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Runner / Floor Runner

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

The lowdown

  • Supporting the First and Third AD on the set or location
  • Conveying messages and relaying information to cast or crew on the set or location, usually by radio

Is this role right for me?

To do this role, you will need to:

  • complete every task efficiently and quickly
  • pay attention to detail
  • take and carry out instructions with humility, good grace and enthusiasm
  • have a 'can do' attitude
  • have excellent organisational and time-management skills
  • have common sense and initiative
  • be diplomatic and patient when co-ordinating large groups of extras
  • be highly-motivated
  • excellent communication skills
  • relate to a wide range of people
  • work effectively under pressure
  • be flexible and resourceful
  • know about the relevant health and safety legislation and procedures
  • have a sense of humour

What does a Floor Runner do?

The role of Runner is the entry-level position within the Film and TV industry - the first rung on the ladder.

A number of Runners may be employed on larger productions and they work within and are.  supervised and instructed by Assistant Director team of 1st AD, 2nd AD and 3rd AD

As the name suggests, Runners first and foremost run errands.  Their responsibilities vary widely, but usually involve conveying messages, organising props, looking after cast and crew (making tea and coffee) and following specific requests from the Producer, Director or Assistant Directors.

The overall responsibility of Runners is to complete whatever task is assigned to them as quickly and as efficiently as possible.  As even small details may cause interruptions or delays to filming, all their duties must be carried out rapidly, so that the shoot can progress smoothly.

The work is usually freelance and involves long hours, so Runners must be motivated and flexible.

Will I need a qualification?

You don’t need a formal qualification to become a Runner, however it is a very competitive industry and new entrants often have higher level qualifications.

You should take regular health and safety training courses to keep this knowledge up-to-date and some Runners also undertake First Aid training and sustainability training working as a “green” runner.

It can be very helpful and beneficial to have a full and clean driving licence to be able to get to work at unsociable hours and to difficult to reach locations.

What's the best route in?

You can expect to start your career by getting work experience as a Runner on short films, corporates, commercials or music videos. Most Runners start their career working on a daily basis until they secure the opportunity to work on the whole job on the main unit, working throughout the shoot.

Where might the role take me?

After a number of years, you can progress to Third Assistant Director then Second Assistant Director and then First Assistant Director.

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