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Associate Producer or Assistant Producer

Personality type:

The lowdown

  • Assisting the Producer, Executive Producer or Co-Producer
  • Helping to raise money to finance productions
  • Supervising different stages of  the production process

Is this role right for me?

To do this role, you will need to:

  • Have broad experience of the production process
  • Be able troubleshoot any production difficulties or problems
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Act decisively under pressure
  • Have good planning skills
  • Be good at motivating people
  • Be good at supervising and delegating
  • Be aware of relevant health and safety laws and procedures

What does an Associate Producer or Assistant Producer do?

Associate Producers are usually individuals within production companies who have played a significant role in the development of the script or screenplay.

They may also have helped in the packaging process or contributed important creative ideas to the production. Sometimes they are a Producer or a senior Script Editor who helps with the final drafts of the screenplay and without whom the film may not be financed.

The term Associate Producer is also sometimes used to describe a Producer from a smaller production company which is co-producing the film. They may have raised some funding for the project, but not enough to get an Executive Producer or Co-Producer credit.

Associate Producers take on responsibilities delegated to them by the Producer. They work on the development and pre-production stages, and on the production. Duties can range from supervising the production design team or post production, or co-ordinating the work of visual effects companies.

They also carry out any production work that is not covered by one of the other production roles (e.g. Executive Producer, Co-producer, Line Producer).

Will I need a qualification?

You don’t need a specific academic qualification, but you will need to take any required health and safety courses. 

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?

The role of Assistant Producer is varied, so you can come from a range of backgrounds within the film industry. You can start out as a senior Script Editor, Production Manager or Post Production Supervisor and use your specific experience as an Assistant Producer.


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