Over the past six months we have been discussing the introduction of a new grade of membership designed to attract students who are on one of the many film and media courses up and down the country. We are very aware that many of these students would benefit from the experience of witnessing the shooting part of the film making process. We are now nearer to the launch of what will now be called the ADA Volunteer Scheme. This is not a trainee or intern position. Nor is it to become a source of free labour for productions. It is designed to introduce newcomers to our industry, invite them to shoots which ADA 1st AD’s are on and let them see what our work entails. They will not be paid, and can be invited to take part in the shoot at the discretion of the 1st AD. We will shortly be setting up a special page on the site to list these new members. There will be a limited number of places available and a limited number of days that the Volunteers can be invited to shoots. There will be a small yearly fee to be included in the scheme. We hope that productions will agree to re-imburse travel costs and feed the volunteer while on the set. More news soon.