There’s an amusing story by Randy Kennedy in yesterday’s NY Times about the excruciatingly extended end credits in today’s movies (the credits for Return of the King lasted over nine and a half minutes!); I’m posting it here for the final exchange in the discussion with Rick Sparr:
Since he has been in the movie business for so long, one last question was asked of him. Does he know what a second second assistant director does?
“It really doesn’t matter to us,” Mr. Sparr answered. “If it comes from legal and it’s the way they want it, that’s all we care about. We don’t care what it means.”
Anyone curious about what it means can visit the Film Crew and Set Terms list at IT Hustler.com; as it happens, a second second assistant director is “Assistant to the Second A.D. In England, is known as the 3rd A.D., which is probably less confusing unless you’re a 2nd 2nd. ”