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Additional Trainee Incentive

With this incentive, you receive 20% reimbursement off of each trainee you hire in addition to your first trainee. 

This applies to regular weekly assignments, as well as day plays. Many productions have an agreement on file for their entire season and hire additional trainees for large background days, multiple locations/units shoots, or when a crew member falls ill and they need an extra set of hands for the day. 

Please see links at the bottom of this page for more information.



Trainees are a screened and trained addition to your production team and can perform DGA duties. All trainees have had classroom-based curriculum that includes: Production forms, call sheets, first aid, SAG, IATSE & Basic Crafts contracts, Safety on set, and staging background action.​ We also offer several incentive programs to you that may help alleviate some of the costs of hiring a trainee (or multiple!) on your production. All hiring incentives are listed below.

To initiate the hiring process, please email us:


Distant Location Incentive

The Distant Location Incentive Program can cover up to 100% travel, 50% lodging and per diem costs while on distant location. Trainees do not receive pay for non-worked 6th and/or 7th days on distant location.


The amount of the trainee’s per diem is not fixed contractually and you are entitled to deduct the cost of provided meals from daily totals.


Please see links at the bottom of this page for more information.


Low Budget Feature Incentive

Under the Low Budget Feature Sideletter, the only relevant variance from the Basic Agreement is that the hourly and weekly rates in Article 14-103 can be discounted by the specified percentage at each tier, provided no single hour is paid at less than federal or state minimum wage. 


All other provisions of 14-100, including 14-103 (a) - (d), apply.  Each of these productions contribute, as they always have, the 3/8% of each covered AD and UPM's salary, to fund the Training Plan.

Please reference our trainee rates and Low Budget Feature sheets below to learn more about the discounts. The highest tier is at 90% of BA scale! 



All LA ADTP Incentive Programs (with exception of the Low Budget Feature) require an agreement be drafted and executed prior to the trainee's start on that production. 


All trainees, including additional trainees on staff, must be supervised by a 2nd AD at all times, as per DGA BA Article 14. Reimbursement requests must be submitted in a timely manner (usually within 90 days after principle photography concludes) or all monies will be forfeited. 

To initiate the hiring process or to learn more about these incentives, please click this link and/or contact the Assistant Directors Training Program ( for more information.  

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