Is this role right for me?
To do this role, you will need to:
What does a Production Co-ordinator do?
Production Co-ordinators run the production office. They report to the Line Producer and Production Manager. Production Co-ordinators take charge of the office whenever the Production Manager is on set.
Production Co-ordinators start work during pre-production. They set up the production office, organising equipment, supplies and staff. They co-ordinate travel, accommodation, work permits and visas for cast and crew. They also prepare and distribute shooting schedules, crew and cast lists, scripts and script revisions. Production Co-ordinators organise insurance cover.
During production, Production Co-ordinators are responsible for preparing, updating and distributing crew lists, daily progress reports and script changes. They also deal with call sheets and transport requirements. They let the Transport Captain know what is needed and organise couriers and shipping companies.
As the shoot draws to an end, Production Co-ordinators help the Production Manager to ‘wrap’ the production. They close accounts with suppliers, return surplus stock and tie up all loose ends.
Depending on the size of the production, Production Co-ordinators may delegate tasks to one or more Assistant Production Co-ordinators and Production Runners. Production Co-ordinators work very long hours, usually on a freelance basis.
Will I need a qualification?
You don’t need a specific qualification. However it’s worth doing health and safety courses. You will also need a full clean driving licence.
What's the best route in?
You can start out as a Production Runner, then Assistant Production Co-ordinator before moving into a Production Co-ordinator role. It’s also useful if you have production office experience in TV or advertising, or have worked in general office management.