Course Description

This course is a prerequisite for all Film Academy on-set training courses and is required for the Production Assistant Certificate. This introductory practical training approach to the role of a production assistant on a movie set explores responsibilities, all fill set positions and hierarchy, walkie-talkie and set etiquette, walkie-talkie and set lingo, call sheet creation, sides creation, production department paperwork, job hunting and resume writing.

Students who successfully complete this course receive OSHA 10/GES certification and a discount coupon for Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting. They are also eligible to apply for a crew position on the Tri-C Short Film Intensive (Art Department, Grip and Electric, Camera Department or and Location Sound Mixing and Boom Op).

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Efficiently perform basic production assistant duties and demonstrate familiarity with the technology and terminology commonly used on multimedia and film sets.
  • Handle basic responsibilities of running errands, distributing paperwork and managing confidential materials.
  • Identify the responsibilities and hierarchy of each key position within a film department.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of production terminology and etiquette.
  • Demonstrate proper walkie-talkie etiquette.
  • Organize travel to locations.
  • Manage equipment, check-out and inventories.
  • Make copies of the scripts, sides and DISTRO.
  • Maintain schedules.
  • Handle and understand contract protocols.
  • Assist and coordinate with all key departments on-set.


This course has a pre-requisite of a Enrollment/Screening Application. Please complete the form online (here).

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Production Assistant Basics
M, T, W, Th, F
8:30AM to 5:00PM
Apr 06, 2020 to Apr 17, 2020
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Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $1,095.00