Season 1, Episode 10

Emily Renner Wallace: Fantastic First AD

Emily got started in the film industry right out of high school. At 18 years old, she began working at the Calgary International Film Festival. That opened up doors for her to then work on film sets, and Emily has worked her way up.

She’s now an active 1AD on sets in and around the Calgary area. Emily has been the 1AD on the hit series Wynonna Earp, she worked on the Disney+ feature film Togo,  and she’s also been making strides to direct her own short films too.

In this episode:

We hear more about Emily’s position as a 1AD, some of the projects that she took on in her early career, and what her job entails. We learn about what it’s like on set for Wynonna Earp, Togo, and other projects. Next, we hear about burnout, the importance of prep, and how social distancing could impact her job. Finally, we hear her 3 tips for starting out in the industry.



Executive Producers: Elise Graham, Ava Karvonen, Samantha Quantz, Theresa Wynnyk; Senior Producer: Sheena Rossiter; Associate Producer: Shayna Giles; Host: Sheena Rossiter; Audio Technician: Sheena Rossiter; Social Media Coordinator: Shayna Giles; Original Storylines theme composed by Aaron Macri and Laura Raboud. Produced with support from Alberta’s Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women. Special thanks to FAVA for it’s support in this production.

This episode sponsored by:

The Alberta District Council of The Director’s Guild of Canada is part of a national labour organization which represents key creative and logistical personnel in the film and television industries. The DGC enjoys a long standing relationship with fellow Unions and Guilds across Canada. The Alberta District Council of The DGC was formed in 1982 as a part of the National Association. Today, the Alberta District Council has approximately 219 members and over 100 permittees in membership categories covering Directors to Production Assistants and many other creative positions. For more information visit:  or DGCAlberta on Facebook.

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