Essential Skills for Production Co-ordinators - £510.00

A hands-on, highly interactive 2-day course that will give you a solid grounding in the skills, responsiblities, methods and best-practices involved in working as a production coordinator on both broadcast and cross-platform projects.   

Taught by an award-winning head of production, the course takes you step-by-step through the key stages of a production as well as the essential tasks and skills needed to be a co-ordinator, from monitoring costs to scheduling, from setting up location shoots to contracting artists, from booking and negotiating kit to clearances and rights.  

The course is taught through a series of practical tasks and exercises taken from real-life productions.  

Duration                     2 days
Class Size:                   8 maximum (usually 4-6)
Cost:                             £425 plus Vat

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Who it's for? 

This course is designed for production assistants, secretaries or junior production co-ordinators who want to build their knowledge and confidence in order to excel at production co-ordinating, or others who are looking to take on PC duties.  


None. Delegates will be sent a detailed booking form before the course so we can gauge their experience and objectives and tailor the course accordingly. 


The course is firmly rooted in the day-to-day realities of the job, and participants will gain a comprehensive grounding of the challenges, tasks and issues they are likely to face, and how to deal with them effectively and efficiently. 

Course Content

- Introduction to the role of the Production Coordinator within production management; what makes a good PC?
- How to work under pressure and importance of prioritising
- Maintaining a good working relationship with the Production Manager, and the production team
- Setting up shoots in the UK, and abroad, including managing locations
- Negotiating location and contributor fees 
- Understanding the technical aspects of the production - from cameras to edit suites
- Working with demanding production teams - facilitating the shoot whilst managing the budget 
- Budgets and managing your components of it 
- Introduction to how the PM will create a budget and how the PC can be included in that process
- Petty Cash floats and processing expenses, including systems for tracking cash, reconciliations, understanding and calculating Vat
- Post- production and new technology - understanding the processes of what goes on after filming has finished and cost implications
- Delivables, compliance and post-production paperwork

Venue & Times 

Location:             DV Talent
                            6 Waterson Street
                            E2 8HL

Times:                10am - 5:30pm
                                    (please arrive 15 minutes early for induction on the first day)


Ally Jenkins is an award-winning head of production whose credits include the original landmark series of Coast, the Hairy BikersCutting Edges, Channel 4's That Paralympic ShowRip Off Britain, The One Show, as well as scores of multi-platform and ad funded projects. 


Do I need to bring anything to the course?
It’s advisable to bring a pen and some notepaper. Otherwise, all you need is a receptive mind and your energy and enthusiasm.

Is lunch provided?
We keep you replenished with teas, coffee, biscuits and fruit. We don’t provide lunch – although there are a number of sandwich shops, cafes, restaurants close by, as well as a supermarket.

What if I have to cancel?
If you cancel more than 10 working days before the course date, you will get a full refund. If you cancel with less than 10 days' notice, or once the course has been confirmed, the full course fees are still due. We will however endeavour to get you onto to a future course as and when we have a spare space. Although this cannot be guaranteed and will usually involve you being offered the place at short notice, we have a great track record of making sure people get their training – even it takes a bit of time.

What others say about this course

"Loved it! Will be coming back for more. It was very informative, learnt tonnes in the first few hours."

- Jane Gregory, Production Coordinator

"Very helpful. I learnt so much in the last two days and definitely think it was worth the money."

- Jessie Anderson, Production Assistant

"Really enjoyed it, very informative - the tutor was very good. I would feel much more confident going into a PC role now that I have a good idea of what it entails."

- Caroline Khouri, Manager/Production

"Brilliant and extremely useful."

- Gwen Gorst, Production Co-ordinator

'Very impressed. Really enjoyed it ... was relaxed enough not to be intimidating and yet was very professionally presented'

- Lowri Jones, Production Co-ordinator  

"The course was very insightful clear easy to understand"

-Becci Ride, Production Coordinator

"Great, really usefully, totally absorying & fantastically delivered. Informative & Engaging"

-Melanie James, Assistant Producer

"Very worthwhile"

-Adam Jackson, Production Assistant

"it was a good overview into things to consider when doing budgets and schedules"

-Bree Honn, Development Coordinator



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