Production Assistant Course
The Production Assistant course gets you ready for your first real set experience.
Sets are complicated beasts. When you’re starting out, if you aren’t sure where to go, what to do and what to say to whom on day one, there may not be a day two.
When you take the reins as a writer-director-everything else and you add crew, what positions do you need to fill? Whose job is what AND what do they do?
This five-week production assistant course provides a detailed overview of the skills, knowledge and professional requirements for those wishing to get a job on-set. You’ll learn how to read and understand a script from a production point of view and how to translate that information when and where needed. We’ll teach you about the crew members and what they do. We’ll teach you what to look for and how to prepare for life on set. In the end, you’ll have a the tools to be a valued member of a film crew.
Week 1 – Preproduction & Breakdowns
Attending a film set can be bewildering. There’s a huge amount of paperwork that can seem senseless unless you know how to read it.
- Understand how to Breakdown a Script
- Understand how to read the paperwork breakdowns
- Understand how to build and read Call Sheets
Week 2 – The On-Set Experience
A professional film set has a certain protocol which a production assistant must learn. There is no better way to make yourself a valuable crew addition than to make sure you understand the work flow on a move set.
- Learn the On-Set Process
- Thinking ahead without stepping on toes
- Understand a Lockup and what that means.
- The actual set experiences
Week 3 – The People in Production and other departments
Film sets have a tiered system from the producer and director down to the lowly runner and/or trainee. On this evening you will learn about the pecking order and all how to communicate to the prople higher up the ladder than you are.
- Learn about all of the Departments on set
- Who are the they?
- What do they do?
- What do you go to them for?
Week 4 – Everyone’s first Job: The Production Department
A production assistant needs to be excellent at organising the reams and reams of information on a film set. On this information-packed evening learn about the paperwork you need to deal with as a professional production assistant.
- Learn the Staff Positions and responsibilities of the PAs on set
- The Paperwork associated with Each of these positions
Week 5 – Practical application
This is the fun night when we have a series of mock-ups to help you prepare for that first awesome day on a film set.
- Breakdown A Script
- Have a Walkie Conversation
- Lockup a Hallway
- Call Sheets
- How to Get A Job in Film
What will you achieve?
On completion of this course, you will have the ability to walk onto any film set with a working understanding of what is happening and your initial role in the process.
How will you be taught?
Classes will feature a mix of lecture, group discussion, and in-room exercises.
Who should attend?
Anyone with an interest in understanding the inner workings and organization of a film set. From beginners in search of a start to veterans in need of a refresher to new/newish directors and producers looking to gain a better understanding of set life.
5 Consecutive Wednesdays: October 17, 24 & 31 and November 07 & 14, 2018 from 7 to 9 PM.
About the tutor
Joshua A. Friedman is a Freelance Producer and DGA Assistant Director. He started his career as a PA on Law & Order: Criminal Intent before joining the ranks of the DGA in 2011. He wrote “Getting It Done: The Ultimate Production Assistant Guide” which has become the definitive guide to on set production. After working on projects such as Hancock, Pelham 123, and the recently released A Simple Favor, Mr. Friedman began producing independent films starting with The Eyes (Currently available on Showtime) and the upcoming David Spade, James Earl Jones Starrer Warning Shot. Mr. Friedman recently launched a new Mobile App for the Film Industry called Crew Me Up to connect filmmakers across the world. He is so excited to be a part of the Raindance Film School and looks forward to sharing his resources with the world!
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