Production Assistant Resume Examples

Updated February 22, 2021

Jobs for production assistants (PA) are projected to grow 10% between 2019 and 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, this should result in 16,000 new jobs in production and directing.

While this area of the entertainment industry may be growing, you’ll be up against some fierce competition. Networking is generally the most effective avenue for landing a PA job. If, however, your connections don’t seem to be winning you gigs, a well-written resume has the power to change all that. Here, you’ll find all the tools you need to write a remarkable PA resume, including downloadable resumes for all experience levels, from those entirely new to the field to veteran PAs.

Downloadable Resume Examples

No Experience

Example #1 No Experience

2-3 Years

Example #2 2-3 Years

5-10 Years

Example #3 5-10 Years

10+ Years

Example #4 10+ Years

Production Assistant Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • No experience 0
  • 2-3 Years 2-3
  • 5-10 Years 5-10
  • 10+ Years 10+

Tyreece Blake
(318) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Your Street, Brooklyn, NY 81880

Applicant Profile/Objective

Energetic and reliable recent graduate with a passion for all things podcast and/or post-production. Eager to learn yet equipped with experience as a daily morning show DJ for USC radio station and as part of the production crew with TalkRadi, NYC. Proficient in audio and video editing.

Key Skills/Knowledge Areas

  • Flexibility
  • Organization
  • Budgeting
  • Fact checking
  • Adobe audition

Education

Advanced Media Institute Podcast Bootcamp Certificate
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY, Los Angeles, CA, December 2019

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cinematic Arts, Film and Television Production, 3.6 GPA
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles, CA, December 2020

Relevant Courses:

  • Multicultural Media
  • Audio Editing
  • Business of Video Production
  • Practicum in Video Production
  • Writing for Audio

Professional Experience

Podcast Station Production Assistant/Intern, TalkRadio NYC, New York, NY
April 2020 – Present

  • Identify social-worthy content in all shows and pre-interviews show guests
  • Edit and prepare audio clips for the air
  • Schedule interviews and conduct research
  • Support subsections by editing, scripting, and linking related pieces, music, etc.

Hazel Reid
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Your Street, Austin, TX 72345

Applicant Profile/Objective

Sports-focused field and post-production assistant with a background in reality television, outdoor adventure, and professional football. Holds a bachelor’s in film from one of the top-ranking schools in both film and academics. Boasts diverse experience, including projects with two major TV networks, HBO, and Netflix.

Professional Experience

NFL Seasonal Production Assistant, NFL, Culver City, CA
October 2019 – Present

  • Develop and deliver all motion and still graphics for shows
  • Generate headshots and action shot cutouts
  • Serve as quality control for all elements prior to final delivery
  • Ensure a factual display of player and team information

NFL Documentary Production Assistant, “Hard Knocks,” HBO, Oakland, CA
July 2019 – August 2019

  • Traveled with the crew and NFL team for joint practices and preseason games
  • Logged and assisted in selecting footage
  • Assisted in managing online content for the show
  • Set up shot visuals and helped prep players for individual interviews

Set Production Assistant, “American Ninja Warrior”, Los Angeles, CA
August 2018 – June 2019

  • Stayed positive, alert, and ready to respond to requests for help at any time, despite shooting overnight
  • Directed competitors to correct locations at the proper time
  • Assisted in obstacle course setup and tear down
  • Aided in training on location PAs
  • Traveled with the crew to competition sites around the country

Junior Production Assistant, Ultimate Beastmaster(Netflix), Santa Clarita, CA
February 2018 – July 2018

  • Completed frequent runs for producers and directors
  • Transported audio and filming equipment
  • Made schedules, logs, and shot list for post-production team
  • Ensured meals were ordered and on time during each day of production

Key Skills/Knowledge Areas

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Proofreading
  • Audio board operation
  • Studio cameras
  • Video editing
  • Set up and strike

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Animation, and Video, 4.0 GPA
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, May 2017

Jeremy Webster
(512) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Capitol Street, Atlanta, GA

Professional Profile/Objective

Post-production assistant with over five years experience in primetime TV and full-length feature films with clients such as Disney, Universal Studios, and CBS. Expert at time management, handling and using camera equipment, editing video and audio.

Professional Experience

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” Bravo, Marrietta, GA
POST-PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: AUDIO/VIDEO
November 2019 – Present

“Jumanji 2,” Columbia Pictures, Atlanta, GA
POST-PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: VIDEO
March 2019– May 2019

“Lady and the Tramp,” Disney, Savannah, GA
POST-PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: AUDIO
August 2017 – March 2019

“Stranger Things” Netflix, Atlanta, GA
CAMERA PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
November 2016 – May 2016

“MacGyver,” CBS, Marrietta, GA
CAMERA PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
January 2016 – October 2016

“Budding Prospects,” Amazon, San Francisco, CA
CAMERA PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
August 2015 – November 2015

“The Etruscan Smile,” Lightyear Entertainment, San Francisco, CA
SET PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
May 2015 – July 2015

“Steve Jobs,” Universal Pictures, San Francisco, CA
SET PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
February 2015 – April 2015

Education

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Film Editing
AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE, Los Angeles, CA, December 2015

Bachelor of Cinematography
CENTER OF CINEMATOGRAPHY, ARTS, AND TV, Miami, FL, May 2013

Key Skills/Knowledge Areas

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Audio board operation
  • Video editing
  • Set up and strike
  • Lighting equipment
  • Studio cameras
  • Highlight packages

Vanessa Suarez
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 21st Street #1790, New York, NY

Professional Profile/Objective

Enthusiastic lead production assistant with experience on two of the nation’s leading cable news shows. Proven manager who is well known for dependability, attention to detail, and an expertise in production planning, live filming, and speedy post-production.

Professional Experience

Lead Production Assistant, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” MSNBC, New York, NY
September 2015 – Present

  • Track development and production of pre-recorded segments
  • Pitch, research, and obtain legal clearances for guest segments
  • Train and delegate work to five junior production assistants
  • Serve in lieu of assistant producers for as long as one week at a time

Production Assistant, “Erin Burnett OutFront,” WarnerMedia (CNN) New York, NY
November 2011 – August 2015

  • Coded video and created banners under extremely tight deadlines
  • Assisted with voiceovers and soundbites
  • Produced social media/digital content for the show
  • Worked in the control room and ran prompter during live shows

Production Assistant, WSB TV News, Atlanta, GA
June 2009 – November 2011

  • Cut tape using Premiere and Avid
  • Researched and fact checked stories
  • Pitched engaging stories for daily segments
  • Dubbed and archived footage
  • Assisted with both live and prerecorded news productions

Education

Bachelor of Sciences in Radio, Television, and Film
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, Austin, TX, September 2011

Key Skills/Knowledge Areas

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving
  • Social media for business marketing
  • Video editing
  • Project management
  • Live productions

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Production Assistant Resumes

When applying for jobs as a production assistant, it’s critical that you highlight your key skills and action verbs that are related to the job posting. The assistant directors or production coordinators typically doing the hiring will likely not employ an Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to narrow down the candidates. However having a professional profile at the top of your resume that you fill naturally with industry-specific keywords can prove invaluable in grabbing the hiring individual’s attention.

Here are a few of the popular skills and action verb for production assistants:

Key Skills & Proficiencies
Administrative work Assemble props and set
Budgeting Call sheets
Camera equipment Digital graphics
Flexible Pre-production
Post-production Production paperwork
Production scheduling Quality control
Results-oriented Set up and strike
Teamwork Video equipment
Ability to work long days
Action Verbs
Assist Attention to detail
Create Distribute
Edit Listen
Manage Monitor
Observe Organize
Perform Problem solve
Schedule Suggest
Transport

Tips for Writing a Better Production Assistant Resume

Showcase your production-related technical skills and program knowledge

A career in production or post-production sometimes requires specific technical knowledge, especially if you want to move up. Set production assistants may benefit from knowing how to run a control room or make travel arrangements for large groups. Post-production individuals usually need skills in video and audio editing, graphics, and more. Sometimes, you may not even employ these skills on the job. However, producers and directors like to know that you have the skills should they need them or that you’re dedicated enough to the industry that you’ve invested in learning certain skills.

You can mention these skills in your resume by mixing them into the bullets of your professional experience section or you can list them under skills. Pro tip: Always double check your resume to make sure you include all technical skills and software programs you have experience with that the job description lists.

Example #1:

Good


Sony Intelligent Media Services and Channel Maker

Bad


Control room software

Example #2:

Good


Adobe Creative Suite, including Premiere, Audio, and Illustrator mastery

Bad


Adobe editing

Quantify your production assistant experience

Quantifying your production assistant experience gives hiring managers a more comprehensive idea of your experience and abilities in certain tasks that are common among PAs or post-production as well as any unique skills you might be able to offer. As you write your resume bullets, try to include answers to the following questions: How much? How many? How often? For example:

  • How many times did you step in as an assistant director when your boss was away?
  • How much time did your ideas for streamlining set changes save during filming?
  • How large is the viewership/audience for highlight reels or motion graphics?

Example #1:

Good


Assisted in the production of 42 podcast episodes by scheduling and pre-interviewing guests, creating content, and completing post-production audio edits

Bad


Assisted with podcasts

Example #2:

Good


Supervised and gave directions to as many as 500 film extras at once

Bad


Worked with extras

How to Align Your Resume With the Job Description

To determine which skills and experiences your resume should highlight, take another look at the job description. The key requirements for the position are most commonly listed at the beginning of the job description or included more than once. Now, review your resume again. Which skills, qualities, and types of experiences are noted first or two to three times? These are the words you want your production assistant resume to incorporate.

Once you’ve identified these keywords, go through, and add them naturally to your resume. As you reread your resume, take a few minutes to communicate how you can deliver on their most essential needs. Ask yourself, did I exhibit this quality in this role. If so, how? Then make a note of it under that position on your resume.

Example Production Assistant Job Description


Walt Disney Studios is in need of dependable production assistants for the upcoming filming of Star Wars: Rogue Squadron in Los Angeles, California. Needed from February 2021 to June 2021. $250 day rate. Must have experience.

Responsibilities:

  • Keep track of actors on the call sheet
  • Perform crowd control
  • Run errands for the crew
  • Assist with and place extras
  • Oversee distribution of props, script pages, gear, etc.
  • Maintain a positive attitude

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma — related bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 2+ years experience on television or film sets
  • Willingness to work long hours
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Radio lingo
  • Detail-oriented
  • Punctual

Next, take the words you highlighted from the job description and add them to the skills listed in your resume. Here is an example of how to incorporate them in your resume:

Production Assistant Work Experience Example


Set/Background Production Assistant

“Shazam!” Warner Bros Studios, November 2018–January 2019

  • Selected to perform most important errands for crew as a result of proven dependability
  • Tracked assigned actors according to call sheet, and supervised up to 50 extras a day
  • Assisted with crowd control for on-location shoots
  • Managed 12 radios and taught new production assistant radio lingo
  • Received award for “contagious positive attitude

Skills

  • Hold a valid class C driver’s license (10 years)
  • Working long shoots without fatigue

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