OFTA's "Set Ready" foundation course provides you with practical real world knowledge of how a professional film and TV production with 80+ crew members operates. We're not going to be teaching you how to direct, edit, run camera or sound, but rather prepare you for your first set of jobs on a film set and make sure you are ready to impress on day one.
With so much going into making a movie, and hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line each and every day of filming, it is paramount that each crew member fully understands their area of responsibility and is ready to take full ownership over their assigned role.
Set Ready is mandatory requirement for those wishing to move onto OFTA specialization courses and on-set experience. This includes those who may already have held positions on lower budget film sets as we need to ensure all gaps in knowledge are covered and visiting productions can feel confident that in employing an OFTA graduate they are getting the very best of the best.
Full crew positions & responsibilities
Department entry positions with full job descriptions and responsibilities
Pre-production & production breakdown
Set protocol & etiquette – the importance of being set ready
Getting around a studio & unit base
Script breakdown, scheduling, & call sheets
Set safety protocols
Accounting expectations (petty cash management & receipts)
Production paperwork, invoicing for your work, paying tax
Guilds & unions - when to join and how they work
Resumes, interviews, and job searching
First day expectations
Where Do You Go From Here?
Those graduating Film 101 have many options after completing the program. The two most common are:
1. Stepping right into the film production workforce.
Ideal for those wanting to start in general entry level jobs such as office production assistant, on-set production assistants, drivers, security etc. These are the classic entry-level crew jobs which in many cases have you doing little bit of anything that needs doing: setting up tables and chairs, charging and distributing walkies, locking up the set when filming starts, running to grab coffees and food, anticipating the higher-ups’ needs, completing errands, being the first on set and the last to leave, cleaning up at the end of the day, and filling out paperwork.
2. Continuing on to OFTA's specialization courses.
OFTA runs a number of specialization courses where students can begin to focus their knowledge around specific departments and roles. The core specialization courses include: Grip & Rigging, Lighting & Electric, Set Construction & Scenic Painting, Production Accounting, Transportation & Locations, Costumers & Dressers, & The Assistant Directing Team. Depending on the needs of visiting productions we also add to this core list on a case-by-case basis.
For specialization courses, preference is given to students with transferable skills from other industries (perhaps you have been working in construction, as an electrician, or in accounts), those transferring from military service, and those who have already gained on-set experience with a major production and wish to get further training.
Upon graduating an OFTA specialization course you will have the opportunity to apply to our On Set: Practical Training program. In this program we match you with a professional crew mentor where you will work on a professional film set mentored by a head of department who will fast track your learning and experience enabling you to take on more senior roles with low budget productions and rise through the ranks quicker with larger budget projects.
Our senior teaching staff – including Heads of Department and Course Leaders – are distinguished professionals with a host of credits and awards to their names.
They include celebrated production managers, gaffers, art directors, and first assistant directors. Credits include Black Panther, American Gods, Entourage, August: Osage County, Ugly Betty, & Wonder Woman, to pluck out just a few titles from hundreds.
This core team is supplemented by dozens of visiting tutors from across the creative industries, as well as a programme of masterclasses from leading names from across film & television.
The Set Ready PA course fee is $1,200. There is a compulsory, non-refundable $15 application fee which goes against your course fee. Once you have been accepted, our team will discuss payment options fit for you.
All production costs are included in the course fees, including the use of School facilities and equipment.
Saturday & Sunday 9:30 AM-4:30 PM (Two Weekends) or 4 Weekdays 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Next Start Dates:
January 26th - January 29th (Tuesday-Friday)
Following month course start dates:
February 6th-7th and February 13th-14th (Two Weekends)
We have no official deadlines for applications. However, all classes are filled on a first come first serve basis. We strongly recommend getting your application in as soon as possible.
Disclaimer: Film crew positions require varied and extensive skills be performed on the job. These courses of instruction are designed to teach specific skills that may be applicable to work on a film shoot, but there is no guarantee of employment upon successful completion of the program. Hiring is always a decision made by the designated hiring official associated with a given production.