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SCQL - 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.

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

CLASSIFICATION APPLYING FOR (check one): Second Assistant Director (2nd AD), First Assistant Director (1st AD), Multi-Camera First Assistant Director (MC1st AD), or Unit Production Manager (UPM).


An Initial Application - Check if you are not currently on any DGACA QL
An Upgrade Application - Check if you are currently on the Southern California Qualification List and want to 'upgrade' your classification on the list (i.e., from 2nd AD to 1st AD).
An Interchange Application - Check if you are currently on the Third Area QL or the  Multi-Camera QL and want to 'interchange' to the Southern California QL in the same or higher classification.

For each project you have worked on indicate:

PROD NAME: Production Name

PROD CO: Production Company

DIRECTOR: Director's Name

UPM: Name of the Unit Production Manager

AD's/SM's: Names of the Assistant Directors or Stage Managers

CAM: i.e., Single or Multi-Camera

MEDIA: i.e., Film, Tape

TYPE: i.e., Feature, Episodic, TV Movie, Special, News, Other, etc.

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 EMPLOYMENT: From the first day of work through to the last day.

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.

Reminder:  Applicants are not credited for any work without proof of payment.
                   Days paid but not worked on a holiday or hiatus are not credited.
                   One work day is credited when applicant is paid for two jobs in the
                   same day.
Note:           Paid travel days are counted as prep or wrap days.
                   Camera blocking and camera test days are counted as shoot days.
                   For placement on the Southern California Multi-Camera First
                   Assistant Director Qualification List only: every workday of a week
                   in which shooting occurs is counted as a shoot day.
                   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.

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 shoot days.

This means:

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

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

If the requirement is a minimum of 260 days, at least 195 of the 260 days must be shoot days.

If the requirement is a minimum of 200 days, at least 150 of the 200 days must be shoot 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 shoot days are counted differently on the Multi-Camera Qualification Lists and the UPM MCQL than they are on the Southern California or Third Area Qualification Lists, the number of shoot days credited may vary between lists.