This is the entry-level position of the filmmaking world. Regardless of what your aspirations are, this is most likely the role you will start your career in. You will learn firsthand about life on a professional set and make contacts to help forward your career. Responsibilities change from day to day, but the main duties of the production assistant (PA) include:
- Managing paperwork
- Loading and unloading equipment
- Crowd control
- Administrative tasks
- Miscellaneous tasks
Production assistants should be good listeners, responsible, patient, and willing to learn. They should pay attention to detail, have a “get it done” attitude, and follow instructions. Even though it may not be your dream job, the experience is an invaluable tool for someone who wants to advance in the film and television industry.
Check out this list of film colleges.
- Associate, Film + Broadcast at Tribeca Flashpoint College in Chicago, IL.
- Associate, Film Production at Columbia College Hollywood in Tarzana, CA.
- Associate, Film Production Technology at Valencia College in Orlando, FL.