- Working in the office, around the set and on location
- Dealing with varied office admin tasks
- Dealing with a range jobs on locations
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
- Have good organisational and administrative skills
- Be able to work without supervision
- Be versatile and a willing to learn
- Be aware of relevant health and safety laws and procedures
What does a Production Runner do?
Production Runners are used by the Producer and by other production staff. 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 help to keep the set clean and tidy. They also distribute call sheets, health and safety notices, and other paperwork. On location shoots, Production Runners may also be needed to help co-ordinate the extras, and to perform crowd control duties.
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 a good education is an advantage. 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:
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, as there is a lot of competition for jobs despite the low pay.
This is a good entry-level role into the film industry. You can make valuable contacts and may progress to a trainee position or another role in the Production Office.