The second assistant director assists the first assistant director by handling specific tasks:
- Call sheets. The second assistant director is in charge of creating the next day’s shooting schedule and distributing it to all departments.
- During filming, second assistant director coordinates with actors and extras to make sure that everyone is on set and camera ready when their respective scenes are ready to be filmed.
- Directing extras. The 2nd AD (or 3rd AD on larger sets) is generally in charge of directing extras. During large scenes, they direct extras’ movements before the scene and cue them during filming.
- The 2nd AD is responsible for coordinating with security and keeping the public out of filming locations