Friday, January 15, 2010


Remember the special feature I told you all about?  Weeellllll, the friend/colleague of mine who was the first assistant director on the mini-series has agreed to do a vlog interview!!  WOOOOT!!! 

He and I will be scheduling that fairly soon.  I cannot WAIT to hear what he has to say! 

So, here is a little bit of background in case you are interested:

DEFINITION OF A 1ST A.D..:  He/she is responsible for scheduling the film in pre-production.  While filming the 1st AD runs the set, he/she makes sure that everything is being done ON TIME.   The safety of the cast and crew is the 1st A.D.'s responsibility.  So, when you see a battle scene or a difficult stunt, you better believe that the 1st AD has made sure that all of the safetly elements are in place before the camera rolls. 

While the director works with the actors when shooting, the 1st AD is his right hand man, he makes sure that all of the other elements of the scene are in place so when the director is ready to shoot everything is ready to go. (props, lighting, set dec, wardrobe, etc.).  He works closely with the Director Of Photography who is responsible for the look of the film, as in lighting.  The Director, 1st AD and DP work closely together throughout shooting, and on set they are often standing near eachother. 

Phil Chipera is the 1st AD on Pillars.  He spent 8 months shooting in Europe and has been an AD since 1996.  When we work together he is MY BOSS.  I am in his department.  There are 4 of us plus any PA's we may have.  There is him, his second AD, ME (the third AD) and our Trainee. 

Phil has done many many productions, feature films such as Passchendaele, and The Last Rites of Ransom Pride (which was shot here in Alberta and will be released soon and looks INCREDIBLE!). 

I am thrilled to offer you guys an inside look LOOONG before the release of the project and before anyone is really chatting about it! 

See this guy right here on the left with the blue and white shirt?  That's Phil on set of Pillars. 

Phil and I will see you in the next week or two, so stay tuned!

4 Blabs:

Nicole Settle said...

OMG!!! You have no idea how excited I am to see this! I love the book. It's huge so I'm glad it's a mini series. I still have to finish World Without End but it's taking me a while to read 1,024 pages. I've been waiting to get more info on the mini series so thanks so much!

brizmus said...

Oh how exciting!!

Danielle Zappavigna said...

how exciting! i didn't know this was being made, can't wait to see it!

Anonymous said...

So exciting! I can't wait to hear what Phil has to say!

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