A person who specifically organizes the pre-production preparation, including organizing the crew, securing equipment, breaking down the script (or storyboard), preparing stripboard and a shooting schedule. During production, he or she assists the director with respect to the on-set production details, coordinates and supervises crew and cast activities, and facilitates and organizes flow of production activity. During pre-production, the first assistant director (AD) assists the production manager (PM) in organizing the crew, breaking down the script, and preparing the production board and shooting schedule. During production, the first AD assists the director with on-set production details and coordinates and supervises activities of cast and crew. If necessary, this person is involved in location research and negotiations, checks weather reports, prepares day-out-of-days schedules, determines cast and crew calls, supervises preparation of daily call sheets for cast and crew, directs background action, and supervises crowd control.