How would you describe your job?
I’m the only full-time production support in the office, so my main role is assisting the four producers. I work on projects from the initial brief right through to delivery. This will mainly be creative research and logistical organisation in the pre-production stage, being there on the shoot and then assisting producers in overseeing the edit, grade and sound design.
What does a typical working day look like?
There’s no typical day in this job, which is what I really like about it. There are day-to-day admin aspects of every job and sometimes I am just inputting crew into Evernote, or drawing up risk assessments and invoices. But I could also be flat out on story or character research or scoping out shoots. At the moment we’re in pre-production for one shoot in Canada and another in Ireland, so I’m figuring out all the logistical elements of that at the moment.
I switch between tasks such as crewing up, booking kit, doing budgets, legal contracts, call sheets and risk assessments to finding the right DP, editor, locations or sound designers for a project, as well as some development and narrative research as well. It’s not that normal for a production assistant to do creative research but I do quite a lot of that here; I’ve come from a journalist background so I pushed to make that part of my job. You can always carve out your own role within a company – Just So are amazing that way – if you express interest in something they are great and responding to that. My work will, more often than not, have a creative and a practical element. For example, I’ll work on timings and scheduling, but also draw out stories and characters and find out who might be interesting to film.
Our offices are in Shoreditch and I live in Haggerston, so it takes me ten minutes to cycle to work in the morning. Our office hours are technically 9am to 6pm, but it usually goes past that to 7pm. If we’ve got a shoot coming up sometimes we’ll be working till 10 or 11pm, but that doesn’t happen very regularly. You have to be open to working outside of the hours that you’ve been set – that’s the nature of the industry.