1st Assistant Director

LAIKA, Hillsboro, OR

Connecting the New with the Timeless to Tell Enduring Stories

General Summary 
The 1st Assistant Director is responsible for ensuring the effective management of the daily production schedule, studio floor, and implementation and management of effective working structures. This position is responsible for informing the Production leadership of potential overruns and overage in advance to allow for modifications in the schedule. This position works with the Director on a daily basis as the facilitator between production and the creative vision.

Job Functions

  • Overall responsibility to ensure that the daily and weekly shooting targets are met. 
  • Manage and track the daily picture schedule with input from the Production Manager, Director of Photography and Director. 
  • Provide timely status updates to the Production Manager and alternative solutions to potential issues or delays.   
  • Manage day-to-day activities of the AD team, including on-boarding and training, prioritization of tasks, resource allocation and reporting protocols.
  • Work with the AD team and department heads to manage timely and effective editorial/theater reviews and notes distribution.
  • Ensure that all stage crew is clear on daily and weekly schedules and priorities for the shooting floor.
  • Actively coordinate with Production team, Stage Crew and creative leads to troubleshoot issues on set.
  • Work with Production Manager and Stage leadership to facilitate effective stage planning and casting for set locations and delivery.
  • Create and distribute daily call sheet.
  • Assist Production Manager and Puppet PM to manage Puppet Hospital and Puppet Wrangling team.


  • 5+ years’ experience in a managerial role on a feature film production.
  • Prior experience as 1st Assistant Director, preferably in stop motion.
  • Prior experience in Animation and general understanding of stop motion process including fabrication.
  • Expert knowledge and experience with production tracking and management database software, preferably Shotgrid and/or MS Project.
  • Strong time management, planning, problem solving and analytical skills including clear verbal and written communications.
  • Strong creative and critical thinking.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Adaptable and capable of effectively managing change.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk; stand; sit; use hands to operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear both in person and by telephone. The employee must lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee works under typical office conditions and is exposed to variable indoor temperatures. The noise level is usually quiet or moderate. In certain assignments, an employee may occasionally work near moving equipment and be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, airborne fumes and loud, prolonged noise (hearing protection required when using power tools).

Hillsboro, OR

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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Founded in 2005, LAIKA has grown to occupy a unique and distinctive place in American cinema by continuously expanding the boundaries of the 120-year-old technique of stop-motion animation. We are a community of storytellers, artists, inventors, technicians, and craftspeople from around the world, committed to fusing filmmaking’s state-of-the-art technologies with a handmade animation tradition as old as film itself. Our mission is to bring to the screen the kinds of emotional, innovative, and exhilarating stories we as filmmakers loved growing up. Our first feature film was 2009’s Oscar®-nominated Coraline, followed by the Oscar®- and BAFTA-nominated ParaNorman in 2012. The Boxtrolls hit theaters in 2014, garnering the studio its third straight Oscar® nomination. Our fourth film, Kubo and the Two Strings, will be released in the summer of 2016.

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