Assistant Directing with Toni Raynes

LevelBeginner / Intermediate
Dates & TimesSaturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July, 2016 (10.00am - 5.00pm)
Contact Hours12
Fee$495 Open Channel Members / $595 Non-Members (inc GST)
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LocationOpen Channel, 476 Docklands Drive, Docklands VIC 3008
How do I apply?Applications for this workshop have now closed.
Please register your interest to be notified when the next course is scheduled to run.


The 1st Assistant Director (1st AD) is in charge of running the set. The Assistant Directing team supports the 1st AD with other set management roles. Learn how to perform the 1st AD role and how to work within the Assistant Directing Department in this intensive industry-focused course, endorsed by the Australian Directors Guild.

The 1st AD creates the schedule, manages the set, makes sure work is performed in a timely and efficient manner, and ensures that everyone is informed as to what’s happening—with the goal of getting all the day’s scheduled work accomplished. Often misinterpreted as the “fun police” or “Sergeant Major” the Assistant Directors are critical to the mood and smooth running of any shoot.

This course, taught by leading industry Assistant Director TONI RAYNES provides a thorough insight into the roles and responsibilities of the 1st Assistant Director and other roles in the Assistant Directing team. Learn what an AD must do, what an AD should do, and even some things an AD probably shouldn’t do!

In addition to developing your skills as an emerging 1st AD, the course can give you the skills to forge a career in the Assistant Directing department on professional film or television productions, where you can seek work as a 3rd or 4th AD.

The course is also useful for other emerging film crew wanting a better general understanding of how to work within the practical constraints of production.


Click here to download a pdf course outline of the two-day workshop.

This course has been endorsed by the Australian Directors Guild.







Applications for this course have now closed. Please register your interest to be notified when the next course is scheduled to run.

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Toni Raynes is a 1st Assistant Director who has worked in film and television in Australia since the early 1990’s. She worked extensively as a 2nd Assistant Director on all forms of low to high budget television and film prior to beginning her career as a 1st Assistant Director. As a 1st AD her television work includes episodes of Secret Life of Us, Bed of Roses, Satisfaction, CrashBurn, Canal Road and Upper Middle Bogan, and features include Let’s Get Skase and You and Your Stupid Mate. As a 2nd AD she worked on Ghost Rider, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Three Dollars, and many television series.

Toni Raynes on IMDB


“I’ve learned more than I thought was possible. Great group of people and Toni was fantastic. Highly recommended”

“I found the course informative, very hands on the specifics of the job”

“To the point, great coverage, with plenty of good stories too”

“Brilliant, informative and very professional. Toni’s knowledge was inspirational”



Daniel Schultheis
t. 03 8327 2009