Third Area Application Process
APPLICANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR PLACEMENT ON THE THIRD AREA QUALIFICATION LIST
Every applicant must submit an Application Form, as well as the supporting documentation listed below. Each applicant must also submit a Document Return Form required with each application.
Documentation required for each project:
- Deal Memo or Start Slip
- Pay documents substantiating payment for every day worked
- Production Reports* for each day of work with the shooting company
- Call Sheets*, and
- Crew Lists
*Note: Stage Managers/Associate Directors: If Production Reports and Call Sheets are not available, please submit rehearsal, blocking and taping schedules. If none of these is available, and you were employed by a station, submit weekly schedules or Associate Director/Stage Manager Assignment Sheets along with a letter from the Station Executive verifying your job title, duties and dates of employment.
It is the applicant's responsibility to demonstrate to the DGACA's satisfaction that he or she has met the requirements for placement. The DGACA reserves the right to request original documents if they are needed to verify the application claim; however, applicants are urged to submit photocopies of their documents. The DGACA assumes no responsibility for the loss and/or damage to any documents (original or duplicate) that are submitted.
Applicants are expected to organize documents chronologically (day 1, 2, 3 etc.), by production. Many applicants use 3-ring binders, although not necessary, or corrugated file boxes to compile their documents. If documentation is not organized, it will not be reviewed.
The DGACA staff reviews all submitted documentation so it is helpful if the applicant highlights his or her name on each document submitted (front and back). Check that photocopies are legible; they should not be too light, and documents should not be reduced.
To receive credit for days worked, the applicant must prove he or she was compensated. In most cases, pay stubs are sufficient evidence of payment. When pay stubs are not available, the DGACA will consider copies of cancelled checks, earning summaries, W-2 or 1099 forms, earnings summaries from DGA Pension, Health & Welfare and printouts from the payroll company. Invoices and letters from production companies are not accepted as proof of payment.
Applications for placement or upgrade on the Third Area Qualification List must be submitted to the DGACA within six months of the last qualifying work assignment.
Days worked as a Production Assistant do not qualify applicants for placement on the Third Area Qualification List. Please contact the Commercial Qualification List Administration if your work experience is as a PA. (212) 397-0930.
Work on commercials, music videos, documentaries, and industrial or educational films does not qualify applicants for placement on the Third Area Qualification List. Please contact the Commercial Qualification List Administration if your work experience is in these areas (212) 397-0930.
Work on animated projects does not qualify applicants for placement on the Third Area Qualification List.
All work qualifying applicants for placement on the Third Area Qualification List must be performed in the United States except that work performed in a foreign country will be credited if an American First Assistant Director worked on the project or if there are no labor restrictions, laws or quotas that would have prevented an American First Assistant Director from working on the project.