Question by ecstacy: can my job thats coming up as a production assisstant/ runner on feature film help me climb sexy magic ladders?
Hello I’m one of the many people looking to work in film industry. and recetly it appears that I may be about to land a role as a production assisstant/runner on an upcoming feature film in US.
Just have a few qestions. I know that people start in these jobs as a stepping stone to a higher position within the crew/industry; I was just wondering how does that change come about. who normally makes that person’s position move up. how oes it happen, do they work for the same production company/director/producer or how does that happen?
the reason why I’m asking is because I’m an irish person currntly living in england in the 1st year of my degree course in film production & cinematography. I’m going to leave the course to look for work – which is partly about to happen.
Just wondering i take this role how likely am i to receive further work on the back of it. I don’t have a huge amount of money – so hopefully they payme; just want to know is this worth taking in terms of what it may lead on to, or is it likely this is a one-off with no real value for my career prospects in the future.
Just so you know I have a huge interest in film industry – thats where i want to work – and eventually (like everyone) become a director. if this job came up in england I’d take it in a second. but because it’s in us makes it difficult for me and i want to know how important this oppurtunity may/may not be?
Answer by Eric
Yes, it can help. But only do this if its what you want to do, not just because you think it will bring you to something else you want.
The way it can lead you closer to director is basically when you do this feature, people that work with you will get to know you through work and if one of them like your work and like working with you, they may ask you to assist on another project. Even people you haven’t worked with in the future will be able to see what you’ve done and experienced on your resume.
There are many, infinite ways to get to someplace you want to be. This is just one of them. It could very well be a one-off or it could lead you somewhere you want to be. There are so many possibilities. Doing this could distract you from doing something else you’d rather be doing. It can motivate you or disillusion you, may even turn you off. There are so many unknown paths to take.
My suggestion is just this: Do want you want to do and what you feel passionate doing. If this is something you said “no” to, would you be able to live with it or regret it or would you be fine with it?
There is no right way to do things. You can do it your way.
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