The 2nd AD is the 1st AD’s right hand and responsible for ensuring that all the 1st AD’s instructions are carried out. S/he is often referred to as the ‚Backstage Manager‘ as s/he guarantees that everything is running smoothly in the background. Moreover the 2nd AD is the point of intersection between the agencies, actors and the Production Department.
Please note: On small productions the 2nd AD also takes on the duties of the Crowd AD.
Please note: The biggest difference between the profile of 2nd AD and 2. RA is that the 2. RA is neither responsible for the call sheets, nor for the complete organisation in the background and does not serve as the principal point of contact for the cast and agencies.