A new qualification list has gone into effect as of January 1, 2003. This list, with reduced placement requirements, covers all regions outside of New York and Southern California but within the geographic jurisdiction of the Commercials Contract. The Placement on the third area list is not applicable for work in either New York or Southern California, nor does it qualify a person to work under the DGA feature film agreement. (For feature film requirements, please go to dgaca.org)


THIRD AREA REQUIREMENTS


FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

  1. No less than 130 days (of which 75 must have been physically spent on the set or location) of work as a 1st AD or as an Associate Director or Stage Manager on commercials or any other professional motion picture media (including music videos and documentaries). Of such 130 days, 13 days must have been spent working on commercials, or

  2. Is a Director who has completed 260 days of actual shooting on commercials or any other professional motion picture media (including music videos and documentaries), or

  3. UPGRADE:
    Is on the 2nd AD Third Area Commercial List and:

    (a) has been employed for 130 days as a weekly staff 2nd AD; or

    (b) has been employed in a non-Guild capacity and functioned for the Producer as a 2nd AD on a part-time basis for 88 days; or

    (c) has completed 38 freelance days of actual work as a 2nd AD, of which no less than 19 were spent on commercials.


SECOND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

  1. Completed 150 days of direct production experience of which at least 75 days must have been spend doing the work of either an AD on the set of commercials or any other professional motion picture media (including music videos and documentaries) or an Associate Director or Stage Manager on television programs or commercials.




UNIT PRODUCTION MANAGER

  1. No less than 125 days (of which 25 must have been physically spent on set or location) of work as a UPM, or performing substantially all of the duties of a UPM under the direct supervision of an Executive Producer, on commercials or any other professional motion picture media including, but not limited to, music videos.

  2. UPGRADE:
    is a First Assistant Director who has 75 days as a 1st AD since bein placed on the Qualification List, of which 70% have been shooting days.