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

  • Introduction to training
  • Introduction to logistics: role, responsibility, team
  • Analysis of shooting locations and living environment
  • Municipal regulations: other municipalities
  • Knowledge of Quebec geography and regional cities
  • General knowledge of equipment
  • Preparing a countdown: team and equipment
  • Electricity 101 and working with a generator
  • Road maps and blueprints
  • Communication (talkiewalkie, internet)
  • Working with drones and helicopters
  • Safe use of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and aerial work platforms
  • Safe use of a forklift truck
  • Working with water: rain, pool and ice field
  • Truck stowage, preventive and practical driving
  • Hazardous materials
  • Organizing a film set according to the climate
  • Base camp management
  • Green room management
  • Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision de Montréal (BCTM): permits, vignettes, base parking lots, closures, intermittence
  • Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision de Montréal (BCTM): street blockage management, detour plan
  • Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision de Montréal (BCTM): policies on towing and on-street truck parking
  • Film Laurentides: policies, permits and photo library
  • Québec : policies, permits and photo library
  • Bureau du cinéma du Saguenay : policies, permits and photo library
  • Basic software training: Word, Excel, PDF, Preview, Dropbox.
  • Knowledge of specialized trailers (camera, CCM, etc.)
  • Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision de la ville de Longueuil
  • Final simulation

General skill courses

Here is the content of the general skill courses that takes place in the first hours of all training programs:

  • Act respecting owners, operators and drivers of heavy vehicles (Bill 430)
  • Awareness of the impact of filming on the living environment and residents
  • First aid in the workplace
  • Hazardous products and WHMIS
  • History of Quebec cinema
  • Introduction to the union – AQTIS 514 IATSE
  • Masterclass conference, open to the public
  • Notions of ecology: application of green sets
  • Occupational Health and Safety on film sets
  • Penal and criminal liability (Bill C-21)
  • Personal responsibility and rental equipment
  • Personal finances
  • Presentation of key positions in production departments
  • Presentation of the AQTIS-514-IATSE union agreement
  • Prevention of physical and psychological harassment
  • Preventive driving
  • SAAQ Highway Code and general tie-downs
  • Sanitary measures and the pandemic
  • Teamwork, interdepartmental interaction and hierarchy
  • The Actor’s role and relationship with the technical team
  • The Producer’s role and relationship with his technical team
  • Understanding direction and production documents