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Gregory Crook

  • Runner, Production Assistant
  • London, UK
  • 23/02/2022
Full time Producer / Production

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My production assistant/runner experience has been predominantly on student shoots, in which I’ve taken part in half a dozen around London and Surrey. These positions involved administration work from home as well as on set experience moving equipment and props as well as setting up said equipment for scenes. I have recently taken paid work for the National Film and Television School as a runner/driver for a couple of weeks. My duties were driving actors to and from set, with one location being as far as Gloucester. Additionally, I transported costumes, equipment, and props. Currently I am volunteering as an in-office production assistant for a feature length film for charity, where my duties are contacting agents, actors and crew through phone and email, whilst also managing budget spreadsheets and production timelines/organisation. I have worked part time as an extra since 2016, taking part in productions including Dunkirk, Star Wars, Men in Black and the Crown. This work sparked my passion for a career in film that extra work cannot fulfil. I want a role where I will be right in the centre of the action of film making, where I know I am contributing everything I can to a production and learn as much as possible of behind-thescenes movie magic. I believe I also have relevant work experience from previous jobs I’ve held which have given me applicable skills to the position of production assistant. Recently I worked part time as van driver for a dog day care. This role involved collecting the dogs in morning from around Kew and Richmond, I was under time constraints due to traffic and the distance between the dogs and the day care. This was my first experience driving van but I found I adapted to the job quickly. Additionally, I worked as a wrangler in an Amazon warehouse, where the work was fast paced with long hours, involving logistics and communication in receiving and passing along new instructions to colleagues. Additionally in my two years in the University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) I received military training of both squaddie and officer level, I learnt important expertise in organisation, admin, and time management from various lessons and exercises. I believe these skills valuable to the position of production assistant as I’d be working with numerous individuals who I shall have to convey instructions clearly and quickly as well as collaborating in various tasks cooperation and joint organisation. Another important skill I hold that is necessary for this role is being able to work following covid protocols. In my last employment as bar staff at Idols in Swansea, I started during the pandemic so I was trained and worked solely following social distancing, sanitation and sterilising rules to protect colleagues and customers. This was also true for my last year in the UOTC where all lessons and exercises adhered to strict MOD rules on covid safety precautions. I believe all my skills and experience I’ve gained make me an excellent candidate for the position of production assistant.