As a member of the film crew, the Production Assistant (PA) is responsible for various administrative aspects integral to the production phase of a film or television show.
PAs often begin work during pre-production, support the set-up of the production office, and organize equipment, staff, and supplies. They arrange travel and accommodations, and work with producers to secure work permits and visas for cast and crew. Once production begins, PAs are largely involved in the preparation and distribution of crew lists, scripts, and call sheets, ensuring everyone stays informed and in sync. PAs are involved in maintaining daily progress reports and working with the transportation captain to ensure all transport needs are met. At the end of the production phase, PAs focus on tidying up loose ends, closing supplier accounts, and returning surplus stock. Given the extensive areas of need, they are usually divided into different categories e.g., Set PA, Locations PA, Set Runner, etc.
To be effective, PAs must work well under pressure, be team-driven, organized, innovative, and have good written and verbal communication skills. A good understanding of the production process is helpful, but can often be learned on the job as part of onboarding and training. Lumina’s assessment can help by providing candidates with guided insight into the skills and personality needed for this type of role.