Being a runner is a great way to get yourself on-set or in the production office. Many people start their careers as runners, it’s not glamorous and it’s hard work but it can lead to a full time career in film and TV production. Runners often gain promotions to the roles of production secretary, coordinator and 3rd AD. Learn how to put your best foot forward with this skills based one-day course.


You will taught:

• Who’s who and an outline of crew hierarchy
• Office versus on-set runners and career path options
• Production office and on-set protocol, hints and tips
• Basic introduction to production paperwork and distribution
• Petty cash and receipts
• Vehicles and insurance
• How to write a great CV
• How to approach the production manager for the job
• Booking agencies – how to sign up, what they do, how can they help

Highly experienced tutor:

Heather Oxenham has worked extensively in both commercial and independent productions. Her experience in the Australian feature film industry has seen her working with award winning directors such as Rolf de Heer, Bill Bennet, Clara Law and Scott Hicks. Her company, Karisma Pictures, has won many awards for its outstanding productions. Sexy Thing, a short film, Produced by Heather, was officially selected for competition at Cannes and won a creative excellence award at the Melbourne Film Festival in 2006. In feature films her first assistant director credits include the AFI nominated feature film, Erskinville Kings 1999 and Kiss or Kill 1997 which won, five AFI awards, and was the winner of the Film Critics Circle of Australian Awards [FFCA]. In 1999, she started as the production supervisor of All Saints, and was later promoted to line producer, where she played an instrumental role in the changes made to the program during that time.

Special guest speakers:

Heather will draw on her network of film and TV industry colleagues to present special guest sessions with you. Together they will guide you through the role of the runner, answer your questions, make suggestions, give you notes and examples of paperwork to take away.

Pat Rubie will be a guest speaker on the day. Pat is the Co-Director of Top Technicians Management – one of Sydney’s premier crew booking agencies. She has many years of experience in running the agency and has an unmatched passion for and knowledge of the industry. She has been very involved in crewing up many productions that have been shot in Australia and overseas, including Wolverine, The Great Gatsby and Mad Max 4: Fury Road. We are very lucky to have Pat as a guest on this course – and this is a great opportunity to meet her, and to get lots of hints and tips first hand.

The course will also have an experienced Production Coordinator speaking – stay tuned for details! They will share their production hints and tips, and hopefully also some amusing anecdotes too!

Do come: If you are starting out or want to brush up on your skills, have initiative and a good way with people.
Don’t come: If you don’t have a license


Metro Screen, Paddington Town Hall, Corner of Oxford Street & Oatley Road, Paddington, Sydney

For more information about this short course in how to be a runner or your career please contact the Metro Screen Learning and Development team on (02) 9356 1818 or email Metro Screen.

Please read the student handbook before enrolling.

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