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Weeknight Workshop: Assistant Directing 101

—Published on 3rd Jun, 2021.

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The assistant director- the AD- is one of the most critical crew positions on a production. If you’ve ever been on a set or have eagerly watched a behind-the-scenes video or documentary on one of your favourite films or shows, you’ve probably seen the 1st AD and have wondered who they are: the ones at the center of the action, headset or walkie in hand with a ninja-like focus and determination. They ensure a shoot is run well!

FILMCO is excited to present a two-session workshop on assistant directing with 1st AD Shane D. Hosein whose credits include National Geographic’s “Locked Up Abroad” and Shaun Escayg’s upcoming film “Ikarus” among others. The AD is the right hand of the director; they work with them and all heads of department to plan and execute a well-run and on-time shoot- and Hosein knows it well.

In this Zoom workshop open to new and emerging filmmakers as well as to those already established but looking to take on the role of AD, Hosein will teach participants about the key roles and responsibilities of the assistant director. He will also discuss the skills needed to handle the position, and the AD’s function across the pre-production, production and post-production stages of filmmaking among other things. We will also look at the scalability of this role across various genres from narrative to documentary and music videos.


Dates: Tuesday June 29 & Wednesday June 30, 2021
Time/Duration: 5:00 PM- 6:30 PM AST/ 1.5 hours per session (3 hours in total)
Location: Online (Zoom)
Book Online Now: Tickets are $300 TTD. Click HERE to register and purchase your ticket.

FILMCO members/students (with a valid student ID card) can receive a 20% discount on the ticket price. To receive a discount code, please email

Participants can also pay for the workshop via online bank transfer. Email us at for banking details.


Participants should have a basic understanding of filmmaking.

About The Facilitator: Shane D. Hosein

Shane D. Hosein started his career as a filmmaker on the set of “Westwood Park” in 2001. His keen desire to progress in the industry motivated him to quickly move through the ranks, producing work alongside many top Trinbagonian and international industry professionals.

His work as an AD includes “Locked Up Abroad” (National Geographic), Maria Govan’s “Play The Devil”, Shaun Escayg’s “Ikarus”, Oliver Milne’s “Salty Dog” and Tribe’s “Lavway- Our Story” among others. Shane has also directed music videos for artistes such as Kes the Band and Buzzrock Reggae, and gained commercial experience directing commercials for top corporate brands such as Nestlé, Flow, Bmobile and BP.

“Storytelling drives my career,” Shane relates. “I feel that I’ve found my niche as a 1st assistant director, editor and colorist. These skills allow me to pursue storytelling through feature film productions, documentaries and commercial advertising in a way that is incredibly satisfying and financially rewarding.”

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