Sat 26th 10am - Sun 27th Feb 2022 4pm

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The course is packed with useful information and resources, giving you the confidence to hit the ground running in a busy production office environment. Chris Lane

This course has shown me what it takes to work in film production, and I feel much more confident about my skills and making the transition from broadcast TV into film & HETV. Bernadette D'Mello

BFC/PGGB Production Secretary Training Programme

Dates: 26th and 27th February 2022

The training will be run over two cohorts, each with 12-15 participants. The second session will on 2nd and 3rd April 2022. 

The deadline for receipt of applications for the February course is 9am on Monday 7th February 2022.

Fees: £100 + booking fee and VAT (these are only payable once you have been accepted on the course)

Each day will begin at 10.00 and finish at 16.00. There will be breaks morning and afternoon with approximately an hour for lunch.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is designed for recent production graduates, experienced runners, producers’ secretaries and production secretaries who are keen to gain skills and knowledge to pursue career pathways in production coordination and production management.

How will it benefit my career?

Successful applicants will gain an opportunity to undertake a high level of quality training with an experienced production coordinator/manager and thereafter for trainees to access a continuing online community and resource which will equip them with the knowledge, skills and strategies. It will enable participants to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively take on the role both in the UK on both domestic and international productions.

Course Delivery

This course is delivered in person together with blended online learning through our Virtual Learning Environment by an expert tutor. This course covers a range of core practical, organisational and logistical skills and knowledge which are required by the role.

Course Overview

This programme will ensure that participants will gain core skills, resources and understanding of the responsibilities regarding the administration of the production office related to the role of production secretary for film and HETV production.

Day One

-  Role of production secretary and production pathway

- Set up of production office

- Travel, accommodation and shipping

- H&S

- Clearances

- Recces, readthroughs and rehearsals

Day Two

- Final Draft

- Mental health

- Production communications and US studios

- Production paperwork

- Shoot and wrap

- CVs and finding work

This training will allow trainees to:
- share knowledge, experience, best practice and address concerns with colleagues and peers
- identify and prepare for career pathways relating to the role of production secretary
- learn through simulation away from the pressure of everyday production
- benefit from an immediate and long-term support network and resources online

Course Tutor

With over 17 years’ experience in film and television, course tutor Emma Mallett has worked across a broad spectrum of productions, working her way up from her first job as Production Runner on Thomas the Tank Engine to Production Manager on upcoming Disney feature The One and Only Ivan. A Production Coordinator for many years, Emma has been employed across all budget levels: from low budget feature Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa to Independent films The Invisible Woman, Rush to large studio pictures Maleficent, Me Before You and Quantum of Solace. Emma has also worked in high-end television and was the Production Manager on Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.


The application process will by application form  We would be grateful if you could also complete and return a diversity monitoring form. Which will be processed separately from your application. If you are unable to download the form please do email [javascript protected email address] Please send your application to [javascript protected email address] with BFC Production Secretary application as the subject. If you would prefer to be considered for the April cohort please let us know.. 

The deadline for receipt of applications is 9am on Monday 7th February 2022.

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