THE PRODUCTION COORDINATOR:
A Production Office Master Class
The heart and headquarters of any feature film, TV film or TV series is the Production Office. During the preparation for the project the crew is hired, and equipment is ordered. Deals are cut for every vendor that comes in contact with the project, because everything costs money. At the center of this activity is the Production Coordinator (POC), who has to know how to get everything paid for among all the other tasks and activities that take place every day. As casting is finalized, actors are hired and their needs are met. The POC works with a team consisting of an Assistant POC and Production Assistants. If the project warrants than a Travel Coordinator is added. The POC helps orchestrate the schedule, contracts, communications and travel, by managing the production office.
The position requires adept organizational skills, resourcefulness and the ability to handle a multitude of tasks simultaneously often under high-pressure situations. Important skills one must have include: organization and multitasking abilities, strong computer skills, team building and leading, and global communication skills with Studio Executives, personnel in insurance and clearances, Producers, Crew members, Cast, Vendors, and the public.
The more systematized and efficient the production office is, the smoother things will run on set. And THAT is the goal!
Carol Kravetz – Production Coordinator
Carol has been a Production Coordinator in Film & Television for over 30 years, in entertainment for over 60. Some of her film and television credits include features for MGM, Embassy, AIP, Filmways & TNT, two mini-series for Warner Brothers, Queen; Roots III and Heaven & Hell; North & South III, and movies of the week for HBO & USA Network. Her series television credits include Showtime Red Shoes Diaries, Nickelodeon Brothers Garcia, 20th/Sony Party Of Five, FX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Showtime/Sony Huff and her last show that she retired on was AMC/Sony Breaking Bad.
Carol is now involved in a collaboration with Kenny Chaplin and Film Industry Training Seminars, LLC, in which she is excited to give back to the film & entertainment community that gave her so much over the years. She has written a manual and has created and launched a LIVE workshop on being an experienced Production Coordinator. She hopes to give students, career transitioning adults and Veterans of the Armed Forces a good sense of the business end of making movies. Her current Live Seminar, webinar and book is titled – Production Coordinator: The Production Office Master Class.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Getting the Interview
- Making your deals
- Setting up the Production office
- Pre-Production duties
- Setting up the Casting Department
- Duties during Production
- Wrapping the show
SEMINAR & MANUAL CONTENT:
When you attend our Production Office Coordinator Seminar, you will receive a copy of Carol’s comprehensive training manual. Inside, you’ll find detailed information to help you prepare for a career as a Production Office Coordinator.
Table of Contents
- SCENE 1: Getting the Interview
- SCENE 2: Making Your Deals
- SCENE 3: Accounting
- SCENE 4: Setting up the Production Office
- SCENE 5: When Does Preparation Actually Start?
- SCENE 6: The Casting Department
- SCENE 7: Getting Closer to Shooting
- SCENE 8: The Final Push
- SCENE 9: The Shoot Begins
- SCENE 10: Prepping to Wrap
- Prologue A: Crew Positions
- Prologue B: Where to Find Photos
- Prologue C: List of All Forms
* This training manual will be available for PDF download purchase
for hardcopy purchase (plus shipping and handling) by late Winter 2018 *
WHAT DOES THIS SEMINAR COST?
The workshop is either subsidized by a local group such as a film school, or film commission, or paid per ticket by the student. IF you would like the live seminar to come to your city, please email us – and we’ll start a registration list. When thirty-five (35) registrants have accrued, we will open registration.
… please inquire via an email request – Email F.I.T.S.
Private Consultant: Dependant on size and scope of the of project
… please inquire via an email request – mailto: Email F.I.T.S.
careers and dreams are worth investing in
(hint: this is a more affordable, practical and results driven investment than a typical film school degree)
“With over 30 years of experience in the Film and Television industry, Carol Kravetz will bring a wealth of practical knowledge, insights and some amazing Hollywood stories to assist in your new and exciting journey ahead! I had the rewarding experience of working for Carol on the Emmy Award winning, hit television series, Breaking Bad. Her systematic and effective Production Office process was so well planned and easy to follow that it paved the way for success on all of my future shows. The value to her easy to follow process is that it creates a smooth functioning base for the show’s support teams to rely on. This saves time, money and makes everyone happy…and that’s what a great Production Office is all about! I’m glad I followed her path to success and you will be, too!” – Elissa Kannon, Production Coordinator (Better Call Saul)
“There is no one more qualified in the film and television industry to teach a course on Production Coordinating than Carol Kravetz. Her years of experience, expertise and knowledge are invaluable. Having taken this course with Carol, and also having served as her Assistant Production Coordinator for several years, I can personally attest to this fact. What I learned from Carol has allowed me to further develop my skills, and successfully take on the role of Production Coordinator. This course is a MUST for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a Production Coordinator”. – Pamela Brown, Production Coordinator, Los Angeles, CA
“This class is worth every cent and probably more! Great course content, engaging knowledgeable instructor…she knows POC “inside-out”. If you have a chance to take her class, do it!!” -Theresa B, West Virginia
“I really enjoyed learning how to support our production crew. …useful asset to our group. I am very pleased, as a vet, I did not have to pay. But! If I had paid it would have been money well spent.” -James K, West Virginia
“Getting to learn about such a key part of the film from Carol was exciting and inspiring. She is truly an expert and professional in her field and I learned so much. This was absolutely …money well-spent. F.I.T.S. is giving me a great education! ” -Julie K, West Virginia
“I am ready to be a POC thanks to Carol. Thanks to West Virginia Film for these F.I.T.S. courses.” – Erica K, West Virginia
“I thoroughly enjoyed the class. I honestly have a whole new appreciation for the production office.” – Steve K, West Virginia