Hannah Elder

Job title:
Production Coordinator

Career Path

Hannah graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA in Television Production with pre-graduate hands on experience in all aspects of production within a media environment. She was able to try everything at University from editing to directing her own short film. And the organisational skills she acquired undertaking a production management module, Hannah has been able to apply to the roles she has undertaken since.

By the time her degree course was coming to an end she knew that she wanted to work in production and loved the idea of becoming a production manager. Production came naturally to her and she thoroughly enjoyed organising shoots. She knew that this was the career that she wanted to work towards. 

Whilst at University she also managed small projects outside of her course, carried out work experience at a media production company and worked as a camera assistant at the 2012 Olympics.

After graduating she worked at The Walt Disney Company as a production management intern for a year. When she left Disney she wanted to continue working in production and started as a production coordinator at pre-school entertainment company HIT Entertainment managing the production of sizzles and trailers, spending a couple of months working on Bob the Builder, then moving onto Thomas & Friends.

The Role

As production coordinator Hannah works closely with the production manager and also the producer. Her role mostly involves liaising with production companies and other departments to make sure that everyone has what they need to deliver final projects on time.

There are many different aspects to the role. Hannah works as production coordinator on the television series of Thomas & Friends, and also works on videos for the YouTube Kids App and many other forms of content, which she finds exciting. Hannah enjoys the variety of the role and being able to work with such a talented and dedicated crew.

Hannah has not had any formal training, but has learnt from production managers and the people that she works with, including the other production coordinators at HIT. She has taken a Microsoft Excel short course, which she feels was important as she uses Excel spreadsheets every day at work.

“I’ve learnt that you shouldn’t be afraid to learn on your feet and just get stuck in. Sometimes the best way of learning is to be proactive. You also shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions, as this is a great way of learning.”

Hannah loves working in children’s media, and in particular working with CG animation. She would love to continue working in this field in the future.



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