Production-logistics assistant course - MONDEL – L’Atelier du Cinéma – Training Center for Technical Cinema and Television Professions

Production-logistics assistant

The production assistant supports the logistics department (as well as other departments based on the production structure) logistically so that the different members of the production team have the necessary informational and material resources to carry out their respective mandates. He works under the supervision of the logistics manager and/or the logistics assistant manager, or if applicable, production manager and/or the producer.

More specifically (but without limiting the generality of the foregoing), the production assistant performs most or all of the following tasks:

  • Supports production team members by ensuring the handling, maintenance, storage, etc., of the material resources they need;
  • Ensures the transmission of documents and/or information between production team members;
  • Assists production team members by filling out, if necessary, forms and reports related to their work;
  • Assists the logistics manager and/or assistant logistics manager (or, if applicable, the director of production and/or the producer) in managing the flow of people, vehicles, equipment, and materials on set, especially by managing circulation;
  • Performs any other non-specialized task necessary to ensure the smooth running of the production;
  • Manages general safety, signage, and parking;
  • Manages caterers and craft service;
  • Manages communications on set.

*Please note that the masculine gender has been used to facilitate reading and is not intended to be discriminatory.

Course plan

  • Training on basic software: Word, Excel, PDF, Preview, Dropbox, etc.
  • Analysis of filming locations – living environment
  • Municipal regulations: other municipalities
  • Knowledge of Quebec geography and regional cities
  • Montreal Film and Television Office (BCTM): Regulations (Permits, stickers, base parking, closures, intermittence, etc.)
  • Montreal Film and Television Office (BCTM) – Managing street blockages, detour plans
  • Montreal Film and Television Office (BCTM) – Policies on towing and truck parking on streets
  • Knowledge of general control equipment
  • Preparation of a breakdown – team/equipment
  • Electricity 101 and working with a generator
  • Road maps and plans
  • Communication (walkie-talkies, internet)
  • Working with drones and helicopters
  • Safe use of aerial work platforms
  • Safe use of a forklift
  • Working with water. Rain, pool, boat, and ice field
  • Truck securing, preventive driving, and practice
  • Safety code – camera car
  • Hazardous materials
  • Organizing a set (winter-cold, summer-heat)
  • Base camp management
  • Managing a support room (extras, costume setup, hair, makeup (CCM), catering)
  • Film Laurentides – Policies, permits, and photo library
  • Estrie Audiovisual and Multimedia Office (BEAM) – Policies, permits, and photo library
  • Knowledge of specialized filming trailers (camera, ccm, etc.)
  • Logistics: Role / responsibility / team
  • Saguenay Film Office – Policies, permits, and photo library
  • Quebec – Policies, permits, and photo library

Mandatory basic general course

Here is the content of the mandatory basic general course for all training:

  • “Masterclass” type conference for everyone
  • History of Quebec cinema
  • First aid course
  • Teamwork / Interaction with other departments / Hierarchy
  • Understanding of hazardous products (WHMIS)
  • Occupational health and safety. Ergonomics advice/Thermal control (cold and hot). Fire zone (fires, propane, gas). Fire line-corridor
  • Criminal and penal responsibilities
  • New sanitary measures (COVID).
  • Physical and psychological harassment
  • Law on driving heavy vehicles (law 430)
  • Stowing (general), SAAQ road code.
  • Transportation Policies-Drugs, Alcohol, tickets, fines. ATV-Golf cart
  • Awareness of residents and the unpredictables of locations-Impact on shooting locations-living environment
  • Understanding of direction and production documents
  • Understand the chain of all departments associated with a production
  • Application of green sets
  • Equipment responsibilities
  • Thorough knowledge of the AQTIS-514-IATSE union agreement
  • Introduction to associative life – AQTIS 514 IATSE
  • What is a producer? Role in production and interaction with the technical team
  • Relationship between the actor’s profession and technicians
  • Personal finance