Is this role right for me?
To do this role, you will need to:
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.
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.