1st A.D.

Introduction

Hi.

I'm Conor

I work as a commercials 1st Assistant Director (1st A.D.) in Toronto, Canada. I'm pleasant, smart and experienced.

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So,

You need an A.D.

Clients

Brands  & Products

Producers

These Are Good Peoples

Luke Bryant

PRODUCER
Skin 'n' Bones

Jeremiah LaPointe

PRODUCER
OPC

Lindsay Haan

PRODUCER
FUSE Marketing

Joan Bell

PRODUCER
Skin 'n' Bones

Andrew Doll

PRODUCER
Mathematics Films

Joey Bilewicz

PRODUCER
Reactiv

Skill Sets

Technical Experience

Vehicles

Car-to-Car, Process Trailers, Russian Arm, Rolling Lock-Ups, Car mounts, Pack Shots, Convoy work, High Speed, Stunts, 

Stunts

I've worked with many Stunt Coordinators on Falls, Fights & Fire stunts; Edged Weapons, Projectile Weapons, Guns, Explosions and Breakaways as well as Martial Arts, Group Actions, Crowd work, Vehicles, etc. 
Safety is my first priority above all else.

Period Costumes

Different period shoots someone aware of the technical complexity of many period costumes, such as Ladies ball gowns, Medieval Knight suits of armor, Cavalry uniforms and Mascot Suits. These all need experience and knowledge of the processes involved in order to schedule correctly.

Camera

No camera, no shoot.  I am very familiar with Steadicam/Movi work, Motion Controlled cameras, Studio Style, Multi-Cam shoots, Drone/Aerial work, Locked off setups, studio work, etc.

Prosthetics

Face builds, body suits, blood/wound work, horror builds, unusual body additions (e.g. wings, extra limbs) are all familiar to me as an AD. I know how to work with the Prosthetics Key and their team, how to plan for and time their work and what questions to ask during prep. 

Crowds

I've worked on many different period TV & Film shoots. I've very aware of the required time frames and technical complexity of many period costumes. Ladies ball gowns, Medieval Knight suits of armor, Cavalry uniforms and Mascot Suits are all costumes that need experience and knowledge of the processes involved in order to schedule correctly.

Bio

Background Check

Well,

I'm from Ireland. I moved to Toronto in 2009, finding work as an Architect. I was on a 1 year visa, so when that ended I applied for Permanent Residency. 
While waiting for my application to be processed I made a short film, No Country For Slow Men - and that was that. I haven't looked back since.
I started off knowing nothing and no one. My first gig as a P.A. was a grueling 26 hours introduction to the brutal realities of film making, ref. Music Videos. Still, I stayed at it, eventually gravitating to A.D.ing. 
I quickly joined the DGC and worked my way up to 3rd A.D. level. Around then I made some contacts in the Commercials world and rapidly realised that it has much better conditions with better pay - and that was that, once more.
A.D.ing has taught me a lot about myself, my place in the world and how I navigate through it. I'm very, very glad to have found this maddening, satisfying and interesting job.
Conor M. O'Brien
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