Tell us about a typical day; what kinds of skills do you use?
I answer the phones and take messages, deal with deliveries and couriers, refill the snacks area and generally ensure that the office is in a pleasant working condition. Being organised and having good communication skills is important; whether that’s filing receipts to be sent to the finance team, or writing emails that are clear, informative and precise.
When there aren’t a lot of duties in the office, I also help with post-production logging. It’s basically watching raw footage, before transcribing and logging funny moments; which makes it easier for the editors to find clips.
I’ve also been an on-set runner; helping the food team to find and arrange specific utensils; the art department with set decoration and packing up the decor; and smaller crews to rig and de-rig.
Is there anything you’ve found surprising about the film industry so far?
I thought that everyone would be cut-throat and terrifying if I made a mistake, but I was wrong! Most people are actually nice and willing to help, especially if you’re just starting out – but you need to approach people and show them you’re interested in what they do. Also the different job roles! I’ve met everyone from story producers and food researchers to ‘care bears’ (aka baker assistant producers).