CQL Application


Please present the paperwork from your various jobs (call sheets, production reports, pay stubs, payroll materials, crew lists, etc.) in three-ring binders (any size) with your jobs in chronological order. For each job, place all your call sheets and/ or production reports first, then all your pay information. Separate each job with a tabbed divider sheet. Highlight your name on all call sheets and production reports.

  • You do not need to shrink legal-sized documents to letter-sized. Just fold the bottom of the page to fit the binder.

  • At minimum, we expect an official call sheet and/ or production report along with a pay stub or official payroll documents (i.e. not invoices, time cards, or income tax forms) for every day of claimed work. If you are missing one or more of these materials for any given day, it may not count toward the placement requirements.
To qualify, your work must reflect direct production experience that is specific to the duties of an Assistant Director.


Fill-out, sign, and insert the general information page (asking for your address, phone, placement category, etc.) at the front of your first binder.

Fill-out the information sheet specific to each production page for every job. This page should precede the job, just behind the tabbed divider sheet.

List all the jobs in your binders on the table of contents page. As you can only fit seven jobs on this form, you will need numerous copies. Please insert the table page(s) at the front of your first binder, behind the general information page. Please note: The “employer” is the production company, not the payroll company.


If you are a tri-state resident (NY,NJ,CT), you must pick up your materials within 30 days of being placed on CQL. After 30 days your materials will be discarded.

Once we have finished reviewing your application, we will ship your application material back at no charge.

Application Review and Expected Timeline

Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received by the office. Should your application not show evidence of fulfillment of the requirements, you will be contacted by phone to discuss what is lacking. There are various problems that may exist. Documentation may be incomplete, type of work or production may be inappropriate, etc. An application may remain "pending" for further documentation for a period of time.

If an application is deemed acceptable, the DGA will be notified. The DGA, contractually, will then have thirty days to make its own review of the application. If there is no objection, you will then proceed to the Mandatory Safety Training Component. Upon successful completion, your name will be placed on the CQL. You are then eligible to be hired as described in the preference of employment section of the commercial contract.

Please note: Placement on the CQL does not mean you are now a member of the Guild. For information regarding joining the DGA, please contact that office directly.

In total expect the process to take about 8 weeks.