In Summary - Production Coordinator - TV/Film
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The Work - Production Coordinator - TV/Film
The Production Co-ordinator works with the Production Manager and has an extremely responsible position. The job involves setting up and organising the production office by selecting necessary furniture and equipment, maintaining supplies of stationary, etc. It includes determining the travel requirements of cast and crew, organising tickets, visas as required and providing detailed written itineraries for the cast and crew.
The Production Co-ordinator looks after the accommodation requirements of the cast and crew; sourcing, booking and arranging payment for the necessary accommodation. He/she liaises with the Transport Captain/Second Assistant Director to determine and organise the transportation needs of the cast and crew, sources suppliers and negotiates hire or lease arrangements.
The Production Co-ordinator organises and does the paperwork related to insurance cover for action vehicles, rental cars, office equipment etc. A huge amount of administration and production paperwork is involved such as compiling, typing, distributing and filing of call sheets, movement orders, daily progress reports, scripts and cast/crew personnel lists.
The Production Co-ordinator organises the use of courier and shipping companies necessary and makes arrangements for the movement of props, costumes, etc. to and from the production base. He/she co-ordinates communication to and from the set/location by setting up and overseeing communication systems.
The Production Co-ordinator has a lot of responsibility in the closing of the production; such as closing accounts with suppliers, returning surplus stock, tying up all loose ends and leaving office files in such a way that information can be easily accessed by other personnel if necessary.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
- Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.
- Research production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.
- Review film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.
- Monitor postproduction processes to ensure accurate completion of details.
- Conduct meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained.
- Perform administrative duties, such as preparing operational reports, distributing rehearsal call sheets and script copies, and arranging for rehearsal quarters.
- Resolve personnel problems that arise during the production process by acting as liaisons between dissenting parties when necessary.
- Hire directors, principal cast members, and key production staff members.
- Arrange financing for productions.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Interests - Production Coordinator - TV/Film
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
The Production Co-Ordinator must be hardworking, efficient and have good organisational skills. The job calls for excellent secretarial, word processing and/or computer skills.
Entry Requirements - Production Coordinator - TV/Film
Pay & Salary - Production Coordinator - TV/Film
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 40k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - Production Coordinator - TV/Film
Irish Film and Television Network
SIPTU (Film & Entertainment Branch)
Irish Film Board