TV / Film Production RunnerJob Description:
Runners work behind the scenes in TV or film, doing small jobs and basic tasks to help the production run smoothly.Job Category:
What you will do:
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- collecting and delivering equipment and scripts
- distributing messages and post, and running errands
- filing and photocopying
- answering the phone and greeting visitors
- driving vehicles around sets or between locations
- finding props
- keeping sets clean and tidy
- looking after studio guests or documentary interviewees, getting lunches and making tea and coffee
- knowledge of media production and communication
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- active listening skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- to be flexible and open to change (adaptable)
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things (creative)
There are no set requirements. Employers will be more interested in your enthusiasm and initiative than formal qualifications. Previous experience in office work, customer service or hospitality could be useful to show administrative and organisational skills.
You could do a course that includes practical skills, work placements and making contacts in the industry.
In the UK, Creative Skillset has details of industry-endorsed courses and The Production Guild offers a runner’s workshop. Broadcasters like the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 offer work experience placements, graduate schemes, and insight days.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
Working Hours and Environment:
Your hours will depend on the production. You may work long and unsocial hours, including early mornings and late evenings.
Working environments also vary, as you might be based in a studio, edit facility, production office or on location. You’ll spend a lot of your time running errands and moving between offices and production areas.
Location work could be anywhere in the country or overseas, and you may need to travel and work away from home.
Career Path & Progression:
In the UK, if you already have some industry experience or have completed training, then you may be able to apply for a Creative Skillset Trainee placement.
With experience, you could move into a production assistant, assistant producer (AP) or producer role.