A job in production could come in various different forms, such as working in film or television. When working in the production industry, responsibilities are not as fixed as they are in others, with everyone mucking in. Production covers all the technical aspects of producing films and television programs, from shooting and editing to script work and special effects.
Who can I work for?
In production you can expect to work for film and television companies, from those that are well known, such as ITV – one of the UK's biggest production companies, to smaller, less well-known, companies.
Where and when can I work?
Hours worked are not typical office hours, which is why it is important if you work in production to have a flexible approach to your working hours, doing your fair share of early mornings, late nights and weekends.
What can I earn?
Earnings vary drastically, depending on whether you are a runner, which is the person at the bottom of the ladder, or a producer, for example. Runners are often on little more than minimum wage, while producers earn a salary well above average.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of working in production include travelling around and meeting new people on a regular basis.
Are there chances of promotion?
You can expect to progress reasonably quickly in production, often starting out as a runner and then working your way up.
What will I be responsible for?
Responsibilities differ depending on the production job role, from making tea and coffee as a runner, to writing scripts and putting films together.
Do I need any experience?
The best experience to gain is in the production industry itself, meeting the right people and getting involved with the projects that will get you to where you want to be. While having qualifications in this field can stand you in good stead too, production is an industry where who you know is likely to get you further than what you know.
What attributes are needed?
You need to be hardworking, confident, a clear communicator, physically fit and willing to take on a variety of different tasks.