1st Edition

Keys to the Production Office
Unlocking Success as an Office Production Assistant in Film and Television




  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after March 29, 2022
ISBN 9781032180984
March 29, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 65 B/W Illustrations

USD $39.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Preview

Book Description

Opening a door to the real behind-the-scenes of a film or television show, this book explores the reality of working in the Production Office as an Office Production Assistant. Drawing on over 40 years’ combined experience, authors Jennifer A. Haire and Gilana M. Lobel map out a career path into the industry by providing comprehensive practical information designed specifically for individuals pursuing the entry level role of the Office PA.

An invaluable tool for both breaking into the industry and on the job, the book is full of detailed "how to" information that not only provides an overview of the full scope of the industry, but also functions as a user’s manual for production office operations. Haire and Lobel outline variations of the job of an Office PA for both big and small budget feature films and TV shows and how you are a vital component of the production team which can open the door to your future career. With coverage on how the Office PA supports the process of creating a show, the production staff and crew, the practical day-to-day of the office, and developing your career, this is an essential resource for anyone wishing to take their first steps into the film and TV industry. Featuring charts, graphics, diagrams, sample documents, templates, supplemental materials, and light-hearted cartoons throughout the book, the reader is immersed in real world scenarios which create a solid foundation for how to be a professional in the workplace.


This is an inspiring and practical manual that reveals what is beyond the behind-the-scenes of film and TV production. It’s ideal for aspiring film and TV professionals with little to no experience working in physical production as well as readers studying film and television production courses and industry training programs.

Table of Contents

DEDICATION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

AUTHOR PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

SECTION 1: YOU ARE HERE

PHASES OF A SHOW

WHERE ARE YOU?

Production Hubs

Production Office vs. On-Set

NUANCES OF PRODUCTION HUBS

CREW STRUCTURE & MANAGEMENT

Keys to Section 1

SECTION 2: WELCOME TO THE PRODUCTION OFFICE

THE PRODUCTION STAFF

Who’s the Boss?

WHAT THE PRODUCTION OFFICE DOES

Why the Production Office is Necessary

The Production Pyramid

Keys to Section 2

SECTION 3: UNLOCKING THE ROLE OF THE OFFICE PA

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE OFFICE PA

How long is the job of an Office PA?

THE PRODUCTION OFFICE CYCLES

Prep > Film > Wrap > Repeat

WORKING HOURS

JOB SKILLS & TOOLS

THE PRODUCTION CREW

"On" and "Off" Production Departments

Keys to Section 3

SECTION 4: MAKING IT HAPPEN, BEHIND THE SCENES

PRODUCTION OFFICE SET UP & WRAP

Initial Production Office Set Up

Vendor Services

Distribution

Office Signage

Craft Services Set Up

Parking, Public Transportation & Production Vehicles

PRODUCTION FILING

DIGITAL WORKFLOWS

DOCUMENT DISTRIBUTION

Hard Copy Distribution

Electronic Distribution

OFFICE OPERATIONS

Office Machines

Runs

Meetings, Greetings & Scouts

That’s Lunch

Craft Services

SCRIPT REVISIONS & SIDES

DAILY CHECKLIST

BASIC ACCOUNTING

Purchase Orders

Petty Cash/ Purchasing Cards

Check Requests

SUPPORTING CAST & CREW TRAVEL

Keys to Section 4

SECTION 5: TURNING THE PAGE ON PRODUCTION PAPERWORK

FROM THE SCRIPT TO THE FILM SET

Morning Paperwork

CONTACT LISTS

SCHEDULES

SCRIPTS

REPORTING DOCUMENTS

POST PRODUCTION/EDITORIAL NEEDS

FINANCIAL

OTHER

Keys to Section 5

SECTION 6: MASTERING THE ART OF WORKPLACE PERFORMANCE

IMPRESSIONS & PERCEPTIONS

ASK QUESTIONS, TAKE NOTES

LISTENING & COMMUNICATING

INITIATIVE & FOLLOW THROUGH

BEING ONE STEP AHEAD

OFFICE ETIQUETTE

PHONE ETIQUETTE

How to Give Good Phone

Cell Phones & Texting

APPROPRIATE VS NOT APPROPRIATE

PROFESSIONAL CODE OF CONDUCT

Keys to Section 6

SECTION 7: REEL LIFE, UNHINGED

GETTING PAID

PA Pay Rates

Start Paperwork

UNEMPLOYMENT

ON THE JOB

Safeguards

Day 1/ Your First Day

Lessons Learned on the Job

CLIMBING THE PYRAMID

Inspirational Stories

UNIONS & GUILDS

Keys to Section 7

SECTION 8: RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION INITIATIVES

PRODUCTION SAFETY

Production Safety & You

Employer Responsibilities

Production Office Safety Awareness Guide

Pandemic Safety

HARASSMENT & DISCRIMINATION

Types of Harassment

Discrimination

GREEN PRODUCTION INITIATIVES

Keys to Section 8

SECTION 9: THE BIG SCREEN VS THE SMALL SCREEN

PRODUCTION PATTERNS & SCHEDULES

RELEASE PLATFORMS & SCHEDULES

PA WORK LIFESPAN ON A SHOW

Keys to Section 9

SECTION 10: WHERE YOUR STORY BEGINS

NETWORKING

OTHER JOB SEARCH TIPS

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW

Internships

Programs

Mentors

LANDING THE JOB

The Resume

Your Online Presence

The Interview

COMPETITION

REFERRALS & RECOMMENDATIONS

Keys to Section 10

 

CONCLUSION

COORDINATOR CORNER

APPENDIX DOCUMENTS

3.4 – Crew List

4.2 – Office Supply List

4.10A – Prod File Org Chart

4.11 – Episode File Labels

4.12 – Prod File Labels

4.21 – Mileage Log

4.25 – Script Title Page

4.26 – Script

6.1 – Phone Activity

GLOSSARY

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INDEX

...
View More

Author(s)

Biography

Jennifer A. Haire is a Line Producer and DGA Production Manager with global feature film and television experience. Proud to be a "Fighting Pickle," she earned her BFA in filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Her commitment to the industry includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Producers Guild of America, IATSE Local 871 and launching international production crew training and production safety education workshops.

Gilana M. Lobel is a New York based Producer and DGA Production Manager. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking, her experience with the production office comes from working on major feature films and television shows in various capacities. She is dedicated to telling diverse stories and creating a more inclusive work environment by collaborating with numerous organizations to encourage upward mobility in the film and television industry.

Reviews

"This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in entering the film and television industry. The information divulged in this text is incredibly thorough and accessible. It is written with both advice from experts and foresight to prevent mistakes. This book needs to be in the back pocket of all recent film school graduates and those entering the ‘industry.’"
Jim Peterson, Director of Theatre and Film, Carmel High School and Adjunct Professor, Ball State University