Third Area - How to Fill Out Forms


Please use a pen and write legibly.

Important: Do not reduce the application in size and do not insert documents into a plastic sleeve.

NAME: As it should appear on the Qualification List. A middle name or initial is helpful with identification.

ADDRESS: Where the DGACA can mail official placement notification.

SOCIAL SECURITY #: Last 4 digits. For non-US, mark N/A.

CELL #/ALTERNATE#/E-MAIL ADDRESS: Where the applicant can be reached during the day to answer questions about his or her application.

CLASSIFICATION: Mark one. If you believe you qualify for more than one qualification list category/area, please make a note on your application or send us an email.


An Initial Application - Check if you are not currently on any DGACA QL

An Upgrade Application - Check if you are currently on a Qualification List and want to 'upgrade' your classification on that same list (i.e., from 2nd AD to 1st AD).

An Interchange Application - Check if you are currently on a Qualification List and want to 'change' the QL in any job category (i.e., typically from Third Area 2nd or 1st AD to Southern California 2nd or 1st AD)

For each project you have worked on indicate:

PROD NAME: Production Name

PROD CO: Production Company and/or Distributing Company

DIRECTOR: Director's Name; for more than one director on an episodic series, "Various" is acceptable

UPM: Name of the Unit Production Manager

ADs/SMs: Names of the Assistant Directors or Stage Managers

CAM: i.e., Single Camera or Multi-Camera (stage shows with a studio audience)

MEDIA: i.e., Film, Tape No longer needed

TYPEi.e., Feature, Episodic, TV Movie, Pilot, Short Film, Variety, Special, News, etc. (see FAQ for types of work accepted) 

JOB TITLE: Your job title. If you worked in more than one job classification, indicate the number of days worked in each classification.

DATES OF EMPLOYMENTFrom the first day of work through to the last day. Required.

NUMBER OF WORK DAYS: Divide the number of days worked into three categories: prep, shoot, or wrap. Divide shoot days into three categories: studio, local location or distant location. 

For placement on the Multi-Camera Qualification Lists, shoot days are defined as any shooting or blocking day as well as the remaining work days in a week during which there is at least one shoot day and one camera blocking day. For example, on a multi-camera sitcom with one block and one shoot day in a five day work week, the applicant would claim five shoot days (if they worked all five days).


   Applicants are not credited for any work without proof of payment. 

            Days paid but not worked on a holiday or hiatus are not credited.


Completion of assignment pay is not credited.


One work day is credited when applicant is paid for two jobs or two units in the same day.


Paid travel days are counted as prep days.


Camera test days are counted as shoot days (in most circumstances).


Days worked on a studio back lot or a studio ranch are counted as studio days.

A distant location is a location on which an employee is required by 
the employer to remain away from home and be lodged overnight (provided per diem).


Shooting days must include talent (cast/background/stunts/SI).


DGACA reserves the right to change its policies and procedures, and review applications on a case-by-case basis.


DOCUMENTATION: Check each form of documentation included (Deal Memo, Pay Stubs, etc.) and identify any other documentation that is enclosed.

TOTALS: Total the Number of Work Days on each page, and indicate the Grand Total of all days worked on the first page.

25%/75% The requirements for placement state that 75% of days worked must be spent with the actual shooting company. Therefore, 75% of the minimum days required must be shooting days (they can ALL be shoot days if applicable).

This means:

If the requirement is a minimum of 100 days, at least 75 of the 100 days must be shooting days.

If the requirement is a minimum of 200 days, at least 150 of the 200 days must be shooting days.

If the requirement is a minimum of 400 days, at least 300 of the 400 days must be shooting days.

If the requirement is a minimum of 520 days, at least 390 of the 520 days must be shooting days.

Note: The days credited to an applicant for placement on any DGACA Qualification List are generally carried forward when the applicant upgrades (changes classification on that list) or he or she interchanges (changes list). Because shooting days are counted differently on the Multi-Camera Qualification Lists than they are on the Southern California or Third Area Qualification Lists the number of shoot days credited may vary between lists.