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Production Runner

Industries:
Film | High End TV | TV
Personality type:
Organiser
Departments:
Production

The lowdown

  • Primarily working in the office and on set if required
  • Dealing with varied office admin tasks

Is this role right for me?

To do this role, you will need to:

  • Be flexible and well organised
  • Be able to think on your feet
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be able to take orders
  • Be tactful and diplomatic
  • Be punctual
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Be able to work calmly and effectively under pressure 
  • Have good IT skills -  Word and Excel
  • Have good organisational and administrative skills
  • Be able to work without supervision
  • Be versatile and a willing to learn
  • Be happy working in an office environment

What does a Production Runner do?

Production Office Runners are the junior member of the Production team working under and alongside the Production Secretary, Production Co-Ordinator, Production Manager and Line Producer.  On large TV dramas and feature films this team can be much bigger and include Assistant Co-ordinators and Travel and Accomodation Co-ordinators.  They help out wherever they are needed on productions. Their responsibilities vary depending on where Production Runners are assigned.

In the Production Office duties might include answering telephones, filing paperwork and data entry. Or arranging lunches, dinners, and transportation reservations, photocopying, general office administration, and distributing production paperwork.

On set, Runners might have to act as a courier and also distribute call sheets, health and safety notices, and other paperwork.

Runners are usually employed on a freelance basis and their hours are long and irregular.

Will I need a qualification?

You don’t need a specific qualification, but in many cases it is helpful if you have a full, clean EU driving licence. Many productions will ask if you can drive and if you don’t have your own car are aged over 23 so the production can insure you on their production vehicles.

What's the best route in?

Start out by getting some experience in film, drama or broadcasting. It can be in amateur dramatics, student radio or film making, shorts or community media. This will put you in a better position to apply for work as a Production Runner. Or having transferable skills from working in administration outside of Film and TV can be very useful and beneficial.

This is a good entry-level role into Film and TV. You can make valuable contacts and may progress within the Production office.

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