Yorkshire's TV industry is booming in part fuelled by Channel 4's recent decision to set up its HQ in Leeds but while the surge in production is hugely welcome, there are concerns that it is creating significant skills gaps in specific fields.
One of these is the job of Production Co-ordinator or Secretary, an important, but unsung role, which is in great demand by employers. Delivered in collaboration with Screen Yorkshire, this course will outline all key aspects of the role you’ll perform to make sure a TV Production runs smoothly and successfully, from arranging transport and accommodation to keeping filming crews safe on location.
- A flair for organisation
- An eye for detail
- A desire to work as part of a creative team
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What does the Production Co-ordinator do?
This taster course will be valuable if you:
- have no previous experience of the role - or the TV industry – but think you may have the right skills and strengths for the job;
- have previously worked in a TV role (or taken a media-related degree) but have taken a break from the industry. Or if you've never managed to get a foot in the door and are looking to restart your career;
- are already working in the industry in a junior capacity and want to develop and enhance your skills, perhaps with the long-term aim of becoming a Production Manager.
The course covers every aspect of the job, from start to finish of the production cycle, in three distinct areas:
- Pre-production – including all preparations and bookings for filming and relevant paperwork;
- Production – liaising with the programme-making team during the principal filming period, either on location or in the studio;
- Post Production – including editing, programme delivery, clearances and clean-up
- Classroom sessions
- Practical exercises based on real-life TV shows
- Meetings with TV industry professionals, keen to pass on their experience and expertise.
Is the Course for me?
Before we focus on the skills, you’ll be introduced to the world of contemporary TV programme-making – how it works, how programmes are made, commissioned, financed and delivered. So if you know nothing about TV, don’t worry - all will be explained.
- Using clips of TV shows as a guide, we’ll cover the wide range of productions, genres and platforms (live or recorded, drama or factual, for broadcast or online) which you may be asked to work on and the companies which may employ you.
- You’ll be given a clear vision of what all production roles and responsibilities entail – from Runner to Executive Producer - and where you would fit into that chain of command. And we’ll cover the impact on your role if the production is international, rather than domestic.
- It will explain the nature of the profession – whether you’re office-based or on location, work regular hours or will be flexible on timings and whether you’ll be on staff or employed on a freelance basis. And it will offer a clear and frank appraisal of the job opportunities available when you have completed the course.