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Introduction to the Production Office

What really happens in the production office?

This short, self-paced course peeks behind the door and explores the inner workings of the team working in production on a scripted live-action project. Discover who does what, why it’s important, and what it takes to work in, and run, the engine room that is the production office.

Gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the production office team, and what it takes to set one up

Discover what the ‘3 phases of production’ are, and what that means in a live-action screen production experience.

Learn about the processes, practical skills and attributes that make you a desirable member of any production team.

Is Introduction to the Production Office right for you?

The course, consisting of approximately 7 hours learning commitment, is delivered online over 4 weeks. It includes student exercises, video, downloads, and concludes with a scheduled virtual Q&A providing you with the opportunity to speak directly with one of our highly experienced guest Producers.

A great course for those who have a flair for organisation or project management and want to understand more about how it works in screen production, or those already working in the screen industry who have not had an opportunity to experience production on a live-action project.

No previous experience is required. Some understanding of filmmaking terminology and procedures would be beneficial.

This course is open to students aged 16 years and over. Students under 18 must complete an Under 18 Consent Form.

What you will need

You will need:

  • Internet with good bandwidth
  • Internet-connected laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or device
  • Internet browser, preferably Google Chrome or Firefox

You will be provided with:

  • A student login for access to the AFTRS learning platform
  • Access to a student chat forum

Asynchronous Learning
Coursework delivered asynchronously allows you to work through the course materials and exercises independently and at your own pace. Coursework is made up of instructional audio/visual material and includes written and image-based documentation, links, and downloads.

Introduction To The Production Office Offerings


03 Jun 2024 to 30 Jun 2024

4 Weeks Asynchronous incl. 1 x live Zoom Q&A session Tue 25th June 7pm-8pm AEST

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price including the early bird discount, as it is currently more than 14 days from commencement of the course.

You will need a computer with speakers, a microphone & webcam (built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth), and good internet connection

For more information please email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877 or to register for future offerings click here


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