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Producers Assistant

1 – What is your job?

I am a producers’ assistant at an independent Film and TV production company called Young Films

 2 – How did you get into it?

I did an internship at another film production company where I learnt what the industry was like and then I used that bit of experience to get payed work as a runner / production assistant on a film that was shooting. I had to be very persistent in getting the runner job (including going to the offices with CV to introduce myself and calling quite often.) But once I had that job – others followed.

3 – What do you enjoy about it?

I enjoy the potential of being able to put any story you like on screen! I really like talking about narrative and films and watching and making films, and the ongoing creative discussions that happen when you’re making films.

4 – What do you wish you had known before you entered your industry?

How much administration I’d have to do for so many years – and that it will likely never stop! That the industry is extremely limited by financial restrains which inhibits innovation – but I suppose this can also be looked at very positively, and as an obstacle to overcome!

5 – Top tips for someone wanting to start out in your sector

Be persistent, confident and charming and care about films. Be open minded but hold on to the stories, themes, styles and films you care about – as down the line you might get a chance to make the films you want to!

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Written by getrealvideo

January 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

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