screen careers logo

Screen Careers: 2nd Unit Director

On many films, some scripted stunt action sequences that may not require the actors are directed by a 2nd unit director & a separate filming crew. This then allows the main unit director to continue shooting with his actors & separate film crew on a different location.

Lee Sheward

Credits: The Crown, The 33, Doctor Who, Sherlock

Career Progression

  • From 1983 to the end of 1984 I worked as a Circus aerialist touring the UK.
  • 1985 to 86 I toured with a medieval jousting show and worked as a film extra.
  • 1986 I Joined the British Equity Stunt Register, at the youngest age possible.
  • After qualifying as a Stunt Co-ordinator in 1991, I started to Co-ordinate film and TV shows along as working as a Stunt performer which I continue to do.
  • In 2010 I was asked to direct 2nd unit on a feature film shooting in Spain, which led to the next chapter of my career as a member of the Directors Guild of America.

Career Goals

  • To continue with Global travel and to create sequences that people will enjoy to view.
  • And to help the next generation of Stunt performers to work safely and learn from our past experiences.

Career Highlights

  • Membership of Equity, SAG , BAFTA and the DGA along with Global travel.
  • Co ordaining and Directing while living in California.
lee sheward

"I can bring experience from the physical world to the writing and creating" - Lee Sheward