1439296334Production Producers Assistant Trainee Nigel Mattison, Trainee Finder

Assistant Production Co-ordinator

Industries:
Film
Personality type:
Organiser
Departments:
Production

The lowdown

  •  Working on set and in the production office
  • Co-ordinating travel, transport and accommodation
  • Dealing with general office admin

Is this role right for me?

To do this role, you will need to: 

  • Have experience of the film industry
  • Have an understanding of the film making process 
  • Be good at multi-tasking 
  • Be enthusiastic team players
  • Be able to work calmly under pressure
  • Be hardworking and efficient
  • Have good organisational skills
  • Have good communication skills
  • Have good IT skills
  • Be aware of relevant health and safety laws and procedures
  • Know how to manage yourself as a freelancer 

What does an Assistant Production Co-ordinator do?

Assistant Production Co-ordinators work under the direct supervision of a Production Co-ordinator. The work varies according to the production phase. 

They set up, maintain and close down the Production Office, ordering furniture, equipment and supplies. They help to co-ordinate travel, accommodation, work permits, visas, medical examinations and any immunisations for principal crew and cast. They also carry out general production duties, including typing, filing, answering the telephone, and other related office duties. They help organise the pick-up and delivery of equipment and crew by the Unit Drivers. 

They assist the Production Co-ordinator to prepare and distribute shooting schedules, crew and cast lists, call sheets, production reports, movement orders, scripts and script revisions. 

Production Co-ordinators are almost always self-employed. They work long hours, particularly during the final week of pre-production. Most UK films employ one Assistant Production Co-ordinator. But on larger productions they may employ two or more.

Will I need a qualification?

You don’t need a specific qualification, but a BA degree is usually required. You will also need a full clean EU driving licence.

If you are considering taking a film production course in higher education, the following courses have been rigorously assessed by the film industry and awarded the Creative Skillset Tick for the high standard of education they provide and the degree to which they prepare you for a career in film: 

Film production courses awarded the Creative Skillset Tick

What’s the best route in?

You can start out as a Production Runners. If you have equivalent experience in TV, advertising or general office management this is also useful. You can get valuable work experience working on short film productions.   

You could apply to be a trainee through Trainee Finder, which gives you hands-on experience in the industry and helps you build those all-important contacts that are essential when competing for a job:

More information about Trainee Finder

Websites

  • The Production Guild
  • BECTU - the UK's media and entertainment trade union, covering broadcasting, film, independent production, theatre and the arts, leisure and digital media
  • Shooting People
  • Screen Daily - online industry news service and weekly publication, Screen International

Publications

  • Variety a weekly publication for the film, television, music and interactive entertainment industries  
  • BFI Sight and Sound magazine featuring articles, reviews and full credit lists for international cinema. 

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