AD) role in productions. This webinar and discussion allowed participants to hear from two experienced ADs working together as a team; Chris in the role of 1st AD and Shannon as 2nd. 

We explored questions like:

  • What exactly does an AD do, and how do they fit in the film pre-production and production process?
  • How is a 2nd ADs role different from that of a 1st AD?
  • Why are breakdown, reports, and staying organized so important?
  • Questions from our audience.

If you’re interested in learning about production team roles, or looking to revamp your own pre-production and production management workflows with insight from the industry: this webinar is for you. Watch it here:


More about our Co-Hosts:

Shannon Hawes is a Producer and 2nd AD, originally from Celtx’s home base St. John’s, Newfoundland. Shannon is a 2nd Assistant Director with the Director’s Guild of Canada and has worked professionally in film for over 15 years. Shannon’s resume includes; the MGM feature film Everything, Everything starring Amandla Stenberg, CBS’s Star Trek Discovery working alongside legendary actor/director Jonathan Frakes, and Netflix’s critically acclaimed Locke and Key.

Chris Agoston is a Producer, Director, and 1st AD in Toronto, Ontario. Chris’s recent producing work has spanned across feature film and digital series, and his next feature Hammer, starring Will Patton & Mark O’Brien, will see a theatrical release in both Canada and the US in June 2020. In addition to being a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, Agoston is an alumnus of the Cineplex Entertainment Film Producers Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, the Berlinale Talents, and the Studio Programme at the Toronto International Film Festival.


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