The composition varies, depending on the scope of the project
In principle there is not one single AD system, as the terminology differs slightly between the UK and the US systems and the team constellation varies according to the scope and complexity of the project. Nevertheless there is a DISTINCT structure and chain of responsibility that is almost identical worldwide.
The fundamental difference to the German system does not only lie in the fact that the shooting schedule and the complete process of Pre-Production, including all appointments, is generated and managed by the AD department, but also in the AD’s responsibility for the whole communication with agencies and actors.
In the AD system there is no “1. Aufnahmeleitung”. However, there are departments such as Unit, Transport and Location. The range of duties of the Location Department is similar to that of the “Motivaufnahmeleitung”.
In the vast majority of countries outside Germany (with the exception of Austria and France) films are shot with the AD system, irrespective of the project scope. The constellation of the AD team is normally in accordance with the requirements, budget and focus of the project.
However there is always a 1st, 2nd, 3rd AD.